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    Electrophoretic Mobility Shift Assay of in vitro Phosphorylated RNA Polymerase II Carboxyl-terminal Domain Substrates
    Authors:  Joshua E. Mayfield, Seema Irani and Yan Zhang, date: 06/20/2020, view: 697, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Eukaryotic RNA polymerase II transcribes all protein-coding mRNAs and is highly regulated. A key mechanism directing RNA polymerase II and facilitating the co-transcriptional processing of mRNAs is the phosphorylation of its highly repetitive carboxyl-terminal domain (CTD) of its largest subunit, RPB1, at specific residues. A variety of techniques ...
    In vitro Crosslinking Reactions and Substrate Incorporation Assays for The Identification of Transglutaminase-2 Protein Substrates
    Authors:  William L. Willis, Abigail Foster, Caitlin Henry, Lai Chu Wu and Wael Jarjour, date: 06/20/2020, view: 488, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Transglutaminase (TG2) catalyzes protein crosslinking between glutamyl and lysyl residues. Catalytic activity occurs via a transamidation mechanism resulting in the formation of isopeptide bonds. Since TG2-mediated transamidation is of mechanistic importance for a number of biological processes, assays that enable rapid and efficient ...
    Preparation, FPLC Purification and LC-FT-ICR-MS of Proteins
    Authors:  Tyler B. Johnson, Jiri Adamec and Paul Blum, date: 04/05/2020, view: 758, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] High magnetic field Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FT-ICR) mass spectrometers provide extremely high mass resolution (resolving power of ~200,000 at 400 m/z) protein detection across a broad mass range, enabling analysis of fine structure of isotopic peak clusters that is missed in other types of mass spectrometers. The protocol ...
    Cell-free Reconstitution of the Packaging of Cargo Proteins into Vesicles at the trans Golgi Network
    Authors:  Xiao Tang, Feng Yang and Yusong Guo, date: 03/05/2020, view: 802, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Protein sorting at the trans Golgi network (TGN) plays important roles in targeting newly synthesized proteins to their specific destinations. The aim of this proposal is to reconstitute the packaging of non-Golgi resident cargo proteins into vesicles at the TGN, utilizing rat liver cytosol, semi-intact mammalian cells and nucleotides. ...
    ELISA Based Protein Ubiquitylation Measurement
    Authors:  Yuka Kamada, Ryosuke Fukuda and Tsukasa Okiyoneda, date: 11/20/2019, view: 1482, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Ubiquitylation is a common post-translational modification of cellular proteins that results in proteasomal and lysosomal degradations. Ubiquitylation is generally measured by methods such as immunoblotting using anti-ubiquitin antibodies after isolating the protein-of-interest by denaturing immunoprecipitation. The following protocol can be used ...
    A Highly Sensitive, Reproducible Assay for Determining 4-hydroxynonenal Protein Adducts in Biological Material
    Authors:  T. Blake Monroe and Ethan J. Anderson, date: 10/05/2019, view: 827, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Oxidative stress is associated with numerous diseases, and markers of oxidative stress in biological material are becoming a mainstay of both experimental and clinical/epidemiological research. Lipid peroxidation is a major form of oxidative stress, but due to their rapid degradation and instability, lipid peroxides are notoriously difficult to ...
    A Radioactive in vitro ERK3 Kinase Assay
    Authors:  Lobna Elkhadragy and Weiwen Long, date: 08/20/2019, view: 1787, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) are serine/threonine kinases that have an important role in signal transduction. Extracellular signal-regulated kinase 3 (ERK3), also known as MAPK6, is an atypical MAPK. Here, we describe in detail an in vitro assay for the kinase activity of ERK3 using myelin basic protein (MBP) or steroid ...
    In vitro and in vivo Assessment of Protein Acetylation Status in Mycobacteria
    Authors:  Krishna K. Singh, Devendra P. Singh, Rambir Singh and Deepak K. Saini, date: 07/05/2019, view: 1712, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Protein acetylation is one of the standard post-translational modifications found in proteins across all organisms, along with phosphorylation which regulates diverse cellular processes. Acetylation of proteins can be enzymatically catalyzed through acetyltransferases, acetyl CoA synthetases or non-enzymatically through acyl carrier metabolic ...
    Wheat Germ Agglutinin (WGA)-SDS-PAGE: A Novel Method for the Detection of O-GlcNAc-modified Proteins by Lectin Affinity Gel Electrophoresis
    Authors:  Ko Fujioka, Yuji Kubota and Mutsuhiro Takekawa, date: 12/05/2018, view: 3362, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Diverse cytoplasmic and nuclear proteins dynamically change their molecular functions by O-linked β-N-acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAc) modification on serine and/or threonine residues. Evaluation of the O-GlcNAcylation level of a specific protein, however, needs multiple and time-consuming steps if using conventional methods (e.g., ...
    In vitro Enzymatic Assays of Histone Decrotonylation on Recombinant Histones
    Authors:  Rachel Fellows and Patrick Varga-Weisz, date: 07/20/2018, view: 3177, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Class I histone deacetylases (HDACs) are efficient histone decrotonylases, broadening the enzymatic spectrum of these important (epi-)genome regulators and drug targets. Here, we describe an in vitro approach to assaying class I HDACs with different acyl-histone substrates, including crotonylated histones and expand this to examine the ...

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