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    Spatiotemporal Quantification of Cytosolic pH in Arabidopsis Pollen Tubes
    Authors:  Maria Teresa Portes, Daniel S.C. Damineli and José A. Feijó, date: 07/20/2021, view: 443, Q&A: 0
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    Ion-specific probes and fluorescent indicators have been key in establishing the role of ion signaling, namely calcium, protons, and anions, in plant development, providing a robust approach for monitoring spatiotemporal changes in intracellular ion dynamics. The integration of protons/pH in signaling mechanisms is especially important as reports

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    A Multi-color Bicistronic Biosensor to Compare the Translation Dynamics of Different Open Reading Frames at Single-molecule Resolution in Live Cells
    Authors:  Amanda L. Koch, Tatsuya Morisaki and Timothy J. Stasevich, date: 07/20/2021, view: 790, Q&A: 0
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    Here, we describe how to image and quantitate the translation dynamics of a bicistronic biosensor that we recently created to fairly compare cap-dependent and IRES-mediated translation at single-molecule resolution in live human cells. This technique employs a pair of complementary intrabodies loaded into living cells that co-translationally bind

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    Single-molecule Fluorescence Technique to Monitor the Co-transcriptional Formation of G-quadruplex and R-loop Structures
    Authors:  Gunhyoung Lim and Sungchul Hohng, date: 07/05/2021, view: 1315, Q&A: 0
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    G-quadruplexes (GQ) and R-loops are non-canonical nucleic acid structures related to gene regulation and genome instability that can be formed during transcription; however, their formation mechanisms remain elusive. To address this question, we developed a single-molecule fluorescence technique to monitor the formation of G-quadruplex and R-loop

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    Building a Total Internal Reflection Microscope (TIRF) with Active Stabilization (Feedback SMLM)
    Authors:  Simao Coelho, Jongho Baek, J. Justin Gooding and Katharina Gaus, date: 07/05/2021, view: 1524, Q&A: 0
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    The data quality of high-resolution imaging can be markedly improved with active stabilization, which is based on feedback loops within the microscope that maintain the sample in the same location throughout the experiment. The purpose is to provide a highly accurate focus lock, therefore eliminating drift and improving localization precision.

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    Electron Tomography to Study the Three-dimensional Structure of the Reovirus Egress Pathway in Mammalian Cells
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    Mammalian orthoreoviruses (reoviruses) are nonenveloped, double-stranded RNA viruses that replicate and assemble in cytoplasmic membranous organelles called viral inclusions (VIs). To define the cellular compartments involved in nonlytic reovirus egress, we imaged viral egress in infected, nonpolarized human brain microvascular endothelial cells

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    Preparation of Doublet Microtubule Fraction for Single Particle Cryo-electron Microscopy
    Authors:  Corbin Black, Daniel Chen Dai, Katya Peri, Muneyoshi Ichikawa and Khanh Huy Bui, date: 06/05/2021, view: 1572, Q&A: 0
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    Over the years, studying the ultrastructure of the eukaryotic cilia/flagella using electron microscopy (EM) has contributed significantly toward our understanding of ciliary function. Major complexes in the cilia, such as inner and outer dynein arms, radial spokes, and dynein regulatory complexes, were originally discovered by EM. Classical

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    FRET-based Microscopy Assay to Measure Activity of Membrane Amino Acid Transporters with Single-transporter Resolution
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    Secondary active transporters reside in cell membranes transporting polar solutes like amino acids against steep concentration gradients, using electrochemical gradients of ions as energy sources. Commonly, ensemble-based measurements of radiolabeled substrate uptakes or transport currents inform on kinetic parameters of transporters. Here we

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    A Workflow for High-pressure Freezing and Freeze Substitution of the Caenorhabditis elegans Embryo for Ultrastructural Analysis by Conventional and Volume Electron Microscopy
    Authors:  Mohammad M. Rahman, Irene Y. Chang, Orna Cohen-Fix and Kedar Narayan, date: 04/05/2021, view: 2836, Q&A: 0
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    The free-living nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is a popular model system for studying developmental biology. Here we describe a detailed protocol to high-pressure freeze the C. elegans embryo (either ex vivo after dissection, or within the intact worm) followed by quick freeze substitution. Processed samples are suitable for ultrastructural

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    Automated Analysis of Cerebrospinal Fluid Flow and Motile Cilia Properties in The Central Canal of Zebrafish Embryos
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    Circulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) plays an important role during development. In zebrafish embryo, the flow of CSF has been found to be bidirectional in the central canal of the spinal cord. In order to compare conditions and genetic mutants across each other, we recently automated the quantification of the velocity profile of exogenous

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    Characterize the Interaction of the DNA Helicase PriA with the Stalled DNA Replication Fork Using Atomic Force Microscopy
    Authors:  Yaqing Wang, Zhiqiang Sun, Piero R. Bianco and Yuri L. Lyubchenko, date: 03/05/2021, view: 2294, Q&A: 0
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    In bacteria, the restart of stalled DNA replication forks requires the DNA helicase PriA. PriA can recognize and remodel abandoned DNA replication forks, unwind DNA in the 3'-to-5' direction, and facilitate the loading of the helicase DnaB onto the DNA to restart replication. ssDNA-binding protein (SSB) is typically present at the abandoned forks,

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