Cell Biology


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    Construction and Validation of A Low-cost, Small-scale, Multiplex Continuous Culturing System for Microorganisms
    Authors:  Lilit Tonoyan, Freddy Guihéneuf, Ruari Friel and Vincent O’Flaherty, date: 11/05/2020, view: 567, Q&A: 0

    This protocol details the construction of a simple, low-cost, small-scale, multiplex chemostat system designed for the continuous cultivation of microorganisms in suspension (i.e., bacteria, yeast, microalgae). The continuous culture device can operate at a working volume of 25 ml and allows the run of 8 chemostats in parallel by a single person.

    Evaluation of Viable Cells in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilms by Colony Count and Live/Dead Staining
    Authors:  Magdalena Pezzoni, Ramón Augusto Pizarro and Cristina Susana Costa, date: 09/20/2020, view: 1348, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a human pathogen capable to form robust biofilms. P. aeruginosa biofilms represent a serious problem because of the adverse effects on human health and industry, from sanitary and economic points of view. Typical strategies to break down biofilms have been long used, such as the use of disinfectants or ...
    Multiplication and Growth Inhibition Activity Assays for the Zoonotic Malaria Parasite, Plasmodium knowlesi
    Authors:  Franziska Mohring, Thomas A. Rawlinson, Simon J. Draper and Robert W. Moon, date: 09/05/2020, view: 1672, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Malaria remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality globally. Clinical symptoms of the disease arise from the growth and multiplication of Plasmodium parasites within the blood of the host. Thus in vitro assays to determine how drug, antibody and genetic perturbations affect the growth rate of Plasmodium parasites ...
    A CRISPR Competition Assay to Identify Cancer Genetic Dependencies
    Authors:  Vishruth Girish and Jason M. Sheltzer, date: 07/20/2020, view: 2067, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The CRISPR/Cas9 system is a powerful tool for genome editing, wherein the RNA-guided nuclease Cas9 can be directed to introduce double-stranded breaks (DSBs) at a targeted locus. In mammalian cells, these DSBs are typically repaired through error-prone processes, resulting in insertions or deletions (indels) at the targeted locus. Researchers can ...
    In vivo Tumor Growth and Spontaneous Metastasis Assays Using A549 Lung Cancer Cells
    [Abstract] Metastasis accounts for the majority of cancer related deaths. The genetically engineered mouse (GEM) models and cell line-based subcutaneous and orthotopic mouse xenografts have been developed to study the metastatic process. By using lung cancer cell line A549 as an example, we present a modified protocol to establish the cell line-based ...
    In vitro Screening of Antileishmanial Activity of Natural Product Compounds: Determination of IC50, CC50 and SI Values
    Authors:  Olga S. Koutsoni, Kalliopi Karampetsou and Eleni Dotsika, date: 11/05/2019, view: 1778, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Neglected tropical diseases gain the scientific interest of numerous research programs in an attempt to achieve their effective control or elimination. In this attempt, more cutting-edge public health policies and research are needed for the discovery of new, safer and effective drugs originated from natural products. Here, we describe protocols ...
    A Novel Protocol to Generate Decellularized Bovine Spinal Cord Extracellular Matrix-based Scaffolds (3D-dCBS)
    Authors:  Yavuz E. Arslan, Burcu Efe and Tugba Sezgin Arslan, date: 10/05/2019, view: 1902, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Extracellular matrix (ECM)-based tissue engineering scaffolds have an essential role in promoting tissue regeneration. Nerve tissue engineering aims at facilitating the repair of permanent damage to the peripheral and central nervous systems, which are difficult to heal. For this purpose, a variety of biomaterials are being developed consisting of ...
    Photodynamic Therapy in a 3D Model of Ovarian Cancer
    Authors:  Shubhankar Nath and Kaitlin Moore, date: 08/05/2019, view: 2305, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Photodynamic therapy (PDT), is a clinically-approved light-based anti-cancer treatment modality in which a photoactivatable photosensitizer is irradiated with an appropriate wavelength of light to generate cytotoxic molecules to kill cancer cells. In this article, we describe an in vitro PDT protocol using a 3-dimensional (3D) model of ...
    Plaque Assay to Determine Invasion and Intercellular Dissemination of Shigella flexneri in TC7 Human Intestinal Epithelial Cells
    Authors:  Atin Sharma and Andrea Puhar, date: 07/05/2019, view: 2321, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Shigella flexneri invades the epithelial cells lining the gut lumen and replicates intracellularly. The specialized Type III Secretion System (T3SS) and its effector proteins, encoded on a large virulence plasmid, assist the bacterium to gain access to the cytosol. Thereafter Shigella disseminates to neighboring cells in an ...
    Isolation of Neural Stem Cells from the Embryonic Mouse Hippocampus for in vitro Growth or Engraftment into a Host Tissue
    Authors:  Oksana Rybachuk, Olga Kopach, Tetyana Pivneva and Vitaliy Kyryk, date: 02/20/2019, view: 4281, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] For both stem cell research and treatment of the central nervous system disorders, neural stem/progenitor cells (NSPCs) represent an important breakthrough tool. In the expanded stem cell-based therapy use, NSPCs not only provide a powerful cell source for neural cell replacement but a useful model for developmental biology research. Despite ...

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