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    Affinity Purification of GO-Matryoshka Biosensors from E. coli for Quantitative Ratiometric Fluorescence Analyses
    [Abstract] Genetically encoded biosensors are powerful tools for quantitative visualization of ions and metabolites in vivo. Design and optimization of such biosensors typically require analyses of large numbers of variants. Sensor properties determined in vitro such as substrate specificity, affinity, response range, dynamic range, and ...
    High-level Production of Recombinant Membrane Proteins Using the Engineered Escherichia coli Strains SuptoxD and SuptoxR
    Authors:  Myrsini Michou, Dafni C. Delivoria and Georgios Skretas, date: 08/05/2020, view: 1010, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] We have previously described the development of two specialized Escherichia coli strains for high-level recombinant membrane protein (MP) production. These engineered strains, termed SuptoxD and SuptoxR, are capable of suppressing the cytotoxicity caused by MP overexpression and of producing greatly enhanced MP yields. Here, we present a ...
    A Method for User-defined Mutagenesis by Integrating Oligo Pool Synthesis Technology with Nicking Mutagenesis
    Authors:  Paul J. Steiner, Zachary T Baumer and Timothy A. Whitehead, date: 08/05/2020, view: 1156, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Saturation mutagenesis is a fundamental enabling technology for protein engineering and epitope mapping. Nicking mutagenesis (NM) allows the user to rapidly construct libraries of all possible single mutations in a target protein sequence from plasmid DNA in a one-pot procedure. Briefly, one strand of the plasmid DNA is degraded using a nicking ...
    Expression and Purification of Functionally Active Serotonin 5-HT2A Receptor in Insect Cells Using Low-titer Viral Stock
    [Abstract] The serotonin 5-HT2A receptor (5-HT2AR) is a member of the GPCR family that is important for various neurological functions and whose dysregulation causes many mental health disorders. Structural investigations of 5-HT2AR require the production of functionally active receptors expressed from eukaryotic cell ...
    Dual Fluorescence Cytometry Assay to Assess Cellular Protein Levels
    Authors:  Ashley M Ngo, Ruofan Wang and Andreas S Puschnik, date: 04/20/2020, view: 1626, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Expression levels of cellular proteins can be affected by various perturbations, such as genetic knockout of interactors, drug treatments or cell stress. To specifically measure the effects on protein levels post-synthesis under different experimental conditions, it is important to compensate for transcriptional and other upstream changes. Here, ...
    High-resolution and Deep Phylogenetic Reconstruction of Ancestral States from Large Transcriptomic Data Sets
    Authors:  Sumanth Kumar Mutte and Dolf Weijers, date: 03/20/2020, view: 1577, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Phylogenetics is an important area of evolutionary biology that helps to understand the origin and divergence of genes, genomes and species. Building meaningful phylogenetic trees is needed for the accurate reconstruction of the past. To achieve a correct phylogenetic understanding of genes or proteins, reliable and robust methods are needed to ...
    Production, Purification and Characterization of Recombinant Biotinylated Phytochrome B for Extracellular Optogenetics
    Authors:  Maximilian Hörner, O. Sascha Yousefi, Wolfgang W. A. Schamel and Wilfried Weber, date: 03/05/2020, view: 1474, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] In the field of extracellular optogenetics, photoreceptors are applied outside of cells to obtain systems with a desired functionality. Among the diverse applied photoreceptors, phytochromes are the only ones that can be actively and reversibly switched between the active and inactive photostate by the illumination with cell-compatible red and ...
    Semi-quantitative Determination of Protein Expression Using Immunohistochemistry Staining and Analysis: An Integrated Protocol
    Authors:  Alexandra R Crowe and Wei Yue, date: 12/20/2019, view: 3185, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Semi-quantitative IHC is a powerful method for investigating protein expression and localization within tissues. The semi-quantitative immunohistochemistry (IHC) involves using software such as free software ImageJ Fiji to conduct deconvolution and downstream analysis. Currently, there is lack of an integrated protocol that includes a detailed ...
    Analyzing the Functionality of Non-native Hsp70 Proteins in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
    Authors:  Laura E. Knighton, Lizbeth P. Saa, Adam M. Reitzel and Andrew W. Truman, date: 10/05/2019, view: 1708, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Yeast are an ideal system to study Heat Shock Protein 70 (Hsp70) function in a cellular context. This protocol was generated to analyze the function of non-native Hsp70 proteins by expressing them as the sole cytosolic Hsp70 in yeast. As an initial step, Hsp70 variants (such as Ssa1 point mutants and non-yeast versions such as Nematostella ...
    A PhoA-STII Based Method for Efficient Extracellular Secretion and Purification of Fab from Escherichia coli
    Authors:  Ziyan Wang, Yang Gao, Manyu Luo, Cedric Cagliero, Hua Jiang, Yueqing Xie, Jianwei Zhu and Huili Lu, date: 09/20/2019, view: 2642, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] In comparison with full-length IgGs, antigen binding fragments (Fabs) are smaller in size and do not require the complexed post-translational modification. Therefore, Fab can be cost-effectively produced using an Escherichia coli (E. coli) expression system. However, the disulfide-bonds containing exogenous protein, including ...



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