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    Multi-color Flow Cytometry for Comprehensive Analysis of the Tumor Immune Infiltrate in a Murine Model of Breast Cancer
    Authors:  Ana S. Almeida, Miriam R. Fein and Mikala Egeblad, date: 06/05/2021, view: 324, Q&A: 0

    Flow cytometry is a popular laser-based technology that allows the phenotypic and functional characterization of individual cells in a high-throughput manner. Here, we describe a detailed procedure for preparing a single-cell suspension from mammary

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    Multi-color Flow Cytometry for Comprehensive Analysis of the Tumor Immune Infiltrate in a Murine Model of Breast Cancer
    Authors:  Ana S. Almeida, Miriam R. Fein and Mikala Egeblad, date: 06/05/2021, view: 324, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract]

    Flow cytometry is a popular laser-based technology that allows the phenotypic and functional characterization of individual cells in a high-throughput manner. Here, we describe a detailed procedure for preparing a single-cell suspension from mammary tumors of the mouse mammary tumor virus-polyoma middle T (MMTV-PyMT) and analyzing these cells by

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    In vivo CD40 Silencing by siRNA Infusion in Rodents and Evaluation by Kidney Immunostaining
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    The co-stimulatory molecule CD40 and its ligand CD40L play a key role in the regulation of immunological processes and are involved in the pathophysiology of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Inhibition of the CD40-CD40L axis is a promising therapy, and a number of strategies and techniques have been designed to hinder its functionality. Our

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    A Simple and Robust Protocol for in vitro Differentiation of Mouse Non-pathogenic T Helper 17 Cells from CD4+ T Cells
    Authors:  Siwen Kang, Ruohan Wu and Ruoning Wang, date: 05/20/2021, view: 657, Q&A: 0
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    Functional and mechanistic studies of CD4+ T cell lineages rely on robust methods of in vitro T cell polarization. Here, we report an optimized protocol for in vitro differentiation of a mouse non-pathogenic T helper 17 (TH17) cell lineage. Most of the previously established protocols require irradiated splenocytes as artificial antigen presenting

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    Production of the Receptor-binding Domain of the Viral Spike Proteins from 2003 and 2019 SARS CoVs and the Four Common Human Coronaviruses for Serologic Assays and Inhibitor Screening
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    The recombinant receptor-binding domain (RBD) of the viral spike protein from SARS-CoV-1 and 2 are reliable antigens for detecting viral-specific antibodies in humans. We and others have shown that the levels of RBD-binding antibodies and SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibodies in patients are correlated. Here, we report the expression and purification

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    In vitro and In vivo CD8+ T Cell Suppression Assays
    Authors:  Lu Xie, Guihuan Liu, Yanjun Liu and Yuming Yu, date: 05/20/2021, view: 940, Q&A: 0
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    CD8+CD28− T suppressor cells (Ts) have been documented to promote immune tolerance by suppressing effector T cell responses to alloantigens following transplantation. The suppressive function of T cells has been defined as the inhibitory effect of Ts on the proliferation rate of effector T cells. 3H-thymidine is a classical immunological

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    Parasitemia Evaluation in Mice Infected with Schistosoma mansoni
    Authors:  Naiara Clemente Tavares and Marina Moraes Mourão, date: 05/20/2021, view: 434, Q&A: 0
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    Schistosomiasis is a neglected tropical disease. Its treatment relies on the use of a single drug, praziquantel. Due to treatment limitations, an alternative for schistosomiasis chemotherapy is required; thus, a better understanding of parasite biology and host-parasite interactions is valuable to aid the identification of new anti-Schistosoma

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    Analysis of Monocyte Cell Fate by Adoptive Transfer in a Murine Model of TLR7-induced Systemic Inflammation
    Authors:  Jaba Gamrekelashvili, Hermann Haller and Florian P. Limbourg, date: 05/05/2021, view: 518, Q&A: 0
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    Myeloid plasticity is a hallmark of the innate immune response to Toll-like receptor (TLR) activation. Here, we provide a protocol for monocyte cell fate tracking by adoptive transfer in the context of systemic inflammation induced by TLR7 activation, the principal innate immune receptor sensing viral RNA in mice. Defined monocyte subsets are

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    Ex vivo Assessment of Mitochondrial Function in Human Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells Using XF Analyzer
    Authors:  Alica Schöller-Mann, Katja Matt, Barbara Hochecker and Jörg Bergemann, date: 04/05/2021, view: 503, Q&A: 0
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    Cellular health and function, as we know today, depend on a large extent on mitochondrial function. The essential function of mitochondria is the energy production, more precisely ATP production, via oxidative phosphorylation. Mitochondrial energy production parameters therefore represent important biomarkers. Studies on human cells have mainly

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    Using the Cecal Ligation and Puncture Model of Sepsis to Induce Rats to Multiple Organ Dysfunction
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    Sepsis is a dysregulated hyperinflammatory disease caused by infection. Sepsis leads to multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS), which is associated with high rates of mortality. The cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) model has been widely used in animals and has become the gold-standard method of replicating features of sepsis in humans.

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    Brain-localized and Intravenous Microinjections in the Larval Zebrafish to Assess Innate Immune Response
    Authors:  Alison M. Rojas and Celia E. Shiau, date: 04/05/2021, view: 898, Q&A: 0
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    Creating a robust and controlled infection model is imperative for studying the innate immune response. Leveraging the particular strengths of the zebrafish model system, such as optical transparency, ex utero development, and large clutch size, allows for the development of methods that yield consistent and reproducible results. We created a

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