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    Hypochlorous Acid Staining with R19-S in the Drosophila Intestine upon Ingestion of Opportunistic Bacteria
    Authors:  Salma Hachfi, Olivia Benguettat and Armel Gallet, date: 05/20/2019, view: 107, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The intestine is endowed with an innate immune system that is required to fight any exogenous bacteria that are swallowed along with the food. The first line of defense that is mounted by the gut epithelium is the release of immune Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), such as hypochlorous acid (HOCl), into the lumen. HOCl is produced within 1.5 h of ...
    Delivering "Chromatic Bacteria" Fluorescent Protein Tags to Proteobacteria Using Conjugation
    Authors:  Rudolf O Schlechter and Mitja NP Remus-Emsermann, date: 04/05/2019, view: 459, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Recently, we published a large and versatile set of plasmids, the chromatic bacteria toolbox, to deliver eight different fluorescent protein genes and four combinations of antibiotic resistance genes to Gram-negative bacteria. Fluorescent tags are important tools for single-cell microbiology, synthetic community studies, biofilm, and host-microbe ...
    On-demand Labeling of SNAP-tagged Viral Protein for Pulse-Chase Imaging, Quench-Pulse-Chase Imaging, and Nanoscopy-based Inspection of Cell Lysates
    Authors:  Roland Remenyi, Raymond Li and Mark Harris, date: 02/20/2019, view: 879, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Advanced labeling technologies allow researchers to study protein turnover inside intact cells and to track the labeled protein in downstream applications. In the context of a viral infection, the combination of imaging and fluorescent labeling of viral proteins sheds light on their biological activity and interaction with the host cell. Initial ...
    Imaging Higher-order Chromatin Structures in Single Cells Using Stochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy
    Authors:  Jianquan Xu and Yang Liu, date: 02/05/2019, view: 1041, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Higher-order chromatin organization shaped by epigenetic modifications influence the chromatin environment and subsequently regulate gene expression. Direct visualization of the higher-order chromatin structure at their epigenomic states is of great importance for understanding chromatin compaction and its subsequent effect on gene expression and ...
    Analysis of the Mitochondrial Membrane Potential Using the Cationic JC-1 Dye as a Sensitive Fluorescent Probe
    Authors:  Farzane Sivandzade, Aditya Bhalerao and Luca Cucullo, date: 01/05/2019, view: 1764, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] In recent years, fluorescent dyes have been frequently used for monitoring mitochondrial membrane potential to evaluate mitochondrial viability and function. However, the reproducibility of the results across laboratories strongly depends upon following well validated and reliable protocols along with the appropriate controls. Herein, we provide a ...
    Systematic Quantification of GFP-tagged Protein Foci in Schizosaccharomyces pombe Nuclei
    Authors:  Kim Kiat Lim and Ee Sin Chen, date: 12/20/2018, view: 899, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] DNA damage repair proteins form foci in response to DNA damaging agents. The efficiency and integrity of the DNA repair pathway of a particular eukaryotic (mutant) strain is usually determined by the number of foci formed compared with their wild-type counterpart. Conventionally, focus number is determined visually, and this low accuracy may ...
    Quantitative Analysis of Cargo Density in Single-extracellular Vesicles by Imaging
    Authors:  Taketoshi Kajimoto and Shun-ichi Nakamura, date: 12/20/2018, view: 1007, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Function of extracellular vesicles such as exosomes and microvesicles is determined by their wide ranges of cargoes inside them. Even in the pure exosomes or microvesicles the cargo contents are very heterogeneous. To understand this heterogeneous nature of extracellular vesicles, we need information of the vesicles, which will give us some ...
    An in vitro Microscopy-based Assay for Microtubule-binding and Microtubule-crosslinking by Budding Yeast Microtubule-associated Protein
    Authors:  Yili Zhu, Weimin Tan and Wei-Lih Lee, date: 12/05/2018, view: 1174, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] In this protocol, we describe a simple microscopy-based method to assess the interaction of a microtubule-associated protein (MAP) with microtubules. The interaction between MAP and microtubules is typically assessed by a co-sedimentation assay, which measures the amount of MAP that co-pellets with microtubules by centrifugation, followed by ...
    Single-molecule Fluorescence in situ Hybridization (smFISH) for RNA Detection in Adherent Animal Cells
    Authors:  Gal Haimovich and Jeffrey E. Gerst, date: 11/05/2018, view: 3152, Q&A: 1
    [Abstract] Transcription and RNA decay play critical roles in the process of gene expression and the ability to accurately measure cellular mRNA levels is essential for understanding this regulation. Here, we describe a single-molecule fluorescent in situ hybridization (smFISH) method (as performed in Haimovich et al., 2017) that detects ...
    Extracting and Integrating Protein Localization Changes from Multiple Image Screens of Yeast Cells
    Authors:  Alex X Lu, Louis-Francois Handfield and Alan M Moses, date: 09/20/2018, view: 1123, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The evaluation of protein localization changes in cells under diverse chemical and genetic perturbations is now possible due to the increasing quantity of screens that systematically image thousands of proteins in an organism. Integrating information from different screens provides valuable contextual information about the protein function. For ...

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