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    In vitro Cultivation and Visualization of Malaria Liver Stages in Primary Simian Hepatocytes
    Authors:  Devendra Kumar Gupta and Thierry Diagana, date: 08/20/2020, view: 581, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Human liver is the primary and obligatory site for malaria infection where sporozoites invade host hepatocytes. Malaria hepatic stages are asymptomatic and represent an attractive target for development of anti-malarial interventions and vaccines. However, owing to lack of robust and reproducible in vitro culture system, it is difficult ...
    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: 876, 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 ...
    TZA, a Sensitive Reporter Cell-based Assay to Accurately and Rapidly Quantify Inducible, Replication-competent Latent HIV-1 from Resting CD4+ T Cells
    Authors:  Anwesha Sanyal, Vatsala S. Rangachar and Phalguni Gupta, date: 05/20/2019, view: 3403, Q&A: 1
    [Abstract] The latent HIV-1 viral reservoir in resting CD4+ (rCD4+) T cells represents a major barrier to an HIV-1 cure. There is an ongoing effort to identify therapeutic approaches that will eliminate or reduce the size of this reservoir. However, clinical investigators lack an assay to determine whether or not a decrease in the ...
    Analysis of Early Phase HIV-1 Replication and Integration Events by Using Real-time PCR
    Authors:  Graf Laura, Steven P. Moran, Sally Ro, Carlos M.C. de Noronha and Binshan Shi, date: 02/20/2019, view: 2636, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Upon entry into a host cell, the HIV-1 virus undergoes a series of critical early replication events including reverse transcription, nuclear import, and integration of its cDNA into the host genome. Molecular assays used to detect and analyze changes in HIV-1 early phase replication events are valuable tools in developing potential antiretroviral ...
    In vivo Analysis of Cyclic di-GMP Cyclase and Phosphodiesterase Activity in Escherichia coli Using a Vc2 Riboswitch-based Assay
    Authors:  Ying Liu, Hyunhee Kim and Ute Römling, date: 03/05/2018, view: 4406, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Cyclic di-guanosine monophosphate (c-di-GMP) is a ubiquitous second messenger that regulates distinct aspects of bacterial physiology. It is synthesized by diguanylate cyclases (DGCs) and hydrolyzed by phosphodiesterases (PDEs). To date, the activities of DGC and PDE are commonly assessed by phenotypic assays, mass spectrometry analysis of ...
    Isolation, BODIPY Labeling and Uptake of Exosomes in Hepatic Stellate Cells
    Author:  Shubham Shrivastava, date: 12/05/2017, view: 6902, 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 ...
    Serial Immunoprecipitation of 3xFLAG/V5-tagged Yeast Proteins to Identify Specific Interactions with Chaperone Proteins
    Authors:  Xu Zheng and David Pincus, date: 06/20/2017, view: 5683, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] This method was generated to isolate high affinity protein complexes from yeast lysate by performing serial affinity purification of doubly tagged 3xFLAG/V5 proteins. First, the bait protein of interest is immunoprecipitated by anti-FLAG-conjugated magnetic beads and gently eluted by 3xFLAG antigen peptide. Next, the bait protein is recaptured ...
    In vitro Assays for Measuring Endothelial Permeability by Transwells and Electrical Impedance Systems
    Authors:  Hong-Ru Chen and Trai-Ming Yeh, date: 05/05/2017, view: 17491, Q&A: 2
    [Abstract] Vascular leakage is an important feature in several diseases, such as septic shock, viral hemorrhagic fever, cancer metastasis and ischemia-reperfusion injuries. Thus establishing assays for measuring endothelial permeability will provide insight into the establishment or progression of such diseases. Here, we provide transwell permeability assay ...
    Force Measurement on Mycoplasma mobile Gliding Using Optical Tweezers
    Authors:  Masaki Mizutani and Makoto Miyata, date: 02/05/2017, view: 5323, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Dozens of Mycoplasma species, belonging to class Mollicutes form a protrusion at a pole as an organelle. They bind to solid surfaces through the organelle and glide in the direction by a unique mechanism including repeated cycles of bind, pull, and release with sialylated oligosaccharides on host animal cells. The mechanical ...
    Measurements of Free-swimming Speed of Motile Salmonella Cells in Liquid Media
    Authors:  Yusuke V. Morimoto, Keiichi Namba and Tohru Minamino, date: 01/05/2017, view: 6008, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Bacteria such as Escherichia coli and Salmonella enterica swim in liquid media using the bacterial flagella. The flagellum consists of the basal body (rotary motor), the hook (universal joint) and the filament (helical screw). Since mutants with a defect in flagellar assembly and function cannot swim smoothly, motility assay is ...



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