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    Unraveling the Physicochemical Determinants of Protein Liquid-liquid Phase Separation by Nanoscale Infrared Vibrational Spectroscopy

    The phenomenon of reversible liquid-liquid phase separation of proteins underlies the formation of membraneless organelles, which are crucial for cellular processes such as signalling and transport. In addition, it is also of great interest to uncover the mechanisms of further irreversible maturation of the functional dense liquid phase into

    Non-separate Mouse Sclerochoroid/RPE/Retina Staining and Whole Mount for the Integral Observation of Subretinal Layer
    Authors:  Sung-Jin Lee and Soo-Young Kim, date: 01/05/2021, view: 942, Q&A: 0

    The subretinal layer between retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and photoreceptors is a region involved in inflammation and angiogenesis during the procession of diseases such as age-related macular degeneration. The current protocols of whole mounts (retina and RPE) are unable to address the intact view of the subretinal layer because the

    Use of Optogenetic Amyloid-β to Monitor Protein Aggregation in Drosophila melanogaster, Danio rerio and Caenorhabditis elegans
    Authors:  Prameet Kaur, Caroline Kibat, Emelyne Teo, Jan Gruber, Ajay Mathuru and Nicholas S. Tolwinski, date: 12/05/2020, view: 2021, Q&A: 0

    Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) has long been associated with accumulation of extracellular amyloid plaques (Aβ) originating from the Amyloid Precursor Protein. Plaques have, however, been discovered in healthy individuals and not all AD brains show plaques, suggesting that extracellular Aβ aggregates may play a smaller role than

    Karyopherin-β2 Inhibits and Reverses Aggregation and Liquid-liquid Phase Separation of the ALS/FTD-Associated Protein FUS
    Authors:  Emma Robinson, James Shorter and Lin Guo, date: 08/20/2020, view: 2179, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The study of RNA-binding proteins (RBP) offers insight into the mechanisms of pathologic protein aggregation in neurodegenerative diseases. We developed a protocol for purifying an RBP FUS and a nuclear import receptor (NIR) Kapβ2 and testing the ability of Kapβ2 to mitigate FUS aggregation and liquid-liquid phase separation.
    Quantitative Nucleocytoplasmic Transport Assays in Cellular Models of Neurodegeneration
    Authors:  Joni Vanneste, Thomas Vercruysse, Philip Van Damme, Ludo Van Den Bosch and Dirk Daelemans, date: 06/20/2020, view: 2330, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Nucleocytoplasmic transport deficits are suggested to play a role in neurodegenerative disorders, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Given the importance and complexity of this process, understanding when these aberrations occur and which pathways are involved is of great importance. Here, we make use of CRISPR-Cas9 technology to ...
    High-throughput Flow Cytometry Assay to Investigate TDP43 Splicing Function
    Authors:  H. Broder Schmidt and Rajat Rohatgi, date: 04/20/2020, view: 2603, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Mutations in RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) such as TDP43 are associated with transcriptome-wide splicing defects and cause severe neurodegenerative diseases, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). The impact of RBP mutations on splicing function is routinely studied using PCR-based bulk measurements. ...
    Studying Protein Aggregation in the Context of Liquid-liquid Phase Separation Using Fluorescence and Atomic Force Microscopy, Fluorescence and Turbidity Assays, and FRAP
    Authors:  W. Michael Babinchak and Witold K. Surewicz, date: 01/20/2020, view: 4218, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS) underlies the physiological assembly of many membrane-less organelles throughout the cell. However, dysregulation of LLPS may mediate the formation of pathological aggregates associated with neurodegenerative diseases. Here, we present complementary experimental approaches to study protein aggregation within ...
    SarkoSpin: A Technique for Biochemical Isolation and Characterization of Pathological TDP-43 Aggregates
    Authors:  Manuela Pérez-Berlanga, Florent Laferrière and Magdalini Polymenidou, date: 11/20/2019, view: 3416, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] TDP-43 is the main aggregating protein in neurodegenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). Aggregated TDP-43 is resistant to diverse detergent solubilization, yet physiological TDP-43 and other abundant proteins commonly co-purify with pathological TDP-43. This mixed isolation has ...

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