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    In vitro Nitrate Reductase Activity Assay of Mycolicibacterium smegmatis Crude Extract
    Authors:  Wei Tan, Zhi-Hui Shao and Guo-Ping Zhao, date: 07/20/2021, view: 55, Q&A: 0
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    Nitrate is one of the major inorganic nitrogen sources for microorganisms. Many bacterial and archaeal lineages can express cytoplasmic assimilatory nitrate reductase (NAS), which catalyzes the rate-limiting reduction of nitrate to nitrite in the nitrate assimilation pathway. Here, we present a detailed protocol for measuring in vitro nitrate

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    Yeast Lipid Extraction and Analysis by HPTLC
    Authors:  Dan Li, Zheng-Tan Zhang, Cheng-Wen He and Zhiping Xie, date: 07/05/2021, view: 802, Q&A: 0
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    The diversity of lipid structures, properties, and combinations in biological tissues makes their extraction and analysis an experimental challenge. Accordingly, even for one of the simplest single-cellular fungi, the budding yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), numerous extraction and analysis protocols have been developed to separate and quantitate

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    Click Chemistry for Imaging in-situ Protein Palmitoylation during the Asexual Stages of Plasmodium falciparum
    Author:  Mansoor A. Siddiqui, date: 05/05/2021, view: 1875, Q&A: 0
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    Palmitoylation refers to the modification of the cysteine thiols in proteins by fatty acids, most commonly palmitic acid, through ‘thioester bond’ formation. In vivo, palmitoylation of proteins is catalyzed by palmitoyl acyltransferases (PATs or DHHC-PATs). Palmitoylation has recently emerged as a crucial post-translational

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    Assay for Assessing Mucin Binding to Bacteria and Bacterial Proteins
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    Legionella pneumophila, a Gram-negative bacterium and the causative agent of Legionnaires’ disease, exports over 300 effector proteins/virulence factors, through its type II (T2SS) and type IV secretion systems (T4SS). One such T2SS virulence factor, ChiA, not only functions as a chitinase, but also as a novel mucinase, which we believe aids

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    Characterize the Interaction of the DNA Helicase PriA with the Stalled DNA Replication Fork Using Atomic Force Microscopy
    Authors:  Yaqing Wang, Zhiqiang Sun, Piero R. Bianco and Yuri L. Lyubchenko, date: 03/05/2021, view: 2279, Q&A: 0
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    In bacteria, the restart of stalled DNA replication forks requires the DNA helicase PriA. PriA can recognize and remodel abandoned DNA replication forks, unwind DNA in the 3'-to-5' direction, and facilitate the loading of the helicase DnaB onto the DNA to restart replication. ssDNA-binding protein (SSB) is typically present at the abandoned forks,

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    Rapid Genome Engineering of Pseudomonas Assisted by Fluorescent Markers and Tractable Curing of Plasmids
    Authors:  Daniel C. Volke, Nicolas T. Wirth and Pablo I. Nikel, date: 02/20/2021, view: 2406, Q&A: 0
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    Precise genome engineering has become a commonplace technique for metabolic engineering. Also, insertion, deletion and alteration of genes and other functional DNA sequences are essential for understanding and engineering cells. Several techniques have been developed to this end (e.g., CRISPR/Cas-assisted methods, homologous recombination, or λ

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    Preparation of Bacterial Outer Membrane Vesicles for Characterisation of Periplasmic Proteins in Their Native Environment
    Authors:  Johannes Thoma and Björn M. Burmann, date: 12/20/2020, view: 1479, Q&A: 0
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    Bacterial outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) are naturally formed by budding from the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria. OMVs consist of a lipid bilayer identical in composition to the original outer membrane and contain periplasmic content within their lumen. Enriched with specific envelope proteins, OMVs make for an excellent native-like

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    Expression and Purification of Recombinant Skd3 (Human ClpB) Protein and Tobacco Etch Virus (TEV) Protease from Escherichia coli
    Authors:  Ryan R. Cupo and James Shorter, date: 12/05/2020, view: 1592, Q&A: 0
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    Skd3 (encoded by human CLPB) is a mitochondrial AAA+ protein comprised of an N-terminal ankyrin-repeat domain and a C-terminal HCLR-clade nucleotide-binding domain. The function of Skd3 has long remained unknown due to challenges in purifying the protein to high quality and near homogeneity. Recently we described Skd3 as a human mitochondrial

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    Charging State Analysis of Transfer RNA from an α-proteobacterium
    Authors:  Liang Yin and Caroline S. Harwood, date: 12/05/2020, view: 958, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Transfer RNA (tRNA) is an essential link between the genetic code and proteins. During the process of translation, tRNA is charged with its cognate amino acid and delivers it to the ribosome, thus serving as a substrate of protein synthesis. To analyze the charging state of a particular tRNA, total RNA is purified and analyzed on an acid-urea gel. ...
    Ribosome Purification from an α-proteobacterium and rRNA Analysis by Northern Blot
    Authors:  Liang Yin and Caroline S. Harwood, date: 12/05/2020, view: 910, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Ribosomes are an integral part of cellular life. They are complex molecular machines consisting of multiple ribosomal proteins and RNAs. To study different aspects of ribosome composition, many methods have been developed over the decades. Here, we describe how to purify ribosomes from the α-proteobacterium Rhodopseudomonas palustris ...



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