Cell Biology


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    Preparation of Synaptoneurosomes to Study the Synapse in the Murine Cerebral Cortex
    Authors:  Ariel Diaz, Enrique Torre and Manuel Yepes, date: 01/20/2021, view: 839, Q&A: 1

    The synapse is a complex structure where the transmission of information takes place. Synaptic dysfunction is one of the earliest pathophysiological events in several diseases, such as traumatic brain injury, cerebral ischemia, and neurodegenerative diseases. Thus, a methodology to study synaptic structure and function is crucial for the

    Lipid Droplet Isolation from Arabidopsis thaliana Leaves
    Authors:  Yovanny Izquierdo, Rubén Fernández-Santos, Tomás Cascón and Carmen Castresana, date: 12/20/2020, view: 941, Q&A: 0

    Lipid droplets (LDs) are neutral lipid aggregates surrounded by a phospholipid monolayer and specific proteins. In plants, they play a key role as energy source after seed germination, but are also formed in vegetative tissues in response to developmental or environmental conditions, where their functions are poorly understood. To elucidate these,

    Generation of Giant Unilamellar Vesicles (GUVs) Using Polyacrylamide Gels
    Authors:  Eric Parigoris, Daniel L. Dunkelmann and Unai Silvan, date: 11/05/2020, view: 1411, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Giant unilamellar vesicles (GUVs) are a widely used model system for a range of applications including membrane biophysics, drug delivery, and the study of actin dynamics. While several protocols have been developed for their generation in recent years, the use of these techniques involving charged lipid types and buffers of physiological ionic ...
    Fluorescent Polysome Profiling in Caenorhabditis elegans
    Authors:  Dan Shaffer and Jarod A Rollins, date: 09/05/2020, view: 1755, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] An important but often overlooked aspect of gene regulation occurs at the level of protein translation. Many genes are regulated not only by transcription but by their propensity to be recruited to actively translating ribosomes (polysomes). Polysome profiling allows for the separation of unbound 40S and 60S subunits, 80S monosomes, and actively ...
    Stopped-flow Light Scattering Analysis of Red Blood Cell Glycerol Permeability
    [Abstract] Stopped-Flow Light Scattering (SFLS) is a method devised to analyze the kinetics of fast chemical reactions that result in a significant change of the average molecular weight and/or in the shape of the reaction substrates. Several modifications of the original stopped-flow system have been made leading to a significant extension of its technical ...
    Buoyant Density Fractionation of Small Extracellular Vesicle Sub-populations Derived from Mammalian Cells
    Authors:  Morayma M. Temoche-Diaz, Matthew J. Shurtleff and Randy Schekman, date: 08/05/2020, view: 1485, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Small extracellular vesicles (sEVs) encompass a variety of distinct vesicles that are secreted to the extracellular space. Many methodologies currently used for EV isolation (e.g., differential ultracentrifugation concluding in a high-speed pellet, precipitation by macromolecular crowding agents or size excusion chromatography–SEC) do not ...
    Measuring Intracellular Vesicle Density and Dispersion Using Fluorescence Microscopy and ImageJ/FIJI
    [Abstract] Cell signalling, cell secretion, and plasma membrane repair are processes that critically rely on intracellular vesicles, important components of the endocytic and secretory pathways. More specifically, the strategic distribution of intracellular vesicles is important for diverse cellular processes. The method presented here is a simple, ...
    Extracellular Vesicles Tracking and Quantification Using CT and Optical Imaging in Rats
    [Abstract] Exosomes, a subtype of extracellular vesicles, are nanovesicles of endocytic origin. Exosomes contain a plethora of proteins, lipids, and genetic materials of parent cells to facilitate intercellular communications. Tracking exosomes in vivo is fundamentally important to understand their biodistribution pattern and the mechanism of ...
    Isolating Multiple Extracellular Vesicles Subsets, Including Exosomes and Membrane Vesicles, from Bovine Milk Using Sodium Citrate and Differential Ultracentrifugation
    Authors:  Abderrahim Benmoussa, Sara Michel, Caroline Gilbert and Patrick Provost, date: 06/05/2020, view: 2061, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Milk is a complex fluid that contains various types of proteins and extracellular vesicles (EVs). Some proteins can mingle with EVs, and interfere with their isolation. Among these proteins, caseins form micelles of a size comparable to milk EVs, and can thus be co-isolated with EVs. Preliminary steps that affect milk are crucial for EV isolation ...
    Isolation and Characterization of Exosomes from Mouse Feces
    Authors:  Chunhua Yang, Mingzhen Zhang, Junsik Sung, Lixin Wang, Yunjin Jung and Didier Merlin, date: 04/20/2020, view: 2496, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Exosomes secreted by colonic epithelial cells are present in feces and contain valuable epigenetic information, such as miRNAs, proteins, and metabolites. An in-depth study of this information is conducive to the diagnosis or treatment of relevant diseases. A crucial prerequisite of such a study is to establish an efficient isolation method, ...

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