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    Production of Quantum Dots-containing Influenza Virus Particles for Studying Viral Uncoating Processes
    Authors:  Chong Qin, Xiaowei Zhang and Zongqiang Cui, date: 09/20/2019, view: 166, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The genome of influenza A virus (IAV) comprises eight pinlike genomic segments called vRNPs enclosed in viral capsid. During infection, uncoating is the key step for viral replication and represents an antiviral therapeutic target, but it is difficult to observe the transient and dynamic event in detail. Here, we report a protocol for production ...
    Image-based Quantification of Direct Cell-to-cell Transmission of Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus
    Authors:  Fernando Merwaiss and Diego E. Alvarez, date: 08/05/2019, view: 390, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Different viruses rely on direct cell-to-cell transmission to propagate infection within the infected host. Measuring this mode of transmission in cultured cells is often complicated by the contribution of cell free viruses to spread, and the difficulty to distinguish between primary infected cells that produce the virus and neighboring cells that ...
    Fluorescence Microscopy Assay to Measure HIV-1 Capsid Uncoating Kinetics in vitro
    [Abstract] The stability of the HIV-1 capsid and the spatiotemporal control of its disassembly, a process called uncoating, need to be finely tuned for infection to proceed. Biochemical methods for measuring capsid lattice disassembly in bulk are unable to resolve intermediates in the uncoating reaction. We have developed a single-particle fluorescence ...
    In vitro Infection of Primary Human Monocytes with HIV-1
    Authors:  Patrick O’Connell, Yong-Hui Zheng, Andrea Amalfitano and Yasser A. Aldhamen, date: 07/05/2019, view: 671, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Monocyte infection by HIV-1 is an important component of chronic HIV pathogenesis. Following infection by HIV-1, monocytes are able to cross the blood brain barrier and set up a viral reservoir in the central nervous system. Additionally, in the setting of chronic HIV-1 infection, monocytes can become activated either directly through HIV-1 ...
    Analysis of Functional Virus-generated PAMP RNAs Using IFNα/β ELISA Assay
    Authors:  Margit Mutso, Xiang Liu, Andres Merits and Suresh Mahalingam, date: 06/20/2019, view: 591, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Virus-generated PAMP RNAs are key factors that activate host immune response. The PAMP RNAs are therefore usually closely related with viral disease pathogenesis. Quantitative real time PCR is a conventional method to assess RNA. However, it cannot be used for detecting short dsRNAs generated by viral replicase. This protocol was established to ...
    Purification and Proteomic Analysis of Alphavirus Particles from Sindbis Virus Grown in Mammalian and Insect Cells
    Authors:  Raquel Hernandez, Trevor Glaros, Gabrielle Rizzo and Davis F. Ferreira, date: 05/20/2019, view: 1079, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Current mass spectrometry (MS) methods and new instrumentation now allow for more accurate identification of proteins in low abundance than previous protein fractionation and identification methods. It was of interest if this method could serve to define the virus proteome of a membrane-containing virus. To evaluate the efficacy of mass spec to ...
    Viral Chromosome Conformation Capture (V3C) Assays for Identifying Trans-interaction Sites between Lytic Viruses and the Cellular Genome
    Authors:  Kinjal Majumder, Maria Boftsi and David J Pintel, date: 03/20/2019, view: 1048, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The folding mechanisms of the mammalian genome package our genetic material into the nucleus, and in doing so, dictate its appropriate replication and expression. Chromosome conformation capture technology has enabled the dissection of the folding principles of the cellular genome. This has led to a better understanding of the role played by ...
    Quantitation of Regulatory Activity for the Complement Alternative Pathway Using an Adaptation of the AP50 in vitro Assay
    Authors:  Sheila Cabezas Falcon, David L Gordon and Jillian M Carr, date: 12/20/2018, view: 1200, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Complement pathways function to identify and remove pathogens and infected cells. There are three complement pathways: the classical, lectin and alternative pathway (AP). While all pathways are activated following pathogen stimuli, the AP is constitutively active and tightly controlled by activators (e.g., Factor B, Factor D) and negative ...
    Quantification of Infectious Sendai Virus Using Plaque Assay
    Authors:  Narihito Tatsumoto, Takamasa Miyauchi, Moshe Arditi and Michifumi Yamashita, date: 11/05/2018, view: 1798, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Sendai virus (SeV) is an enveloped, single-stranded RNA virus of the family Paramyxoviridae. SeV is a useful tool to study its infectious pathomechanism in immunology and the pathomechanism of a murine model of IgA nephropathy. Virus quantification is essential not only to determine the original viral titers for an appropriate ...
    Rice Ragged Stunt Virus Propagation and Infection on Rice Plants
    Authors:  Chao Zhang, Chaonan Shi, Dong Chen and Jianguo Wu, date: 10/20/2018, view: 1554, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Virus inoculation is a basic experimental procedure to evaluate the resistance of a rice variety or a transgenic material upon virus infection. We recently demonstrated that Rice Ragged Stunt Virus (RRSV), an oryzavirus that is transmitted by brown planthopper (BPH), can suppress jasmonic acid-mediated antiviral defense through ...



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