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    Flow Cytometric Quantification of Fatty Acid Uptake by Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Macrophages
    Authors:  Evgeniya V. Nazarova, Maria Podinovskaia, David G. Russell and Brian C. VanderVen, date: 02/20/2018, view: 23, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) has evolved to assimilate fatty acids from its host. However, until recently, there was no reliable way to quantify fatty acid uptake by the bacteria during host cell infection. Here we describe a new method to quantify fatty acid uptake by intracellular bacilli. We infect macrophages with Mtb ...
    Registration and Alignment Between in vivo Functional and Cytoarchitectonic Maps of Mouse Visual Cortex
    Authors:  Jun Zhuang, Quanxin Wang, Marc Takeno and Jack Waters, date: 02/20/2018, view: 20, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] This protocol describes a method for registration of in vivo cortical retinotopic map with cytochrome c oxidase (CO) labeled architectonic maps of the same mouse brain through the alignment of vascular fiducials. By recording surface blood vessel pattern and sequential alignment at each step, this method overcomes the challenge imposed by ...
    Sebinger Culture: A System Optimized for Morphological Maturation and Imaging of Cultured Mouse Metanephric Primordia
    Authors:  Mona Elhendawi and Jamie A. Davies, date: 02/20/2018, view: 21, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Here, we present a detailed protocol on setting up embryonic renal organ cultures using a culture method that we have optimised for anatomical maturation and imaging. Our culture method places kidney rudiments on glass in a thin film of medium, which results in very flat cultures with all tubules in the same image plane. For reasons not yet ...
    Extraction of DNA from Murine Fecal Pellets for Downstream Phylogenetic Microbiota Analysis by Next-generation Sequencing
    Authors:  Elien Eeckhout and Andy Wullaert, date: 02/05/2018, view: 98, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Mouse models are widely used to evaluate the potential impact of the gut microbial composition on health and disease. Standardized protocols for sampling and storing murine feces, as well as for extracting DNA from these fecal pellets are needed to limit experimental variation between different studies. Both efficient lysis of the microbiota and ...
    Extraction and Analysis of Pan-metabolome Polar Metabolites by Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography–Tandem Mass Spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS)
    Authors:  Dania M. Malik, Seth Rhoades and Aalim Weljie, date: 02/05/2018, view: 95, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Modern triple quadrupole mass spectrometers provide the ability to detect and quantify a large number of metabolites using tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS). Liquid chromatography (LC) is advantageous, as it does not require derivatization procedures and a large diversity in physiochemical characteristics of analytes can be accommodated through a ...
    Culture and Nucleofection of Postnatal Day 7 Cortical and Cerebellar Mouse Astroglial Cells
    Authors:  Malek Chouchane and Marcos Romualdo Costa, date: 02/05/2018, view: 179, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Lineage reprogramming of astroglial cells isolated from different brain regions leads to the generation of different neuronal subtypes. This protocol describes the isolation and culture of neocortical and cerebellar astrocytes from postnatal mice. We also present a comprehensive description of the main steps towards successful gene delivery in ...
    Generation of Chemically Induced Liver Progenitors (CLiPs) from Rat Adult Hepatocytes
    Authors:  Takeshi Katsuda, Kazunori Hosaka and Takahiro Ochiya, date: 01/20/2018, view: 344, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Primary mature hepatocytes (MHs) or their progenitor cells are candidate cell sources for cell transplantation therapy in severe liver diseases. However, stable culture of these cells or generation of equivalent cells from pluripotent stem cells has been limited. Using a cocktail of small molecules that we previously found useful in stable culture ...
    Obtaining Acute Brain Slices
    Authors:  Thomas Papouin and Philip G. Haydon, date: 01/20/2018, view: 273, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Obtaining acute brain slices for electrophysiology or amperometric recordings has become a routine procedure in most labs in the field of neuroscience. Yet, protocols describing the step by step process are scarce, in particular for routine acute preparations such as from the mouse hippocampus. Here we provide a detailed protocol for the ...
    D-serine Measurements in Brain Slices or Other Tissue Explants
    Authors:  Thomas Papouin and Philip G. Haydon, date: 01/20/2018, view: 295, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] D-serine is an atypical amino acid present in the mammalian body (most amino acids in the mammalian body are L-isomers) that is mostly known in neuroscience for its role as a co-agonist controlling the N-methyl D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR). D-serine levels are decreased in patients with schizophrenia and this is thought to mediate, at least in ...
    Mechanical Allodynia Assessment in a Murine Neuropathic Pain Model
    [Abstract] Experimental animal models are unique tools (i) to study pain transmission and pathophysiology of neuropathic pain, (ii) to identify novel molecular targets and (iii) to test the potential analgesic effect of specific molecules. The chronic constriction injury (CCI) model of neuropathic pain is the first model of post-traumatic painful peripheral ...