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    Isolation of Microglia and Analysis of Protein Expression by Flow Cytometry: Avoiding the Pitfall of Microglia Background Autofluorescence
    Authors:  Jeremy C. Burns, Richard M. Ransohoff and Michaël Mingueneau, date: 07/20/2021, view: 56, Q&A: 0
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    Microglia are a unique type of tissue-resident innate immune cell found within the brain, spinal cord, and retina. In the healthy nervous system, their main functions are to defend the tissue against infectious microbes, support neuronal networks through synapse remodeling, and clear extracellular debris and dying cells through phagocytosis. Many

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    Electrophysiological Properties of Neurons: Current-Clamp Recordings in Mouse Brain Slices and Firing-Pattern Analysis
    Authors:  Elina Nagaeva, Ivan Zubarev and Esa R. Korpi, date: 06/20/2021, view: 1130, Q&A: 0
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    Characterization of an electrically active cell, such as a neuron, demands measurement of its electrical properties. Due to differences in gene activation, location, innervation patterns, and functions, the millions of neurons in the mammalian brain are tremendously diverse in their membrane characteristics and abilities to generate action

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    Sex-specific Separation of Plasmodium falciparum Gametocyte Populations
    Authors:  Melanie C. Ridgway, Daniela Cihalova and Alexander G. Maier, date: 06/05/2021, view: 1059, Q&A: 0
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    Plasmodium falciparum is a unicellular eukaryotic parasite that causes malaria in humans. The parasite is spread by Anopheles mosquitoes after ingestion of sexual stage parasites known as gametocytes. Malaria transmission depends on parasites switching from the disease-causing asexual blood forms to male and female gametocytes. The current

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    In vitro and In vivo CD8+ T Cell Suppression Assays
    Authors:  Lu Xie, Guihuan Liu, Yanjun Liu and Yuming Yu, date: 05/20/2021, view: 2124, Q&A: 0
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    CD8+CD28− T suppressor cells (Ts) have been documented to promote immune tolerance by suppressing effector T cell responses to alloantigens following transplantation. The suppressive function of T cells has been defined as the inhibitory effect of Ts on the proliferation rate of effector T cells. 3H-thymidine is a classical immunological

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    FACS Enrichment of Total Interstitial Cells and Fibroblasts from Adult Mouse Ventricles
    Authors:  Nona Farbehi, Vaibhao Janbandhu, Robert E. Nordon and Richard P. Harvey, date: 05/20/2021, view: 1174, Q&A: 0
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    Besides cardiomyocytes, the heart contains numerous interstitial cell types, including cardiac fibroblasts, endothelial cells, immune (myeloid and lymphoid) cells, and mural cells (pericytes and vascular smooth muscle cells), which play key roles in heart repair, regeneration, and disease. We recently published a comprehensive map of cardiac

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    Measuring Cytosolic Translocation of Mycobacterium marinum in RAW264.7 Macrophages with a CCF4-AM FRET Assay
    Authors:  Javier Aguilera and Jianjun Sun, date: 04/20/2021, view: 1299, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The CCF4-AM Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) assay is a sensitive approach to measure bacterial cytosolic translocation in live cells. The FRET pair hydroxycoumarin (donor) and fluorescein (acceptor) are linked by a CCF4-AM β-lactam ring, the substrate of β-lactamase. The exogenously added, neutral charged-FRET reagent can diffuse across ...
    Ex vivo Assessment of Mitochondrial Function in Human Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells Using XF Analyzer
    Authors:  Alica Schöller-Mann, Katja Matt, Barbara Hochecker and Jörg Bergemann, date: 04/05/2021, view: 1685, Q&A: 0
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    Cellular health and function, as we know today, depend on a large extent on mitochondrial function. The essential function of mitochondria is the energy production, more precisely ATP production, via oxidative phosphorylation. Mitochondrial energy production parameters therefore represent important biomarkers. Studies on human cells have mainly

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    A Spectrofluorophotometrical Method Based on Fura-2-AM Probe to Determine Cytosolic Ca2+ Level in Pseudomonas syringae Complex Bacterial Cells
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    Calcium signaling is an emerging mechanism by which bacteria respond to environmental cues. To measure the intracellular free-calcium concentration in bacterial cells, [Ca2+]i, a simple spectrofluorometric method based on the chemical probe Fura 2-acetoxy methyl ester (Fura 2-AM) is here presented using Pseudomonad bacterial cells. This is an

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    Liposomal Clodronate-mediated Macrophage Depletion in the Zebrafish Model
    Authors:  Linlin Yang, Alison M. Rojas and Celia E. Shiau, date: 03/20/2021, view: 2127, Q&A: 0
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    The ability to conduct in vivo macrophage-specific depletion remains an effective means to uncover functions of macrophages in a wide range of physiological contexts. Compared to the murine model, zebrafish offer superior imaging capabilities due to their optical transparency starting from a single-cell stage to throughout larval development.

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    Real-time Base Excision Repair Assay to Measure the Activity of the 8-oxoguanine DNA Glycosylase 1 in Isolated Mitochondria of Human Skin Fibroblasts
    Authors:  Daniel Schniertshauer, Daniel Gebhard and Jörg Bergemann, date: 03/20/2021, view: 1673, Q&A: 0
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    7,8-dihydro-8-oxoguanine (8-oxoG) is one of the most common and mutagenic oxidative DNA damages induced by reactive oxygen species (ROS). Since ROS is mainly produced in the inner membranes of the mitochondria, these organelles and especially the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) contained therein are particularly affected by this damage. Insufficient

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