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    Generation of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cell 3D Spheroids Using Low-binding Plates
    [Abstract] The 3D culture of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) represents a more physiological environment than classical 2D culture and has been used to enhance the MSC secretome or extend cell survival after transplantation. Here we describe a simple and affordable method to generate 3D spheroids of hMSCs by seeding them at high density in a low-binding ...
    Isolation of LYVE-1+ Endothelial Cells from Mouse Embryos
    Author:  Patrick Crosswhite, date: 08/05/2018, view: 117, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Lymphatic vessel endothelial hyaluronan receptor 1, or LYVE-1, is a type 1 integral membrane glycoprotein expressed by lymphatic endothelial cells (LECs). LYVE-1 is commonly used as a biological marker to visually distinguish developing lymphatic vessels from blood endothelial cells (arteries or veins). As our understanding of lymphatic biology is ...
    Measuring Secretion of Capsidiol in Leaf Tissues of Nicotiana benthamiana
    Authors:  Teruhiko Kuroyanagi, Maurizio Camagna and Daigo Takemoto, date: 08/05/2018, view: 136, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Plant species produce a wide variety of antimicrobial metabolites to protect themselves against potential pathogens in natural environments. Phytoalexins are low molecular weight compounds produced by plants in response to attempted attacks of pathogens. Accumulation of phytoalexins in attacked plant tissues can inhibit the growth of penetrating ...
    Long-term in vitro Culture of Cryptosporidium parvum
    Authors:  Nigel Yarlett and Mary Morada, date: 08/05/2018, view: 128, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Continuous in vitro growth of Cryptosporidium parvum has proved difficult and conventional in vitro culture techniques result in short-term (2-5 days) growth of the parasite resulting in thin-walled oocysts that fail to propagate using in vitro cultures, and do not produce an active infection using ...
    Preparation of Cerebellum Granule Neurons from Mouse or Rat Pups and Evaluation of Clostridial Neurotoxin Activity and Their Inhibitors by Western Blot and Immunohistochemistry
    Authors:  Domenico Azarnia Tehran and Marco Pirazzini, date: 07/05/2018, view: 440, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Cerebellar Granule Neurons (CGN) from post-natal rodents have been widely used as a model to study neuronal development, physiology and pathology. CGN cultured in vitro maintain the same features displayed in vivo by mature cerebellar granule cells, including the development of a dense neuritic network, neuronal activity, ...
    An in vitro Co-culture System for the Activation of CD40 by Membrane-presented CD40 Ligand versus Soluble Agonist
    [Abstract] One fundamental property of the TNR receptor (TNFR) family relates to how ‘signal quality’ (the extent of receptor ligation or cross-linking) influences the outcome of receptor ligation, for instance the induction of death in tumour cells. It is unequivocal that membrane-presented ligand (delivered to target cells via cell-surface presentation by ...
    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: 695, 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 ...
    Isolation of Microvascular Endothelial Cells
    Authors:  Kenneth C.P. Cheung and Federica M. Marelli-Berg, date: 06/20/2018, view: 865, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The vascular endothelium is essential to normal vascular homeostasis. Its dysfunction participates in various cardiovascular disorders. Murine endothelial cell culture is an important tool for cardiovascular disease research. This protocol demonstrates a quick, efficient method for the isolation of microvascular endothelial cells from murine ...
    In vitro Osteoclastogenesis Assays Using Primary Mouse Bone Marrow Cells
    Authors:  Xueqian Zhuang and Guohong Hu, date: 06/05/2018, view: 569, Q&A: 1
    [Abstract] Osteoclasts are a group of bone-absorbing cells to degenerate bone matrix and play pivotal roles in bone growth and homeostasis. The unbalanced induction of osteoclast differentiation (osteoclastogenesis) in pathological conditions, such as osteoporosis, arthritis and skeleton metastasis of cancer, causes great pain, bone fracture, hypercalcemia ...
    Expansion of Airway Basal Cells and Generation of Polarized Epithelium
    Authors:  Hannah Levardon, Lael M. Yonker, Bryan P. Hurley and Hongmei Mou, date: 06/05/2018, view: 848, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Airway basal stem cells are the progenitor cells within the airway that exhibit the capacity to self-renew and give rise to multiple types of differentiated airway epithelial cells. This stem cell-derived epithelium displays organized architecture with functional attributes of the airway mucosa. A protocol has been developed to culture and expand ...