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    Isolation of Nuclei from Mouse Dorsal Root Ganglia for Single-nucleus Genomics
    Authors:  Lite Yang, Ivan Tochitsky, Clifford J. Woolf and William Renthal, date: 08/05/2021, view: 24, Q&A: 0
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    Primary somatosensory neurons, whose cell bodies reside in the dorsal root ganglion (DRG) and trigeminal ganglion, are specialized to transmit sensory information from the periphery to the central nervous system. Our molecular understanding of peripheral sensory neurons has been limited by both their heterogeneity and low abundance compared with

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    Efficient and Rapid Analysis of Polysomes and Ribosomal Subunits in Cells and Tissues Using Ribo Mega-SEC
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    Polysome profile analysis is a popular method for separating polysomes and ribosomal subunits and is typically achieved using a sucrose density gradient (SDG). This has remained the gold standard method since ribosomes were first discovered; however, this method is time-consuming and requires multiple steps from making the gradient and long

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    Purification and Cryo-electron Microscopy Analysis of Plant Mitochondrial Ribosomes
    Authors:  Florent Waltz, Philippe Giegé and Yaser Hashem, date: 08/05/2021, view: 19, Q&A: 0
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    Plants make up by far the largest part of biomass on Earth. They are the primary source of food and the basis of most drugs used for medicinal purposes. Similarly to all eukaryotes, plant cells also use mitochondria for energy production. Among mitochondrial gene expression processes, translation is the least understood; although, recent advances

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    Antisense Oligo Pulldown of Circular RNA for Downstream Analysis
    Authors:  Debojyoti Das, Aniruddha Das and Amaresh C. Panda, date: 07/20/2021, view: 456, Q&A: 0
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    Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are a large family of noncoding RNA molecules that have emerged as novel regulators of gene expression by sequestering microRNAs (miRNAs) and RNA-binding proteins (RBPs). Several computational tools have been developed to predict circRNA interaction with target miRNAs and RBPs with a view to studying their potential effect

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    A Multi-color Bicistronic Biosensor to Compare the Translation Dynamics of Different Open Reading Frames at Single-molecule Resolution in Live Cells
    Authors:  Amanda L. Koch, Tatsuya Morisaki and Timothy J. Stasevich, date: 07/20/2021, view: 859, Q&A: 0
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    Here, we describe how to image and quantitate the translation dynamics of a bicistronic biosensor that we recently created to fairly compare cap-dependent and IRES-mediated translation at single-molecule resolution in live human cells. This technique employs a pair of complementary intrabodies loaded into living cells that co-translationally bind

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    Transcriptional Run-on: Measuring Nascent Transcription at Specific Genomic Sites in Yeast
    Authors:  Victoria Begley, Lola de Miguel-Jiménez and Sebastián Chávez, date: 06/20/2021, view: 771, Q&A: 0
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    DNA transcription by RNA polymerases has always interested the scientific community as it is one of the most important processes involved in genome expression. This has led scientists to come up with different protocols allowing analysis of this process in specific locations across the genome by quantitating the amount of RNA polymerases

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    Mechanical Fractionation of Cultured Neuronal Cells into Cell Body and Neurite Fractions
    Authors:  Ankita Arora, Raeann Goering, Hei-Yong G. Lo and J. Matthew Taliaferro, date: 06/05/2021, view: 1442, Q&A: 0
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    Many cells contain spatially defined subcellular regions that perform specialized tasks enabled by localized proteins. The subcellular distribution of these localized proteins is often facilitated by the subcellular localization of the RNA molecules that encode them. A key question in the study of this process of RNA localization is the

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    A New Method for Studying RNA-binding Proteins on Specific RNAs
    Authors:  Weiping Sun, Ziheng Zhang, Ji-Long Liu and Min Zhuang, date: 05/20/2021, view: 4499, Q&A: 0
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    Proximity-based protein labeling has been developed to identify protein-nucleic acid interactions. We have reported a novel method termed CRUIS (CRISPR-based RNA-United Interacting System), which captures RNA-protein interactions in living cells by combining the RNA-binding capacity of CRISPR/Cas13 and the proximity-tagging activity of PUP-IT.

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    In vivo CD40 Silencing by siRNA Infusion in Rodents and Evaluation by Kidney Immunostaining
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    The co-stimulatory molecule CD40 and its ligand CD40L play a key role in the regulation of immunological processes and are involved in the pathophysiology of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Inhibition of the CD40-CD40L axis is a promising therapy, and a number of strategies and techniques have been designed to hinder its functionality. Our

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    Identification of R-loop-forming Sequences in Drosophila melanogaster Embryos and Tissue Culture Cells Using DRIP-seq
    Authors:  Célia Alecki and Nicole J. Francis, date: 05/05/2021, view: 2760, Q&A: 0
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    R-loops are non-canonical nucleic structures composed of an RNA–DNA hybrid and a displaced ssDNA. Originally identified as a source of genomic instability, R-loops have been shown over the last decade to be involved in the targeting of proteins and to be associated with different histone modifications, suggesting a regulatory function. In

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