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    Direct-TRI: High-throughput RNA-extracting Method for all Stages of Zebrafish Development
    Authors:  Kota Ujibe, Kanako Nishimura, Makoto Kashima and Hiromi Hirata, date: 09/05/2021, view: 400, Q&A: 0
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    Recent popularization of next-generation sequencing enables conducting easy transcriptome analysis. Nevertheless, substantial RNA isolation work prior to RNA sequencing, as well as the high cost involved, still makes the routine use of large-scale transcriptome analysis difficult. For example, conventional phenol-chloroform RNA extraction cannot

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    A Genetically Engineered Mouse Model of Venous Anomaly and Retinal Angioma-like Vascular Malformation
    Authors:  Xudong Cao, Beibei Xu, Xiao Li, Taotao Li and Yulong He, date: 08/05/2021, view: 744, Q&A: 0
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    Characterization of key regulators in vein development will advance our understanding of mechanisms underlying venous anomalies and provide therapeutic targets for the treatment of vascular malformations. Here, we provide a detailed protocol for the generation of genetically engineered mouse models targeting the Tek gene for the analysis of vein

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    An Improved Method for Individual Tracking of Voluntary Wheel Running in Pair-housed Juvenile Mice
    Authors:  David A. Valientes, Anthony M. Raus and Autumn S. lvy, date: 07/05/2021, view: 906, Q&A: 0
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    Rodent cages equipped with access to a voluntary running wheel are commonly used to study the effects of aerobic physical activity on physiology and behavior. Notable discoveries in exercise neurobiology, including the key role of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in neural plasticity and cognition, have been made using rodents housed with

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    Rice Root Hair Phenotypes Imaged by Cryo-SEM
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    Cryo-scanning electron microscopy (cryo-SEM) was first introduced for scientific use in the 1980s. Since then, cryo-SEM has become a routine technique for studying the surfaces and internal structures of biological samples with a high water content. In contrast to traditional SEM, cryo-SEM requires no sample pretreatment processes; thus, we can

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    Quantitation of Secretory Granule Size in Drosophila Larval Salivary Glands
    Authors:  Cheng-I J. Ma and Julie A. Brill, date: 06/05/2021, view: 1311, Q&A: 0
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    Maturation of secretory granules is a crucial process that ensures the bioactivity of cargo proteins undergoing regulated secretion. In Drosophila melanogaster, the larval salivary glands produce secretory granules that are up to four-fold larger in cross-sectional area after maturation. Therefore, we developed a live imaging microscopy approach

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    Visualization and Quantitation of Wg trafficking in the Drosophila Wing Imaginal Epithelium
    Authors:  Leonie Witte, Karen Linnemannstöns, Mona Honemann-Capito and Julia Christina Gross, date: 06/05/2021, view: 1381, Q&A: 0
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    Secretory Wnt trafficking can be studied in the polarized epithelial monolayer of Drosophila wing imaginal discs (WID). In this tissue, Wg (Drosophila Wnt-I) is presented on the apical surface of its source cells before being internalized into the endosomal pathway. Long-range Wg secretion and spread depend on secondary secretion from endosomal

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    Generation of Mouse Pluripotent Stem Cell-derived Trunk-like Structures: An in vitro Model of Post-implantation Embryogenesis
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    Post-implantation mammalian embryogenesis involves profound molecular, cellular, and morphogenetic changes. The study of these highly dynamic processes is complicated by the limited accessibility of in utero development. In recent years, several complementary in vitro systems comprising self-organized assemblies of mouse embryonic stem cells, such

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    Production of Phenotypically Uniform Human Cerebral Organoids from Pluripotent Stem Cells
    Authors:  Adam Sivitilli, Parisa Ghiasi and Liliana Attisano, date: 04/20/2021, view: 2187, Q&A: 0
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    Recent advances in stem cell technology have allowed researchers to generate 3D cerebral organoids (COs) from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs). Indeed, COs have provided an unprecedented opportunity to model the developing human brain in a 3D context, and in turn, are suitable for addressing complex neurological questions by leveraging

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    Automated Analysis of Cerebrospinal Fluid Flow and Motile Cilia Properties in The Central Canal of Zebrafish Embryos
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    Circulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) plays an important role during development. In zebrafish embryo, the flow of CSF has been found to be bidirectional in the central canal of the spinal cord. In order to compare conditions and genetic mutants across each other, we recently automated the quantification of the velocity profile of exogenous

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    Live Intravital Intestine with Blood Flow Visualization in Neonatal Mice Using Two-photon Laser Scanning Microscopy
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    This protocol describes a novel technique to investigate the microcirculation dynamics underlying the pathology in the small intestine of neonatal mice using two-photon laser-scanning microscopy (TPLSM). Recent technological advances in multi-photon microscopy allow intravital analysis of different organs such as the liver, brain and intestine.

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