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    In vitro Induction and Detection of Acrosomal Exocytosis in Human Spermatozoa
    Authors:  Shenae L. Cafe, Amanda L. Anderson and Brett Nixon, date: 07/20/2020, view: 491, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The acrosome reaction is a highly regulated exocytotic event that primes spermatozoa for successful fertilization. Upon induction, acrosomal exocytosis proceeds via a wave of vesiculation that radiates across the sperm head, destabilizing the acrosomal vesicle and resulting in the release of the acrosomal contents. Having shed their acrosome, ...
    Imaging VIPER-labeled Cellular Proteins by Correlative Light and Electron Microscopy
    [Abstract] Advances in fluorescence microscopy (FM), electron microscopy (EM), and correlative light and EM (CLEM) offer unprecedented opportunities for studying diverse proteins and nanostructures involved in fundamental cell biology. It is now possible to visualize and quantify the spatial organization of cellular proteins and other macromolecules by FM, ...
    Implementing VIPER for Imaging Cellular Proteins by Fluorescence Microscopy
    Authors:  Julia K. Doh, Caroline A. Enns and Kimberly E. Beatty, date: 11/05/2019, view: 1688, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Genetically-encoded tags are useful tools for multicolor and multi-scale cellular imaging. Versatile Interacting Peptide (VIP) tags, such as VIPER, are new genetically-encoded tags that can be used in various imaging applications. VIP tags consist of a coiled-coil heterodimer, with one peptide serving as the genetic tag and the other (“probe ...
    Generation of CoilR Probe Peptides for VIPER-labeling of Cellular Proteins
    Authors:  Julia K. Doh, Savannah J. Tobin and Kimberly E. Beatty, date: 11/05/2019, view: 1743, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Versatile Interacting Peptide (VIP) tags are a new class of genetically-encoded tag designed for imaging cellular proteins by fluorescence and electron microscopy. In 2018, we reported the VIPER tag (Doh et al., 2018), which contains two elements: a genetically-encoded peptide tag (i.e., CoilE) and a probe peptide (i.e., ...
    Photoaffinity Labeling of Respiratory Complex I in Bovine Heart Submitochondrial Particles by Photoreactive [125I] amilorides
    Authors:  Masatoshi Murai and Hideto Miyoshi, date: 09/05/2019, view: 1578, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The architecture of quinone/inhibitor-access channel in proton-translocating NADH-quinone oxidoreductase (respiratory complex I) was modeled by X-ray crystallography and cryo-EM, however, it remains debatable whether the channel model reflects the physiologically relevant state present throughout the catalytic cycle. Using photoreactive [125 ...
    Click Chemistry (CuAAC) and Detection of Tagged de novo Synthesized Proteins in Drosophila
    [Abstract] Copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne-cycloaddition (CuAAC), also known as ‘click chemistry’ serves as a technique for bio-orthogonal, that is, bio-compatible labeling of macromolecules including proteins or lipids. Click chemistry has been widely used to covalently, selectively, and efficiently attach probes such as fluorophores or biotin to small ...
    Fluorescent Labeling of Rat-tail Collagen for 3D Fluorescence Imaging
    Author:  Andrew D. Doyle, date: 07/05/2018, view: 4818, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Rat tail collagen solutions have been used as polymerizable in vitro three-dimensional (3D) extracellular matrix (ECM) gels for single and collective cell migration assays as well as spheroid formation. These 3D hydrogels are a relatively inexpensive, simple to use model system that can mimic the in vivo physical characteristics ...
    A General Method for Intracellular Protein Delivery through ‘E-tag’ Protein Engineering and Arginine Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles
    Authors:  Rubul Mout and Vincent M. Rotello, date: 12/20/2017, view: 4954, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] In this protocol, we describe a method for direct cytosolic protein delivery that avoids endosomal entrapment of the delivered proteins. We achieved this by tagging the desired protein with an oligo glutamic acid tag (E-tag), and subsequently using carrier gold nanoparticles to deliver these E-tagged proteins. When E-tagged proteins and ...
    Monitoring the Targeting of Cathepsin D to the Lysosome by Metabolic Labeling and Pulse-chase Analysis
    Authors:  Lucas A. Tavares and Luis L. P. daSilva, date: 11/05/2017, view: 4838, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Mannose 6-phosphate receptors function can be studied in living cells by investigating alterations in processing and secretion of their ligand Cathepsin D. The assay described here is well established in the literature and comprises the metabolic labeling of newly synthesized proteins with [35S] methionine-cysteine in HeLa cells to ...
    Labelling HaloTag Fusion Proteins with HaloTag Ligand in Living Cells
    Authors:  Huy Nguyen Duc and Xiaojun Ren , date: 09/05/2017, view: 7352, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] HaloTag has been widely used to label proteins in vitro and in vivo (Los et al., 2008). In this protocol, we describe labelling HaloTag-Cbx fusion proteins by HaloTag ligands for live-cell single-molecule imaging (Zhen et al., 2016).



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