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    Biochemical Pulldown of mRNAs and Long Noncoding RNAs from Cellular Lysates Coupled with Mass Spectrometry to Identify Protein Binding Partners
    Authors:  Anca F. Savulescu, Stoyan Stoychev, Sipho Mamputha and Musa M. Mhlanga, date: 06/05/2020, view: 942, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] RNA binding proteins (RBPs) interact with cellular mRNAs, controlling various steps throughout the lifetime of these transcripts, including transcription, cellular transport, subcellular localization, translation and degradation. In addition to binding mRNA transcripts, a growing number of RBPs are shown to bind long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs), ...
    Real-time Fluorescence Measurement of Enterovirus Uncoating
    Authors:  Visa Ruokolainen, Mira Laajala and Varpu Marjomäki, date: 04/05/2020, view: 743, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Viruses need to open, i.e., uncoat, in order to release their genomes for efficient replication and translation. Especially for non-enveloped viruses, such as enteroviruses, the cues leading to uncoating are less well known. The status of the virus has previously been observed mainly by transmission electron microscopy using negative ...
    Ribonucleoprotein Immunoprecipitation (RIP) Analysis
    Authors:  Jennifer L. Martindale, Myriam Gorospe and Maria L. Idda, date: 01/20/2020, view: 1519, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] RNAs and RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) can interact dynamically in ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complexes that play important roles in controlling gene expression programs. One of the powerful ways to investigate changes in the association of RNAs with an RBP of interest is by immunoprecipitation (IP) analysis of native RNPs. RIP (RNP ...
    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: 2745, 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 ...
    Preparation of Sequencing RNA Libraries through Chemical Cross-linking Coupled to Affinity Purification (cCLAP) in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
    Authors:  Congwei Wang, Julie Weidner and Anne Spang, date: 10/05/2018, view: 3365, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Ribonucleoprotein particles (mRNPs) are complexes consisting of mRNAs and RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) which control mRNA transcription localization, turnover, and translation. Some mRNAs within the mRNPs have been shown to undergo degradation or storage. Those transcripts can lack general mRNA elements, like the poly(A) tail or 5’ cap structure, ...
    Purification of RNA Mango Tagged Native RNA-protein Complexes from Cellular Extracts Using TO1-Desthiobiotin Fluorophore Ligand
    Authors:  Shanker Shyam Sundhar Panchapakesan, Sunny C. Y. Jeng and Peter J. Unrau, date: 04/05/2018, view: 4035, Q&A: 1
    [Abstract] A native purification strategy using RNA Mango for RNA based purification of RNA-protein complexes is described. The RNA Mango aptamer is first genetically engineered into the RNA of interest. RNA Mango containing complexes obtained from cleared cellular native extracts are then immobilized onto TO1-Desthiobiotin saturated streptavidin agarose ...
    Accurate, Streamlined Analysis of mRNA Translation by Sucrose Gradient Fractionation
    Authors:  Soufiane Aboulhouda, Rachael Di Santo, Gabriel Therizols and David Weinberg, date: 10/05/2017, view: 6776, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The efficiency with which proteins are produced from mRNA molecules can vary widely across transcripts, cell types, and cellular states. Methods that accurately assay the translational efficiency of mRNAs are critical to gaining a mechanistic understanding of post-transcriptional gene regulation. One way to measure translational efficiency is to ...
    Mapping RNA Sequences that Contact Viral Capsid Proteins in Virions
    Authors:  C. Cheng Kao, Ella Chuang, James Ford, Jie Huang, Ram Podicheti and Doug B. Rusch, date: 07/20/2017, view: 5388, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] We have adapted the methodology of CLIP-seq (Crosslinking-Immunoprecipitation and DNA Sequencing) to map the segments of encapsidated RNAs that contact the protein shells of virions. Results from the protocol report on the RNA sequences that contact the viral capsid.
    RNA-dependent RNA Polymerase Assay for Hepatitis E Virus
    Authors:  Vidya P. Nair, Saumya Anang, Akriti Srivastava and Milan Surjit, date: 04/05/2017, view: 6804, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) is essential for the replication of viral RNA for RNA viruses. It synthesizes the complementary strand of viral genomic RNA, which is used subsequently as a template to generate more copies of viral genome. This assay measures activity of the hepatitis E virus (HEV) RdRp. In contrast to protocols available to ...
    RNA Strand Displacement Assay for Hepatitis E Virus Helicase
    Authors:  Vidya P. Nair and Milan Surjit, date: 04/05/2017, view: 5557, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The hepatitis E virus (HEV) helicase uses ATP to unwind the RNA duplexes. This is an essential step for viral replication. This protocol aims to measure the double strand RNA unwinding activity of the HEV helicase.



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