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    ATAC-Seq-based Identification of Extrachromosomal Circular DNA in Mammalian Cells and Its Validation Using Inverse PCR and FISH
    Authors:  Zhangli Su, Shekhar Saha, Teressa Paulsen, Pankaj Kumar and Anindya Dutta, date: 05/05/2021, view: 324, Q&A: 0
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    Recent studies from multiple labs including ours have demonstrated the importance of extrachromosomal circular DNA (eccDNA) from yeast to humans (Shibata et al., 2012; Dillon et al., 2015; Møller et al., 2016; Kumar et al., 2017; Turner et al., 2017; Kim et al., 2020). More recently, it has been found that cancer cells obtain a selective

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    A Sensitive and Specific PCR-based Assay to Quantify Hepatitis B Virus Covalently Closed Circular (ccc) DNA while Preserving Cellular DNA
    Authors:  Benno Zehnder, Stephan Urban and Thomas Tu, date: 04/20/2021, view: 574, Q&A: 0
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    Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is the major cause of liver diseases and liver cancer worldwide. After infecting hepatocytes, the virus establishes a stable episome (covalently closed circular DNA, or cccDNA) that serves as the template for all viral transcripts. Specific and accurate quantification of cccDNA is difficult because infected cells contain

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    A Novel Method to Construct Binary CRISPR Vectors for Plant Transformation by Single Round of PCR Amplification
    Authors:  Kang Li, Yuhui Wang and Chuanying Fang, date: 04/05/2021, view: 559, Q&A: 0
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    CRISPR/Cas9 is an established and flexible tool for genome editing. However, most methods used to generate expression clones for the CRISPR/Cas9 are time-consuming. Hence, we have developed a one-step protocol to introduce sgRNA expression cassette(s) directly into binary vectors (Liu et al., 2020). In this approach, we have optimized the

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    Reconstitution of Chromatin by Stepwise Salt Dialysis
    Authors:  Grisel Cruz-Becerra and James T. Kadonaga, date: 04/05/2021, view: 331, Q&A: 0
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    Chromatin, rather than plain DNA, is the natural substrate of the molecular machines that mediate DNA-directed processes in the nucleus. Chromatin can be reconstituted in vitro by using different methodologies. The salt dialysis method yields chromatin that consists of purified histones and DNA. This biochemically pure chromatin is well-suited for

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    Real-time Base Excision Repair Assay to Measure the Activity of the 8-oxoguanine DNA Glycosylase 1 in Isolated Mitochondria of Human Skin Fibroblasts
    Authors:  Daniel Schniertshauer, Daniel Gebhard and Jörg Bergemann, date: 03/20/2021, view: 634, Q&A: 0
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    7,8-dihydro-8-oxoguanine (8-oxoG) is one of the most common and mutagenic oxidative DNA damages induced by reactive oxygen species (ROS). Since ROS is mainly produced in the inner membranes of the mitochondria, these organelles and especially the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) contained therein are particularly affected by this damage. Insufficient

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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: 1071, 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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    Defined Mutant Library Sequencing (DML-Seq) for Identification of Conditional Essential Genes
    Authors:  Shuai Shao, Lifan Wei, Feng Xia, Yuanxing Zhang and Qiyao Wang, date: 03/05/2021, view: 530, Q&A: 0
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    Transposon insertion sequencing (TIS) is an emerging technique which utilizes a massive transposon mutant library to screen specific phenotype and determine the conditional essential genetic requirements for bacterial fitness under distinct conditions combined with high-throughput parallel sequencing technology. Compared with a massive mutant

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    Rapid Genome Engineering of Pseudomonas Assisted by Fluorescent Markers and Tractable Curing of Plasmids
    Authors:  Daniel C. Volke, Nicolas T. Wirth and Pablo I. Nikel, date: 02/20/2021, view: 1966, Q&A: 0
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    Precise genome engineering has become a commonplace technique for metabolic engineering. Also, insertion, deletion and alteration of genes and other functional DNA sequences are essential for understanding and engineering cells. Several techniques have been developed to this end (e.g., CRISPR/Cas-assisted methods, homologous recombination, or λ

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    Histochemical Staining of Suberin in Plant Roots
    Authors:  Peter Marhavý and Shahid Siddique, date: 02/05/2021, view: 949, Q&A: 0
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    Histological stains are useful tools for characterizing cell shape, arrangement and the material they are made from. Stains can be used individually or simultaneously to mark different cell structures or polymers within the same cells, and to visualize them in different colors. Histological stains can be combined with genetically-encoded

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    Cellulase and Macerozyme-PEG-mediated Transformation of Moss Protoplasts
    [Abstract] This protocol describes the generation of protoplasts from protonemal tissue of the moss Physcomitrium patens (syn. Physcomitrella patens), using Cellulase ONOZUKA R10 and Macerozyme R10, followed by polyethylene glycol (PEG) mediated transformation. The protonemal tissue grown in liquid suspension was harvested and treated with ...



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