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    In vitro RNA Cleavage Assays to Characterize IRE1-dependent RNA Decay
    Authors:  G. Elif Karagöz, Jirka Peschek, Peter Walter and Diego Acosta-Alvear, date: 07/20/2019, view: 829, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The kinase/RNase IRE1 is a key effector of the cellular response to endoplasmic reticulum stress. The RNase activity of IRE1 can be measured in cells or in the test tube. Here we describe a protocol for the in vitro cleavage and analysis of RNA substrates of IRE1. The method consists of the in vitro transcription, purification ...
    In vitro Infection of Primary Human Monocytes with HIV-1
    Authors:  Patrick O’Connell, Yong-Hui Zheng, Andrea Amalfitano and Yasser A. Aldhamen, date: 07/05/2019, view: 479, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Monocyte infection by HIV-1 is an important component of chronic HIV pathogenesis. Following infection by HIV-1, monocytes are able to cross the blood brain barrier and set up a viral reservoir in the central nervous system. Additionally, in the setting of chronic HIV-1 infection, monocytes can become activated either directly through HIV-1 ...
    The Chick Chorioallantoic Membrane (CAM) Assay as a Three-dimensional Model to Study Autophagy in Cancer Cells
    [Abstract] The chick chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) is an extra-embryonic organ and thus well accessible for seeding and harvesting 3D cell cultures. Samples from CAM assays are suitable for protein and gene expression analysis as well as for immuno-histochemical studies. Here we present the CAM assay as a possible model to study autophagy in different types ...
    Fluorescence HPLC Analysis of the in-vivo Activity of Glucosylceramide Synthase
    Authors:  Kartik R. Roy, Sachin K. Khiste, Zhijun Liu and Yong-Yu Liu, date: 06/20/2019, view: 1221, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Almost all functions of cells or organs rely on the activities of cellular enzymes. Indeed, the in-vivo activities that directly represent the cellular effects of enzymes in live organs are critical importance to appreciate the roles enzymes play in modulating physiological or pathological processes, although assessments of such in-vivo ...
    Cross-linking, Immunoprecipitation and Proteomic Analysis to Identify Interacting Proteins in Cultured Cells
    Authors:  Hao Wang, Meiling He, Belinda Willard and Qingyu Wu, date: 06/05/2019, view: 757, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Extracellular expression is essential for the function of secreted and cell surface proteins. Proper intracellular trafficking depends on protein interactions in multiple subcellular compartments. Co-immunoprecipitation and the yeast two-hybrid system are commonly used to investigate protein-protein interactions. These methods, however, depend on ...
    Glucosidase Inhibition to Study Calnexin-assisted Glycoprotein Folding in Cells
    Authors:  Hao Wang and Qingyu Wu, date: 06/05/2019, view: 477, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Calnexin is a chaperone protein that plays a critical role in glycoprotein folding in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). The function of calnexin depends on its binding to monoglucosylated oligosaccharides on nascent glycoproteins, whereas the generation of monoglucosylated oligosaccharides depends on the activity of α-glucosidases I and II, which ...
    Organelle-associated rRNA Degradation
    Authors:  Jinliang Huang and Geng Wang, date: 06/05/2019, view: 487, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Cytosolic rRNAs are highly dynamic and can be degraded under conditions such as apoptosis, starvation and magnesium depletion. The degradation is also related to their specific localization, as fractions of cytosolic ribosomes are localized on the surfaces of intracellular organelles, such as endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and mitochondria. Such ...
    Improved Mammalian Mitochondrial RNA Isolation
    Authors:  Jinliang Huang and Geng Wang, date: 06/05/2019, view: 624, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Mitochondria have two sets of RNAs. One is encoded in mitochondrial genome, and the other that consists of imported RNAs within mitochondria and cytosolic RNAs associated with mitochondrial outer membrane is encoded in the nucleus. These mitochondrial RNAs play important roles in mitochondrion biosynthesis and signaling in and out of mitochondria. ...
    Minigene Assay to Evaluate CRISPR/Cas9-based Excision of Intronic Mutations that Cause Aberrant Splicing in Human Cells
    Authors:  David J. Sanz and Patrick T. Harrison, date: 06/05/2019, view: 460, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The construction of Hybrid minigenes provides a robust and simple strategy to study the effects of disease-causing mutations on mRNA splicing when biological material from patient cells is not available. Hybrid minigenes can be used as splicing reporter plasmids allow RNA expression and heterologous splicing reactions between synthetic splicing ...
    A Flow Cytometric Method to Determine Transfection Efficiency
    [Abstract] Mammalian cell transfection is a powerful technique commonly used in molecular biology to express exogenous DNA or RNA in cells and study gene and protein function. Although several transfection strategies have been developed, there is a wide variation with regards to transfection efficiency, cell toxicity and reproducibility. Thus, a sensitive ...



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