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    Evaluation of Genotoxicity by Micronucleus Assay in vitro and by Allium cepa Test in vivo
    Authors:  Christina N. Banti and Sotiris K. Hadjikakou, date: 07/20/2019, view: 758, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The in vitro and in vivo genotoxicity of new metallodrugs either as Small Bioactive Molecules (SBAMs) or Conjugates of Metals with Drugs (CoMeDs) is evaluated by the micronucleus test and the Allium cepa assay, respectively. Fetal lung fibroblast cells (MRC-5), normal human corneal epithelial cells (HCEC) and ...
    Fluorescence HPLC Analysis of the in-vivo Activity of Glucosylceramide Synthase
    Authors:  Kartik R. Roy, Sachin K. Khiste, Zhijun Liu and Yong-Yu Liu, date: 06/20/2019, view: 1328, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Almost all functions of cells or organs rely on the activities of cellular enzymes. Indeed, the in-vivo activities that directly represent the cellular effects of enzymes in live organs are critical importance to appreciate the roles enzymes play in modulating physiological or pathological processes, although assessments of such in-vivo ...
    Visualization of Macropinocytosis in Prostate Fibroblasts
    Authors:  Rajeev Mishra and Neil A. Bhowmick, date: 05/20/2019, view: 1780, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Macropinocytosis has emerged as an important mechanism for non-selective route to internalize extracellular fluids and dissolved molecules in eukaryotic cell. As fundamental cellular behavior, macropinocytosis plays specific and distinct roles in many physiological and pathological processes, such as nutrients uptake, antigen presentation, ...
    A Functionally Robust Phenotypic Screen that Identifies Drug Resistance-associated Genes Using 3D Cell Culture
    Authors:  Sun-Young Lee and Mina J. Bissell, date: 11/20/2018, view: 1814, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Drug resistance is a major obstacle in cancer treatment: A case in point is the failure of cancer patients to respond to tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI) of EGFR, a receptor that is highly expressed in many cancers. Identification of the targets and delineation of mechanisms of drug resistance remain major challenges. Traditional pharmacological ...
    Uptake Assays to Monitor Anthracyclines Entry into Mammalian Cells
    Authors:  Nicolas Brosseau, Emil Andreev and Dindial Ramotar, date: 09/20/2017, view: 3254, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Anthracyclines, such as doxorubicin and daunorubicin, are DNA damaging agents that autofluoresce and can be readily detected in cells. Herein, we developed suitable assays to quantify and localize daunorubicin in mammalian cells. These assays can be exploited to identify components that are involved in the uptake of anthracyclines.
    GFP-Grb2 Translocation Assay Using High-content Imaging to Screen for Modulators of EGFR-signaling
    Authors:  Julia Petschnigg and Robin Ketteler, date: 09/05/2017, view: 3723, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] High-content screening is a useful tool to understand complex cellular processes and to identify genes, proteins or small molecule compounds that modulate such pathways. High-content assays monitor the function of a protein or pathway by visualizing a change in an image-based readout, such as a change in the localization of a reporter protein. ...
    Non-radioactive LATS in vitro Kinase Assay
    Authors:  Audrey W. Hong and Kun-Liang Guan, date: 07/20/2017, view: 6051, Q&A: 1
    [Abstract] This protocol describes a method to directly measure LATS activity by an in vitro kinase assay using YAP as a substrate.
    Generation of a Cellular Reporter for Functional BRD4 Inhibition
    Authors:  Sara Sdelci and Stefan Kubicek, date: 07/05/2017, view: 3224, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The ubiquitously expressed bromodomain-containing protein 4 (BRD4) is an epigenetic reader, which recruits transcriptional regulatory complexes to acetylated chromatin. Because of its role in enhancing proliferation, BRD4 has become a therapeutic target in oncology, as the inhibition of this protein leads to the reduction of the growth of many ...
    Fluorometric Estimation of Glutathione in Cultured Microglial Cell Lysate
    Authors:  Vikas Singh, Ruchi Gera, Mahaveer Prasad Purohit, Satyakam Patnaik and Debabrata Ghosh, date: 06/05/2017, view: 5741, Q&A: 2
    [Abstract] Glutathione is one of the major antioxidant defense components present in cells. It is predominantly present as reduced glutathione (GSH) and converted into oxidized glutathione (GSSG) while reducing the free radicals like hydroxyl ions (OH-). For the measurement of GSH and GSSG, o-phthalaldehyde (OPT) has been used as a fluorescent ...
    Analysis of in vivo Interaction between RNA Binding Proteins and Their RNA Targets by UV Cross-linking and Immunoprecipitation (CLIP) Method
    Authors:  Pamela Bielli and Claudio Sette, date: 05/20/2017, view: 5262, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] RNA metabolism is tightly controlled across different tissues and developmental stages, and its dysregulation is one of the molecular hallmarks of cancer. Through direct binding to specific sequence element(s), RNA binding proteins (RBPs) play a pivotal role in co- and post-transcriptional RNA regulatory events. We have recently demonstrated that, ...



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