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    Measurement of Acid Ecto-phosphatase Activity in Live Leishmania donovani Parasites
    Authors:  Amalia Papadaki and Haralabia Boleti, date: 10/05/2019, view: 98, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Acid ecto-phosphatases are enzymes that hydrolyze phosphomonoesters in the acidic pH range with their active sites facing the extacellular medium. Their activities can be measured in living cells. In bacteria and protozoan pathogens, acid ecto-phosphatases have been associated with the survival of intracellular pathogens within phagocytes through ...
    Quantitation of TLR4 Internalization in Response to LPS in Thioglycollate Elicited Peritoneal Mouse Macrophages by Flow Cytometry
    Authors:  Katharina Richard, Stefanie N. Vogel and Darren J. Perkins, date: 09/20/2019, view: 199, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Internalization of cell surface Toll-like Receptor 4 (TLR4) is a convenient read-out to measure LPS dependent activation of the TRIF adaptor pathway. We here provide a protocol to quantify the LPS dependent internalization of TLR4 using thioglycollate-elicited peritoneal macrophages by flow cytometry.
    Supported Cell Membrane Sheets to Monitor Protein Assembly
    Authors:  Simon Erlendsson, Thor Seneca Thorsen and Kenneth Lindegaard Madsen, date: 09/20/2019, view: 234, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Studying protein-protein and protein-lipid interactions in their native environment is highly desirable, yet, the heterogeneity and complexity of cellular systems limits the repertoire of experimental methods available. In cells, interactions are often taking place in confined microenvironments where factors such as avidity, hindered diffusion, ...
    A High-throughput and Pathophysiologically Relevant Astrocyte-motor Neuron Co-culture Assay for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Therapeutic Discovery
    Authors:  Matthew J. Stopford, Scott P. Allen and Laura Ferraiuolo, date: 09/05/2019, view: 603, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an adult onset neurological disorder characterized by loss of motor neurons leading to progressive muscle wasting and eventually death. Astrocytes play a key role in disease pathogenesis. However, the ability to study astrocytic support towards motor neurons in ALS has been limited by a lack of sustainable ...
    In vitro Intestinal Epithelial Wound-healing Assays Using Electric Cell-Substrate Impedance Sensing Instrument
    Authors:  Olivier Merlin-Zhang, Junsik Sung and Emilie Viennois, date: 09/05/2019, view: 326, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Here, we describe an in vitro epithelial wound-healing assay using Electric Cell-Substrate Impedance Sensing (ECIS) technology. The ECIS technology is a real time cell growth assay based on a small (250 μm diameter) active gold electrode which resistance is measured continuously. When intestinal epithelial cells reach confluency on the ...
    Gentamicin Protection Assay to Determine the Number of Intracellular Bacteria during Infection of Human TC7 Intestinal Epithelial Cells by Shigella flexneri
    Authors:  Atin Sharma and Andrea Puhar, date: 07/05/2019, view: 761, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Shigella flexneri is an intracellular bacterial pathogen that gains access to the gut epithelium using a specialized Type III Secretion System (T3SS). Various determinants mediating this invasive infection have been experimentally verified using the classical gentamicin protection assay presented here. In this assay epithelial cell lines ...
    Adhesive and Cohesive Peel Force Measurement of Human Airway Mucus
    [Abstract] In health, the high-speed airflow associated with cough represents a vital backup mechanism for clearing accumulated mucus from our airways. However, alterations in the mucus layer in cystic fibrosis (CF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) leads to the mucus layer adhered to the airway surfaces, representing the nidus of chronic lung ...
    Detachment Procedure of Bacteria from Atmospheric Particles for Flow-cytometry Counting
    Authors:  Carolina M. Araya, Alberto Cazorla and Isabel Reche, date: 06/20/2019, view: 740, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The protocol separates bacteria from atmospheric particles, obtaining with greater precision their abundance in the atmospheric deposition. This procedure is similar to the one used to separate bacteria in streambed sediments. The detachment procedure consists of a chemical treatment with sodium pyrophosphate and Tween 20 and a physical treatment ...
    A Flow Cytometric Method to Determine Transfection Efficiency
    [Abstract] Mammalian cell transfection is a powerful technique commonly used in molecular biology to express exogenous DNA or RNA in cells and study gene and protein function. Although several transfection strategies have been developed, there is a wide variation with regards to transfection efficiency, cell toxicity and reproducibility. Thus, a sensitive ...
    Quantification of Serum Ovalbumin-specific Immunoglobulin E Titre via in vivo Passive Cutaneous Anaphylaxis Assay
    [Abstract] Murine models of allergic airway disease are frequently used as a tool to elucidate the cellular and molecular mechanisms of tissue-specific asthmatic disease pathogenesis. Paramount to the success of these models is the induction of experimental antigen sensitization, as indicated by the presence of antigen-specific serum immunoglobulin E. The ...



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