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    Co-culture of Human Stem Cell Derived Neurons and Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Cells
    Authors:  Stephanie Dooves, Aishwarya G. Nadadhur, Lisa Gasparotto and Vivi M. Heine, date: 09/05/2019, view: 295, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Crosstalk between neurons and oligodendrocytes is important for proper brain functioning. Multiple co-culture methods have been developed to study oligodendrocyte maturation, myelination or the effect of oligodendrocytes on neurons. However, most of these methods contain cells derived from animal models. In the current protocol, we co-culture ...
    Isolation of Neutrophil Nuclei for Use in NETosis Assays
    Author:  Dave Boucher, date: 09/05/2019, view: 269, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Neutrophils are critical immune cells that protect our body against invading pathogens. They generate antibacterial DNA structures called neutrophil extracellular traps (NET). Recently we identified a new mechanism that enables NET formation. We observed that following recognition of lipopolysaccharides, inflammatory caspases cleave Gasdermin D ...
    In vitro Differentiation of Thymic Treg Cell Progenitors to Mature Thymic Treg Cells
    Authors:  David L. Owen and Michael A. Farrar, date: 08/20/2019, view: 218, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Thymic Treg cell differentiation occurs via a two-step process. Step one generates Treg cell progenitors (TregP) and is driven by strong TCR interactions with antigens presented in the thymus. Step two is initiated by activation of STAT5 via IL-2, or IL-15, leading to mature Treg cells capable of ...
    Isolation and Long-term Cultivation of Mouse Alveolar Macrophages
    [Abstract] Alveolar macrophages (AM) are tissue-resident macrophages that colonize the lung around birth and can self-maintain long-term in an adult organism without contribution of monocytes. AM are located in the pulmonary alveoli and can be harvested by washing the lungs using the method of bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL). Here, we compared different ...
    Isolation and Culture of Single Myofiber and Immunostaining of Satellite Cells from Adult C57BL/6J Mice
    Authors:  Shujie Chen, Hongrong Ding, Xiangping Yao and Liwei Xie, date: 07/20/2019, view: 639, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Myofiber isolation followed with ex vivo culture could recapitulate and visualize satellite cells (SCs) activation, proliferation, and differentiation. This approach could be taken to understand the physiology of satellite cells and the molecular mechanism of regulatory factors, in terms of the involvement of intrinsic factors over SCs ...
    Isolation of Powdery Mildew Haustoria from Infected Barley
    Authors:  Linhan Li, Benjamin Collier and Pietro D. Spanu, date: 07/20/2019, view: 716, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Blumeria graminis is a fungus that causes powdery mildews on grasses, such as barley. Investigations of this pathogen present many challenges due to its obligate biotrophic nature. This means that the fungus can only grow in the presence of a living host plant. B. graminis forms epiphytic mycelia on the plant surface and feeding ...
    In vitro Infection of Primary Human Monocytes with HIV-1
    Authors:  Patrick O’Connell, Yong-Hui Zheng, Andrea Amalfitano and Yasser A. Aldhamen, date: 07/05/2019, view: 568, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Monocyte infection by HIV-1 is an important component of chronic HIV pathogenesis. Following infection by HIV-1, monocytes are able to cross the blood brain barrier and set up a viral reservoir in the central nervous system. Additionally, in the setting of chronic HIV-1 infection, monocytes can become activated either directly through HIV-1 ...
    An Efficient Approach for RNA Extraction from Boar Sperm and Seminal Plasma
    Authors:  Vanmathy R. Kasimanickam and Ramanathan K. Kasimanickam, date: 07/05/2019, view: 703, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Despite transcriptional silencing in mature sperm and cytoplasmic expulsion of RNA during the final sperm maturation process, thousands of RNAs have been successfully identified in ejaculated sperm. Although most of RNAs’ function is still unknown, it is suggested that sperm RNAs have a vital biological role in fertilization and post-fertilization ...
    Neurostore: A Novel Cryopreserving Medium for Primary Neurons
    Authors:  Francesca Pischedda and Giovanni Piccoli, date: 06/20/2019, view: 603, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Primary neuronal culture from rodents is a key tool in neurobiology. However, the preparation of primary cultures requires precise planning, starting from animal mating. Furthermore, each preparation generates a high amount of cells that eventually go wasted. The possibility to cryopreserve primary neural cells represents a resource for in vitro ...
    Detection of Antigen-specific T cells in Spleens of Vaccinated Mice Applying 3[H]-Thymidine Incorporation Assay and Luminex Multiple Cytokine Analysis Technology
    Authors:  Maria Agallou and Evdokia Karagouni, date: 06/05/2019, view: 776, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] For many infectious diseases T cells are an important part of naturally acquired protective immune responses, and inducing these by vaccination has been the aim of much research. Here, we describe a protocol for the analysis of vaccine-induced antigen-specific immune responses. For this purpose, cells of whole spleens obtained from vaccinated ...



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