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    Multiple Modification of Chromosomal Loci Using URA5.3 Selection Marker in the Unicellular Red Alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae
    Authors:  Tokiaki Takemura, Sousuke Imamura, Yuki Kobayashi and Kan Tanaka, date: 04/05/2019, view: 383, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The unicellular red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae has been used as a eukaryotic photosynthetic model for various basic and applied studies. Although the nuclear genome of C. merolae can be modified by homologous recombination with exogenously introduced DNA, it has been difficult to modify multiple chromosome loci within the same ...
    Quantification of Hepatitis B Virus Covalently Closed Circular DNA in Infected Cell Culture Models by Quantitative PCR
    Authors:  Bingqian Qu and Stephan Urban, date: 04/05/2019, view: 500, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Persistence of the human hepatitis B virus (HBV) requires the maintenance of covalently closed circular (ccc)DNA, the episomal genome reservoir in nuclei of infected hepatocytes. cccDNA elimination is a major aim in future curative therapies currently under development. In cell culture based in vitro studies, both hybridization- and ...
    Measuring Homologous Recombination Rates between Chromosomal Locations in Salmonella
    Authors:  Gerrit Brandis, Sha Cao and Diarmaid Hughes, date: 02/05/2019, view: 718, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Homologous recombination between two similar DNA molecules, plays an important role in the repair of double-stranded DNA breaks. Recombination can occur between two sister chromosomes, or between two locations of similar sequence identity within the same chromosome. The assay described here is designed to measure the rate of homologous ...
    Assessing Yeast Cell Survival Following Hydrogen Peroxide Exposure
    Authors:  Khoa Tran and Erin M. Green, date: 01/20/2019, view: 1458, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] In the presence of oxidative stress, cellular defense systems that can detoxify reactive oxygen species are activated through multiple signaling cascades and transcriptional reprogramming. The budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae has served as an excellent model for genetically-identifying factors important for the response to oxidative ...
    Quantitative Transformation Efficiency Assay for Bacillus subtilis
    Authors:  Christian L. Loyo and Briana M. Burton, date: 12/05/2018, view: 1107, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Bacillus subtilis (B. subtilis) is a model Gram-positive organism used to study a variety of physiological states and stress responses, one of which is the development of competence. Competence refers to the physiological state of a cell which allows it to be transformed naturally. Through induction of competence, the efficiency ...
    Detection and Differentiation of Multiple Viral RNAs Using Branched DNA FISH Coupled to Confocal Microscopy and Flow Cytometry
    Authors:  Nicholas van Buuren and Karla Kirkegaard, date: 10/20/2018, view: 1308, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Due to the exceptionally high mutation rates of RNA-dependent RNA polymerases, infectious RNA viruses generate extensive sequence diversity, leading to some of the lowest barriers to the development of antiviral drug resistance in the microbial world. We have previously discovered that higher barriers to the development of drug resistance can be ...
    CRISPR/Cas9-mediated ssDNA Recombineering in Corynebacterium glutamicum
    Authors:  Jiao Liu, Yu Wang, Ping Zheng and Jibin Sun, date: 10/05/2018, view: 1175, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Corynebacterium glutamicum is a versatile workhorse for industrial bioproduction of many kinds of chemicals and fuels, notably amino acids. Development of advanced genetic engineering tools is urgently demanded for systems metabolic engineering of C. glutamicum. Recently unveiled clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic ...
    Delivery of the Cas9 or TevCas9 System into Phaeodactylum tricornutum via Conjugation of Plasmids from a Bacterial Donor
    Authors:  Helen Wang, Samuel S. Slattery, Bogumil J. Karas and David R. Edgell, date: 08/20/2018, view: 1606, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Diatoms are an ecologically important group of eukaryotic microalgae with properties that make them attractive for biotechnological applications such as biofuels, foods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Phaeodactylum tricornutum is a model diatom with defined culture conditions, but routine genetic manipulations are hindered by a lack of ...
    Random Insertional Mutagenesis of a Serotype 2 Dengue Virus Clone
    Authors:  Jeffrey W. Perry and Andrew W. Tai, date: 08/20/2018, view: 1201, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Protein tagging is a powerful method of investigating protein function. However, modifying positive-strand RNA virus proteins in the context of viral infection can be particularly difficult as their compact genomes and multifunctional proteins mean even small changes can inactivate or attenuate the virus. Although targeted approaches to ...
    CRISPR/Cas Gene Editing of a Large DNA Virus: African Swine Fever Virus
    [Abstract] Gene editing of large DNA viruses, such as African swine fever virus (ASFV), has traditionally relied on homologous recombination of a donor plasmid consisting of a reporter cassette with surrounding homologous viral DNA. However, this homologous recombination resulting in the desired modified virus is a rare event. We recently reported the use of ...



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