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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: 894, 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: 1925, 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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    Bacterial Cell Wall Precursor Phosphatase Assays Using Thin-layer Chromatography (TLC) and High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
    Authors:  Manuel Pazos, Christian Otten and Waldemar Vollmer, date: 03/20/2018, view: 4389, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Peptidoglycan encases the bacterial cytoplasmic membrane to protect the cell from lysis due to the turgor. The final steps of peptidoglycan synthesis require a membrane-anchored substrate called lipid II, in which the peptidoglycan subunit is linked to the carrier lipid undecaprenol via a pyrophosphate moiety. Lipid II is the target of ...
    Fatty Acid Content and Composition of Triacylglycerols of Chlorella kessleri
    Authors:  Motohide Aoki and Norihiro Sato, date: 01/05/2018, view: 6370, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Triacylglycerols (TAGs) are esters formed from one glycerol and three fatty acids. TAGs are induced to accumulate in algal cells under environmental stress conditions including nutrient-limitation, hyperosmosis, and low temperature, for the storage of metabolic energy and carbon, and also for the consumption of excess energy (e.g., Hirai ...
    Isolation, BODIPY Labeling and Uptake of Exosomes in Hepatic Stellate Cells
    Author:  Shubham Shrivastava, date: 12/05/2017, view: 8439, Q&A: 1
    [Abstract] Exosomes have emerged as an important mediator of intercellular communication. They are present in extracellular milieu and therefore, easily accessible by neighboring or distant cells. They carry mRNA, microRNAs and proteins within their vesicles and once internalized by recipient cells; they can modulate multiple signaling pathways with ...
    Crude Preparation of Lipopolysaccharide from Helicobacter pylori for Silver Staining and Western Blot
    Authors:  Hong Li and Mohammed Benghezal, date: 10/20/2017, view: 7406, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] This protocol provides an easy and rapid method to prepare lipopolysaccharide from the gastric pathogen Helicobacter pylori for visualization on acrylamide gels by silver staining and for detecting the presence of Lewis antigens by Western blot. The silver staining is a four-step procedure, involving a 20 min-oxidation step, a 10 ...
    Liposome Disruption Assay to Examine Lytic Properties of Biomolecules
    Authors:  John R. Jimah, Paul H. Schlesinger and Niraj H. Tolia, date: 08/05/2017, view: 10027, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Proteins may have three dimensional structural or amino acid features that suggest a role in targeting and disrupting lipids within cell membranes. It is often necessary to experimentally investigate if these proteins and biomolecules are able to disrupt membranes in order to conclusively characterize the function of these biomolecules. Here, we ...
    Loading of Extracellular Vesicles with Chemically Stabilized Hydrophobic siRNAs for the Treatment of Disease in the Central Nervous System
    Authors:  Reka A. Haraszti, Andrew Coles, Neil Aronin, Anastasia Khvorova and Marie-Cécile Didiot, date: 06/20/2017, view: 6687, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Efficient delivery of oligonucleotide therapeutics, i.e., siRNAs, to the central nervous system represents a significant barrier to their clinical advancement for the treatment of neurological disorders. Small, endogenous extracellular vesicles were shown to be able to transport lipids, proteins and RNA between cells, including neurons. ...
    Preparation of Everted Membrane Vesicles from Escherichia coli Cells
    Author:  Marina Verkhovskaya, date: 05/05/2017, view: 6819, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The protocol for obtaining electrically sealed membrane vesicles from E. coli cells is presented. Proton pumps such as Complex I, quinol oxidase, and ATPase are active in the obtained vesicles. Quality of the preparation was tested by monitoring the electric potential generated by these pumps.
    Procedure for Rhamnolipids Quantification Using Methylene-blue
    Authors:  Tsiry Rasamiravaka, Olivier M. Vandeputte and Mondher El Jaziri, date: 04/05/2016, view: 13030, Q&A: 2
    [Abstract] Rhamnolipids produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) represent a group of biosurfactants with various applications (e.g., bioremediation of oil spills, cosmetics, detergents and cleaners). The commonly used colorimetric methods for rhamnolipid quantification, including anthrone, phenol−sulfuric acid and ...



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