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    Visualizing Hypoxia in a Murine Model of Candida albicans Infection Using in vivo Biofluorencence
    Authors:  José Pedro Lopes and Constantin F. Urban, date: 08/05/2019, view: 256, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Candida albicans is a leading human fungal pathogen that uses several metabolic adaptations to escape immune cells and causes systemic disease. Here, we describe a protocol for measuring one of these adaptations, the ability to thrive in hypoxic niches. Hypoxia was generated after successful subdermal infection with C. albicans ...
    Image-based Quantification of Direct Cell-to-cell Transmission of Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus
    Authors:  Fernando Merwaiss and Diego E. Alvarez, date: 08/05/2019, view: 167, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Different viruses rely on direct cell-to-cell transmission to propagate infection within the infected host. Measuring this mode of transmission in cultured cells is often complicated by the contribution of cell free viruses to spread, and the difficulty to distinguish between primary infected cells that produce the virus and neighboring cells that ...
    Endocytosis Detection in Magnaporthe oryzae
    Authors:  Muxing Liu and Zhengguang Zhang, date: 08/05/2019, view: 174, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Endocytosis is an intracellular trafficking pathway that occurs in nutrient uptake, signal transduction and reconstruction of cell polarity and is conserved in eukaryotic cells. In fungi, endocytosis plays crucial roles in the physiology of hyphal growth and pathogenicity. vidence for endocytosis in filamentous fungi is detected by the ...
    Quantification of Blumenol Derivatives as Leaf Biomarkers for Plant-AMF Association
    Authors:  Elisabeth Mindt, Ming Wang, Martin Schäfer, Rayko Halitschke and Ian T. Baldwin, date: 07/20/2019, view: 600, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Symbiotic interactions between arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) and plants are widespread among land plants and can be beneficial for both partners. The plant is provided with mineral nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous, whereas it provides carbon resources for the fungus in return. Due to the large economic and environmental impact, ...
    Isolation of Powdery Mildew Haustoria from Infected Barley
    Authors:  Linhan Li, Benjamin Collier and Pietro D. Spanu, date: 07/20/2019, view: 543, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Blumeria graminis is a fungus that causes powdery mildews on grasses, such as barley. Investigations of this pathogen present many challenges due to its obligate biotrophic nature. This means that the fungus can only grow in the presence of a living host plant. B. graminis forms epiphytic mycelia on the plant surface and feeding ...
    Plaque Assay to Determine Invasion and Intercellular Dissemination of Shigella flexneri in TC7 Human Intestinal Epithelial Cells
    Authors:  Atin Sharma and Andrea Puhar, date: 07/05/2019, view: 429, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Shigella flexneri invades the epithelial cells lining the gut lumen and replicates intracellularly. The specialized Type III Secretion System (T3SS) and its effector proteins, encoded on a large virulence plasmid, assist the bacterium to gain access to the cytosol. Thereafter Shigella disseminates to neighboring cells in an ...
    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: 508, 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 ...
    Fluorescence Microscopy Assay to Measure HIV-1 Capsid Uncoating Kinetics in vitro
    [Abstract] The stability of the HIV-1 capsid and the spatiotemporal control of its disassembly, a process called uncoating, need to be finely tuned for infection to proceed. Biochemical methods for measuring capsid lattice disassembly in bulk are unable to resolve intermediates in the uncoating reaction. We have developed a single-particle fluorescence ...
    In vitro Infection of Primary Human Monocytes with HIV-1
    Authors:  Patrick O’Connell, Yong-Hui Zheng, Andrea Amalfitano and Yasser A. Aldhamen, date: 07/05/2019, view: 480, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Monocyte infection by HIV-1 is an important component of chronic HIV pathogenesis. Following infection by HIV-1, monocytes are able to cross the blood brain barrier and set up a viral reservoir in the central nervous system. Additionally, in the setting of chronic HIV-1 infection, monocytes can become activated either directly through HIV-1 ...
    Analysis of Functional Virus-generated PAMP RNAs Using IFNα/β ELISA Assay
    Authors:  Margit Mutso, Xiang Liu, Andres Merits and Suresh Mahalingam, date: 06/20/2019, view: 425, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Virus-generated PAMP RNAs are key factors that activate host immune response. The PAMP RNAs are therefore usually closely related with viral disease pathogenesis. Quantitative real time PCR is a conventional method to assess RNA. However, it cannot be used for detecting short dsRNAs generated by viral replicase. This protocol was established to ...



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