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    Ultrasound Guided Intra-thymic Injection to Track Recent Thymic Emigrants and Investigate T Cell Development
    [Abstract] To track recent thymic emigrants (RTEs) or study T cell development in the thymus, intra-thymic injection of a cellular tag or precursor cells for various T cell lineages is often desired. However, the traditional surgical approach to expose the thymus for intra-thymic injection is time-consuming and can cause a high level of pain and stress to ...
    Use of Gas Chromatography to Quantify Short Chain Fatty Acids in the Serum, Colonic Luminal Content and Feces of Mice
    [Abstract] Short-Chain Fatty Acids (SCFAs) are a product of the fermentation of resistant starches and dietary fibers by the gut microbiota. The most important SCFA are acetate (C2), propionate (C3) and butyrate (C4). These metabolites are formed and absorbed in the colon and then transported through the hepatic vein to the liver. SCFAs are more concentrated ...
    In-vivo gp100-specific Cytotoxic CD8+ T Cell Killing Assay
    [Abstract] Cytotoxic CD8+ T lymphocytes (CTLs) represent a crucial component of the adaptive immune system and play a prominent role in the anti-tumor immune responses of both mice and humans.

    Cytotoxic CD8+ T cells are responsible for the lysis of cells expressing peptides associated with MHC class I molecules and derived ...
    Collagenase-based Single Cell Isolation of Primary Murine Brain Endothelial Cells Using Flow Cytometry
    Authors:  Cathrin J. Czupalla, Hanadie Yousef, Tony Wyss-Coray and Eugene C. Butcher, date: 11/20/2018, view: 228, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The brain endothelium is a highly specialized vascular structure that maintains the activity and integrity of the central nervous system (CNS). Previous studies have reported that the integrity of the brain endothelium is compromised in a plethora of neuropathologies. Therefore, it is of particular interest to establish a method that enables ...
    Papain-based Single Cell Isolation of Primary Murine Brain Endothelial Cells Using Flow Cytometry
    Authors:  Hanadie Yousef, Cathrin J Czupalla, Davis Lee, Eugene C Butcher and Tony Wyss-Coray, date: 11/20/2018, view: 238, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Brain endothelial cells (BECs) form the integral component of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) which separates the systemic milieu from the brain parenchyma and protects the brain from pathogens and circulating factors. In order to study BEC biology, it was of particular interest to establish a method that enables researchers to investigate and ...
    A Modified Barnes Maze for Juvenile Rats
    Authors:  Nazanin Valibeigi, Daniel G. McHail, Carmen L. Kimball and Theodore C. Dumas, date: 11/20/2018, view: 231, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] To better understand neural codes for spatial navigation and to address cognitive development questions, the neurobiology of postnatal hippocampal development is receiving increased attention. While the Morris Water Maze is the gold standard for assessing hippocampal integrity, potential confounds can be difficult to control for in juvenile ...
    Eicosanoid Isolation from Mouse Intestinal Tissue for ELISA
    Author:  Isabella Rauch, date: 11/05/2018, view: 278, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Activation of inflammasomes in peritoneal macrophages and intestinal epithelial cells (IEC) leads to the release of eicosanoids. To assess the amount of eicosanoids released by IEC, lipids need to be isolated from whole tissue previous to analysis by lipid mass spectrometry or ELISA. This protocol describes how to isolate lipids from intestinal ...
    Generation of BMEC Lines and in vitro BMEC-HSPC Co-culture Assays
    Authors:  Peipei Guo and Shahin Rafii, date: 11/05/2018, view: 202, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Endothelial cells (ECs) sustain the self-renewal and regeneration of adult hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) via deployment of EC-derived paracrine factors, termed as angiocrine factors. Generation of durable ex vivo vascular niche that maintains EC identity and preserves the angiocrine profile of organ of origin offers ...
    Electroporation of Labeled Antibodies to Visualize Endogenous Proteins and Posttranslational Modifications in Living Metazoan Cell Types
    Authors:  Sascha Conic, Dominique Desplancq, László Tora and Etienne Weiss, date: 11/05/2018, view: 264, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The spatiotemporal localization of different intracellular factors in real-time and their detection in live cells are important parameters to understand dynamic protein-based processes. Therefore, there is a demand to perform live-cell imaging and to measure endogenous protein dynamics in single cells. However, fluorescent labeling of endogenous ...
    mRNA Stability Assay Using Transcription Inhibition by Actinomycin D in Mouse Pluripotent Stem Cells
    Authors:  Madara Ratnadiwakara and Minna-Liisa Änkö, date: 11/05/2018, view: 220, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Gene expression is regulated through multiple steps at both transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels. The net abundance of mature mRNA species in cells is determined by the balance between transcription and degradation. Thus, the regulation of mRNA stability is a key post-transcriptional event that can greatly affect the net level of mRNAs ...



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