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    Radioactive Assay of in vitro Glutamylation Activity of the Legionella pneumophila Effector Protein SidJ
    Authors:  Alan G. Sulpizio, Jung-Ho Shin, Marena E. Minelli and Yuxin Mao, date: 10/05/2020, view: 255, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The Legionella effector protein SidJ has recently been identified to perform polyglutamylation on another Legionella effector, SdeA, ablating SdeA’s activity. SidJ is a kinase-like protein that requires the small eukaryotic protein calmodulin to perform glutamylation. Glutamylation is a relatively uncommon type of ...
    A SsrA/NIa-based Strategy for Post-Translational Regulation of Protein Levels in Gram-negative Bacteria
    Authors:  Gonzalo Durante-Rodríguez, Belén Calles, Víctor de Lorenzo and Pablo I. Nikel, date: 07/20/2020, view: 588, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Strategies to control the levels of key enzymes of bacterial metabolism are commonly based on the manipulation of gene of interest within the target pathway. The development of new protocols towards the manipulation of biochemical processes is still a major challenge in the field of metabolic engineering. On this background, the FENIX (functional ...
    Identification of Buffer Conditions for Optimal Thermostability and Solubility of Herpesviral Protein UL37 Using the Thermofluor Assay
    Authors:  Andrea L. Koenigsberg, Jared D. Pitts and Ekaterina E. Heldwein, date: 06/20/2020, view: 705, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Structural and biochemical studies of proteins require high amounts of stable, purified proteins. Protein stability often depends on the buffer composition, which includes pH and concentration of salts or other solutes such as glycerol, hence an efficient method for identifying optimal buffer conditions for stability would minimize time and ...
    Differential Fractionation of Erythrocytes Infected by Plasmodium berghei
    Authors:  Bénédicte Gnangnon, Véronique Peucelle and Christine Pierrot, date: 06/05/2020, view: 716, 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 ...
    A Sensitive Coupled Enzyme Assay for Measuring Kinase and ATPase Kinetics Using ADP-Specific Hexokinase
    Authors:  Ciaran R. McFarlane and James W. Murray, date: 05/05/2020, view: 1122, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Kinases and ATPases perform essential biological functions in metabolism and regulation. Activity of these enzymes is commonly measured by coupling ATP consumption to the synthesis of a detectable product. For most assay systems the ATP concentration during the reaction is unknown, compromising the precision of the assay.

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    Assessment of Metacaspase Activity in Phytoplankton
    Authors:  Dina Spungin and Ilana Berman-Frank, date: 08/20/2019, view: 1831, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Programmed cell death (PCD) is an irreversible, genetically-controlled form of cell suicide in which an endogenous biochemical pathway leads to morphological changes and ultimately, cellular demise. PCD is accompanied by de-novo protein synthesis of a family of proteases-"caspases" that are often used as a diagnostic marker of PCD. ...
    In vitro and in vivo Assessment of Protein Acetylation Status in Mycobacteria
    Authors:  Krishna K. Singh, Devendra P. Singh, Rambir Singh and Deepak K. Saini, date: 07/05/2019, view: 2163, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Protein acetylation is one of the standard post-translational modifications found in proteins across all organisms, along with phosphorylation which regulates diverse cellular processes. Acetylation of proteins can be enzymatically catalyzed through acetyltransferases, acetyl CoA synthetases or non-enzymatically through acyl carrier metabolic ...
    Probing Conformational States of a Target Protein in Escherichia coli Cells by in vivo Cysteine Cross-linking Coupled with Proteolytic Gel Analysis
    Authors:  Sujeet Kumar and Natividad Ruiz , date: 06/20/2019, view: 1820, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Transporters are dynamic membrane proteins that are essential to the physiology of cells. To function, transporters must cycle between various conformational states, so to understand their mechanistic details, it is critical to characterize how their structure changes during the transport cycle. One approach to studying the dynamics of ...
    Isolation of Thylakoid Membranes from the Cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 and Analysis of Their Photosynthetic Pigment-protein Complexes by Clear Native-PAGE
    Authors:  Josef Komenda, Vendula Krynická and Tomas Zakar, date: 01/05/2019, view: 3600, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Cyanobacteria represent a frequently used model organism for the study of oxygenic photosynthesis. They belong to prokaryotic microorganisms but their photosynthetic apparatus is quite similar to that found in algal and plant chloroplasts. The key players in light reactions of photosynthesis are Photosystem I and Photosystem II complexes (PSI and ...



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