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    Whole-mount Senescence-Associated Beta-Galactosidase (SA-β-GAL) Activity Detection Protocol for Adult Zebrafish
    Authors:  Marta Marzullo, Mounir El Maï and Miguel Godinho Ferreira, date: 07/05/2022, view: 17, Q&A: 0
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    Senescence-associated beta-galactosidase (SA-β-GAL) is an enzyme that accumulates in the lysosomes of senescent cells, where it hydrolyses β-galactosides. With p16, it represents a well-recognized biomarker used to assess senescence both in vivo and in cell culture. The use of a chromogenic substrate, such as

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    Patterned Substrate of Mobile and Immobile Ligands to Probe EphA2 Receptor Clustering
    Authors:  Zhongwen Chen, Kabir H. Biswas and Jay T. Groves, date: 06/05/2022, view: 779, Q&A: 0
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    A multitude of membrane-localized receptors are utilized by cells to integrate both biochemical and physical signals from their microenvironment. The clustering of membrane receptors is widely presumed to have functional consequences for subsequent signal transduction. However, it is experimentally challenging to selectively manipulate receptor

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    Click-iT® Plus OPP Alexa Fluor® Protein Synthesis Assay in Embryonic Cells
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    This protocol describes a method to assess relative changes in the level of global protein synthesis in the preimplantation embryo using the Click-iT® Plus OPP Protein Synthesis Assays. In this assay, O-propargyl-puromycin (OPP), an analog of puromycin, is efficiently incorporated into the nascent polypeptide of newly translated proteins in

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    In vitro Assays to Evaluate Specificity and Affinity in Protein-phospholipid Interactions
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    Protein–lipid interactions play important roles in many biological processes, including metabolism, signaling, and transport; however, computational and structural analyses often fail to predict such interactions, and determining which lipids participate in these interactions remains challenging. In vitro assays to assess the physical

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    Preparation of Cas9 Ribonucleoproteins for Genome Editing
    Authors:  Sheng-Wei Lin, Viet Quoc Nguyen and Steven Lin, date: 05/20/2022, view: 1333, Q&A: 0
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    Genome editing by the delivery of pre-assembled Cas9 ribonucleoproteins (Cas9 RNP) is an increasingly popular approach for cell types that are difficult to manipulate genetically by the conventional plasmid and viral methods. Cas9 RNP editing is robust, precise, capable of multiplexing, and free of genetic materials. Its transient presence in

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    Purification of the Bacterial Amyloid “Curli” from Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhimurium and Detection of Curli from Infected Host Tissues
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    Microbiologists are learning to appreciate the importance of “functional amyloids” that are produced by numerous bacterial species and have impacts beyond the microbial world. These structures are used by bacteria to link together, presumably to increase survival, protect against harsh conditions, and perhaps to influence cell-cell

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    Production and Crystallization of Nanobodies in Complex with the Receptor Binding Domain of the SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein
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    The receptor binding domain (RBD) of the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 binds angiotensin converting enzyme-2 (ACE-2) on the surface of epithelial cells, leading to fusion, and entry of the virus into the cell. This interaction can be blocked by the binding of llama-derived nanobodies (VHHs) to the RBD, leading to virus neutralisation. Structural

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    Expression, Purification, and in vitro Enzyme Activity Assay of a Recombinant Aldehyde Dehydrogenase from Thermus thermophilus, using an Escherichia coli host
    Authors:  Kim Shortall, Edmond Magner and Tewfik Soulimane, date: 05/05/2022, view: 749, Q&A: 0
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    Based on previous in-depth characterisation, aldehyde dehydrogenases (ALDH) are a diverse superfamily of enzymes, in terms of both structure and function, present in all kingdoms of life. They catalyse the oxidation of an aldehyde to carboxylic acid using the cofactor nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (phosphate) (NAD(P)+), and are often not

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    Apoplastic Expression of CARD1-ecto Domain in Nicotiana benthamiana and Purification from the Apoplastic Fluids
    Authors:  Nobuaki Ishihama, Anuphon Laohavisit, Kaori Takizawa and Ken Shirasu, date: 04/20/2022, view: 977, Q&A: 0
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    The protein expression and purification process is an essential initial step for biochemical analysis of a protein of interest. Traditionally, heterologous protein expression systems (such as E. coli, yeast, insect cells, and cell-free) are employed for plant protein expression, although a plant expression system is often desirable for plant

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    Visualization and Purification of Caenorhabditis elegans Germ Granule Proteins Using Proximity Labeling
    Authors:  Hannah L. Hertz, Ian F. Price and Wen Tang, date: 04/20/2022, view: 1201, Q&A: 0
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    Membraneless organelles, such as germ granules and stress granules, are liquid-like condensates formed by phase transition. Recently, we and others have adopted proximity-based labeling methods to determine the composition of these membraneless compartments. Here, we describe the use of TurboID—an engineered promiscuous biotin

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