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    Flow-cytometric Detection of Low-level Reactive Oxygen Species in Cell Lines and Primary Immune Cells
    Authors:  Kevin Bode, Corinna Link, Peter H. Krammer and Heiko Weyd, date: 09/05/2020, view: 946, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Depending on its concentration and cellular origin the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the organism serves a variety of functions. While high concentrations during an oxidative burst are used to fight pathogens, low to moderate amounts of ROS act as signaling molecules important for several physiological processes such as regulation ...
    Co-immunostaining of ICAM-1, ICAM-2, and CD31 in Mouse Kidney Glomeruli
    Author:  Sun-sang J. Sung, date: 07/05/2020, view: 678, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Glomerulonephritis (GN) is a common pathological condition in chronic kidney diseases that often leads to end stage renal failure. Mac-1 (CD11b/CD18)-mediated neutrophil, macrophage, and dendritic cell glomerular infiltration leading to cellular dysfunction and destruction is an important disease mechanism. The cellular distribution and dynamics ...
    Modeling NOTCH1 driven T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in Mice
    Authors:  Agnieszka A. Wendorff and Adolfo A. Ferrando, date: 05/20/2020, view: 1226, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) is an aggressive hematological malignancy that arises from transformation of T-cell primed hematopoietic progenitors. Although T-ALL is a heterogenous and molecularly complex disease, more than 65% of T-ALL patients carry activating mutations in the NOTCH1 gene. The majority of T-ALL–associated ...
    Direct Reprogramming of Mouse Embryonic Fibroblasts to Conventional Type 1 Dendritic Cells by Enforced Expression of Transcription Factors
    Authors:  Fábio F. Rosa, Cristiana F. Pires, Olga Zimmermannova and Carlos-Filipe Pereira, date: 05/20/2020, view: 1299, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Ectopic expression of transcription factor combinations has been recently demonstrated to reprogram differentiated somatic cells towards the dendritic cell (DC) lineage without reversion to a multipotent state. DCs have the ability to induce potent and long-lasting adaptive immune responses. In particular, conventional type 1 DCs (cDC1s) excel on ...
    Assessing in vitro and in vivo Trogocytosis By Murine CD4+ T cells
    Authors:  Jim Reed and Scott A. Wetzel, date: 05/05/2020, view: 1021, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Recognition of antigens by lymphocytes (B, T, and NK) on the surface of an antigen-presenting cell (APC) leads to lymphocyte activation and the formation of an immunological synapse between the lymphocyte and the APC. At the immunological synapse APC membrane and associated membrane proteins can be transferred to the lymphocyte in a process called ...
    Analyzing the Quenchable Iron Pool in Murine Macrophages by Flow Cytometry
    Authors:  Michael Riedelberger and Karl Kuchler, date: 03/20/2020, view: 1155, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Tissue-resident macrophages are pivotal for a tightly-regulated iron metabolism at a cellular and systemic level, since subtle iron alterations increase the susceptibility for microbial infections or drive multiple diseases. However, research on cellular iron homeostasis in macrophages remains challenging due to the limited amount of available ...
    Bacterial Synchronized Transfer Assays in Bone Marrow Derived Macrophages
    Authors:  Sedelia R Dominguez, Tom Kawula and Shaun P Steele, date: 11/20/2019, view: 1685, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Merocytophagy (“mero”, Greek for partial; “cytophagy” for cell eating) is a process by which cells acquire microbes and cytosolic material through phagocytosis of a small portion of neighboring cells upon cell-cell contact. Cell-cell contact dependent transfer events can be assessed through co-incubation of differently labeled cells. With these ...
    Platelet Isolation and Activation Assays
    Authors:  Laura C. Burzynski, Nicholas Pugh and Murray C.H. Clarke, date: 10/20/2019, view: 2721, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Platelets regulate hemostasis and are the key determinants of pathogenic thrombosis following atherosclerotic plaque rupture. Platelets circulate in an inactive state, but become activated in response to damage to the endothelium, which exposes thrombogenic material such as collagen to the blood flow. Activation results in a number of responses, ...
    Isolation of Neutrophil Nuclei for Use in NETosis Assays
    Author:  Dave Boucher, date: 09/05/2019, view: 2029, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Neutrophils are critical immune cells that protect our body against invading pathogens. They generate antibacterial DNA structures called neutrophil extracellular traps (NET). Recently we identified a new mechanism that enables NET formation. We observed that following recognition of lipopolysaccharides, inflammatory caspases cleave Gasdermin D ...
    Straight Channel Microfluidic Chips for the Study of Platelet Adhesion under Flow
    Authors:  Alexander Dupuy, Lining Arnold Ju and Freda H Passam, date: 03/20/2019, view: 6506, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Microfluidic devices have become an integral method of cardiovascular research as they enable the study of shear force in biological processes, such as platelet function and thrombus formation. Furthermore, microfluidic chips offer the benefits of ex vivo testing of platelet adhesion using small amounts of blood or purified platelets. ...

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