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    Nonenzymatic RNA-templated Synthesis of N3′→P5′ Phosphoramidate DNA
    Authors:  Derek K. O'Flaherty, Lijun Zhou and Jack W. Szostak, date: 09/05/2020, view: 431, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The RNA world hypothesis describes a scenario where early life forms relied on RNA to govern both inheritance and catalyze useful chemical reactions. Prior to the emergence of enzymes capable of replicating the RNA genome, a nonenzymatic replication process would have been necessary to initiate Darwinian Evolution. However, the one-pot ...
    Screening Method for CRISPR/Cas9 Inhibition of a Human DNA Virus: Herpes Simplex Virus
    [Abstract] The efficiency of cleavage of individual CRISPR/Cas9-sgRNAs remains difficult to predict based on the CRISPR target sequence alone. Different intracellular environments (dependent on cell type or cell cycle state for example) may affect sgRNA efficiency by altering accessibility of genomic DNA through DNA modifications such as epigenetic marks and ...
    Isolation and Quantification of Extracellular DNA from Biofluids
    Authors:  Ľubica Janovičová, Barbora Konečná, Barbora Vlková and Peter Celec, date: 08/20/2020, view: 656, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Extracellular DNA is studied as a diagnostic biomarker, but also as a factor involved in the pathophysiology of several diseases due to its pro-inflammatory properties. Extracellular DNA can be extracted from plasma, urine, saliva or other biofluids using standard DNA isolation procedures and specialized commercial kits. Sample preparation for ...
    SMART (Single Molecule Analysis of Resection Tracks) Technique for Assessing DNA end-Resection in Response to DNA Damage
    [Abstract] DNA double strand breaks (DSBs) are among the most toxic lesions affecting genome integrity. DSBs are mainly repaired through non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) and homologous recombination (HR). A crucial step of the HR process is the generation, through DNA end-resection, of a long 3′ single-strand DNA stretch, necessary to prime DNA synthesis ...
    Generation and in Planta Functional Analysis of Potato Virus Y mutants
    [Abstract] Potato virus Y (PVY), the type member of the genus Potyvirus (family Potyviridae), is the most widespread virus affecting potato and is included in the top five most economically detrimental plant viruses. Recently, the structure of the PVY virion has been determined by cryo-electron microscopy, which has opened the doors to ...
    Methylation-sensitive Amplified Polymorphism as a Tool to Analyze Wild Potato Hybrids
    Authors:  Nicolás Cara, Carlos F. Marfil, María V. Bertoldi and Ricardo W. Masuelli, date: 07/05/2020, view: 682, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Methylation-Sensitive Amplification Polymorphism (MSAP) is a versatile marker for analyzing DNA methylation patterns in non-model species. The implementation of this technique does not require a reference genome and makes it possible to determine the methylation status of hundreds of anonymous loci distributed throughout the genome. In addition, ...
    Genomic Edition of Ashbya gossypii Using One-vector CRISPR/Cas9
    Authors:  Gloria Muñoz-Fernández, Alberto Jiménez and José Luis Revuelta, date: 06/20/2020, view: 691, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The CRISPR/Cas9 system is a novel genetic tool which allows the precise manipulation of virtually any genomic sequence. In this protocol, we use a specific CRISPR/Cas9 system for the manipulation of Ashbya gossypii. The filamentous fungus A. gossypii is currently used for the industrial production of riboflavin (vitamina B2). In ...
    Safe DNA-extraction Protocol Suitable for Studying Tree-fungus Interactions
    Authors:  Susanna Keriö, Eeva Terhonen and Jared M. LeBoldus, date: 06/05/2020, view: 1506, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] We present a safe and low-cost method suitable for DNA extraction from mycelium and tree tissue samples. After sample preparation, the extraction takes about 60 min. Method performance was tested by extracting DNA from various tree tissue samples and from mycelium grown on solid and liquid media. DNA was extracted from juvenile and mature host ...
    Modeling NOTCH1 driven T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in Mice
    Authors:  Agnieszka A. Wendorff and Adolfo A. Ferrando, date: 05/20/2020, view: 1243, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) is an aggressive hematological malignancy that arises from transformation of T-cell primed hematopoietic progenitors. Although T-ALL is a heterogenous and molecularly complex disease, more than 65% of T-ALL patients carry activating mutations in the NOTCH1 gene. The majority of T-ALL–associated ...
    Evaluation of the Efficiency of Genome Editing Tools by a Frameshift Fluorescence Protein Reporter
    Authors:  Balaji T. Moorthy, Akhilesh Kumar, Lauren X. Lotenfoe and Fangliang Zhang, date: 05/20/2020, view: 1273, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] In the last decade, genome editing has been the center of attention as a novel tool for mechanistic investigations and for potential clinical applications. Various genome editing tools like meganucleases, zinc finger nucleases (ZFNs), transcription activator-like effector-based nucleases (TALEN), and the clustered regularly interspaced short ...



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