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    Quantitative Transformation Efficiency Assay for Bacillus subtilis
    Authors:  Christian L. Loyo and Briana M. Burton, date: 12/05/2018, view: 153, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Bacillus subtilis (B. subtilis) is a model Gram-positive organism used to study a variety of physiological states and stress responses, one of which is the development of competence. Competence refers to the physiological state of a cell which allows it to be transformed naturally. Through induction of competence, the efficiency ...
    Detection and Differentiation of Multiple Viral RNAs Using Branched DNA FISH Coupled to Confocal Microscopy and Flow Cytometry
    Authors:  Nicholas van Buuren and Karla Kirkegaard, date: 10/20/2018, view: 441, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Due to the exceptionally high mutation rates of RNA-dependent RNA polymerases, infectious RNA viruses generate extensive sequence diversity, leading to some of the lowest barriers to the development of antiviral drug resistance in the microbial world. We have previously discovered that higher barriers to the development of drug resistance can be ...
    CRISPR/Cas9-mediated ssDNA Recombineering in Corynebacterium glutamicum
    Authors:  Jiao Liu, Yu Wang, Ping Zheng and Jibin Sun, date: 10/05/2018, view: 325, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Corynebacterium glutamicum is a versatile workhorse for industrial bioproduction of many kinds of chemicals and fuels, notably amino acids. Development of advanced genetic engineering tools is urgently demanded for systems metabolic engineering of C. glutamicum. Recently unveiled clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic ...
    Delivery of the Cas9 or TevCas9 System into Phaeodactylum tricornutum via Conjugation of Plasmids from a Bacterial Donor
    Authors:  Helen Wang, Samuel S. Slattery, Bogumil J. Karas and David R. Edgell, date: 08/20/2018, view: 733, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Diatoms are an ecologically important group of eukaryotic microalgae with properties that make them attractive for biotechnological applications such as biofuels, foods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Phaeodactylum tricornutum is a model diatom with defined culture conditions, but routine genetic manipulations are hindered by a lack of ...
    Random Insertional Mutagenesis of a Serotype 2 Dengue Virus Clone
    Authors:  Jeffrey W. Perry and Andrew W. Tai, date: 08/20/2018, view: 498, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Protein tagging is a powerful method of investigating protein function. However, modifying positive-strand RNA virus proteins in the context of viral infection can be particularly difficult as their compact genomes and multifunctional proteins mean even small changes can inactivate or attenuate the virus. Although targeted approaches to ...
    CRISPR/Cas Gene Editing of a Large DNA Virus: African Swine Fever Virus
    [Abstract] Gene editing of large DNA viruses, such as African swine fever virus (ASFV), has traditionally relied on homologous recombination of a donor plasmid consisting of a reporter cassette with surrounding homologous viral DNA. However, this homologous recombination resulting in the desired modified virus is a rare event. We recently reported the use of ...
    Single and Multiplexed Gene Editing in Ustilago maydis Using CRISPR-Cas9
    [Abstract] The smut fungus Ustilago maydis is an established model organism for elucidating how biotrophic pathogens colonize plants and how gene families contribute to virulence. Here we describe a step by step protocol for the generation of CRISPR plasmids for single and multiplexed gene editing in U. maydis. Furthermore, we describe the ...
    Induction of Natural Competence in Genetically-modified Lactococcus lactis
    Authors:  Joyce Mulder, Michiel Wels, Oscar P. Kuipers, Michiel Kleerebezem and Peter A. Bron, date: 07/05/2018, view: 812, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Natural competence can be activated in Lactoccocus lactis subsp lactis and cremoris upon overexpression of ComX, a master regulator of bacterial competence. Herein, we demonstrate a method to activate bacterial competence by regulating the expression of the comX gene by using a nisin-inducible promoter in an L. ...
    ChIP-seq Experiment and Data Analysis in the Cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803
    Authors:  Joaquín Giner-Lamia, Miguel A. Hernández-Prieto and Matthias E. Futschik, date: 06/20/2018, view: 1300, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Nitrogen is an essential nutrient for all living organisms. In cyanobacteria, a group of oxygenic photosynthetic bacteria, nitrogen homeostasis is maintained by an intricate regulatory network around the transcription factor NtcA. Although mechanisms controlling NtcA activity appear to be well understood, the sets of genes under its control (i.e. ...
    Dual-probe RNA FRET-FISH in Yeast
    Authors:  Gable M. Wadsworth, Rasesh Y. Parikh and Harold D. Kim, date: 06/05/2018, view: 1399, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] mRNA Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (FISH) is a technique commonly used to profile the distribution of transcripts in cells. When combined with the common single molecule technique Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET), FISH can also be used to profile the co-expression of nearby sequences in the transcript to measure ...



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