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    Early Life Ovalbumin Sensitization and Aerosol Challenge for the Induction of Allergic Airway Inflammation in a BALB/c Murine Model
    [Abstract] The early life period represents a time of immunological plasticity whereby the functionally immature immune system is highly susceptible to environmental stimulation. Perennial aeroallergen and respiratory viral infection induced sporadic episodes of lung inflammation during this temporal window represent major risk factors for initiation of ...
    Purification of Total RNA from DSS-treated Murine Tissue via Lithium Chloride Precipitation
    Authors:  Emilie Viennois, Anika Tahsin and Didier Merlin, date: 05/05/2018, view: 2372, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] We have developed a protocol to purify RNA from DSS (Dextran Sulfate Sodium)-treated mouse tissues. This method, which prevents downstream inhibition of q-RT-PCR observed in DSS-treated tissues, relies on successive precipitations with lithium chloride.
    Mono Sodium Urate Crystal-induced Peritonitis for in vivo Assessment of Inflammasome Activation
    Authors:  Marianne R. Spalinger and Michael Scharl, date: 03/05/2018, view: 2806, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Due to its particulate material, mono-sodium urate (MSU) crystals are potent activators of the NOD-like receptor NLRP3. Upon activation, NLRP3 induces the formation of inflammasome complexes, which lead to the production and release of mature IL-1β. Bioactive IL-1β is a potent activator of innate immune responses and promotes recruitment of ...
    EAE Induction by Passive Transfer of MOG-specific CD4+ T Cells
    [Abstract] Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) is an animal model of multiple sclerosis (MS), which is a chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system (CNS). It is characterized by focal demyelination and inflammatory responses mediated by myelin-specific autoreactive CD4+ T cells. Using a passive transfer model of EAE in ...
    Detection of ASC Oligomerization by Western Blotting
    Authors:  Jérôme Lugrin and Fabio Martinon , date: 05/20/2017, view: 7442, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The apoptosis-associated speck-like protein with a caspase-recruitment domain (ASC) adaptor protein bridges inflammasome sensors and caspase-1. Upon inflammasome activation, ASC nucleates in a prion-like manner into a large and single platform responsible for the recruitment and the activation of caspase-1. Active caspase-1 will in turn promote ...
    Collagen-induced Arthritis: A Model for Murine Autoimmune Arthritis
    Authors:  Kathryn M. Pietrosimone, Mengyao Jin, Brad Poston and Peng Liu, date: 10/20/2015, view: 7141, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) is a common autoimmune animal model used to study rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The development of CIA involves infiltration of macrophages and neutrophils into the joint, as well as T and B cell responses to type II collagen. In murine CIA, genetically susceptible mice (DBA/1J) are immunized with a type II bovine ...



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