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    A High-throughput and Pathophysiologically Relevant Astrocyte-motor Neuron Co-culture Assay for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Therapeutic Discovery
    Authors:  Matthew J. Stopford, Scott P. Allen and Laura Ferraiuolo, date: 09/05/2019, view: 396, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an adult onset neurological disorder characterized by loss of motor neurons leading to progressive muscle wasting and eventually death. Astrocytes play a key role in disease pathogenesis. However, the ability to study astrocytic support towards motor neurons in ALS has been limited by a lack of sustainable ...
    In vitro Intestinal Epithelial Wound-healing Assays Using Electric Cell-Substrate Impedance Sensing Instrument
    Authors:  Olivier Merlin-Zhang, Junsik Sung and Emilie Viennois, date: 09/05/2019, view: 205, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Here, we describe an in vitro epithelial wound-healing assay using Electric Cell-Substrate Impedance Sensing (ECIS) technology. The ECIS technology is a real time cell growth assay based on a small (250 μm diameter) active gold electrode which resistance is measured continuously. When intestinal epithelial cells reach confluency on the ...
    Gentamicin Protection Assay to Determine the Number of Intracellular Bacteria during Infection of Human TC7 Intestinal Epithelial Cells by Shigella flexneri
    Authors:  Atin Sharma and Andrea Puhar, date: 07/05/2019, view: 627, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Shigella flexneri is an intracellular bacterial pathogen that gains access to the gut epithelium using a specialized Type III Secretion System (T3SS). Various determinants mediating this invasive infection have been experimentally verified using the classical gentamicin protection assay presented here. In this assay epithelial cell lines ...
    Adhesive and Cohesive Peel Force Measurement of Human Airway Mucus
    [Abstract] In health, the high-speed airflow associated with cough represents a vital backup mechanism for clearing accumulated mucus from our airways. However, alterations in the mucus layer in cystic fibrosis (CF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) leads to the mucus layer adhered to the airway surfaces, representing the nidus of chronic lung ...
    Detachment Procedure of Bacteria from Atmospheric Particles for Flow-cytometry Counting
    Authors:  Carolina M. Araya, Alberto Cazorla and Isabel Reche, date: 06/20/2019, view: 657, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The protocol separates bacteria from atmospheric particles, obtaining with greater precision their abundance in the atmospheric deposition. This procedure is similar to the one used to separate bacteria in streambed sediments. The detachment procedure consists of a chemical treatment with sodium pyrophosphate and Tween 20 and a physical treatment ...
    A Flow Cytometric Method to Determine Transfection Efficiency
    [Abstract] Mammalian cell transfection is a powerful technique commonly used in molecular biology to express exogenous DNA or RNA in cells and study gene and protein function. Although several transfection strategies have been developed, there is a wide variation with regards to transfection efficiency, cell toxicity and reproducibility. Thus, a sensitive ...
    Quantification of Serum Ovalbumin-specific Immunoglobulin E Titre via in vivo Passive Cutaneous Anaphylaxis Assay
    [Abstract] Murine models of allergic airway disease are frequently used as a tool to elucidate the cellular and molecular mechanisms of tissue-specific asthmatic disease pathogenesis. Paramount to the success of these models is the induction of experimental antigen sensitization, as indicated by the presence of antigen-specific serum immunoglobulin E. The ...
    Determination of Cellular Uptake and Endocytic Pathways
    Authors:  Jing Gong, Hong-Xia Wang and Kam W. Leong, date: 02/20/2019, view: 1840, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Efficiency of drug and gene delivery via nonviral vehicles is contingent on proper cellular uptake and intracellular release. Further, various cargos, such as nucleases for gene editing or inhibitors for endosomal receptors, require transport to specific compartments of the cell. Hence, characterization of cellular uptake and endocytic pathways is ...
    Click Chemistry (CuAAC) and Detection of Tagged de novo Synthesized Proteins in Drosophila
    [Abstract] Copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne-cycloaddition (CuAAC), also known as ‘click chemistry’ serves as a technique for bio-orthogonal, that is, bio-compatible labeling of macromolecules including proteins or lipids. Click chemistry has been widely used to covalently, selectively, and efficiently attach probes such as fluorophores or biotin to small ...
    Intracellular Invasion and Killing Assay to Investigate the Effects of Binge Alcohol Toxicity in Murine Alveolar Macrophages
    Authors:  Victor Jimenez Jr and Fernando P Monroy, date: 01/20/2019, view: 1227, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Alcohol consumption has diverse and well-documented effects on the human immune system and its ability to defend against infective agents. While pulmonary related infections can occur in healthy humans, binge alcohol use is recognized as a major health risk factor (Nelson et al., 1991). Although binge alcohol consumption has been ...



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