Molecular Biology


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    In vitro Reconstitution Assays of Arabidopsis 20S Proteasome
    Authors:  Yanjun Li, Di Sun, Xingxing Yan, Zhiye Wang and Xiuren Zhang, date: 04/05/2021, view: 181, Q&A: 0

    The majority of cellular proteins are degraded by the 26S proteasome in eukaryotes. However, intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs), which contain large portions of unstructured regions and are inherently unstable, are degraded via the ubiquitin-independent 20S proteasome. Emerging evidence indicates that plant IDP homeostasis may also be

    Ligand and Carbohydrate Engagement (LACE) Assay and Fluorescence Quantification on Murine Neural Tissue
    Authors:  James M. Clegg and Thomas Pratt, date: 03/20/2021, view: 384, Q&A: 0

    The interaction between cell surface heparan sulphate and diffusible ligands such as FGFs is of vital importance for downstream signaling, however, there are few techniques that can be used to investigate this binding event. The ligand and carbohydrate engagement (LACE) assay is a powerful tool which can be used to probe the molecular interaction

    In vitro Measurement of Membrane Attack Complex in RPE Cells
    Authors:  Kelly Mulfaul and Sarah L. Doyle, date: 02/20/2021, view: 753, Q&A: 0

    Initiation of the complement system results in the formation of a multiprotein pore termed the membrane attack complex (MAC, C5b-C9). MAC pores accumulate on a cell surface and can result in cell lysis. The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is a single monolayer of pigmented epithelial cells located at the posterior poll of the eye that forms the

    Determination of Microtubule Lattice Parameters from Cryo-electron Microscope Images Using TubuleJ
    Authors:  Siou Ku, Cédric Messaoudi, Charlotte Guyomar, Charles Kervrann and Denis Chrétien, date: 11/05/2020, view: 868, Q&A: 0

    The α-β tubulin heterodimer undergoes subtle conformational changes during microtubule assembly. These can be modulated by external factors, whose effects on microtubule structure can be characterized on 2D views obtained by cryo-electron microscopy. Analysis of microtubule images is facilitated if they are straight enough to interpret

    Understanding Docking Complexes of Macromolecules Using HADDOCK: The Synergy between Experimental Data and Computations
    Authors:  Andrea Saponaro, Vincenzo Maione, Alexandre M. J. J. Bonvin and Francesca Cantini, date: 10/20/2020, view: 889, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] This protocol illustrates the modelling of a protein-peptide complex using the synergic combination of in silico analysis and experimental results. To this end, we use the integrative modelling software HADDOCK, which possesses the powerful ability to incorporate experimental data, such as NMR Chemical Shift Perturbations and biochemical ...
    Affinity Purification of GO-Matryoshka Biosensors from E. coli for Quantitative Ratiometric Fluorescence Analyses
    [Abstract] Genetically encoded biosensors are powerful tools for quantitative visualization of ions and metabolites in vivo. Design and optimization of such biosensors typically require analyses of large numbers of variants. Sensor properties determined in vitro such as substrate specificity, affinity, response range, dynamic range, and ...
    Assembly and Imaging Set up of PIE-Scope
    [Abstract] Cryo-Electron Tomography (cryo-ET) is a method that enables resolving the structure of macromolecular complexes directly in the cellular environment. However, sample preparation for in situ Cryo-ET is labour-intensive and can require both cryo-lamella preparation through cryo-Focused Ion Beam (FIB) milling and correlative light microscopy ...
    Novel Protein-oligonucleotide Conjugation Method Involving a High-affinity Capture HaloTag
    Author:  Junshi Yazaki, date: 09/20/2020, view: 1789, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Highly sensitive quantitative protein profiling can play a key role in the early diagnosis of diseases, such as autoimmune diseases and cancer. We developed a modified protein-oligonucleotide conjugation method termed HaloTag-mediated barcoding, for quantifying protein molecules at a higher sensitivity than conventional protein quantification ...
    Quantification of the Surface Expression of G Protein-coupled Receptors Using Intact Live-cell Radioligand Binding Assays
    Authors:  Xin Xu and Guangyu Wu, date: 09/20/2020, view: 1703, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are the most structurally diverse family of signaling proteins and regulate a variety of cell function. For most GPCRs, the cell surface is their functional destination where they are able to respond a wide range of extracellular stimuli, leading to the activation of intracellular signal transduction cascades. ...
    A Workflow for Ultra-rapid Analysis of Histone Post-translational Modifications with Direct-injection Mass Spectrometry
    Authors:  Natarajan V. Bhanu, Simone Sidoli and Benjamin A Garcia, date: 09/20/2020, view: 2055, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Chromatin modifications, like histone post translational modifications (PTMs), are critical for tuning gene expression and many other aspects of cell phenotype. Liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (LC-MS) has become the most suitable method to analyze histones and histone PTMs in a large-scale manner. Selected histone PTMs have ...

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