Protocols in Current Issue
    Preparation of Onion Epidermal Cell Walls for Imaging by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)
    Authors:  Tian Zhang and Daniel J. Cosgrove, date: 12/20/2017, view: 413, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The growing plant cell wall is comprised of long, thin cellulose microfibrils embedded in a hydrated matrix of polysaccharides and glycoproteins. These components are typically constructed in layers (lamellae) on the inner surface of the cell wall, i.e., between the existing wall and the plasma membrane. The organization of these ...
    Preparation of the Partially Methylated Alditol Acetates Derived from CS Tetrasaccharides Containing Galactose for the Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry Analysis
    Authors:  Kyohei Higashi and Toshihiko Toida, date: 11/05/2017, view: 459, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Chondroitin sulfate (CS), a member of the glycosaminoglycan (GAG) family of carbohydrates, is composed of linear, sulfated repeating disaccharide sequences of N-acetyl-D-galactosamine (GalNAc) and glucuronic acid (GlcA). Recently, a keratan sulfate (KS) disaccharide [GlcNAc6S(β1-3)Galactose(β1-]-branched CS-E was identified ...
    Analysis of Xyloglucan Composition in Arabidopsis Leaves
    Authors:  Javier Sampedro, Cristina Gianzo, Esteban Guitián, Gloria Revilla and Ignacio Zarra, date: 10/05/2017, view: 666, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Xyloglucan is one of the main components of the primary cell wall in most species of plants. This protocol describes a method to analyze the composition of the enzyme-accessible and enzyme-inaccessible fractions of xyloglucan in the model species Arabidopsis thaliana. It is based on digestion with an endoglucanase that attacks ...
    Analysis of N-acetylmuramic acid-6-phosphate (MurNAc-6P) Accumulation by HPLC-MS
    Authors:  Marina Borisova and Christoph Mayer, date: 08/05/2017, view: 1210, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] We describe here in detail a high-performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS)-based method to determine N-acetylmuramic acid-6-phosphate (MurNAc-6P) in bacterial cell extracts. The method can be applied to both Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria, and as an example we use Escherichia coli cells in this ...
    Observation of Pneumococcal Phase Variation in Colony Morphology
    Authors:  Jing Li, Juanjuan Wang, Fangfang Jiao and Jing-Ren Zhang, date: 08/05/2017, view: 1322, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) is an important human pathogen that causes pneumonia, meningitis, sepsis, and otitis media. This bacterium normally resides in the nasopharynx as a commensal, but sometimes disseminates to sterile sites of humans and causes local or systemic inflammation. This biphasic behavior of S. pneumoniae ...
    Separation and Purification of Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) from Caenorhabditis elegans
    Authors:  Tabea Dierker and Lena Kjellén, date: 08/05/2017, view: 1200, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is a popular model organism for studies of developmental biology, neurology, ageing and other fields of basic research. Because many developmental processes are regulated by glycosaminoglyans (GAGs) on cell surfaces and in the extracellular matrix, methods to isolate and analyze C. elegans GAGs ...
    Digestion of Peptidoglycan and Analysis of Soluble Fragments
    Authors:  Ryan E. Schaub and Joseph P. Dillard, date: 08/05/2017, view: 1370, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Peptidoglycan (murein) is a vital component of the cell wall of nearly all bacteria, composed of sugars linked by short peptides. This protocol describes the purification of macromolecular peptidoglycan from cultured bacteria and the analysis of enzyme-digested peptidoglycan fragments using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Digested ...
    Isolation of Keratan Sulfate Disaccharide-branched Chondroitin Sulfate E from Mactra chinensis
    Authors:  Kyohei Higashi and Toshihiko Toida, date: 08/05/2017, view: 894, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) including chondroitin sulfate (CS), dermatan sulfate (DS), heparin (HP), heparan sulfate (HS) and keratan sulfate (KS) are linear, sulfated repeating disaccharide sequences containing hexosamine and uronic acid (or galactose in the case of KS). Recently, a keratan sulfate (KS) disaccharide [GlcNAc6S ...
    [2-3H]Mannose-labeling and Analysis of N-linked Oligosaccharides
    Authors:  Marina Shenkman, Navit Ogen-Shtern and Gerardo Z. Lederkremer, date: 07/20/2017, view: 981, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Modifications of N-linked oligosaccharides of glycoproteins soon after their biosynthesis correlate to glycoprotein folding status. These alterations can be detected in a sensitive way by pulse-chase analysis of [2-3H]mannose-labeled glycoproteins, with enzymatic removal of labeled N-glycans, separation according to size by HPLC and ...
    Assaying Glycogen and Trehalose in Yeast
    Authors:  Yuping Chen and Bruce Futcher, date: 07/05/2017, view: 1176, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Organisms store carbohydrates in several forms. In yeast, carbohydrates are stored in glycogen (a multi-branched polysaccharide) and in trehalose (a disaccharide). As in other organisms, the amount of stored carbohydrate varies dramatically with physiological state, and accordingly, an assay of stored carbohydrate can help reveal physiological ...