Developmental Biology


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    Rice Root Hair Phenotypes Imaged by Cryo-SEM

    Cryo-scanning electron microscopy (cryo-SEM) was first introduced for scientific use in the 1980s. Since then, cryo-SEM has become a routine technique for studying the surfaces and internal structures of biological samples with a high water content. In contrast to traditional SEM, cryo-SEM requires no sample pretreatment processes; thus, we can

    Quantitation of Secretory Granule Size in Drosophila Larval Salivary Glands
    Authors:  Cheng-I J. Ma and Julie A. Brill, date: 06/05/2021, view: 151, Q&A: 0

    Maturation of secretory granules is a crucial process that ensures the bioactivity of cargo proteins undergoing regulated secretion. In Drosophila melanogaster, the larval salivary glands produce secretory granules that are up to four-fold larger in cross-sectional area after maturation. Therefore, we developed a live imaging microscopy approach

    Generation of Mouse Pluripotent Stem Cell-derived Trunk-like Structures: An in vitro Model of Post-implantation Embryogenesis

    Post-implantation mammalian embryogenesis involves profound molecular, cellular, and morphogenetic changes. The study of these highly dynamic processes is complicated by the limited accessibility of in utero development. In recent years, several complementary in vitro systems comprising self-organized assemblies of mouse embryonic stem cells, such

    Measuring Bone Volume at Multiple Densities by Micro-computed Tomography
    Authors:  Emma C. Walker, Narelle E. McGregor, Audrey S. M. Chan and Natalie A. Sims, date: 01/05/2021, view: 1314, Q&A: 0

    Bone strength is controlled by both bone mass, and the organization and quality of the bone material. The current standard method for measuring bone mass in mouse and rat studies is micro-computed tomography. This method typically uses a single threshold to identify bone material in the cortical and trabecular regions. However, this single

    Chromatin Immunoprecipitation (ChIP) to Assess Histone Marks in Auxin-treated Arabidopsis thaliana Inflorescence Tissue
    Authors:  André Kuhn and Lars Østergaard, date: 12/05/2020, view: 1321, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Chromatin immunoprecipitation coupled with quantitative PCR (ChIP-qPCR) or high-throughput sequencing (ChIP-seq) has become the gold standard for the identification of binding sites of DNA binding proteins and the localization of histone modification on a locus-specific or genome-wide scale, respectively. ChIP experiments can be divided into seven ...
    Advances in Proximity Ligation in situ Hybridization (PLISH)
    Authors:  Monica Nagendran, Adam M Andruska, Pehr B Harbury and Tushar J Desai, date: 11/05/2020, view: 1848, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Understanding tissues in the context of development, maintenance and disease requires determining the molecular profiles of individual cells within their native in vivo spatial context. We developed a Proximity Ligation in situ Hybridization technology (PLISH) that enables quantitative measurement of single cell gene expression ...
    Mechanical Tissue Compression and Whole-mount Imaging at Single Cell Resolution for Developing Murine Epididymal Tubules
    Author:  Tsuyoshi Hirashima, date: 08/05/2020, view: 1675, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Cells inside the body are subjected to various mechanical stress, such as stretch or compression provided by surrounding cells, shear stresses by blood or lymph flows, and normal stresses by luminal liquids. Force loading to the biological tissues is a fundamental method to better understand cellular responses to such mechanical stimuli. There ...
    Auxin-mediated Protein Degradation in Caenorhabditis elegans
    Authors:  Michael A. Q. Martinez and David Q. Matus, date: 04/20/2020, view: 2699, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The auxin-inducible degron (AID) technology was recently adapted for use in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Rapid degradation of C. elegans proteins tagged with an AID is mediated by a plant-specific F-box protein, transport inhibitor response 1 (TIR1), and occurs only in the presence of the phytohormone auxin. The first ...
    Mouse Embryonic Tooth Germ Dissection and Ex vivo Culture Protocol
    Authors:  Xue Han, Keigo Yoshizaki, Tian Tian, Kanako Miyazaki, Ichiro Takahashi and Satoshi Fukumoto, date: 02/05/2020, view: 2804, Q&A: 1
    [Abstract] A tooth germ ex vivo organ culture allows visualization of its development in different stages, thus enabling investigation of the molecular mechanisms of regulatory factors. Tooth germs can be rapidly dissected from E13 mouse embryos and placed on cell culture inserts for observation of subsequent tooth germ development in a ...
    3D Organoid Formation from the Murine Salivary Gland Cell Line SIMS
    Authors:  Harleen K. Athwal and Isabelle M. A. Lombaert, date: 10/05/2019, view: 3447, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Salivary glands consist of multiple phenotypically and functionally unique cell populations, such as the acinar, ductal, and myoepithelial cells that help produce, modify, and secrete saliva (Lombaert et al., 2011). Identification of mechanisms and factors that regulate these populations has been of key interest, as salivary gland-related ...

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