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    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: 221, Q&A: 0
    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 ...
    Protocol to Quantitatively Assess the Structural Integrity of Perineuronal Nets ex vivo
    Authors:  Bhanu P. Tewari and Harald Sontheimer, date: 05/20/2019, view: 210, Q&A: 0
    Perineuronal nets (PNNs) are extracellular matrix assemblies of highly negatively charged proteoglycans that wrap around fast-spiking parvalbumin (PV) expressing interneurons in the cerebral cortex. PNNs play important roles in neuronal plasticity ...
    Measurement of Respiration Rate in Live Caenorhabditis elegans
    Authors:  Li Fang Ng and Jan Gruber, date: 05/20/2019, view: 300, Q&A: 0
    Mitochondrial function and dysfunction are at the core of aging and involved in many age-dependent diseases. Rate of oxygen consumption is a measure of mitochondrial function and energy production rate. The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans ( ...
    Simultaneous Fluorescent Recordings of Extracellular ATP and Intracellular Calcium in Mammalian Cells
    Authors:  Nicholas Mikolajewicz and Svetlana V. Komarova, date: 05/20/2019, view: 444, Q&A: 0
    Extracellular ATP is a potent signaling molecule that stimulates intracellular calcium responses through purinergic (P2) receptors in mammalian cells. While extracellular ATP and intracellular calcium can be measured separately, simultaneous ...
    Hypochlorous Acid Staining with R19-S in the Drosophila Intestine upon Ingestion of Opportunistic Bacteria
    Authors:  Salma Hachfi, Olivia Benguettat and Armel Gallet, date: 05/20/2019, view: 121, Q&A: 0
    The intestine is endowed with an innate immune system that is required to fight any exogenous bacteria that are swallowed along with the food. The first line of defense that is mounted by the gut epithelium is the release of immune Reactive Oxygen ...
    A Flow Cytometric Method to Determine Transfection Efficiency
    Mammalian cell transfection is a powerful technique commonly used in molecular biology to express exogenous DNA or RNA in cells and study gene and protein function. Although several transfection strategies have been developed, there is a wide ...
    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: 221, Q&A: 0
    [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 ...
    Protocol to Quantitatively Assess the Structural Integrity of Perineuronal Nets ex vivo
    Authors:  Bhanu P. Tewari and Harald Sontheimer, date: 05/20/2019, view: 210, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Perineuronal nets (PNNs) are extracellular matrix assemblies of highly negatively charged proteoglycans that wrap around fast-spiking parvalbumin (PV) expressing interneurons in the cerebral cortex. PNNs play important roles in neuronal plasticity and modulate biophysical properties of the enclosed interneurons. Various central nervous system ...
    Measurement of Respiration Rate in Live Caenorhabditis elegans
    Authors:  Li Fang Ng and Jan Gruber, date: 05/20/2019, view: 300, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Mitochondrial function and dysfunction are at the core of aging and involved in many age-dependent diseases. Rate of oxygen consumption is a measure of mitochondrial function and energy production rate. The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) offers an opportunity to study “living” mitochondria without the need for ...
    Simultaneous Fluorescent Recordings of Extracellular ATP and Intracellular Calcium in Mammalian Cells
    Authors:  Nicholas Mikolajewicz and Svetlana V. Komarova, date: 05/20/2019, view: 444, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Extracellular ATP is a potent signaling molecule that stimulates intracellular calcium responses through purinergic (P2) receptors in mammalian cells. While extracellular ATP and intracellular calcium can be measured separately, simultaneous monitoring can offer additional insights into P2 receptor physiology. This protocol takes advantage of the ...
    Hypochlorous Acid Staining with R19-S in the Drosophila Intestine upon Ingestion of Opportunistic Bacteria
    Authors:  Salma Hachfi, Olivia Benguettat and Armel Gallet, date: 05/20/2019, view: 121, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The intestine is endowed with an innate immune system that is required to fight any exogenous bacteria that are swallowed along with the food. The first line of defense that is mounted by the gut epithelium is the release of immune Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), such as hypochlorous acid (HOCl), into the lumen. HOCl is produced within 1.5 h of ...
    A Flow Cytometric Method to Determine Transfection Efficiency
    [Abstract] Mammalian cell transfection is a powerful technique commonly used in molecular biology to express exogenous DNA or RNA in cells and study gene and protein function. Although several transfection strategies have been developed, there is a wide variation with regards to transfection efficiency, cell toxicity and reproducibility. Thus, a sensitive ...
    3D Co-culture System of Mouse Prostatic Wild-type Fibroblasts with Human Prostate Cancer Epithelial Cells
    Authors:  Veronica R. Placencio-Hickok, Manabu Kato and Neil A. Bhowmick, date: 05/05/2019, view: 432, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Heterogeneous prostatic carcinoma-associated fibroblasts (CAF) contribute to tumor progression. This was established using transgenic mouse models. Paracrine interactions between fibroblasts and epithelial cells were further interrogated using isolated 2D cell culture systems, but 3D culture systems currently being developed can better mimic ...
    Triple Fluorescence Anisotropy Reporter Imaging in Living Cells
    Authors:  Brian Ross, Shenq Huey Wong, Nicole E. Snell, Jin Zhang and M. A. Rizzo, date: 05/05/2019, view: 370, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] FRET-based genetically encoded biosensors incorporate two fluorescent proteins into their design to enable ratiometric biosensing of signaling activities in live cells. While emission ratios are generally useful for quantitative studies, they leave little room in the optical spectrum for additional sensors and optogenetic tools. Homotransfer-based ...
    Inducing Alcohol Dependence in Rats Using Chronic Intermittent Exposure to Alcohol Vapor
    Authors:  Elizabeth M. Avegno and Nicholas W. Gilpin, date: 05/05/2019, view: 236, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a significant public health and economic burden and is often characterized by repeated bouts of alcohol intoxication and withdrawal. Virtually all organ systems are impacted by chronic alcohol exposure. These effects can be investigated using the rat as a model organism; however, rats typically will not ...
    Quantification of Cutaneous Ionocytes in Small Aquatic Organisms
    Authors:  Garfield T. Kwan, Shane H. Finnerty, Nicholas C. Wegner and Martin Tresguerres, date: 05/05/2019, view: 268, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Aquatic organisms have specialized cells called ionocytes that regulate the ionic composition, osmolarity, and acid/base status of internal fluids. In small aquatic organisms such as fishes in their early life stages, ionocytes are typically found on the cutaneous surface and their abundance can change to help cope with various metabolic and ...



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