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    Quantifying HIV-1-Mediated Gut CD4+ T Cell Death in the Lamina Propria Aggregate Culture (LPAC) Model
    [Abstract] Gut CD4 T cells are major targets of HIV-1 and are massively depleted early during infection. To better understand the mechanisms governing HIV-1-mediated CD4 T cell death, we developed the physiologically-relevant Lamina Propria Aggregate Culture (LPAC) model. The LPAC model is ideal for studying CD4 T cell death induced by clinically-relevant ...
    Propagation and Purification of Chlamydia trachomatis Serovar L2 Transformants and Mutants
    Authors:  Robert Faris and Mary M. Weber, date: 12/20/2019, view: 427, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Chlamydia trachomatis (C.t.) is an obligate intracellular pathogen that cannot be cultured axenically and must be propagated within eukaryotic host cells. There are at least 15 distinct chlamydial serovariants that belong to 2 major biovars commonly referred to as trachoma and lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV). The invasive ...
    Lysosome Targeting RedGreen-assay: Selective Autophagy Sensing Assay for Mammalian Cells
    Authors:  Victoria Riccio, Miluska Vissa, Angus McQuibban and Peter Kijun Kim, date: 12/20/2019, view: 764, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The process of autophagy is an essential cellular mechanism, required to maintain general cell health through the removal of dysfunctional organelles, such as the ER, peroxisomes and mitochondria, as well as protein aggregates, and bacteria. Autophagy is an extremely dynamic process, and tools are constantly being developed to study the various ...
    Bacterial Synchronized Transfer Assays in Bone Marrow Derived Macrophages
    Authors:  Sedelia R Dominguez, Tom Kawula and Shaun P Steele, date: 11/20/2019, view: 563, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Merocytophagy (“mero”, Greek for partial; “cytophagy” for cell eating) is a process by which cells acquire microbes and cytosolic material through phagocytosis of a small portion of neighboring cells upon cell-cell contact. Cell-cell contact dependent transfer events can be assessed through co-incubation of differently labeled cells. With these ...
    Quantitation of TLR4 Internalization in Response to LPS in Thioglycollate Elicited Peritoneal Mouse Macrophages by Flow Cytometry
    Authors:  Katharina Richard, Stefanie N. Vogel and Darren J. Perkins, date: 09/20/2019, view: 591, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Internalization of cell surface Toll-like Receptor 4 (TLR4) is a convenient read-out to measure LPS dependent activation of the TRIF adaptor pathway. We here provide a protocol to quantify the LPS dependent internalization of TLR4 using thioglycollate-elicited peritoneal macrophages by flow cytometry.
    Measurement of CD74 N-terminal Fragment Accumulation in Cells Treated with SPPL2a Inhibitor
    Authors:  Rubén Martínez-Barricarte, Xiao-Fei Kong and Jean-Laurent Casanova, date: 06/05/2019, view: 1075, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The recent discovery of human signal peptide peptidase-like 2a (SPPL2a) deficiency in humans revealed the toxicity associated with the accumulation of one of its substrates, CD74 N-terminal fragment (CD74-NTF), for certain type of dendritic cells (cDC2). We developed a two-step protocol for monitoring the accumulation of this molecule in different ...
    Detection of Antigen-specific T cells in Spleens of Vaccinated Mice Applying 3[H]-Thymidine Incorporation Assay and Luminex Multiple Cytokine Analysis Technology
    Authors:  Maria Agallou and Evdokia Karagouni, date: 06/05/2019, view: 1916, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] For many infectious diseases T cells are an important part of naturally acquired protective immune responses, and inducing these by vaccination has been the aim of much research. Here, we describe a protocol for the analysis of vaccine-induced antigen-specific immune responses. For this purpose, cells of whole spleens obtained from vaccinated ...
    Induced Germinal Center B Cell Culture System
    Authors:  Kei Haniuda and Daisuke Kitamura, date: 02/20/2019, view: 3724, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The germinal center (GC) is the site where B cells undergo clonal expansion, affinity-based selection, and differentiation into memory B cells or plasma cells. It has been difficult to elucidate regulatory mechanisms for the dynamic GC B cell maturation and differentiation, partly because experimental manipulation of GC B cells in vivo ...
    Assessment of Humoral Alloimmunity in Mixed Lymphocyte Reaction
    Authors:  Georgios Pissas and Theodoros Eleftheriadis, date: 01/20/2019, view: 2862, Q&A: 1
    [Abstract] Humoral alloimmunity remains a significant and unresolved problem that constrains allograft survival. Thus, there is a need for the development of an easy, preferably non-radioactive, and inexpensive protocol for assessing the effect of various drug treatments on humoral alloimmunity. In order to satisfy this demand, we developed such a protocol ...
    Intracellular Invasion and Killing Assay to Investigate the Effects of Binge Alcohol Toxicity in Murine Alveolar Macrophages
    Authors:  Victor Jimenez Jr and Fernando P Monroy, date: 01/20/2019, view: 1729, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Alcohol consumption has diverse and well-documented effects on the human immune system and its ability to defend against infective agents. While pulmonary related infections can occur in healthy humans, binge alcohol use is recognized as a major health risk factor (Nelson et al., 1991). Although binge alcohol consumption has been ...

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