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    Investigating Localization of Chimeric Transporter Proteins within Chloroplasts of Arabidopsis thaliana
    Authors:  Susumu Uehara, Yasuko Ito-Inaba and Takehito Inaba, date: 02/05/2018, view: 119, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] In this protocol, we describe a method to design chimeric proteins for specific targeting to the inner envelope membrane (IEM) of Arabidopsis chloroplasts and the confirmation of their localization by biochemical analysis. Specific targeting to the chloroplast IEM can be achieved by fusing the protein of interest with a transit peptide ...
    Biochemical Isolation of Myonuclei from Mouse Skeletal Muscle Tissue
    Authors:  Alicia A Cutler, Anita H Corbett and Grace K Pavlath, date: 12/20/2017, view: 641, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Skeletal muscle provides the contractile force necessary for movement, swallowing, and breathing and, consequently, is necessary for survival. Skeletal muscle cells are unique in that they are extremely large cells containing thousands of nuclei. These nuclei must all work in concert to maintain skeletal muscle function and thereby maintain life. ...
    Cell-free Fluorescent Intra-Golgi Retrograde Vesicle Trafficking Assay
    Authors:  Nathanael P. Cottam and Daniel Ungar, date: 11/20/2017, view: 741, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Intra-Golgi retrograde vesicle transport is used to traffic and sort resident Golgi enzymes to their appropriate cisternal locations. An assay was established to investigate the molecular details of vesicle targeting in a cell-free system. Stable cell lines were generated in which the trans-Golgi enzyme galactosyltransferase (GalT) was ...
    NP-40 Fractionation and Nucleic Acid Extraction in Mammalian Cells
    Authors:  Alvaro E. Galvis, Hugh E. Fisher and David Camerini, date: 10/20/2017, view: 1210, Q&A: 1
    [Abstract] This technique allows for efficient, highly purified cytoplasmic and nuclear-associated compartment fractionation utilizing NP-40 detergent in mammalian cells. The nuclear membrane is not disturbed during the fractionation thus leaving all nuclear and perinuclear associated components in the nuclear fraction. This protocol has been modified from ...
    Isolation and Quantification of Plant Extracellular Vesicles
    Authors:  Brian D. Rutter, Katie L. Rutter and Roger W. Innes, date: 09/05/2017, view: 1894, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Extracellular vesicles (EVs) play an important role in intercellular communication by transporting proteins and RNA. While plant cells secrete EVs, they have only recently been isolated and questions regarding their biogenesis, release, uptake and function remain unanswered. Here, we present a detailed protocol for isolating EVs from the ...
    Isolation of Cytosol, Microsome, Free Polysomes (FPs) and Membrane-bound Polysomes (MBPs) from Arabidopsis Seedlings
    Authors:  Yonghui Zhao and Shengben Li, date: 08/05/2017, view: 1477, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The plant endomembrane system plays vital roles for synthesis, modification and secretion of proteins and lipids. From the classic view, only mRNAs encoding secreted proteins could be targeted to the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) for translation via a co-translational translocation manner, however, recently this model has been challenged by ...
    Photometric Assays for Chloroplast Movement Responses to Blue Light
    [Abstract] Assessment of chloroplast movements by measuring changes in leaf transmittance is discussed, with special reference to the conditions necessary for reliable estimation of blue light–activated chloroplast responses.
    Plasma Membrane Preparation from Lilium davidii and Oryza sativa Mature and Germinated Pollen
    Authors:  Ning Yang, Bing Han, Lingtong Liu, Hao Yang and Tai Wang, date: 05/20/2017, view: 1621, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Pollen germination is an excellent process to study cell polarity establishment. During this process, the tip-growing pollen tube will start elongating. The plasma membrane as the selectively permeable barrier that separates the inner and outer cell environment plays crucial roles in this process. This protocol described an efficient aqueous ...
    Nuclei Isolation from Nematode Ascaris
    Authors:  Yuanyuan Kang, Jianbin Wang and Richard E. Davis, date: 05/05/2017, view: 1801, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Preparing nuclei is necessary in a variety of experimental paradigms to study nuclear processes. In this protocol, we describe a method for rapid preparation of large number of relatively pure nuclei from Ascaris embryos or tissues that are ready to be used for further experiments such as chromatin isolation and ChIP-seq, nuclear RNA ...
    Physical Removal of the Midbody Remnant from Polarised Epithelial Cells Using Take-Up by Suction Pressure (TUSP)
    Authors:  Miguel Bernabé-Rubio, David C. Gershlick and Miguel A. Alonso, date: 04/20/2017, view: 1957, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] In polarised epithelial cells the midbody forms at the apical cell surface during cytokinesis. Once severed, the midbody is inherited by one of the daughter cells remaining tethered to the apical plasma membrane where it participates in non-cytokinetic processes, such as primary ciliogenesis. Here, we describe a novel method to physically remove ...