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    FRET-based Microscopy Assay to Measure Activity of Membrane Amino Acid Transporters with Single-transporter Resolution
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    Secondary active transporters reside in cell membranes transporting polar solutes like amino acids against steep concentration gradients, using electrochemical gradients of ions as energy sources. Commonly, ensemble-based measurements of radiolabeled substrate uptakes or transport currents inform on kinetic parameters of transporters. Here we

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    Developing Biohybrid Robotic Jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) for Free-swimming Tests in the Laboratory and in the Field
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    Biohybrid robotics is a growing field that incorporates both live tissues and engineered materials to build robots that address current limitations in robots, including high power consumption and low damage tolerance. One approach is to use microelectronics to enhance whole organisms, which has previously been achieved to control the locomotion of

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    A Workflow for High-pressure Freezing and Freeze Substitution of the Caenorhabditis elegans Embryo for Ultrastructural Analysis by Conventional and Volume Electron Microscopy
    Authors:  Mohammad M. Rahman, Irene Y. Chang, Orna Cohen-Fix and Kedar Narayan, date: 04/05/2021, view: 234, Q&A: 0
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    The free-living nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is a popular model system for studying developmental biology. Here we describe a detailed protocol to high-pressure freeze the C. elegans embryo (either ex vivo after dissection, or within the intact worm) followed by quick freeze substitution. Processed samples are suitable for ultrastructural

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    Investigate Synaptic Vesicles Mobility in Neuronal Culture Axons by FRAP Imaging
    Authors:  Xiao Min Zhang, Fabrice P. Cordelieres and Etienne Herzog, date: 03/20/2021, view: 609, Q&A: 0
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    Synaptic vesicles (SVs) are clustered in the presynaptic terminals and consistently trafficking along axons. Based on their release features, SVs are classified into different “pools”. Imaging of SVs that are traveling among multiple presynaptic terminals has helped define a new pool named “SV super-pool”. Here we describe

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    Automated Analysis of Cerebrospinal Fluid Flow and Motile Cilia Properties in The Central Canal of Zebrafish Embryos
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    Circulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) plays an important role during development. In zebrafish embryo, the flow of CSF has been found to be bidirectional in the central canal of the spinal cord. In order to compare conditions and genetic mutants across each other, we recently automated the quantification of the velocity profile of exogenous

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    Simultaneous Imaging of Single Protein Size, Charge, and Binding Using A Protein Oscillation Approach
    Authors:  Guangzhong Ma, Zijian Wan and Shaopeng Wang, date: 03/05/2021, view: 1242, Q&A: 0
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    Electrophoresis and Western blot are important tools in protein research for detection and identification of proteins. These traditional techniques separate the proteins based on size and charge differences and identify the proteins by antibody binding. Over the past decade, the emergence of single-molecule techniques has shown great potential in

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    Characterize the Interaction of the DNA Helicase PriA with the Stalled DNA Replication Fork Using Atomic Force Microscopy
    Authors:  Yaqing Wang, Zhiqiang Sun, Piero R. Bianco and Yuri L. Lyubchenko, date: 03/05/2021, view: 993, Q&A: 0
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    In bacteria, the restart of stalled DNA replication forks requires the DNA helicase PriA. PriA can recognize and remodel abandoned DNA replication forks, unwind DNA in the 3'-to-5' direction, and facilitate the loading of the helicase DnaB onto the DNA to restart replication. ssDNA-binding protein (SSB) is typically present at the abandoned forks,

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    Expression and Purification of Yeast-derived GPCR, Gα and Gβγ Subunits for Structural and Dynamic Studies
    Authors:  Wenjie Zhao, Xudong Wang and Libin Ye, date: 02/20/2021, view: 1403, Q&A: 0
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    In the last several years, as evidence of a surged number of GPCR-G complex structures, the expressions of GPCRs and G proteins for structural biology have achieved tremendous successes, mostly in insect and mammalian cell systems, resulting in more than 370 structures of over 70 GPCRs have been resolved. However, the challenge remains,

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    Live Cell FRET Analysis of the Conformational Changes of Human P-glycoprotein
    Authors:  Ryota Futamata, Noriyuki Kioka and Kazumitsu Ueda, date: 02/20/2021, view: 1076, Q&A: 0
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    The molecular mechanisms of P-glycoprotein (P-gp; also known as MDR1 or ABCB1) have been mainly investigated using artificial membranes such as lipid-detergent mixed micelles, artificial lipid bilayers, and membrane vesicles derived from cultured cells. Although these in vitro experiments help illustrate details about the molecular mechanisms of

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    Measuring Extracellular Proton and Anionic Fluxes in Arabidopsis Pollen Tubes
    Authors:  Maria Teresa Portes and José A. Feijó, date: 02/05/2021, view: 452, Q&A: 0
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    The ion-selective vibrating probe has been used to detect and quantify the magnitude and direction of transmembrane fluxes of several ions in a wide range of biological systems. Inherently non-invasive, vibrating probes have been essential to access relevant electrophysiological parameters related to apical growth and morphogenesis in pollen

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