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    Purification of Soluble Recombinant Human Tau Protein from Bacteria Using Double-tag Affinity Purification
    Authors:  Joseph McInnes, Lujia Zhou and Patrik Verstreken, date: 11/20/2018, view: 498, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Dysfunction of the microtubule-associated protein Tau (encoded by the MAPT gene) has been implicated in more than twenty neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s. As such, the physiological and disease-relevant functions of Tau have garnered great interest in the research community. One barrier hampering investigations into the ...
    Microtitre Plate Based Cell-SELEX Method
    Authors:  Munish Shorie and Harmanjit Kaur, date: 10/20/2018, view: 652, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Aptamers have emerged as a novel category in the field of bioreceptors due to their wide applications ranging from biosensing to therapeutics. Several variations of their screening process, called SELEX have been reported which can yield sequences with desired properties needed for their final use. We report a facile microtiter plate-based ...
    A Method for SUMO Modification of Proteins in vitro
    Authors:  Christine C. Lee, Bing Li, Hongtao Yu and Michael J. Matunis, date: 10/05/2018, view: 657, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The Small Ubiquitin-related Modifier (SUMO) is a protein that is post-translationally added to and reversibly removed from other proteins in eukaryotic cells. SUMO and enzymes of the SUMO pathway are well conserved from yeast to humans and SUMO modification regulates a variety of essential cellular processes including transcription, chromatin ...
    Platelet Migration and Bacterial Trapping Assay under Flow
    Authors:  Shuxia Fan, Michael Lorenz, Steffen Massberg and Florian Gaertner, date: 09/20/2018, view: 670, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Blood platelets are critical for hemostasis and thrombosis, but also play diverse roles during immune responses. We have recently reported that platelets migrate at sites of infection in vitro and in vivo. Importantly, platelets use their ability to migrate to collect and bundle fibrin (ogen)-bound bacteria accomplishing ...
    Extraction and Quantification of Polyphosphate (polyP) from Gram-negative Bacteria
    Authors:  Jan-Ulrik Dahl, Lihan Xie and Ursula Jakob, date: 09/20/2018, view: 551, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Polyphosphate (polyP), a universally conserved biomolecule, is composed of up to 1,000 phosphate monomers linked via phosphoanhydride bonds. Reaching levels in bacteria that are in the high nmoles per mg protein range, polyP plays important roles in biofilm formation and colonization, general stress protection and virulence. Various protocols for ...
    Microfluidics-Based Analysis of Contact-dependent Bacterial Interactions
    Authors:  Robert Cooper, Lev Tsimring and Jeff Hasty, date: 08/20/2018, view: 935, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Bacteria in nature live in complex communities with multiple cell types and spatially-dependent interactions. Studying cells in well-mixed environments such as shaking culture tubes or flasks cannot capture these spatial dynamics, but cells growing in full-fledged biofilms are difficult to observe in real time. We present here a protocol for ...
    Modifying Styrene-maleic Acid Co-polymer for Studying Lipid Nanodiscs by Direct Fluorescent Labeling
    Authors:  Victoria Schmidt and James N. Sturgis, date: 08/20/2018, view: 765, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] This protocol was developed to functionalize styrene maleic acid (SMA) by direct fluorescent labeling in an easy way, accessible to biochemistry laboratories. This novel method is based on the coupling of carboxylic acids to primary amines using a carbodiimide, a reaction commonly used for protein chemistry. The procedure uses the hydrolyzed ...
    Bacterial Microcolonies in Gel Beads for High-throughput Screening
    Author:  Yolanda Schaerli, date: 07/05/2018, view: 1872, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] High-throughput screening of a DNA library expressed in a bacterial population for identifying potentially rare members displaying a property of interest is a crucial step for success in many experiments such as directed evolution of proteins and synthetic circuits and deep mutational scanning to identify gain- or loss-of-function mutants.
    Implementation of Blue Light Switchable Bacterial Adhesion for Design of Biofilms
    Authors:  Fei Chen and Seraphine V. Wegner, date: 06/20/2018, view: 1257, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Control of bacterial adhesions to a substrate with high precision in space and time is important to form a well-defined biofilm. Here, we present a method to engineer bacteria such that they adhere specifically to substrates under blue light through the photoswitchable proteins nMag and pMag. This provides exquisite spatiotemporal remote control ...
    Preparation of Cell-free Synthesized Proteins Selectively Double Labeled for Single-molecule FRET Studies
    Authors:  Mayuri Sadoine, Michele Cerminara, Jörg Fitter and Alexandros Katranidis, date: 06/20/2018, view: 1306, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Single-molecule FRET (smFRET) is a powerful tool to investigate molecular structures and conformational changes of biological molecules. The technique requires protein samples that are site-specifically equipped with a pair of donor and acceptor fluorophores. Here, we present a detailed protocol for preparing double-labeled proteins for smFRET ...

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