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    Tracking the Subcellular Localization of Surface Proteins in Staphylococcus aureus by Immunofluorescence Microscopy
    Authors:  Salvatore J. Scaffidi, Mac A. Shebes and Wenqi Yu, date: 05/20/2021, view: 1443, Q&A: 0
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    Surface proteins of Staphylococcus aureus and other Gram-positive bacteria play essential roles in bacterial colonization and host-microbe interactions. Surface protein precursors containing a YSIRK/GXXS signal peptide are translocated across the septal membrane at mid-cell, anchored to the cell wall peptidoglycan at the cross-wall compartment,

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    Assessing Swarming of Aerobic Bacteria from Human Fecal Matter
    Authors:  Arjun S. Byju, Deeti Patel, Weijie Chen and Sridhar Mani, date: 05/05/2021, view: 531, Q&A: 0
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    Swarming – swift movement across a surface via flagella propulsion – is a unique property of many bacteria. The role of swarming, particularly among bacterial populations of the human gut microbiome, is not yet fully understood; although, it is becoming an area of increased scientific and clinical inquiry. To further characterize

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    Measuring Cytosolic Translocation of Mycobacterium marinum in RAW264.7 Macrophages with a CCF4-AM FRET Assay
    Authors:  Javier Aguilera and Jianjun Sun, date: 04/20/2021, view: 729, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The CCF4-AM Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) assay is a sensitive approach to measure bacterial cytosolic translocation in live cells. The FRET pair hydroxycoumarin (donor) and fluorescein (acceptor) are linked by a CCF4-AM β-lactam ring, the substrate of β-lactamase. The exogenously added, neutral charged-FRET reagent can diffuse across ...
    Measurements of Root Colonized Bacteria Species
    Authors:  Vílchez Juan Ignacio, Yu Yang, Dian Yi and Huiming Zhang, date: 04/05/2021, view: 1016, Q&A: 0
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    Root-associated bacteria are able to influence plant fitness and vigor. A key step in understanding the belowground plant-bacteria interactions is to quantify root colonization by the bacteria of interest. Probably, genetic engineering with fluorescence markers is the most powerful way to monitor bacterial strains in plant. However, this could

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    A Spectrofluorophotometrical Method Based on Fura-2-AM Probe to Determine Cytosolic Ca2+ Level in Pseudomonas syringae Complex Bacterial Cells
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    Calcium signaling is an emerging mechanism by which bacteria respond to environmental cues. To measure the intracellular free-calcium concentration in bacterial cells, [Ca2+]i, a simple spectrofluorometric method based on the chemical probe Fura 2-acetoxy methyl ester (Fura 2-AM) is here presented using Pseudomonad bacterial cells. This is an

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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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    Defined Mutant Library Sequencing (DML-Seq) for Identification of Conditional Essential Genes
    Authors:  Shuai Shao, Lifan Wei, Feng Xia, Yuanxing Zhang and Qiyao Wang, date: 03/05/2021, view: 878, Q&A: 0
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    Transposon insertion sequencing (TIS) is an emerging technique which utilizes a massive transposon mutant library to screen specific phenotype and determine the conditional essential genetic requirements for bacterial fitness under distinct conditions combined with high-throughput parallel sequencing technology. Compared with a massive mutant

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    Pea Aphid Rearing, Bacterial Infection and Hemocyte Phagocytosis Assay
    Authors:  Li Ma, Lu Liu and Zhiqiang Lu, date: 12/20/2020, view: 932, Q&A: 0
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    Insects rely on the simple but effective innate immune system to combat infection. Cellular and humoral responses are interconnected and synergistic in insects’ innate immune system. Phagocytosis is one major cellular response. It is difficult to collect clean hemolymph from the small insect like pea aphid. Here, we provide a practicable

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    Isolation and CryoTEM of Phages Infecting Bacterial Wine Spoilers
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    With the objective to isolate phages infecting wine bacterial spoilers, we designed a method for the isolation and purification of phages infecting grape-associated bacteria. The method proved successful to isolate GC1 tectivirus infecting the acetic acid bacterium Gluconobacter cerinus. The isolated phage represents a new genus within the

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    Murine Acute Pneumonia Model of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Lung Infection
    Authors:  Xiaolei Pan and Weihui Wu, date: 11/05/2020, view: 1019, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Animal infection models play significant roles in studying bacterial pathogenic mechanisms, host pathogen interaction as well as evaluating drug and vaccine efficacies. We have been utilizing an acute pneumonia model to study bacterial colonization in lungs and assess virulence to the host by determination of bacterial loads and survival assays, ...



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