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    Determination of Intracellular Ca2+ Concentration in the Human Pathogens Trypanosomatids Leishmania mexicana and Trypanosoma cruzi by the Use of the Fluorescent Ca2+ Indicator Fura-2
    Authors:  Andre Rey-Cibati, Mariana Valladares-Delgado and Gustavo Benaim, date: 09/20/2020, view: 78, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Ca2+ is an essential signaling messenger in all eukariotic cells, playing a pivotal role in many cellular functions as cell growth control (differentiation, fertilization and apoptosis), secretion, gene expression, enzyme regulation, among many others. This basic premise includes trypanosomatids as Trypanosoma cruzi and various ...
    An in vitro DNA Sensor-based Assay to Measure Receptor-specific Adhesion Forces of Eukaryotic Cells and Pathogens
    Authors:  Maurizio Wack, Tina Wiegand, Friedrich Frischknecht and E. Ada Cavalcanti-Adam, date: 09/05/2020, view: 743, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Motility of eukaryotic cells or pathogens within tissues is mediated by the turnover of specific interactions with other cells or with the extracellular matrix. Biophysical characterization of these ligand-receptor adhesions helps to unravel the molecular mechanisms driving migration. Traction force microscopy or optical tweezers are typically ...
    Candida albicans Agar Invasion Assays
    Authors:  Shamoon Naseem, Lois M. Douglas and James B. Konopka, date: 08/20/2020, view: 597, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The ability of the human fungal pathogen Candida albicans to disseminate into tissues is promoted by a switch from budding to invasive hyphal growth. This morphological transition is stimulated by multiple environmental factors that can vary at different sites of infection. To identify genes that promote invasive growth, C. albicans ...
    Generation and in Planta Functional Analysis of Potato Virus Y mutants
    [Abstract] Potato virus Y (PVY), the type member of the genus Potyvirus (family Potyviridae), is the most widespread virus affecting potato and is included in the top five most economically detrimental plant viruses. Recently, the structure of the PVY virion has been determined by cryo-electron microscopy, which has opened the doors to ...
    Intestinal Enteroid Culture for Human Astroviruses
    Authors:  Irene A. Owusu, Carmen Mirabelli and Abimbola O. Kolawole, date: 07/20/2020, view: 399, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Human astroviruses (HAstV) are non-enveloped, positive-sense single stranded RNA viruses that typically cause gastroenteritis in children, the elderly and among immunocompromised individuals. Some HAstV species have also been implicated in neurological diseases. It is important to study these viruses to understand the pathogenesis and develop ...
    Microscopy-based Methods for Rosetting Assay in Malaria Research
    Authors:  Wenn-Chyau Lee and Laurent Rénia, date: 07/05/2020, view: 902, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] In malaria, rosetting phenomenon is a condition where a Plasmodium-infected erythrocyte stably adheres to at least an uninfected erythrocyte. This phenomenon that occurs in all species of human malaria parasite is likely to be an immune escape mechanism for the parasite. However, it has been associated with malaria pathogenesis, possibly ...
    Maintenance and Quantitative Phenotyping of the Oomycete-plant Model Pathosystem Hyaloperonospora arabidopsidisArabidopsis
    Authors:  Fang-Yu Hwu and Martin Parniske, date: 06/20/2020, view: 783, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The interaction between the host plant Arabidopsis thaliana (Arabidopsis) and the oomycete Hyaloperonospora arabidopsidis (Hpa) is an established model system for the study of an obligate biotrophic downy mildew interaction. The evaluation of the developmental success of Hpa is often based on the quantification ...
    Differential Fractionation of Erythrocytes Infected by Plasmodium berghei
    Authors:  Bénédicte Gnangnon, Véronique Peucelle and Christine Pierrot, date: 06/05/2020, view: 613, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The study of host/pathogen interactions at the cellular level during Plasmodium intra-erythrocytic cycle requires differential extraction techniques aiming to analyze the different compartments of the infected cell. Various protocols have been proposed in the literature to study specific compartments and/or membranes in the infected ...
    RNA Extraction from Ears and Draining Lymph Nodes of Mice Infected with Leishmania amazonensis
    Authors:  Emilie Giraud and Evie Melanitou, date: 06/05/2020, view: 811, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Parasites of the genus Leishmania infect the mammalian hosts, including mice and humans and cause cutaneous or visceral leishmaniasis depending upon the parasite species transmitted by the vector sandfly. Leishmania amazonensis is one of the Leishmania species responsible for the cutaneous form of the disease. We have ...
    Bacterial Lawn Avoidance and Bacterial Two Choice Preference Assays in Caenorhabditis elegans
    Authors:  Jogender Singh and Alejandro Aballay, date: 05/20/2020, view: 1072, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Physical avoidance of pathogens is a crucial defense strategy used by the host to reduce pathogen infection. Hosts display the use of multiple strategies to sense and avoid pathogens, ranging from olfaction to sensing of damage caused by pathogen infection. Understanding various mechanisms of pathogen avoidance has the potential to uncover ...



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