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    In vitro Measurement of Membrane Attack Complex in RPE Cells
    Authors:  Kelly Mulfaul and Sarah L. Doyle, date: 02/20/2021, view: 534, Q&A: 0

    Initiation of the complement system results in the formation of a multiprotein pore termed the membrane attack complex (MAC, C5b-C9). MAC pores accumulate on a cell surface and can result in cell lysis. The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is a single monolayer of pigmented epithelial cells located at the posterior poll of the eye that forms the

    Assembly and Imaging Set up of PIE-Scope
    [Abstract] Cryo-Electron Tomography (cryo-ET) is a method that enables resolving the structure of macromolecular complexes directly in the cellular environment. However, sample preparation for in situ Cryo-ET is labour-intensive and can require both cryo-lamella preparation through cryo-Focused Ion Beam (FIB) milling and correlative light microscopy ...
    Quantification of the Surface Expression of G Protein-coupled Receptors Using Intact Live-cell Radioligand Binding Assays
    Authors:  Xin Xu and Guangyu Wu, date: 09/20/2020, view: 1492, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are the most structurally diverse family of signaling proteins and regulate a variety of cell function. For most GPCRs, the cell surface is their functional destination where they are able to respond a wide range of extracellular stimuli, leading to the activation of intracellular signal transduction cascades. ...
    A Workflow for Ultra-rapid Analysis of Histone Post-translational Modifications with Direct-injection Mass Spectrometry
    Authors:  Natarajan V. Bhanu, Simone Sidoli and Benjamin A Garcia, date: 09/20/2020, view: 1765, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Chromatin modifications, like histone post translational modifications (PTMs), are critical for tuning gene expression and many other aspects of cell phenotype. Liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (LC-MS) has become the most suitable method to analyze histones and histone PTMs in a large-scale manner. Selected histone PTMs have ...
    Superresolution Microscopy of Drosophila Indirect Flight Muscle Sarcomeres
    Authors:  Szilárd Szikora, Tibor Novák, Tamás Gajdos, Miklós Erdélyi and József Mihály, date: 06/20/2020, view: 1530, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Sarcomeres are extremely highly ordered macromolecular assemblies where proper structural organization is an absolute prerequisite to the functionality of these contractile units. Despite the wealth of information collected, the exact spatial arrangement of many of the H-zone and Z-disk proteins remained unknown. Recently, we developed a powerful ...
    Enzymatic Construction of Protein Polymer/Polyprotein Using OaAEP1 and TEV Protease
    Authors:  Yibing Deng, Shengchao Shi, Bin Zheng, Tao Wu and Peng Zheng, date: 04/20/2020, view: 1845, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The development of chemical and biological coupling technologies in recent years has made possible of protein polymers engineering. We have developed an enzymatic method for building polyproteins using a protein ligase OaAEP1 (asparagine endopeptidase 1) and protease TEV (tobacco etching virus). Using a mobile TEV protease site compatible with the ...
    Determination of Flavin Potential in Proteins by Xanthine/Xanthine Oxidase Method
    Authors:  Elena Maklashina and Gary Cecchini, date: 04/05/2020, view: 1592, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] This protocol describes a simple xanthine/xanthine oxidase enzymatic equilibration method for determination of the redox potential of a flavin. As an example of the use of this method, we determine the reduction potential of the covalently bound FAD cofactor (Em = -55 mV) in the SdhA flavoprotein subunit of succinate ...
    Preparation, FPLC Purification and LC-FT-ICR-MS of Proteins
    Authors:  Tyler B. Johnson, Jiri Adamec and Paul Blum, date: 04/05/2020, view: 1618, 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: 1667, 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. ...
    A Yeast Chromatin-enriched Fractions Purification Approach, yChEFs, from Saccharomyces cerevisiae
    [Abstract] We have adapted a previous procedure and improved an approach that we named yChEFs (yeast Chromatin Enriched Fractions) for purifying chromatin fractions. This methodology allows the easy, reproducible and scalable recovery of proteins associated with chromatin. By using yChEFs, we bypass subcellular fractionation requirements involved when using ...

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