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    Assay for Assessing Mucin Binding to Bacteria and Bacterial Proteins
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    Legionella pneumophila, a Gram-negative bacterium and the causative agent of Legionnaires’ disease, exports over 300 effector proteins/virulence factors, through its type II (T2SS) and type IV secretion systems (T4SS). One such T2SS virulence factor, ChiA, not only functions as a chitinase, but also as a novel mucinase, which we believe aids

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    Characterize the Interaction of the DNA Helicase PriA with the Stalled DNA Replication Fork Using Atomic Force Microscopy
    Authors:  Yaqing Wang, Zhiqiang Sun, Piero R. Bianco and Yuri L. Lyubchenko, date: 03/05/2021, view: 993, Q&A: 0
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    In bacteria, the restart of stalled DNA replication forks requires the DNA helicase PriA. PriA can recognize and remodel abandoned DNA replication forks, unwind DNA in the 3'-to-5' direction, and facilitate the loading of the helicase DnaB onto the DNA to restart replication. ssDNA-binding protein (SSB) is typically present at the abandoned forks,

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    Rapid Genome Engineering of Pseudomonas Assisted by Fluorescent Markers and Tractable Curing of Plasmids
    Authors:  Daniel C. Volke, Nicolas T. Wirth and Pablo I. Nikel, date: 02/20/2021, view: 1811, Q&A: 0
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    Precise genome engineering has become a commonplace technique for metabolic engineering. Also, insertion, deletion and alteration of genes and other functional DNA sequences are essential for understanding and engineering cells. Several techniques have been developed to this end (e.g., CRISPR/Cas-assisted methods, homologous recombination, or λ

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    Preparation of Bacterial Outer Membrane Vesicles for Characterisation of Periplasmic Proteins in Their Native Environment
    Authors:  Johannes Thoma and Björn M. Burmann, date: 12/20/2020, view: 1120, Q&A: 0
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    Bacterial outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) are naturally formed by budding from the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria. OMVs consist of a lipid bilayer identical in composition to the original outer membrane and contain periplasmic content within their lumen. Enriched with specific envelope proteins, OMVs make for an excellent native-like

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    Expression and Purification of Recombinant Skd3 (Human ClpB) Protein and Tobacco Etch Virus (TEV) Protease from Escherichia coli
    Authors:  Ryan R. Cupo and James Shorter, date: 12/05/2020, view: 1101, Q&A: 0
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    Skd3 (encoded by human CLPB) is a mitochondrial AAA+ protein comprised of an N-terminal ankyrin-repeat domain and a C-terminal HCLR-clade nucleotide-binding domain. The function of Skd3 has long remained unknown due to challenges in purifying the protein to high quality and near homogeneity. Recently we described Skd3 as a human mitochondrial

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    Charging State Analysis of Transfer RNA from an α-proteobacterium
    Authors:  Liang Yin and Caroline S. Harwood, date: 12/05/2020, view: 673, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Transfer RNA (tRNA) is an essential link between the genetic code and proteins. During the process of translation, tRNA is charged with its cognate amino acid and delivers it to the ribosome, thus serving as a substrate of protein synthesis. To analyze the charging state of a particular tRNA, total RNA is purified and analyzed on an acid-urea gel. ...
    Ribosome Purification from an α-proteobacterium and rRNA Analysis by Northern Blot
    Authors:  Liang Yin and Caroline S. Harwood, date: 12/05/2020, view: 658, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Ribosomes are an integral part of cellular life. They are complex molecular machines consisting of multiple ribosomal proteins and RNAs. To study different aspects of ribosome composition, many methods have been developed over the decades. Here, we describe how to purify ribosomes from the α-proteobacterium Rhodopseudomonas palustris ...
    Combining Gel Retardation and Footprinting to Determine Protein-DNA Interactions of Specific and/or Less Stable Complexes
    Authors:  Meng-Lun Hsieh, Alice Boulanger, Leslie G. Knipling and Deborah M. Hinton, date: 12/05/2020, view: 708, Q&A: 0
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    DNA footprinting is a classic technique to investigate protein-DNA interactions. However, traditional footprinting protocols can be unsuccessful or difficult to interpret if the binding of the protein to the DNA is weak, the protein has a fast off-rate, or if several different protein-DNA complexes are formed. Our protocol differs from traditional

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    In vitro Glutamylation Inhibition of Ubiquitin Modification and Phosphoribosyl-Ubiquitin Ligation Mediated by Legionella pneumophila Effectors
    Authors:  Alan G. Sulpizio, Marena E. Minelli and Yuxin Mao, date: 11/05/2020, view: 650, Q&A: 0
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    Glutamylation is a posttranslational modification where the amino group of a free glutamate amino acid is conjugated to the carboxyl group of a glutamate side chain within a target protein. SidJ is a Legionella kinase-like protein that has recently been identified to perform protein polyglutamylation of the Legionella SdeA Phosphoribosyl-Ubiquitin

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    Analysis of Gram-negative Bacteria Peptidoglycan by Ultra-performance Liquid Chromatography
    Authors:  Laura Alvarez, Baptiste Cordier, Sven van Teeffelen and Felipe Cava, date: 10/05/2020, view: 1119, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Bacteria are surrounded by a protective peptidoglycan cell wall. Provided that this structure and the enzymes involved are the preferred target for our most successful antibiotics, determining its structural and chemical complexity is of the highest interest. Traditionally, high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analyses have been ...



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