Cell Biology


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    Analysis of Generalized Fibrosis in Mouse Tissue Sections with Masson’s Trichrome Staining
    Authors:  Diantha van de Vlekkert, Eda Machado and Alessandra d’Azzo, date: 05/20/2020, view: 477, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Expansion of fibrous connective tissue and abnormal deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM) are at the basis of many fibrotic diseases. Fibrosis can occur in response to both physiological and pathological cues, including wound healing, tissue remodeling/repair and inflammation. Chronic fibrosis can lead to severe tissue damage, organ failure and ...
    The Chick Chorioallantoic Membrane (CAM) Assay as a Three-dimensional Model to Study Autophagy in Cancer Cells
    Authors:  Félice A. Janser, Patricia Ney, Marta Teixeira Pinto, Rupert Langer and Mario P. Tschan, date: 07/05/2019, view: 2338, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The chick chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) is an extra-embryonic organ and thus well accessible for seeding and harvesting 3D cell cultures. Samples from CAM assays are suitable for protein and gene expression analysis as well as for immuno-histochemical studies. Here we present the CAM assay as a possible model to study autophagy in different types ...
    Detection of mRNA by Whole Mount in situ Hybridization and DNA Extraction for Genotyping of Zebrafish Embryos
    Authors:  Rachna Narayanan and Andrew C. Oates, date: 03/20/2019, view: 5197, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] In situ hybridization is used to visualize the spatial distribution of gene transcripts in tissues and in embryos, providing important information about disease and development. Current methods involve the use of complementary riboprobes incorporating non-radioactive labels that can be detected by immunohistochemistry and coupled to ...
    An Improved Staining Method for Low Signal LacZ Reporter Detection in Mouse Embryos
    Authors:  Xiaopeng Shen, Feng Xu, Shen Wu, Meng Li, Jingyi Zhang, Rui Liang and Yu Liu, date: 03/05/2019, view: 2303, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] In many fields of biology, especially in the field of developmental biology, LacZ reporter staining is an approach used to monitor gene expression patterns. In the LacZ reporter system, the LacZ gene is inserted in the endogenous location of the target gene via gene knock-in or by constructing a transgenic cassette in ...
    Immunohistochemical Staining of TLR4 in Human Skeletal Muscle Samples
    Authors:  Daniela Verzola, Samantha Milanesi, Francesca Costigliolo and Giacomo Garibotto, date: 01/20/2019, view: 2220, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Growing evidence suggests the involvement of TLR4, a receptor in the innate immune system, in muscle loss in uremia. Recently, we have evaluated TLR4 in human skeletal muscle from chronic kidney disease patients, by immunohistochemistry and image analysis. Unlike the commonly-used Western blot method, immunohistochemistry allows for the ...
    Mouse Mammary Gland Whole Mount Preparation and Analysis
    Authors:  Cornelia Tolg, Mary Cowman and Eva A. Turley, date: 07/05/2018, view: 8552, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The mammary gland undergoes extensive remodeling during pregnancy and is also subject to neoplastic processes both of which result in histological changes of the gland epithelial structure. Since the mammary tree is a complex three-dimensional structure a method is needed that provides an overview of the entire gland. Whole mounts provide this ...
    Immunohistochemical Identification of Human Skeletal Muscle Macrophages
    [Abstract] Macrophages have well-characterized roles in skeletal muscle repair and regeneration. Relatively little is known regarding the role of resident macrophages in skeletal muscle homeostasis, extracellular matrix remodeling, growth, metabolism and adaptation to various stimuli including exercise and training. Despite speculation into macrophage ...
    A Method to Injure, Dissect and Image Indirect Flight Muscle of Drosophila
    Authors:  Kunal Chakraborty, K. VijayRaghavan and Rajesh Gunage, date: 05/20/2018, view: 4437, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Inducing an injury specifically to Drosophila flight muscles is a difficult task, owing to the small size of the muscles and the presence of the cuticle. The protocol described below provides an easy and reproducible method to induce injury in the Drosophila flight muscles.
    Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Histopathological Visualization of Human Dural Lymphatic Vessels
    Authors:  Seung-Kwon Ha, Govind Nair, Martina Absinta, Nicholas J. Luciano and Daniel S. Reich, date: 04/20/2018, view: 4782, Q&A: 2
    [Abstract] In this protocol, we describe a method to visualize and map dural lymphatic vessels in-vivo using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ex-vivo using histopathological techniques. While MRI protocols for routine imaging of meningeal lymphatics include contrast-enhanced T2-FLAIR and T1-weighted black-blood imaging, a more specific ...
    Analysis of Mitochondrial Structure in the Body Wall Muscle of Caenorhabditis elegans
    Authors:  Shaarika Sarasija and Kenneth R. Norman, date: 04/05/2018, view: 4380, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Mitochondrial function is altered in various pathologies, highlighting the crucial role mitochondria plays in maintaining cellular homeostasis. Mitochondrial structure undergoes constant fission and fusion in response to changing cellular environment. Due to this, analyzing mitochondrial structure could provide insight into the physiological state ...

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