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    Assessment of Uptake and Biodistribution of Radiolabeled Cholesterol in Mice Using Gavaged Recombinant Triglyceride-rich Lipoprotein Particles (rTRL)
    Authors:  Anna Worthmann, Clara John and Joerg Heeren, date: 07/05/2018, view: 162, Q&A: 0
    The here described method can be used to estimate the uptake of orally provided cholesterol in mice. Briefly, mice are gavaged with radiolabeled cholesterol and 4 h later, organ distribution of the radiolabel is determined by liquid scintillation ...
    Fluorescent Labeling of Rat-tail Collagen for 3D Fluorescence Imaging
    Author:  Andrew D. D Doyle, date: 07/05/2018, view: 242, Q&A: 0
    Rat tail collagen solutions have been used as polymerizable in vitro three-dimensional (3D) extracellular matrix (ECM) gels for single and collective cell migration assays as well as spheroid formation. These 3D hydrogels are a relatively ...
    Preparation of Cerebellum Granule Neurons from Mouse or Rat Pups and Evaluation of Clostridial Neurotoxin Activity and Their Inhibitors by Western Blot and Immunohistochemistry
    Authors:  Domenico Azarnia Tehran and Marco Pirazzini, date: 07/05/2018, view: 162, Q&A: 0
    Cerebellar Granule Neurons (CGN) from post-natal rodents have been widely used as a model to study neuronal development, physiology and pathology. CGN cultured in vitro maintain the same features displayed in vivo by mature ...
    Assessment of Uptake and Biodistribution of Radiolabeled Cholesterol in Mice Using Gavaged Recombinant Triglyceride-rich Lipoprotein Particles (rTRL)
    Authors:  Anna Worthmann, Clara John and Joerg Heeren, date: 07/05/2018, view: 162, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The here described method can be used to estimate the uptake of orally provided cholesterol in mice. Briefly, mice are gavaged with radiolabeled cholesterol and 4 h later, organ distribution of the radiolabel is determined by liquid scintillation counting. The method has been applied successfully to determine dietary cholesterol handling of mice ...
    Fluorescent Labeling of Rat-tail Collagen for 3D Fluorescence Imaging
    Author:  Andrew D. D Doyle, date: 07/05/2018, view: 242, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Rat tail collagen solutions have been used as polymerizable in vitro three-dimensional (3D) extracellular matrix (ECM) gels for single and collective cell migration assays as well as spheroid formation. These 3D hydrogels are a relatively inexpensive, simple to use model system that can mimic the in vivo physical characteristics ...
    Preparation of Cerebellum Granule Neurons from Mouse or Rat Pups and Evaluation of Clostridial Neurotoxin Activity and Their Inhibitors by Western Blot and Immunohistochemistry
    Authors:  Domenico Azarnia Tehran and Marco Pirazzini, date: 07/05/2018, view: 162, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Cerebellar Granule Neurons (CGN) from post-natal rodents have been widely used as a model to study neuronal development, physiology and pathology. CGN cultured in vitro maintain the same features displayed in vivo by mature cerebellar granule cells, including the development of a dense neuritic network, neuronal activity, ...
    Enhancement of Mucus Production in Eukaryotic Cells and Quantification of Adherent Mucus by ELISA
    Authors:  Christian Reuter and Tobias A. Oelschlaeger, date: 06/20/2018, view: 487, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The mucosal surfaces of the gastrointestinal, respiratory, reproductive, and urinary tracts, and the surface of the eye harbor a resident microflora that lives in symbiosis with their host and forms a complex ecosystem. The protection of the vulnerable epithelium is primarily achieved by mucins that form a gel-like structure adherent to the apical ...
    Analysis of Metals in Whole Cells, Thylakoids and Photosynthetic Protein Complexes in Synechocystis sp. PCC6803
    Authors:  Chiara Gandini, Søren Husted and Sidsel Birkelund Schmidt, date: 06/20/2018, view: 268, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Metals are essential in many biological processes, including oxygenic photosynthesis. Here we described a method to measure the metal pool in whole cells and thylakoids, including the bioactive pool in intact photosynthetic protein complexes in the model oxygenic cyanobacterium Synechocystis PCC6803. In the first part of the protocol, ...
    A Procedure for Precise Determination of Glutathione Produced by Saccharomyces cerevisiae
    Authors:  Jyumpei Kobayashi, Daisuke Sasaki and Akihiko Kondo, date: 06/20/2018, view: 306, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] In bioproduction, yields of products must be calculated precisely for accurate evaluation of various fermentation conditions. To evaluate productivity of microorganisms, product amounts per unit of medium volume (e.g., mg-product/L-broth), and/or product amounts per unit of a microorganism amount (e.g., mg-product/mg-dry cell ...
    Preparation of Cell-free Synthesized Proteins Selectively Double Labeled for Single-molecule FRET Studies
    Authors:  Mayuri Sadoine, Michele Cerminara, Jörg Fitter and Alexandros Katranidis, date: 06/20/2018, view: 472, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Single-molecule FRET (smFRET) is a powerful tool to investigate molecular structures and conformational changes of biological molecules. The technique requires protein samples that are site-specifically equipped with a pair of donor and acceptor fluorophores. Here, we present a detailed protocol for preparing double-labeled proteins for smFRET ...
    Preparation of Lipid-Stripped Serum for the Study of Lipid Metabolism in Cell Culture
    Authors:  Aaron M. Hosios, Zhaoqi Li, Evan C. Lien and Matthew G. Vander Heiden, date: 06/05/2018, view: 784, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Studying lipid metabolism in cultured cells is complicated by the fact that cells are typically cultured in the presence of animal serum, which contains a wide, variable, and undefined variety of lipid species. Lipid metabolism can impact cell physiology, signaling, and proliferation, and the ability to culture cells in the absence of exogenous ...
    Protocol for RYMV Inoculation and Resistance Evaluation in Rice Seedlings
    Authors:  Agnès Pinel-Galzi, Eugénie Hébrard, Oumar Traoré, Drissa Silué and Laurence Albar, date: 06/05/2018, view: 384, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Rice yellow mottle virus (RYMV), a mechanically transmitted virus that causes serious damage to cultivated rice plants, is endemic to Africa. Varietal selection for resistance is considered to be the most effective and sustainable management strategy. Standardized resistance evaluation procedures are required for the identification and ...
    Characterization of Protein Domain Function via in vitro DNA Shuffling
    Authors:  Kathy Hiu Laam Po, Edward Wai Chi Chan and Sheng Chen, date: 06/05/2018, view: 298, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] We recently investigated the molecular events that drive evolution of the CTX-M-type β-lactamases by DNA shuffling of fragments of the blaCTX-M-14 and blaCTX-M-15 genes. Analysis of a total of 51 hybrid enzymes showed that enzymatic activity could be maintained in most cases, yet the enzymatically active ...