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    Skin Transplantation and Lymphoid Organ Analysis in Mice
    [Abstract] Skin transplantation in mice is an important procedure to evaluate immune responses generated against heterologous grafts, especially given its highly immunogenic nature. In fact, skin is one of the most challenging organs in terms of allograft retention. In this protocol, we provide a detailed procedure for skin grafting using the tail skin as ...
    Super-resolution Microscopy-based Bimolecular Fluorescence Complementation to Study Protein Complex Assembly and Co-localization
    Authors:  Jingjing Chen, Zulin Yu, Jay R. Unruh, Brian D. Slaughter and Sue L. Jaspersen, date: 02/20/2020, view: 244, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Numerous experimental approaches exist to study interactions between two subunits of a large macromolecular complex. However, most methods do not provide spatial and temporal information about binding, which are critical for dissecting the mechanism of assembly of nanosized complexes in vivo. While recent advances in super-resolution ...
    Estimating Cellular Abundances of Halo-tagged Proteins in Live Mammalian Cells by Flow Cytometry
    Authors:  Claudia Cattoglio, Xavier Darzacq, Robert Tjian and Anders Sejr Hansen, date: 02/20/2020, view: 325, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Accurate abundance measurements of cellular proteins are required to achieve a quantitative and predictive understanding of any biological process inside the cell. Existing methods to determine absolute protein abundances are labor-intensive and/or require sophisticated experimental and computational infrastructure (e.g., fluorescence ...
    Preparation of Single Epithelial Cells Suspension from Mouse Mammary Glands
    Authors:  Heng Sun, Xiaoling Xu and Chuxia Deng, date: 02/20/2020, view: 64, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Single cell RNA sequencing is a very powerful means for cellular heterogeneous studies and so becoming wildly utilized nowadays. To guarantee the success of such analysis, it is very important, though sometimes difficult, to obtain single cells suspension with high quality, especially from the primary solid organs like mammary glands. Digestion of ...
    Approaching RNA-seq for Cell Line Identification
    Authors:  Tabrez A. Mohammad and Yidong Chen, date: 02/05/2020, view: 348, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Cancer cell lines serve as invaluable model systems for cancer biology research and help in evaluating the efficacy of new therapeutic agents. However, cell line contamination and misidentification have become one of the most pressing problems affecting biomedical research. Available methods of cell line authentication suffer from limited access, ...
    Live Mitochondrial or Cytosolic Calcium Imaging Using Genetically-encoded Cameleon Indicator in Mammalian Cells
    Authors:  Elisa Greotti and Tullio Pozzan, date: 02/05/2020, view: 280, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Calcium (Ca2+) imaging aims at investigating the dynamic changes in live cells of its concentration ([Ca2+]) in different pathophysiological conditions. Ca2+ is an ubiquitous and versatile intracellular signal that modulates a large variety of cellular functions thanks to a cell type-specific toolkit and a complex ...
    Whole-cell and Perforated Patch-clamp Recordings from Acutely-isolated Murine Sino-atrial Node Cells
    Authors:  Qadeer Aziz, Muriel Nobles and Andrew Tinker, date: 01/05/2020, view: 313, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Cardiac pacemaker cells of the sino-atrial node are responsible for the initiation of the heart beat and express an array of ion channels. The patch-clamp technique is the gold standard method for investigating the function of ion channels expressed in electrically active cells. Conventional whole-cell and perforated patch-clamp techniques can be ...
    Analysis of EGF Receptor Endocytosis Using Fluorogen Activating Protein Tagged Receptor
    [Abstract] Functional activities of many transmembrane proteins are controlled by their endocytosis. One of the most studied experimental models is the epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor (EGFR). However, endocytic trafficking of EGFR has been predominantly analyzed using labeled EGF, whereas quantitative analyses of the endocytosis of the receptor itself ...
    Mitochondrial Respiratory Measurements in Patient-derived Fibroblasts
    Authors:  Prashant Mishra, Ting Zhang, Ming Guo and David Chan, date: 12/05/2019, view: 484, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Mitochondrial dysfunction is associated with a number of human diseases. As an example, we recently established in vivo Drosophila models of IBMPFD (Inclusion body myopathy, Paget disease, and frontotemporal dementia), and uncovered that human disease mutations of the p97/VCP (Valosin Containing Protein) gene behave as ...
    Measurement of Mitotic Spindle Angle and Mitotic Cell Distance in Fixed Tissue of Drosophila Larval Brains
    Authors:  Maribel Franco and Ana Carmena, date: 11/20/2019, view: 447, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The positioning and the cleavage plane orientation of mitotic cells in pseudostratified epithelia (PSE) must be tightly regulated since failures in any of these processes might have fatal consequences during development. Here we present a simple method to determine the spindle orientation as well as the positioning of neuroepithelial mitotic cells ...



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