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    Purification and HPLC Analysis of Cell Wall Muropeptides from Caulobacter crescentus
    Authors:  Gabriele Stankeviciute and Eric A. Klein, date: 11/05/2019, view: 258, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The peptidoglycan sacculus, or cell wall, is what defines bacterial cell shape. Cell wall composition can be best characterized at the molecular level by digesting the peptidoglycan murein polymer into its muropeptide subunits and quantifying the abundance of muropeptides using high-pressure liquid chromatography. Certain features of the cell wall ...
    A Robust, One-step FRET Assay for Human Heparanase
    Authors:  Jyothi C. Sistla and Umesh R. Desai, date: 09/05/2019, view: 436, 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 ...
    Glucosidase Inhibition to Study Calnexin-assisted Glycoprotein Folding in Cells
    Authors:  Hao Wang and Qingyu Wu, date: 06/05/2019, view: 745, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Calnexin is a chaperone protein that plays a critical role in glycoprotein folding in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). The function of calnexin depends on its binding to monoglucosylated oligosaccharides on nascent glycoproteins, whereas the generation of monoglucosylated oligosaccharides depends on the activity of α-glucosidases I and II, which ...
    Biofilm Formation Assay in Pseudomonas syringae
    Authors:  Xiaolong Shao, Yingpeng Xie, Yingchao Zhang and Xin Deng, date: 05/20/2019, view: 2087, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Pseudomonas syringae is a model plant pathogen that infects more than 50 plant species worldwide, thus leading to significant yield loss. Pseudomonas biofilm always adheres to the surfaces of medical devices or host cells, thereby contributing to infection. Biofilm formation can be visualized on numerous matrixes, including ...
    A Radioisotope-free Oligosaccharyltransferase Assay Method
    Authors:  Takahiro Yamasaki and Daisuke Kohda, date: 03/05/2019, view: 1170, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Glycosylation of asparagine residues is widespread in Eukarya, and occurs in virtually all Archaea and some eubacterial species. A membrane-bound enzyme, oligosaccharyltransferase, catalyzes the transfer of an oligosaccharide chain from a sugar donor (lipid-linked oligosaccharide, LLO) to an asparagine residue in the consensus sequence, ...
    Determination of Storage (Starch/Glycogen) and Total Saccharides Content in Algae and Cyanobacteria by a Phenol-Sulfuric Acid Method
    Authors:  Tomáš Zavřel, Petra Očenášová, Maria A. Sinetova and Jan Červený, date: 08/05/2018, view: 3306, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] This is a protocol for quantitative determination of storage and total carbohydrates in algae and cyanobacteria. The protocol is simple, fast and sensitive and it requires only few standard chemicals. Great advantage of this protocol is that both storage and total saccharides can be determined in the cellular pellets that were already used for ...
    Glycogen and Extracellular Glucose Estimation from Cyanobacteria Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803
    Authors:  Md. Rezaul Islam Khan, Yushu Wang, Shajia Afrin, Lin He and Gang Ma, date: 05/05/2018, view: 2670, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Cyanobacteria, which have the extraordinary ability to grow using sunlight and carbon dioxide, are emerging as a green host to produce value-added products. Exploitation of this highly promising host to make products may depend on the ability to modulate the glucose metabolic pathway; it is the key metabolic pathway that generates intermediates ...
    FACS-based Glucose Uptake Assay of Mouse Embryonic Fibroblasts and Breast Cancer Cells Using 2-NBDG Probe
    Authors:  Shengli Dong and Suresh K Alahari, date: 04/20/2018, view: 4255, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] This is a flow cytometry-based protocol to measure glucose uptake of mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) and breast cancer cells in vitro. The method is a slightly modified and updated version as previously described (Dong et al., 2017). Briefly, the target cells are incubated with the fluorescently tagged ...
    Determination of Intracellular Osmolytes in Cyanobacterial Cells
    Authors:  Xiaoming Tan, Kuo Song, Cuncun Qiao and Xuefeng Lu, date: 04/20/2018, view: 2454, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Most of the cyanobacteria accumulate osmolytes including sucrose, glucosylglycerol, in their cells in response to salt stress. Here we describe a protocol of our laboratory for extraction and quantification of cyanobacterial intracellular sucrose and glucosylglycerol. We have confirmed this protocol was applicable to at least four kinds of ...
    Laminarin Quantification in Microalgae with Enzymes from Marine Microbes
    Authors:  Stefan Becker and Jan-Hendrik Hehemann, date: 04/20/2018, view: 3013, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The marine beta-glucan laminarin is an abundant storage polysaccharide in microalgae. High production rates and rapid digestion by heterotrophic bacteria turn laminarin into an ideal carbon and energy source, and it is therefore a key player in the marine carbon cycle. As a main storage glucan laminarin also plays a central role in the energy ...



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