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    In vivo Tumor Growth and Spontaneous Metastasis Assays Using A549 Lung Cancer Cells
    [Abstract] Metastasis accounts for the majority of cancer related deaths. The genetically engineered mouse (GEM) models and cell line-based subcutaneous and orthotopic mouse xenografts have been developed to study the metastatic process. By using lung cancer cell line A549 as an example, we present a modified protocol to establish the cell line-based ...
    Single-cell qPCR Assay with Massively Parallel Microfluidic System
    Authors:  Marta Prieto-Vila, Takahiro Ochiya and Yusuke Yamamoto, date: 03/20/2020, view: 706, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The single-cell transcriptome is the set of messenger RNA molecules expressed in one cell. It is extremely variable and changes according to external, physical and biochemical conditions. Due to sensitivity shortages, most of genetic studies use bulk samples, providing only the average gene expression. Single-cell technologies have provided a ...
    Detection of Individual RNA in Fixed Cells and Tissues by Chromogenic ISH
    Authors:  Meng Jiang, Chen Lin and Rongqin Ke, date: 02/05/2020, view: 780, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Visualization of RNA molecules in situ helps to better understand the functions of expressed genes. Currently, most conventional in situ hybridization methods for visualization of individual RNAs are based on fluorescence detection. Herein we present a chromogenic in situ hybridization protocol for visualization of ...
    Approaching RNA-seq for Cell Line Identification
    Authors:  Tabrez A. Mohammad and Yidong Chen, date: 02/05/2020, view: 866, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Cancer cell lines serve as invaluable model systems for cancer biology research and help in evaluating the efficacy of new therapeutic agents. However, cell line contamination and misidentification have become one of the most pressing problems affecting biomedical research. Available methods of cell line authentication suffer from limited access, ...
    Automated Analysis of Cell Surface Ruffling: Ruffle Quantification Macro
    Authors:  Nicholas D. Condon, Jennifer L. Stow and Adam A. Wall, date: 01/20/2020, view: 754, Q&A: 1
    [Abstract] Cell surface protrusions include F-actin rich, wave-like ruffles that are erected transiently in response to stimuli and during cell migration. Macrophages are innate immune cells that ruffle constitutively and more dramatically in cells activated by pathogens. Dorsal ruffles and their resulting macropinosomes are key sites for environmental ...
    Enhanced-ice-COLD-PCR for the Sensitive Detection of Rare DNA Methylation Patterns in Liquid Biopsies
    Authors:  Florence Mauger and Jörg Tost, date: 12/05/2019, view: 1268, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] In the context of precision medicine, the identification of novel biomarkers for the diagnosis of disease, prognosis, predicting treatment outcome and monitoring of treatment success is of great importance. The analysis of methylated circulating-cell free DNA provides great promise to complement or replace genetic markers for these applications, ...
    An Optimized Method to Isolate Human Fibroblasts from Tissue for Ex Vivo Analysis
    [Abstract] Despite their involvement in many physiological and pathological processes, fibroblasts remain a poorly-characterized cell type. Analysis of primary fibroblasts while maintaining their in vivo phenotype is challenging: standard methods for fibroblast isolation require cell culture in vitro, which is known to alter phenotypes. ...
    Immunofluorescence-based Determination of Centrosome Number in Tissue Samples
    Authors:  Mengdie Wang, Gregory C. Rogers and Anne E. Cress, date: 10/20/2019, view: 1521, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Centrosome numerical abnormalities have been reported in a variety of tumors. Centrosome numbers in cancer cells display both inter-tumor and intra-tumor heterogeneity. The over production of centrosomes (centrosome amplification) is unique in cancer cells and is a promising target for therapy. Thus, a method to quantify centrosome numbers on a ...
    A Cell Culture Model that Mimics Physiological Tissue Oxygenation Using Oxygen-permeable Membranes
    Authors:  Chloe-Anne Martinez, Peter A. Cistulli and Kristina M. Cook, date: 09/20/2019, view: 1605, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Dissolved oxygen and its availability to cells in culture is an overlooked variable which can have significant consequences on experimental research outcomes, including reproducibility. Oxygen sensing pathways play key roles in cell growth and behavior and pericellular oxygen levels should be controlled when establishing in vitro models. ...
    A Robust, One-step FRET Assay for Human Heparanase
    Authors:  Jyothi C. Sistla and Umesh R. Desai, date: 09/05/2019, view: 1313, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Heparanase, an endo-β-D-glucuronidase, cleaves cell surface and extracellular matrix heparan sulfate (HS) chains at distinct sites and plays important biological roles including modulation of cell growth and metastasis. Although a number of different types of heparanase assays have been reported to date, most are labor intensive, complex ...



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