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    Generation of Giant Unilamellar Vesicles (GUVs) Using Polyacrylamide Gels
    Authors:  Eric Parigoris, Daniel L. Dunkelmann and Unai Silvan, date: 11/05/2020, view: 768, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Giant unilamellar vesicles (GUVs) are a widely used model system for a range of applications including membrane biophysics, drug delivery, and the study of actin dynamics. While several protocols have been developed for their generation in recent years, the use of these techniques involving charged lipid types and buffers of physiological ionic ...
    Determination of Microtubule Lattice Parameters from Cryo-electron Microscope Images Using TubuleJ
    Authors:  Siou Ku, Cédric Messaoudi, Charlotte Guyomar, Charles Kervrann and Denis Chrétien, date: 11/05/2020, view: 377, Q&A: 0

    The α-β tubulin heterodimer undergoes subtle conformational changes during microtubule assembly. These can be modulated by external factors, whose effects on microtubule structure can be characterized on 2D views obtained by cryo-electron microscopy. Analysis of microtubule images is facilitated if they are straight enough to interpret

    Real-time Three-dimensional Tracking of Endocytic Vesicles
    Authors:  Stephanie Duhamel and Kossay Zaoui, date: 10/20/2020, view: 540, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Endocytic trafficking and recycling are fundamental cellular processes that control essential functions such as signaling protein complexes transport and membrane identity. The small GTPase Rabs are indispensable component of the endosomal recycling machinery. The Rabs bind to effectors to mediate their functions, such as protein sorting and ...
    Analyzing (Re)Capping of mRNA Using Transcript Specific 5' End Sequencing
    Authors:  Daniel del Valle Morales and Daniel R. Schoenberg, date: 10/20/2020, view: 373, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The 5′ cap is a ubiquitous feature of eukaryotic mRNAs. It is added in the nucleus onto newly synthesized pre-mRNA, and in the cytoplasm onto mRNAs after decapping or endonuclease cleavage. Cytoplasmic recapping can occur after loss of the cap at the native 5′ end, or downstream within the body of the mRNA. The identification and location of ...
    Estimation of the Minimum Number of Replication Origins Per Chromosome in any Organism
    Author:  Marcelo S. da Silva, date: 10/20/2020, view: 499, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Eukaryote nuclear genomes predominantly replicate through multiple replication origins. The number of replication origins activated per chromosome during the S-phase duration may vary according to many factors, but the predominant one is replication stress. Several studies have applied different approaches to estimate the number and map the ...
    Using RNA Sequencing and Spike-in RNAs to Measure Intracellular Abundance of lncRNAs and mRNAs
    Authors:  Megan D. Schertzer, McKenzie M. Murvin and J. Mauro Calabrese, date: 10/05/2020, view: 446, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) play essential roles in normal physiology and in disease but their mechanisms of action can be challenging to identify. For mechanistic studies, it is often useful to know a lncRNA’s intracellular abundance, i.e., approximately how many molecules of the lncRNA are present in a typical cell of a cell-type of ...
    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: 696, 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. ...
    Karyopherin-β2 Inhibits and Reverses Aggregation and Liquid-liquid Phase Separation of the ALS/FTD-Associated Protein FUS
    Authors:  Emma Robinson, James Shorter and Lin Guo, date: 08/20/2020, view: 1088, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The study of RNA-binding proteins (RBP) offers insight into the mechanisms of pathologic protein aggregation in neurodegenerative diseases. We developed a protocol for purifying an RBP FUS and a nuclear import receptor (NIR) Kapβ2 and testing the ability of Kapβ2 to mitigate FUS aggregation and liquid-liquid phase separation.
    In-vitro GLP-1 Release Assay Using STC-1 Cells
    Authors:  Liu Qi, Tan Shuai, Jia Da, Burstein Ezra and Sifuentes-Dominguez Luis, date: 08/20/2020, view: 867, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Enteroendocrine cells (EECs) are known chemosensors in the gastrointestinal (GI) epithelium. They release a diversity of gut hormones in response to various stimuli. Here, we report an in-vitro assay to measure GLP-1 release from cultured murine EEC’s under fatty acid stimulation.

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