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    Isolation, Purification and Characterization of Exosomes from Fibroblast Cultures of Skeletal Muscle
    Authors:  Diantha van de Vlekkert, Xiaohui Qiu, Ida Annunziata and Alessandra d'Azzo, date: 04/05/2020, view: 37, Q&A: 0
    Exosomes are dynamic nanovesicles secreted by virtually all cells and are present in all biological fluids. Given their highly heterogeneous content exosomes have been implicated in many physiological and pathological processes that they exert by ...
    Fractionation of Ovarian Follicles and in vitro Oocyte Maturation and Ovulation Assay of Ciona intestinalis Type A
    Authors:  Shin Matsubara, Akira Shiraishi, Tomohiro Osugi, Tsuyoshi Kawada and Honoo Satake, date: 04/05/2020, view: 48, Q&A: 0
    Ascidians are the closest living relatives of vertebrates (Delsuc et al., 2006; Satoh et al., 2014) and are important for the evolutionary study of the ovarian follicle development including oocyte maturation and ovulation. ...
    Bimolecular Fluorescence Complementation (BiFC) for Studying Sarcomeric Protein Interactions in Drosophila
    Authors:  Océane Marescal, Frieder Schöck and Nicanor González-Morales, date: 04/05/2020, view: 74, Q&A: 0
    Protein-protein interactions in Drosophila myofibrils are essential for their function and formation. Bimolecular Fluorescence Complementation (BiFC) is an effective method for studying protein interactions and localization. BiFC relies on ...
    Spectrophotometric Assessment of Heme Oxygenase-1 Activity in Leishmania-infected Macrophages
    Authors:  Moumita Basu, Shriya Saha and Anindita Ukil, date: 04/05/2020, view: 65, Q&A: 0
    Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is a stress responsive enzyme that metabolizes heme and releases free iron, carbon monoxide (CO), and biliverdin (BV), which rapidly undergoes conversion to bilirubin (BL). Estimation of bilirubin is the basis of HO-1 assay. ...
    Flow Cytometry Measurement of Glucocerebrosidase Activity in Human Monocytes
    Authors:  Laura P. Hughes, Glenda M. Halliday and Nicolas Dzamko, date: 04/05/2020, view: 61, Q&A: 0
    Glucocerebrosidase (GCase) is an important enzyme for the metabolism of glycolipids. GCase enzyme deficiency is implicated in human disease and the efficient measurement of GCase activity is important for evaluating the efficacy of therapeutics ...
    In vivo Tumor Growth and Spontaneous Metastasis Assays Using A549 Lung Cancer Cells
    Metastasis accounts for the majority of cancer related deaths. The genetically engineered mouse (GEM) models and cell line-based subcutaneous and orthotopic mouse xenografts have been developed to study the metastatic process. By using lung cancer ...
    Isolation, Purification and Characterization of Exosomes from Fibroblast Cultures of Skeletal Muscle
    Authors:  Diantha van de Vlekkert, Xiaohui Qiu, Ida Annunziata and Alessandra d'Azzo, date: 04/05/2020, view: 37, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Exosomes are dynamic nanovesicles secreted by virtually all cells and are present in all biological fluids. Given their highly heterogeneous content exosomes have been implicated in many physiological and pathological processes that they exert by influencing cell-cell and cell-ECM communication. In recent years an increasing number of methods have ...
    Fractionation of Ovarian Follicles and in vitro Oocyte Maturation and Ovulation Assay of Ciona intestinalis Type A
    Authors:  Shin Matsubara, Akira Shiraishi, Tomohiro Osugi, Tsuyoshi Kawada and Honoo Satake, date: 04/05/2020, view: 48, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Ascidians are the closest living relatives of vertebrates (Delsuc et al., 2006; Satoh et al., 2014) and are important for the evolutionary study of the ovarian follicle development including oocyte maturation and ovulation. However, neither the endogenous factors nor the molecular mechanisms underlying the oocyte maturation and ...
    Bimolecular Fluorescence Complementation (BiFC) for Studying Sarcomeric Protein Interactions in Drosophila
    Authors:  Océane Marescal, Frieder Schöck and Nicanor González-Morales, date: 04/05/2020, view: 74, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Protein-protein interactions in Drosophila myofibrils are essential for their function and formation. Bimolecular Fluorescence Complementation (BiFC) is an effective method for studying protein interactions and localization. BiFC relies on the reconstitution of a monomeric fluorescent protein from two half-fragments when in proximity. Two ...
    Spectrophotometric Assessment of Heme Oxygenase-1 Activity in Leishmania-infected Macrophages
    Authors:  Moumita Basu, Shriya Saha and Anindita Ukil, date: 04/05/2020, view: 65, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is a stress responsive enzyme that metabolizes heme and releases free iron, carbon monoxide (CO), and biliverdin (BV), which rapidly undergoes conversion to bilirubin (BL). Estimation of bilirubin is the basis of HO-1 assay. HO-1 activity is widely employed to determine antioxidant response of cells under different ...
    Flow Cytometry Measurement of Glucocerebrosidase Activity in Human Monocytes
    Authors:  Laura P. Hughes, Glenda M. Halliday and Nicolas Dzamko, date: 04/05/2020, view: 61, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Glucocerebrosidase (GCase) is an important enzyme for the metabolism of glycolipids. GCase enzyme deficiency is implicated in human disease and the efficient measurement of GCase activity is important for evaluating the efficacy of therapeutics targeting this enzyme. Existing approaches to measure GCase activity include whole blood mass ...
    In vivo Tumor Growth and Spontaneous Metastasis Assays Using A549 Lung Cancer Cells
    [Abstract] Metastasis accounts for the majority of cancer related deaths. The genetically engineered mouse (GEM) models and cell line-based subcutaneous and orthotopic mouse xenografts have been developed to study the metastatic process. By using lung cancer cell line A549 as an example, we present a modified protocol to establish the cell line-based ...
    Characterization of Immunological Niches within Peyer’s Patches by ex vivo Photoactivation and Flow Cytometry Analysis
    Authors:  Adi Biram and Ziv Shulman, date: 03/20/2020, view: 227, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] T follicular helper (Tfh) cells regulate B cell selection for entry into the germinal center (GC) reaction or for differentiation into antibody forming cells. This process takes place at the border between the T and B zones in lymphoid organs and involves physical contacts between T and B cells. During these interactions, T cells endow the B cells ...
    An ex vivo Approach to Assess Mitochondrial ROS by Flow Cytometry in AAV-tagged Astrocytes in Adult Mice
    Authors:  Carlos Vicente-Gutierrez and Juan P. Bolaños, date: 03/20/2020, view: 448, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (mROS) are naturally produced signalling molecules extremely relevant for understanding both health- and disease-associated biological processes. The study of mROS in the brain is currently underway to decipher their physiopathological roles and contributions in neurological diseases. Recent advances in this ...
    Analyzing the Quenchable Iron Pool in Murine Macrophages by Flow Cytometry
    Authors:  Michael Riedelberger and Karl Kuchler, date: 03/20/2020, view: 164, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Tissue-resident macrophages are pivotal for a tightly-regulated iron metabolism at a cellular and systemic level, since subtle iron alterations increase the susceptibility for microbial infections or drive multiple diseases. However, research on cellular iron homeostasis in macrophages remains challenging due to the limited amount of available ...
    Method for Measuring Mucociliary Clearance and Cilia-generated Flow in Mice by ex vivo Imaging
    Authors:  Eric Song and Akiko Iwasaki, date: 03/20/2020, view: 203, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Ex vivo biophysical measurements provide valuable insights into understanding both physiological and pathogenic processes. One critical physiological mechanism that is regulated by these biophysical properties is cilia-generated flow that mediates mucociliary clearance, which is known to provide protection against foreign particles and ...



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