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    Separation of Thylakoid Protein Complexes with Two-dimensional Native-PAGE
    Authors:  Marjaana Rantala, Virpi Paakkarinen and Eva-Mari Aro, date: 07/05/2018, view: 2193, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The hierarchical composition and interactions of the labile thylakoid protein complexes can be assessed by sequential 2D-native gel-electrophoresis system. Mild non-ionic detergent digitonin is used to solubilize labile protein super-and megacomplexes, which are then separated with first-dimension blue native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis ...
    Transient Expression Assay in NahG Arabidopsis Plants Using Agrobacterium tumefaciens
    Authors:  Pepe Cana-Quijada, Eduardo R. Bejarano, Rosa Lozano-Durán and Tábata Rosas-Díaz, date: 06/20/2018, view: 2519, Q&A: 1
    [Abstract] Agrobacterium-mediated transient expression has greatly contributed to research in molecular plant biology but has low efficiency and inconsistency in Arabidopsis thaliana (Arabidopsis). Here, we describe a simple, efficient and fast protocol to make transient gene expression in NahG Arabidopsis plants using ...
    In vitro Nitrate Reductase Activity Assay from Arabidopsis Crude Extracts
    Authors:  Joo Yong Kim and Hak Soo Seo, date: 04/05/2018, view: 2941, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Nitrate reductase (NR) reduces the major plant nitrogen source, NO3-, into NO2-. NR activity can be measured by its final product, nitrite through its absorbance under optimized condition. Here, we present a detailed protocol for measuring relative enzyme activity of NR from Arabidopsis crude ...
    Boron Uptake Assay in Xenopus laevis Oocytes
    Authors:  Sheliang Wang, Namiki Mitani-Ueno and Junpei Takano, date: 03/05/2018, view: 2192, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Boron (B) is essential for plant growth and taken up by plant roots as boric acid. Under B limitation, B uptake and translocation in plants are dependent on the boric acid channels located in the plasma membrane. Xenopus leavis oocyte is a reliable heterologous expression system to characterize transport activities of boric acid channels ...
    Investigating Localization of Chimeric Transporter Proteins within Chloroplasts of Arabidopsis thaliana
    Authors:  Susumu Uehara, Yasuko Ito-Inaba and Takehito Inaba, date: 02/05/2018, view: 2801, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] In this protocol, we describe a method to design chimeric proteins for specific targeting to the inner envelope membrane (IEM) of Arabidopsis chloroplasts and the confirmation of their localization by biochemical analysis. Specific targeting to the chloroplast IEM can be achieved by fusing the protein of interest with a transit peptide ...
    In vitro RNA-dependent RNA Polymerase Assay Using Arabidopsis RDR6
    Authors:  Kyungmin Baeg, Yukihide Tomari and Hiro-oki Iwakawa, date: 01/05/2018, view: 2856, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] RNA-dependent RNA polymerases (RdRPs) in eukaryotes convert single-stranded RNAs into double-stranded RNAs, thereby amplifying small interfering RNAs that play crucial roles in the regulation of development, maintenance of genome integrity and antiviral immunity. Here, we describe a method of in vitro RdRP assay using recombinant ...
    MicroScale Thermophoresis as a Tool to Study Protein-peptide Interactions in the Context of Large Eukaryotic Protein Complexes
    Authors:  Maximilian G. Plach, Klaus Grasser and Thomas Schubert, date: 12/05/2017, view: 8151, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Protein-peptide interactions are part of many physiological processes, for example, epigenetics where peptide regions of histone complexes are crucial for regulation of chromatin structure. Short peptides are often also used as alternatives to small molecule drugs to target protein complexes. Studying the interactions between proteins and peptides ...
    Mating Based Split-ubiquitin Assay for Detection of Protein Interactions
    Authors:  Wijitra Horaruang and Ben Zhang, date: 05/05/2017, view: 6214, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The mating based split-ubiquitin (mbSUS) assay is an alternative method to the classical yeast two-hybrid system with a number of advantages. The mbSUS assay relies on the ubiquitin-degradation pathway as a sensor for protein-protein interactions, and it is suitable for the determination of interactions between full-length proteins that are ...
    Determination of Hydrodynamic Radius of Proteins by Size Exclusion Chromatography
    Authors:  Valentina La Verde, Paola Dominici and Alessandra Astegno, date: 04/20/2017, view: 12584, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Size exclusion chromatography (SEC) or gel filtration is a hydrodynamic technique that separates molecules in solution as a function of their size and shape. In the case of proteins, the hydrodynamic value that can be experimentally derived is the Stokes radius (Rs), which is the radius of a sphere with the same hydrodynamic properties ( ...
    In vitro Ubiquitin Dimer Formation Assay
    Authors:  Sheng Wang, Ling Cao and Hong Wang, date: 01/05/2017, view: 4135, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The process of protein ubiquitination typically consists of three sequential steps to add an ubiquitin (Ub) or Ub chain to a substrate protein, requiring three different enzymes, ubiquitin activating enzyme (E1), ubiquitin conjugating enzyme (E2), and ubiquitin protein ligase (E3). Most E2s possess the classical E2 activity in forming E2-Ub ...

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