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    Imaging the Vasculature of Immunodeficient Mice Using Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT) and 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose Labeled Human Erythrocytes
    Authors:  Shaowei Wang and Jung W. Choi, date: 10/05/2019, view: 117, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Nuclear blood pool imaging using radiolabeled red blood cells has been used in the clinical setting for the evaluation of a number of medical conditions including gastrointestinal hemorrhage, impaired cardiac contractility, and altered cerebrovascular blood flow. Nuclear blood pool imaging is typically performed using Technetium-99m-labeled (99m ...
    Conjugation of Fab’ Fragments with Fluorescent Dyes for Single-molecule Tracking on Live Cells
    Authors:  I-Ting Teng, Xiangning Bu and Inhee Chung, date: 09/20/2019, view: 242, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Our understanding of the regulation and functions of cell-surface proteins has progressed rapidly with the advent of advanced optical imaging techniques. In particular, single-molecule tracking (SMT) using bright fluorophores conjugated to antibodies and wide-field microscopy methods such as total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy have ...
    Characterization of Biological Motion Using Motion Sensing Superpixels
    [Abstract] Precise spatiotemporal regulation is the foundation for the healthy development and maintenance of living organisms. All cells must correctly execute their function in the right place at the right time. Cellular motion is thus an important dynamic readout of signaling in key disease-relevant molecular pathways. However despite the rapid ...
    In situ Hybridization of Plant-parasitic Nematode Globodera pallida Juveniles to Detect Gene Expression
    [Abstract] In this study, we describe a standard whole mount in situ hybridization method which is used to determine the spatial-temporal expression pattern of genes from Globodera spp. Unlike more invasive radioactive labeling approaches, this technique is based on a safe, highly specific enzyme-linked immunoassay where a Digoxigenin ...
    Cryo-transmission Electron Microscopy of Outer-inner Membrane Vesicles Naturally Secreted by Gram-negative Pathogenic Bacteria
    [Abstract] A protocol was developed to visualize and analyze the structure of membrane vesicles (MVs) from Gram-negative bacteria. It is now accepted that these micrometric spherical vesicles are commonly produced by cells from all three domains of life, so the protocol could be useful in the study of vesicles produced by eukaryotes and archaea as well as ...
    A Widely Applicable Urea-based Fluorescent/Colorimetric mRNA in situ Hybridization Protocol
    Author:  Chiara Sinigaglia, date: 09/05/2019, view: 729, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] In situ hybridization methods are routinely employed to detect nucleic acid sequences, allowing to localize gene expression or to study chromosomal organization in their native context. These methods rely on the pairwise binding of a labeled probe to the target endogenous nucleic acid sequence–the hybridization step, followed by detection ...
    Estrous Cycle Monitoring in Mice with Rapid Data Visualization and Analysis
    Authors:  Leanna K. Pantier, Jiang Li and Catherine A. Christian, date: 09/05/2019, view: 562, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The estrous cycle provides a readout of reproductive health in female laboratory rodents, and estrous cycle stage can be an important physiological variable. Accurate assessment of estrous cycle stage is also important in producing timed pregnancies for developmental studies. Here, we provide a protocol for evaluation of estrous cycle stage ...
    Fibroblast Gap-closure Assay-Microscopy-based in vitro Assay Measuring the Migration of Murine Fibroblasts
    Authors:  Agnieszka P. Looney and Mallar Bhattacharya, date: 08/20/2019, view: 525, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Pulmonary fibrosis is characterized by pathological scaring of the lung. Similar to other fibrotic diseases, scar formation is driven by excessive extracellular matrix deposition by activated, proliferative, and migratory fibroblasts.

    Currently, the two most widely used chemotaxis and cell migration assays are the scratch assay and the ...
    Ex vivo Drosophila Wing Imaginal Disc Culture and Furin Inhibitor Assay
    Authors:  Alex Sohr, Lijuan Du and Sougata Roy, date: 08/20/2019, view: 358, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Furin is an evolutionarily conserved proprotein convertase (PC) family enzyme with a broad range of substrates that are essential for developmental, homeostatic, and disease pathways. Classical genetic approaches and in vitro biochemical or cell biological assays identified that precursor forms of most growth factor family proteins are ...
    A Novel Technique for Imaging and Analysis of Hair Cells in the Organ of Corti Using Modified Sca/eS and Machine Learning
    [Abstract] Here, we describe a sorbitol-based optical clearing method, called modified Sca/eS that can be used to image all hair cells (HCs) in the mouse cochlea. This modification of Sca/eS is defined by three steps: decalcification, de-lipidation, and refractive index matching, which can all be completed within 72 h. Furthermore, we established automated ...



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