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    Real-time Three-dimensional Tracking of Endocytic Vesicles
    Authors:  Stephanie Duhamel and Kossay Zaoui, date: 10/20/2020, view: 571, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Endocytic trafficking and recycling are fundamental cellular processes that control essential functions such as signaling protein complexes transport and membrane identity. The small GTPase Rabs are indispensable component of the endosomal recycling machinery. The Rabs bind to effectors to mediate their functions, such as protein sorting and ...
    Quantification of Salivary Charged Metabolites Using Capillary Electrophoresis Time-of-flight-mass Spectrometry
    Authors:  Masahiro Sugimoto, Sana Ota, Miku Kaneko, Ayame Enomoto and Tomoyoshi Soga, date: 10/20/2020, view: 446, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Salivary metabolomics have provided the potentials to detect both oral and systemic diseases. Capillary electrophoresis time-of-flight-mass spectrometry (CE-TOFMS) enables the identification and quantification of various charged metabolites. This method has been employed to biomarker discoveries using human saliva samples, especially for various ...
    Tyramide Signal-Amplified Immunofluorescence of MYCN and MYC in Human Tissue Specimens and Cell Line Cultures
    Authors:  Johanna M. Schafer and Jennifer A. Pietenpol, date: 07/05/2020, view: 896, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] MYC family members, MYC, MYCN, and MYCL, are oncogenic transcription factors that regulate the expression of genes involved in normal development, cell growth, proliferation, metabolism, and survival. While MYC is amplified and/or overexpressed across a variety of tissue types, MYCN is often overexpressed in tumors of the nervous system ...
    Colorimetric RhoB GTPase Activity Assay
    Authors:  Kossay Zaoui and Stephanie Duhamel, date: 05/05/2020, view: 1668, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The Ras homologous protein (Rho) GTPase subfamily, including RhoA, RhoB, and RhoC are small molecules (~21 kDa) that act as molecular switches in a wide range of signaling pathways to orchestrate biological processes associated with both physiological and tumorigenic cellular states. The Rho GTPases are crucial regulators of actin cytoskeleton ...
    Identification of Target Protein for Bio-active Small Molecule Using Photo-cross Linked Beads and MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry
    [Abstract] Development of methods for protein identification is one of the important aspects of proteomics. Here, we report a protocol for the preparation of compound conjugated beads by photo-crosslinking, affinity purification, gel electrophoresis, and highly sensitive mass spectrometric assay for drug-target identification. Although there are several ...
    Measurement of ATPase Activity of Valosin-containing Protein/p97
    [Abstract] Valosin-containing protein (VCP; also known as p97) is a type II ATPase regulating several cellular processes. Using proteomic techniques, we identified a chemical compound that binds to the D1 ATPase domain of VCP. The protocol described here was to study the effect of the compound on ATPase activity in vitro of purified VCP protein. ...
    cDNA Display Mediated Immuno-PCR (cD-IPCR): A Novel PCR-based Antigen Detection Method
    Authors:  Chathuni Jayathilake, Takuya Terai and Naoto Nemoto, date: 12/20/2019, view: 2376, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Immuno-PCR (IPCR) is a powerful method in antigen detection where a PCR-amplifiable DNA reporter is conjugated to a specific antibody or an aptamer for the target molecule. In the development and application of IPCR, successful conjugation of a protein (an antibody) with a reporter DNA becomes challenging. To address this issue, we recently ...
    Isolation and Quantification of Metabolite Levels in Murine Tumor Interstitial Fluid by LC/MS
    Authors:  Mark R Sullivan, Caroline A Lewis and Alexander Muir, date: 11/20/2019, view: 3127, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Cancer is a disease characterized by altered metabolism, and there has been renewed interest in understanding the metabolism of tumors. Even though nutrient availability is a critical determinant of tumor metabolism, there has been little systematic study of the nutrients directly available to cancer cells in the tumor microenvironment. Previous ...
    Measuring Small-molecule Inhibition of Protein Interactions in Live Cells Using FLIM-FRET
    Authors:  James M. Pemberton, Qian Liu and David W. Andrews, date: 10/20/2019, view: 3113, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] This protocol was designed to quantitatively measure small-molecule displacement of proteins in live mammalian cells using fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy–Förster resonance energy transfer (FLIM-FRET). Tumour cell survival is often dependent on anti-apoptotic proteins, which bind to and inhibit pro-apoptotic proteins, thus preventing ...
    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: 2601, 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 ...



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