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    In vitro Crosslinking Reactions and Substrate Incorporation Assays for The Identification of Transglutaminase-2 Protein Substrates
    Authors:  William L. Willis, Abigail Foster, Caitlin Henry, Lai Chu Wu and Wael Jarjour, date: 06/20/2020, view: 419, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Transglutaminase (TG2) catalyzes protein crosslinking between glutamyl and lysyl residues. Catalytic activity occurs via a transamidation mechanism resulting in the formation of isopeptide bonds. Since TG2-mediated transamidation is of mechanistic importance for a number of biological processes, assays that enable rapid and efficient ...
    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: 536, 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 ...
    Biochemical Pulldown of mRNAs and Long Noncoding RNAs from Cellular Lysates Coupled with Mass Spectrometry to Identify Protein Binding Partners
    Authors:  Anca F. Savulescu, Stoyan Stoychev, Sipho Mamputha and Musa M. Mhlanga, date: 06/05/2020, view: 781, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] RNA binding proteins (RBPs) interact with cellular mRNAs, controlling various steps throughout the lifetime of these transcripts, including transcription, cellular transport, subcellular localization, translation and degradation. In addition to binding mRNA transcripts, a growing number of RBPs are shown to bind long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs), ...
    Precise Targeting of Single Microelectrodes to Orientation Pinwheel Centers
    Authors:  Xue Mei Song, Ming Li, Tao Xu, Dewen Hu and Anna Wang Roe, date: 06/05/2020, view: 319, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] In the mammalian visual system, early stages of visual form perception begin with orientation selective neurons in primary visual cortex (V1). In many species (including humans, monkeys, tree shrews, cats, and ferrets), these neurons are organized in pinwheel-like orientation columns. To study the functional organization within orientation ...
    Negative Ion Mode nanoLC-ESI-MS/MS Analyses of Permethylated Sulfated Glycans
    Authors:  Shin-Yi Yu, Chu-Wen Cheng and Kay-Hooi Khoo, date: 05/20/2020, view: 564, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] We have developed enabling techniques for sulfoglycomics based on MALDI-MS mapping and MS/MS sequencing of permethylated sulfated glycans. We then extended further the analytical workflow to C18 reverse phase (RP)-nanoLC-nanoESI-MS/MS analyses of permethylated sulfated glycans in the negative ion mode. The advantages are that extra sulfates on ...
    Permethylation and Microfractionation of Sulfated Glycans for MS Analysis
    Authors:  Shin-Yi Yu, Sergei Snovida and Kay-Hooi Khoo, date: 05/20/2020, view: 633, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Sulfated glycans are barely detectable in routine mass spectrometry (MS)-based glycomic analysis due to ion suppression by the significantly more abundant neutral glycans in the positive ion mode, and sialylated non-sulfated glycans in the negative ion mode, respectively. Nevertheless, the negative charge imparted by sulfate can be advantageous ...
    Colorimetric RhoB GTPase Activity Assay
    Authors:  Kossay Zaoui and Stephanie Duhamel, date: 05/05/2020, view: 1047, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The Ras homologous protein (Rho) GTPase subfamily, including RhoA, RhoB, and RhoC are small molecules (~21 kDa) that act as molecular switches in a wide range of signaling pathways to orchestrate biological processes associated with both physiological and tumorigenic cellular states. The Rho GTPases are crucial regulators of actin cytoskeleton ...
    High-throughput Flow Cytometry Assay to Investigate TDP43 Splicing Function
    Authors:  H. Broder Schmidt and Rajat Rohatgi, date: 04/20/2020, view: 851, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Mutations in RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) such as TDP43 are associated with transcriptome-wide splicing defects and cause severe neurodegenerative diseases, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). The impact of RBP mutations on splicing function is routinely studied using PCR-based bulk measurements. ...
    Assembly of Genetic Circuits with the Mammalian ToolKit
    Authors:  João P. Fonseca, Alain R Bonny, Jason Town and Hana El-Samad, date: 03/05/2020, view: 861, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The ability to rapidly assemble and prototype cellular circuits is vital for biological research and its applications in biotechnology and medicine. The Mammalian ToolKit (MTK) is a Golden Gate-based cloning toolkit for fast, reproducible and versatile assembly of large DNA vectors and their implementation in mammalian models. The MTK consists of ...
    Assessing Self-interaction of Mammalian Nuclear Proteins by Co-immunoprecipitation
    Authors:  Claudia Cattoglio, Iryna Pustova, Xavier Darzacq, Robert Tjian and Anders S. Hansen, date: 02/20/2020, view: 1137, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Protein-protein interactions constitute the molecular foundations of virtually all biological processes. Co-immunoprecipitation (CoIP) experiments are probably the most widely used method to probe both heterotypic and homotypic protein-protein interactions. Recent advances in super-resolution microscopy have revealed that several nuclear proteins ...

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