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    Measuring Intracellular Vesicle Density and Dispersion Using Fluorescence Microscopy and ImageJ/FIJI
    [Abstract] Cell signalling, cell secretion, and plasma membrane repair are processes that critically rely on intracellular vesicles, important components of the endocytic and secretory pathways. More specifically, the strategic distribution of intracellular vesicles is important for diverse cellular processes. The method presented here is a simple, ...
    Preparation of Drosophila Polytene Chromosomes, Followed by Immunofluorescence Analysis of Chromatin Structure by Multi-fluorescence Correlations
    Authors:  Terra M. Kuhn, Shawn C. Little and Maya Capelson, date: 07/05/2020, view: 612, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Drosophila larval salivary gland polytene chromosome squashes have been used for decades to analyze genome-wide protein-binding patterns, transcriptional activation processes, and changes in chromatin structure at specific genetic loci. There have been many evolutions of the squashing protocol over the years, with sub-optimal ...
    Single Cell Volume Measurement Utilizing the Fluorescence Exclusion Method (FXm)
    Authors:  Nash D. Rochman, Kai Yao, Nicolas A. Perez Gonzalez, Denis Wirtz and Sean X. Sun, date: 06/20/2020, view: 804, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The measurement of single cell size remains an obstacle towards a deeper understanding of cell growth control, tissue homeostasis, organogenesis, and a wide range of pathologies. Recent advances have placed a spotlight on the importance of cell volume in the regulation of fundamental cell signaling pathways including those known to orchestrate ...
    Live Cell Measurement of the Intracellular pH of Yeast by Flow Cytometry Using a Genetically-Encoded Fluorescent Reporter
    Authors:  Catherine G. Triandafillou and D. Allan Drummond, date: 06/20/2020, view: 730, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The intracellular pH of yeast is a tightly regulated physiological cue that changes in response to growth state and environmental conditions. Fluorescent reporters, which have altered fluorescence in response to local pH changes, can be used to measure intracellular pH. While microscopy is often used to make such measurements, it is relatively ...
    Live Mitochondrial or Cytosolic Calcium Imaging Using Genetically-encoded Cameleon Indicator in Mammalian Cells
    Authors:  Elisa Greotti and Tullio Pozzan, date: 02/05/2020, view: 1581, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Calcium (Ca2+) imaging aims at investigating the dynamic changes in live cells of its concentration ([Ca2+]) in different pathophysiological conditions. Ca2+ is an ubiquitous and versatile intracellular signal that modulates a large variety of cellular functions thanks to a cell type-specific toolkit and a complex ...
    Quantification of Mitochondrial Dynamics in Fission Yeast
    Authors:  Leeba Ann Chacko and Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan, date: 12/05/2019, view: 1153, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Mitochondria are double-membraned organelles responsible for several functions in the cell including energy production, calcium signaling, and cellular metabolism. An equilibrium between fission and fusion events of mitochondria is required for their proper functioning. Mitochondrial morphologies have been quantified in yeast using image ...
    Detection of in vivo Protein Interactions in All Bacterial Compartments by Förster Resonance Energy Transfer with the Superfolder mTurquoise2 ox-mNeongreen FRET Pair
    Authors:  Nils Y. Meiresonne, Elisa Consoli, Laureen M.Y. Mertens and Tanneke den Blaauwen, date: 12/05/2019, view: 1624, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] This protocol was developed to qualitatively and quantitatively detect protein-protein interactions in all compartments of Escherichia coli by Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) using the Superfolder mTurquoise2 ox-mNeonGreen FRET pair (sfTq2ox-mNG). This FRET pair has more than twice the detection range for FRET ...
    Super-resolution Microscopy at Cryogenic Temperatures Using Solid Immersion Lenses
    [Abstract] Our mechanistic understanding of cell function depends on imaging biological processes in cells with molecular resolution. Super-resolution fluorescence microscopy plays a crucial role by reporting cellular ultrastructure with 20-30 nm resolution. However, this resolution is insufficient to image macro-molecular machinery at work. A path to ...
    Imaging VIPER-labeled Cellular Proteins by Correlative Light and Electron Microscopy
    [Abstract] Advances in fluorescence microscopy (FM), electron microscopy (EM), and correlative light and EM (CLEM) offer unprecedented opportunities for studying diverse proteins and nanostructures involved in fundamental cell biology. It is now possible to visualize and quantify the spatial organization of cellular proteins and other macromolecules by FM, ...
    Implementing VIPER for Imaging Cellular Proteins by Fluorescence Microscopy
    Authors:  Julia K. Doh, Caroline A. Enns and Kimberly E. Beatty, date: 11/05/2019, view: 1489, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Genetically-encoded tags are useful tools for multicolor and multi-scale cellular imaging. Versatile Interacting Peptide (VIP) tags, such as VIPER, are new genetically-encoded tags that can be used in various imaging applications. VIP tags consist of a coiled-coil heterodimer, with one peptide serving as the genetic tag and the other (“probe ...



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