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    Co-culture of Human Stem Cell Derived Neurons and Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Cells
    Authors:  Stephanie Dooves, Aishwarya G. Nadadhur, Lisa Gasparotto and Vivi M. Heine, date: 09/05/2019, view: 734, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Crosstalk between neurons and oligodendrocytes is important for proper brain functioning. Multiple co-culture methods have been developed to study oligodendrocyte maturation, myelination or the effect of oligodendrocytes on neurons. However, most of these methods contain cells derived from animal models. In the current protocol, we co-culture ...
    Axon-seq for in Depth Analysis of the RNA Content of Neuronal Processes
    Authors:  Jik Nijssen, Julio Aguila and Eva Hedlund, date: 07/20/2019, view: 1206, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Neuronal processes have an RNA composition that is distinct from the cell body. Therefore, to fully understand neuronal biology in health and disease we need to study both somas, dendrites and axons. Here we describe a detailed protocol of a newly refined method, Axon-seq, for RNA sequencing of axons (and dendrites) grown in isolation using single ...
    CRISPR/Cas9 + AAV-mediated Intra-embryonic Gene Knocking in Mice
    [Abstract] Intra-embryo genome editing by CRISPR/Cas9 has enabled rapid generation of gene knockout animals. However, large fragment knock-in directly into embryos’ genome is still difficult, especially without microinjection of donor DNA. Viral vectors are good transporters of knock-in donor DNA for cell lines, but seemed unsuitable for pre-implantation ...
    Differentiation of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs) into an Effective Model of Forebrain Neural Progenitor Cells and Mature Neurons
    [Abstract] Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs) are pluripotent stem cells that can be generated from somatic cells, and provide a way to model the development of neural tissues in vitro. One particularly interesting application of iPSCs is the development of neurons analogous to those found in the human forebrain. Forebrain neurons play a central ...
    One-step Derivation of Functional Mesenchymal Stem Cells from Human Pluripotent Stem Cells
    Authors:  Yan Zhou, JinQi Liao, ChongZhou Fang, CuiPing Mo, GuangQian Zhou and Yonglun Luo, date: 11/20/2018, view: 2086, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are invaluable cell sources for understanding stem cell biology and potential application in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. The current issues of MSCs that demand to be further addressed are limited donors, tissue sources and limited capacity of ex vivo expansion. Here, we describe a simple and ...
    mRNA Stability Assay Using Transcription Inhibition by Actinomycin D in Mouse Pluripotent Stem Cells
    Authors:  Madara Ratnadiwakara and Minna-Liisa Änkö, date: 11/05/2018, view: 7404, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Gene expression is regulated through multiple steps at both transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels. The net abundance of mature mRNA species in cells is determined by the balance between transcription and degradation. Thus, the regulation of mRNA stability is a key post-transcriptional event that can greatly affect the net level of mRNAs ...
    RNA Immunoprecipitation Assay to Determine the Specificity of SRSF3 Binding to Nanog mRNA
    Authors:  Madara Ratnadiwakara and Minna-Liisa Änko, date: 11/05/2018, view: 2105, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Mammalian cells express hundreds of RNA binding proteins (RBPs) that are essential regulators of RNA metabolism. RBP activity plays a central role in the control of gene expression programs and identification of RNA-protein interactions is critical for comprehensive understanding of gene regulation in cells. In recent years, various tools and ...
    Isolation of Chromatin-bound Proteins from Subcellular Fractions for Biochemical Analysis
    Author:  Sébastien Gillotin, date: 10/05/2018, view: 5345, Q&A: 2
    [Abstract] Shuttling of proteins between different cellular compartments controls their proteostasis and can contribute in some cases to regulate their activity. Biochemical analysis of chromatin-bound proteins, such as transcription factors, is often difficult because of their low yield and due to the interference from nucleic acids. This protocol describes ...
    Small Molecule-Based Retinal Differentiation of Human Embryonic Stem Cells and Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
    Authors:  Jie Zhu and Deepak A. Lamba, date: 06/20/2018, view: 2722, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Retinal degeneration leads to loss of light-sensing photoreceptors eventually resulting in vision impairment and impose a heavy burden on both patients and the society. Currently available treatment options are very limited and mainly palliative. Ever since the discovery of human pluripotent stem cell technologies, cell replacement therapy has ...
    Generating Loss-of-function iPSC Lines with Combined CRISPR Indel Formation and Reprogramming from Human Fibroblasts
    Authors:  Andrew M. Tidball, Preethi Swaminathan, Louis T. Dang and Jack M. Parent, date: 04/05/2018, view: 4996, Q&A: 1
    [Abstract] For both disease and basic science research, loss-of-function (LOF) mutations are vitally important. Herein, we provide a simple stream-lined protocol for generating LOF iPSC lines that circumvents the technical challenges of traditional gene-editing and cloning of established iPSC lines by combining the introduction of the CRISPR vector ...



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