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    Tracking Root Interactions System (TRIS) Experiment and Quality Control
    Authors:  Hassan Massalha, Elisa Korenblum, Orr H. Shapiro and Asaph Aharoni, date: 04/20/2019, view: 950, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Soil organisms are diverse taxonomically and functionally. This ecosystem experiences highly complex networks of interactions, but may also present functionally independent entities. Plant roots, a metabolically active hotspot in the soil, take an essential part in shaping the rhizosphere. Tracking the dynamics of root-microbe interactions at high ...
    Quantitative Transformation Efficiency Assay for Bacillus subtilis
    Authors:  Christian L. Loyo and Briana M. Burton, date: 12/05/2018, view: 1408, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Bacillus subtilis (B. subtilis) is a model Gram-positive organism used to study a variety of physiological states and stress responses, one of which is the development of competence. Competence refers to the physiological state of a cell which allows it to be transformed naturally. Through induction of competence, the efficiency ...
    Extraction and Analysis of Bacterial Teichoic Acids
    Authors:  Kelvin Kho and Timothy C. Meredith, date: 11/05/2018, view: 1500, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Teichoic acids (TA) are anionic polymers comprised of polyol phosphate repeat units that are abundant in the cell wall of Gram-positive bacteria. Both wall teichoic acid (WTA) and lipoteichoic acid (LTA) play important roles in regulating cell wall remodeling as well as conferring antibiotic resistance. To analyze TA, we describe a polyacrylamide ...
    Assessing Membrane Fluidity and Visualizing Fluid Membrane Domains in Bacteria Using Fluorescent Membrane Dyes
    Authors:  Michaela Wenzel, Norbert O. E. Vischer, Henrik Strahl and Leendert W. Hamoen, date: 10/20/2018, view: 1662, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Membrane fluidity is a key parameter of bacterial membranes that undergoes quick adaptation in response to environmental challenges and has recently emerged as an important factor in the antibacterial mechanism of membrane-targeting antibiotics. The specific level of membrane fluidity is not uniform across the bacterial cell membrane. Rather, ...
    Stationary-phase Mutagenesis Soft-agar Overlay Assays in Bacillus subtilis
    [Abstract] Elucidating how a population of non-growing bacteria generates mutations improves our understanding of phenomena like antibiotic resistance, bacterial pathogenesis, genetic diversity and evolution. To evaluate mutations that occur in nutritionally stressed non-growing bacteria, we have employed the strain B. subtilis YB955, which measures ...
    Snapshots of the Signaling Complex DesK:DesR in Different Functional States Using Rational Mutagenesis and X-ray Crystallography
    [Abstract] We have developed protocols to generate site-specific variants of the histidine-kinase DesK and its cognate response regulator DesR, conducive to trapping different signaling states of the proteins. Co-expression of both partners in E. coli, ensuring an excess of the regulator, was essential for soluble production of the DesK:DesR ...
    Analysis of N-acetylmuramic acid-6-phosphate (MurNAc-6P) Accumulation by HPLC-MS
    Authors:  Marina Borisova and Christoph Mayer, date: 08/05/2017, view: 3931, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] We describe here in detail a high-performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS)-based method to determine N-acetylmuramic acid-6-phosphate (MurNAc-6P) in bacterial cell extracts. The method can be applied to both Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria, and as an example we use Escherichia coli cells in this ...
    Determination of NO and CSF Levels Produced by Bacillus subtilis
    [Abstract] The cell-to-cell communication and division of labour that occurs inside a beneficial biofilm produce significant differences in gene expression compared with the gene expression pattern of cells grew under planktonic conditions. In this sense, the levels of NO (nitric oxide) and CSF (Competence Sporulation Stimulating Factor) produced in Bacillus ...
    Culturing Bacteria from Caenorhabditis elegans Gut to Assess Colonization Proficiency
    [Abstract] Determining an accurate count of intestinal bacteria from Caenorhabditis elegans is one critical way to assess colonization proficiency by a given bacteria. This can be accomplished by culturing appropriate dilutions of worm gut bacteria on selective or differential agarized media. Because of the high concentration of bacteria in gut ...
    CRISPR/Cas9 Editing of the Bacillus subtilis Genome
    Authors:  Peter E. Burby and Lyle A. Simmons, date: 04/20/2017, view: 9700, Q&A: 4
    [Abstract] A fundamental procedure for most modern biologists is the genetic manipulation of the organism under study. Although many different methods for editing bacterial genomes have been used in laboratories for decades, the adaptation of CRISPR/Cas9 technology to bacterial genetics has allowed researchers to manipulate bacterial genomes with ...



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