Molecular Biology


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    Separation of Thylakoid Protein Complexes with Two-dimensional Native-PAGE
    Authors:  Marjaana Rantala, Virpi Paakkarinen and Eva-Mari Aro, date: 07/05/2018, view: 229, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The hierarchical composition and interactions of the labile thylakoid protein complexes can be assessed by sequential 2D-native gel-electrophoresis system. Mild non-ionic detergent digitonin is used to solubilize labile protein super-and megacomplexes, which are then separated with first-dimension blue native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis ...
    Analysis of Autophagic Activity Using ATG8 Lipidation Assay in Arabidopsis thaliana
    Authors:  Mengqian Luo and Xiaohong Zhuang, date: 06/20/2018, view: 313, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] As a fundamental metabolic pathway to degrade and recycle cellular cargos, autophagy is highly induced upon stress, starvation and senescence conditions in plants. A double-membrane structure named autophagosome will form during this process for cargo sequestration and delivery into the vacuole.

    A number of regulators have been ...
    Characterizing the Transcriptional Effects of Endolysin Treatment on Established Biofilms of Staphylococcus aureus
    [Abstract] Biofilms are the most common lifestyle of bacteria in both natural and human environments. The organized structure of these multicellular communities generally protects bacterial cells from external challenges, thereby enhancing their ability to survive treatment with antibiotics or disinfectants. For this reason, the search for new antibiofilm ...
    Mammalian Cell-derived Vesicles for the Isolation of Organelle Specific Transmembrane Proteins to Conduct Single Molecule Studies
    Authors:  Faruk H. Moonschi, Ashley M. Fox-Loe, Xu Fu and Chris I. Richards, date: 05/05/2018, view: 527, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Cell-derived vesicles facilitate the isolation of transmembrane proteins in their physiological membrane maintaining their structural and functional integrity. These vesicles can be generated from different cellular organelles producing, housing, or transporting the proteins. Combined with single-molecule imaging, isolated organelle specific ...
    Functional Evaluation of the Signal Peptides of Secreted Proteins
    Authors:  Weixiao Yin, Yufu Wang, Tao Chen, Yang Lin and Chaoxi Luo, date: 05/05/2018, view: 423, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Here, we describe a method that can be used to evaluate the function of predicted signal peptides. This method utilizes the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae YTK12 strain and pSUC2 vector in which the pSUC2 vector with fused predicted signal peptide is transformed into yeast. The function of the signal peptides can be evaluated by using ...
    Nab Escaping AAV Mutants Isolated from Mouse Muscles
    Authors:  Zheng Chai, R. Jude Samulski and Chengwen Li, date: 05/05/2018, view: 536, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Neutralizing antibodies (Nabs) are a major challenge in clinical trials of adeno-associated virus (AAV) vector gene therapy, because Nabs are able to inhibit AAV transduction in patients. We have successfully isolated several novel Nab-escaped AAV chimeric capsids in mice by administrating a mixture of AAV shuffled library and patient serum. These ...
    CRISPR-mediated Tagging with BirA Allows Proximity Labeling in Toxoplasma gondii
    Authors:  Shaojun Long, Kevin M. Brown and L. David Sibley, date: 03/20/2018, view: 1201, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Defining protein interaction networks can provide key insights into how protein complexes govern complex biological problems. Here we define a method for proximity based labeling using permissive biotin ligase to define protein networks in the intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii. When combined with CRISPR/Cas9 based tagging, this ...
    In vivo Analysis of Cyclic di-GMP Cyclase and Phosphodiesterase Activity in Escherichia coli Using a Vc2 Riboswitch-based Assay
    Authors:  Ying Liu, Hyunhee Kim and Ute Römling, date: 03/05/2018, view: 713, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Cyclic di-guanosine monophosphate (c-di-GMP) is a ubiquitous second messenger that regulates distinct aspects of bacterial physiology. It is synthesized by diguanylate cyclases (DGCs) and hydrolyzed by phosphodiesterases (PDEs). To date, the activities of DGC and PDE are commonly assessed by phenotypic assays, mass spectrometry analysis of ...
    Conditional Knockdown of Proteins Using Auxin-inducible Degron (AID) Fusions in Toxoplasma gondii
    Authors:  Kevin M. Brown, Shaojun Long and L. David Sibley, date: 02/20/2018, view: 1846, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Toxoplasma gondii is a member of the deadly phylum of protozoan parasites called Apicomplexa. As a model apicomplexan, there is a great wealth of information regarding T. gondii’s 8,000+ protein coding genes including sequence variation, expression, and relative contribution to parasite fitness. However, new tools are needed to ...
    Measuring Nucleosome Assembly Activity in vitro with the Nucleosome Assembly and Quantification (NAQ) Assay
    Authors:  Francesca Mattiroli, Yajie Gu and Karolin Luger, date: 02/05/2018, view: 749, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Nucleosomes organize the eukaryotic genome into chromatin. In cells, nucleosome assembly relies on the activity of histone chaperones, proteins with high binding affinity to histones. At least a subset of histone chaperones promotes histone deposition in vivo. However, it has been challenging to characterize this activity, due to the lack ...