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    Measurement of Ascorbic Acid and Glutathione Content in Cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803
    [Abstract] Ascorbic acid (AsA) and gluthathione (GSH) are two key components of the antioxidant machinery of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells. The cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 presents both compounds in different concentrations (AsA, 20-100 μM and GSH, 2-5 mM). Therefore, it is important to have precise and sensitive methods to ...
    Understanding Docking Complexes of Macromolecules Using HADDOCK: The Synergy between Experimental Data and Computations
    Authors:  Andrea Saponaro, Vincenzo Maione, Alexandre M. J. J. Bonvin and Francesca Cantini, date: 10/20/2020, view: 147, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] This protocol illustrates the modelling of a protein-peptide complex using the synergic combination of in silico analysis and experimental results. To this end, we use the integrative modelling software HADDOCK, which possesses the powerful ability to incorporate experimental data, such as NMR Chemical Shift Perturbations and biochemical ...
    Radioactive Assay of in vitro Glutamylation Activity of the Legionella pneumophila Effector Protein SidJ
    Authors:  Alan G. Sulpizio, Jung-Ho Shin, Marena E. Minelli and Yuxin Mao, date: 10/05/2020, view: 267, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The Legionella effector protein SidJ has recently been identified to perform polyglutamylation on another Legionella effector, SdeA, ablating SdeA’s activity. SidJ is a kinase-like protein that requires the small eukaryotic protein calmodulin to perform glutamylation. Glutamylation is a relatively uncommon type of ...
    Expression and Purification of Arabidopsis Transmembrane Protein BCM1 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
    Authors:  Peng Wang and Bernhard Grimm, date: 09/20/2020, view: 301, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Heterologous expression and purification of transmembrane proteins have remained a challenge for decades hampering detailed biochemical and structural characterization of key enzymes and their interacting regulators in multiple metabolic pathways. An in-depth study on the newly identified Arabidopsis thaliana integral membrane protein ...
    Novel Protein-oligonucleotide Conjugation Method Involving a High-affinity Capture HaloTag
    Author:  Junshi Yazaki, date: 09/20/2020, view: 391, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Highly sensitive quantitative protein profiling can play a key role in the early diagnosis of diseases, such as autoimmune diseases and cancer. We developed a modified protein-oligonucleotide conjugation method termed HaloTag-mediated barcoding, for quantifying protein molecules at a higher sensitivity than conventional protein quantification ...
    In vitro AMPylation/Adenylylation of Alpha-synuclein by HYPE/FICD
    Authors:  Ali Camara, Anwesha Sanyal, Sayan Dutta, Jean-Christophe Rochet and Seema Mattoo, date: 09/20/2020, view: 353, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] One of the major histopathological hallmarks of Parkinson’s disease are Lewy bodies (LBs) –cytoplasmic inclusions, enriched with fibrillar forms of the presynaptic protein alpha-synuclein (α-syn). Progressive deposition of α-syn into LBs is enabled by its propensity to fibrillize into insoluble aggregates. We recently described a marked reduction ...
    A Workflow for Ultra-rapid Analysis of Histone Post-translational Modifications with Direct-injection Mass Spectrometry
    Authors:  Natarajan V. Bhanu, Simone Sidoli and Benjamin A Garcia, date: 09/20/2020, view: 482, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Chromatin modifications, like histone post translational modifications (PTMs), are critical for tuning gene expression and many other aspects of cell phenotype. Liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (LC-MS) has become the most suitable method to analyze histones and histone PTMs in a large-scale manner. Selected histone PTMs have ...
    Optogenetic Tuning of Protein-protein Binding in Bilayers Using LOVTRAP
    Authors:  Doug Tischer and Orion D. Weiner, date: 09/05/2020, view: 842, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Modern microscopy methods are powerful tools for studying live cell signaling and biochemical reactions, enabling us to observe when and where these reactions take place from the level of a cell down to single molecules. With microscopy, each cell or molecule can be observed both before and after a given perturbation, facilitating better inference ...
    Karyopherin-β2 Inhibits and Reverses Aggregation and Liquid-liquid Phase Separation of the ALS/FTD-Associated Protein FUS
    Authors:  Emma Robinson, James Shorter and Lin Guo, date: 08/20/2020, view: 939, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The study of RNA-binding proteins (RBP) offers insight into the mechanisms of pathologic protein aggregation in neurodegenerative diseases. We developed a protocol for purifying an RBP FUS and a nuclear import receptor (NIR) Kapβ2 and testing the ability of Kapβ2 to mitigate FUS aggregation and liquid-liquid phase separation.
    Microtubule Seeded-assembly in the Presence of Poorly Nucleating Nucleotide Analogues
    Authors:  Siou Ku, Claire Heichette, Laurence Duchesne and Denis Chrétien, date: 08/20/2020, view: 577, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Microtubule dynamic instability is driven by the hydrolysis of the GTP bound to the β-subunit of the α-β tubulin heterodimer. Nucleotide analogues are commonly used to mimic the different steps of the tubulin GTPase cycle, but most of them are poor microtubule nucleators. Usually, microtubule assembly is seeded by guanylyl-(α, ...

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