Molecular Biology


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    RNA Interactome Identification via RNA-BioID in Mouse Embryonic Fibroblasts
    Authors:  Joyita Mukherjee, Mirita Franz-Wachtel, Boris Maček and Ralf-Peter Jansen, date: 01/05/2020, view: 216, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Cytoplasmic localization of mRNAs is common to all organisms and serves the spatial expression of genes. Cis-acting RNA signals (mostly found in the mRNA’s 3'-UTR), called zipcodes recruit trans-acting RNA-binding proteins that facilitate the localization of the mRNA. UV-cross-linking or affinity purification has been applied to identify such ...
    Laser Capture Micro-dissection (LCM) of Neonatal Mouse Forebrain for RNA Isolation
    Authors:  Achira Roy, Mei Deng, Kimberly A. Aldinger, Ian A. GLass and Kathleen J. Millen, date: 01/05/2020, view: 274, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Precise and reproducible isolation of desired cell types or layers from heterogeneous tissues is crucial to analyze specific gene profiles and molecular interactions in vivo. Forebrain is the core site of higher functions, like cognition and memory consolidation. It is composed of heterogeneous and distinct cell types, interconnected to ...
    A Mismatch-tolerant RT-LAMP Method for Molecular Diagnosis of Highly Variable Viruses
    Authors:  Yingxue Li, Yi Zhou, Yingying Ma, Rong Xu, Xia Jin and Chiyu Zhang, date: 11/05/2019, view: 353, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) has been widely used in the detection of pathogens. However, there are usually numerous variants in one viral pathogen and primers employed in LAMP can hardly match all these variants. The mismatches between the primers and the viral genomes, especially those at the 3′-end of the primers, hinder LAMP ...
    Three-dimensional Reconstruction and Quantification of Proteins and mRNAs at the Single-cell Level in Cultured Cells
    Authors:  Xueer Jiang, Ingrid Brust-Mascher and Li-En Jao, date: 08/20/2019, view: 1046, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Gene expression is often regulated by the abundance, localization, and translation of mRNAs in both space and time. Being able to visualize mRNAs and protein products in single cells is critical to understand this regulatory process. The development of single-molecule RNA fluorescence in situ hybridization (smFISH) allows the detection of ...
    In vitro RNA Cleavage Assays to Characterize IRE1-dependent RNA Decay
    Authors:  G. Elif Karagöz, Jirka Peschek, Peter Walter and Diego Acosta-Alvear, date: 07/20/2019, view: 1496, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The kinase/RNase IRE1 is a key effector of the cellular response to endoplasmic reticulum stress. The RNase activity of IRE1 can be measured in cells or in the test tube. Here we describe a protocol for the in vitro cleavage and analysis of RNA substrates of IRE1. The method consists of the in vitro transcription, purification ...
    Northern Blot with IR Fluorescent Probes: Strategies for Probe Preparation
    Authors:  Christopher Fields, Peike Sheng, Bret Miller, Tianqi Wei and Mingyi Xie, date: 04/20/2019, view: 2659, Q&A: 1
    [Abstract] Northern blot is a molecular biology technique that can detect, quantify, and determine the molecular weight of RNA. Recently, we published a protocol utilizing near-infrared (IR) fluorescent probes in Northern blot (irNorthern). Our method is as sensitive as other non-radioactive methods but is more straightforward and versatile. Additionally, we ...
    Detection of mRNA by Whole Mount in situ Hybridization and DNA Extraction for Genotyping of Zebrafish Embryos
    Authors:  Rachna Narayanan and Andrew C. Oates, date: 03/20/2019, view: 3308, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] In situ hybridization is used to visualize the spatial distribution of gene transcripts in tissues and in embryos, providing important information about disease and development. Current methods involve the use of complementary riboprobes incorporating non-radioactive labels that can be detected by immunohistochemistry and coupled to ...
    Quantification of Queuosine Modification Levels in tRNA from Human Cells Using APB Gel and Northern Blot
    Authors:  Zaneta Matuszek and Tao Pan, date: 03/20/2019, view: 1415, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Queuosine (Q) is a hypermodified base in the wobble anticodon position of tRNAs coding for the amino acids Tyr, His, Asn, and Asp. tRNA Q-modification is introduced by a queuine tRNA-ribosyltransferase (TGT) that replaces the guanine base at G34 at these tRNAs with the modified base. tRNA Q-modification is widely distributed among prokaryotic and ...
    Single-molecule Fluorescence in situ Hybridization (smFISH) for RNA Detection in Adherent Animal Cells
    Authors:  Gal Haimovich and Jeffrey E. Gerst, date: 11/05/2018, view: 10079, Q&A: 1
    [Abstract] Transcription and RNA decay play critical roles in the process of gene expression and the ability to accurately measure cellular mRNA levels is essential for understanding this regulation. Here, we describe a single-molecule fluorescent in situ hybridization (smFISH) method (as performed in Haimovich et al., 2017) that detects ...
    mRNA Stability Assay Using Transcription Inhibition by Actinomycin D in Mouse Pluripotent Stem Cells
    Authors:  Madara Ratnadiwakara and Minna-Liisa Änkö, date: 11/05/2018, view: 9001, Q&A: 1
    [Abstract] Gene expression is regulated through multiple steps at both transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels. The net abundance of mature mRNA species in cells is determined by the balance between transcription and degradation. Thus, the regulation of mRNA stability is a key post-transcriptional event that can greatly affect the net level of mRNAs ...

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