Protocols in Current Issue
    Fluorescent Labeling of Rat-tail Collagen for 3D Fluorescence Imaging
    Author:  Andrew D. D Doyle, date: 07/05/2018, view: 242, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Rat tail collagen solutions have been used as polymerizable in vitro three-dimensional (3D) extracellular matrix (ECM) gels for single and collective cell migration assays as well as spheroid formation. These 3D hydrogels are a relatively inexpensive, simple to use model system that can mimic the in vivo physical characteristics ...
    Preparation of Cerebellum Granule Neurons from Mouse or Rat Pups and Evaluation of Clostridial Neurotoxin Activity and Their Inhibitors by Western Blot and Immunohistochemistry
    Authors:  Domenico Azarnia Tehran and Marco Pirazzini, date: 07/05/2018, view: 162, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Cerebellar Granule Neurons (CGN) from post-natal rodents have been widely used as a model to study neuronal development, physiology and pathology. CGN cultured in vitro maintain the same features displayed in vivo by mature cerebellar granule cells, including the development of a dense neuritic network, neuronal activity, ...
    Enhancement of Mucus Production in Eukaryotic Cells and Quantification of Adherent Mucus by ELISA
    Authors:  Christian Reuter and Tobias A. Oelschlaeger, date: 06/20/2018, view: 487, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The mucosal surfaces of the gastrointestinal, respiratory, reproductive, and urinary tracts, and the surface of the eye harbor a resident microflora that lives in symbiosis with their host and forms a complex ecosystem. The protection of the vulnerable epithelium is primarily achieved by mucins that form a gel-like structure adherent to the apical ...
    Preparation of Cell-free Synthesized Proteins Selectively Double Labeled for Single-molecule FRET Studies
    Authors:  Mayuri Sadoine, Michele Cerminara, Jörg Fitter and Alexandros Katranidis, date: 06/20/2018, view: 472, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Single-molecule FRET (smFRET) is a powerful tool to investigate molecular structures and conformational changes of biological molecules. The technique requires protein samples that are site-specifically equipped with a pair of donor and acceptor fluorophores. Here, we present a detailed protocol for preparing double-labeled proteins for smFRET ...
    A Procedure for Precise Determination of Glutathione Produced by Saccharomyces cerevisiae
    Authors:  Jyumpei Kobayashi, Daisuke Sasaki and Akihiko Kondo, date: 06/20/2018, view: 306, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] In bioproduction, yields of products must be calculated precisely for accurate evaluation of various fermentation conditions. To evaluate productivity of microorganisms, product amounts per unit of medium volume (e.g., mg-product/L-broth), and/or product amounts per unit of a microorganism amount (e.g., mg-product/mg-dry cell ...
    Protocol for RYMV Inoculation and Resistance Evaluation in Rice Seedlings
    Authors:  Agnès Pinel-Galzi, Eugénie Hébrard, Oumar Traoré, Drissa Silué and Laurence Albar, date: 06/05/2018, view: 384, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Rice yellow mottle virus (RYMV), a mechanically transmitted virus that causes serious damage to cultivated rice plants, is endemic to Africa. Varietal selection for resistance is considered to be the most effective and sustainable management strategy. Standardized resistance evaluation procedures are required for the identification and ...
    Characterization of Protein Domain Function via in vitro DNA Shuffling
    Authors:  Kathy Hiu Laam Po, Edward Wai Chi Chan and Sheng Chen, date: 06/05/2018, view: 298, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] We recently investigated the molecular events that drive evolution of the CTX-M-type β-lactamases by DNA shuffling of fragments of the blaCTX-M-14 and blaCTX-M-15 genes. Analysis of a total of 51 hybrid enzymes showed that enzymatic activity could be maintained in most cases, yet the enzymatically active ...
    Detection of Catalase Activity by Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis (PAGE) in Cell Extracts from Pseudomonas aeruginosa
    Authors:  Magdalena Pezzoni, Ramón A. Pizarro and Cristina S. Costa, date: 06/05/2018, view: 353, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Bacteria in nature and as pathogens commonly face oxidative stress which causes damage to proteins, lipids and DNA. This damage is produced by the action of reactive oxygen species (ROS) such as hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), singlet oxygen, superoxide anion and hydroxyl radical. ROS are generated by antimicrobials, environmental ...
    In vitro Analysis of Ubiquitin-like Protein Modification in Archaea
    Authors:  Xian Fu, Zachary Adams and Julie A. Maupin-Furlow, date: 05/20/2018, view: 467, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The ubiquitin-like (Ubl) protein is widely distributed in Archaea and involved in many cellular pathways. A well-established method to reconstitute archaeal Ubl protein conjugation in vitro is important to better understand the process of archaeal Ubl protein modification. This protocol describes the in vitro reconstitution of ...
    Enzymatic Activity Assay for Invertase in Synechocystis Cells
    Authors:  Xiaoming Tan, Kuo Song and Xuefeng Lu, date: 05/20/2018, view: 407, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Invertase can catalyze the hydrolysis of sucrose, and is widely distributed in cells of cyanobacteria and plants. Being responsible for the first step for sucrose metabolism, invertase plays important physiological roles and its enzymatic activity is frequently needed to be determined. All the methods for determination of the invertase activity ...