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    Quantitative Transformation Efficiency Assay for Bacillus subtilis
    Authors:  Christian L. Loyo and Briana M. Burton, date: 12/05/2018, view: 153, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Bacillus subtilis (B. subtilis) is a model Gram-positive organism used to study a variety of physiological states and stress responses, one of which is the development of competence. Competence refers to the physiological state of a cell which allows it to be transformed naturally. Through induction of competence, the efficiency ...
    Generation of Stable Expression Mammalian Cell Lines Using Lentivirus
    Authors:  Neha Tandon, Kaushik N. Thakkar, Edward L LaGory, Yu Liu and Amato J Giaccia, date: 11/05/2018, view: 271, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Lentiviruses are used very widely to generate stable expression mammalian cell lines. They are used for both gene down-regulation (by using shRNA) or for gene up-regulation (by using ORF of gene of interest). The technique of generating stable cell lines using 3rd generation lentivirus is very robust and it typically takes about 1-2 ...
    Microtitre Plate Based Cell-SELEX Method
    Authors:  Munish Shorie and Harmanjit Kaur, date: 10/20/2018, view: 508, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Aptamers have emerged as a novel category in the field of bioreceptors due to their wide applications ranging from biosensing to therapeutics. Several variations of their screening process, called SELEX have been reported which can yield sequences with desired properties needed for their final use. We report a facile microtiter plate-based ...
    Detection and Differentiation of Multiple Viral RNAs Using Branched DNA FISH Coupled to Confocal Microscopy and Flow Cytometry
    Authors:  Nicholas van Buuren and Karla Kirkegaard, date: 10/20/2018, view: 441, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Due to the exceptionally high mutation rates of RNA-dependent RNA polymerases, infectious RNA viruses generate extensive sequence diversity, leading to some of the lowest barriers to the development of antiviral drug resistance in the microbial world. We have previously discovered that higher barriers to the development of drug resistance can be ...
    Generation of Gene Knockout and Gene Replacement with Complete Removal of Full-length Endogenous Transcript Using CRISPR-Trap
    Authors:  Jonas Mechtersheimer, Stefan Reber and Marc-David Ruepp, date: 10/20/2018, view: 601, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] This protocol describes the application of the CRISPR-Trap from designing of the gene targeting strategy to validation of successfully edited clones that was validated on various human cell lines, among them human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs). The advantage of CRISPR-Trap over conventional approaches is the complete removal of any ...
    CRISPR/Cas9-mediated ssDNA Recombineering in Corynebacterium glutamicum
    Authors:  Jiao Liu, Yu Wang, Ping Zheng and Jibin Sun, date: 10/05/2018, view: 325, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Corynebacterium glutamicum is a versatile workhorse for industrial bioproduction of many kinds of chemicals and fuels, notably amino acids. Development of advanced genetic engineering tools is urgently demanded for systems metabolic engineering of C. glutamicum. Recently unveiled clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic ...
    Quantitative ChIP-seq by Adding Spike-in from Another Species
    Authors:  Kongyan Niu, Rui Liu and Nan Liu, date: 08/20/2018, view: 832, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Chromatin immunoprecipitation followed by sequencing (ChIP-seq) is a routine procedure in the lab; however, epigenome-wide quantitative comparison among independent ChIP-seq experiments remains a challenge. Here, we contribute an experimental protocol combined with a computational workflow allowing quantitative and comparative assessment of ...
    Delivery of the Cas9 or TevCas9 System into Phaeodactylum tricornutum via Conjugation of Plasmids from a Bacterial Donor
    Authors:  Helen Wang, Samuel S. Slattery, Bogumil J. Karas and David R. Edgell, date: 08/20/2018, view: 733, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Diatoms are an ecologically important group of eukaryotic microalgae with properties that make them attractive for biotechnological applications such as biofuels, foods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Phaeodactylum tricornutum is a model diatom with defined culture conditions, but routine genetic manipulations are hindered by a lack of ...
    Random Insertional Mutagenesis of a Serotype 2 Dengue Virus Clone
    Authors:  Jeffrey W. Perry and Andrew W. Tai, date: 08/20/2018, view: 498, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Protein tagging is a powerful method of investigating protein function. However, modifying positive-strand RNA virus proteins in the context of viral infection can be particularly difficult as their compact genomes and multifunctional proteins mean even small changes can inactivate or attenuate the virus. Although targeted approaches to ...
    CRISPR/Cas Gene Editing of a Large DNA Virus: African Swine Fever Virus
    [Abstract] Gene editing of large DNA viruses, such as African swine fever virus (ASFV), has traditionally relied on homologous recombination of a donor plasmid consisting of a reporter cassette with surrounding homologous viral DNA. However, this homologous recombination resulting in the desired modified virus is a rare event. We recently reported the use of ...



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