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    Measurement of the Length of the Integrated Donor DNA during Bacillus subtilis Natural Chromosomal Transformation
    Authors:  Ester Serrano and Begoña Carrasco, date: 08/20/2019, view: 38, Q&A: 0
    For natural transformation to occur, bacterial cells must first develop a programmed physiological state called competence. Competence in Bacillus subtilis, which occurs only in a fraction of cells, is a transient stress response that ...
    Non-invasive Quantification of Cell Wall Porosity by Fluorescence Quenching Microscopy
    Authors:  Xiaohui Liu, Thomas Günther Pomorski and Johannes Liesche, date: 08/20/2019, view: 46, Q&A: 0
    All bacteria, fungi and plant cells are surrounded by a cell wall. This complex network of polysaccharides and glycoproteins provides mechanical support, defines cell shape, controls cell growth and influences the exchange of substances between the ...
    Assessment of Metacaspase Activity in Phytoplankton
    Authors:  Dina Spungin and Ilana Berman-Frank, date: 08/20/2019, view: 36, Q&A: 0
    Programmed cell death (PCD) is an irreversible, genetically-controlled form of cell suicide in which an endogenous biochemical pathway leads to morphological changes and ultimately, cellular demise. PCD is accompanied by de-novo protein ...
    Measurement of the Length of the Integrated Donor DNA during Bacillus subtilis Natural Chromosomal Transformation
    Authors:  Ester Serrano and Begoña Carrasco, date: 08/20/2019, view: 38, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] For natural transformation to occur, bacterial cells must first develop a programmed physiological state called competence. Competence in Bacillus subtilis, which occurs only in a fraction of cells, is a transient stress response that allows cells to take up DNA from the environment. During natural chromosomal transformation, the ...
    Non-invasive Quantification of Cell Wall Porosity by Fluorescence Quenching Microscopy
    Authors:  Xiaohui Liu, Thomas Günther Pomorski and Johannes Liesche, date: 08/20/2019, view: 46, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] All bacteria, fungi and plant cells are surrounded by a cell wall. This complex network of polysaccharides and glycoproteins provides mechanical support, defines cell shape, controls cell growth and influences the exchange of substances between the cell and its surroundings. Despite its name, the cell wall is a flexible, dynamic structure. ...
    Assessment of Metacaspase Activity in Phytoplankton
    Authors:  Dina Spungin and Ilana Berman-Frank, date: 08/20/2019, view: 36, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Programmed cell death (PCD) is an irreversible, genetically-controlled form of cell suicide in which an endogenous biochemical pathway leads to morphological changes and ultimately, cellular demise. PCD is accompanied by de-novo protein synthesis of a family of proteases-"caspases" that are often used as a diagnostic marker of PCD. ...
    Optimized Protocol for the Incorporation of FDAA (HADA Labeling) for in situ Labeling of Peptidoglycan
    Authors:  Katharina Peters, Manuel Pazos, Michael S. VanNieuwenhze and Waldemar Vollmer, date: 08/05/2019, view: 218, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The essential peptidoglycan (PG) layer surrounds the cytoplasmic membrane in nearly all bacteria. It is needed to maintain the shape of the cell and protect it from lysis due to high turgor. Growth of the PG layer is a complex process that involves the activities of PG synthases and hydrolases during elongation and cell division. PG growth sites ...
    Strand-specific Single-stranded DNA Sequencing (4S-seq) of E. coli genomes
    Authors:  Takahiro Masuda, Nobuaki Kono, Masaru Tomita and Kazuharu Arakawa, date: 08/05/2019, view: 217, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Most bacterial genomes have biased nucleotide composition, and the asymmetry is considered to be caused by a single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) deamination arising from the bacterial replication machinery. In order to evaluate the relationship experimentally, the position and frequency of ssDNA formed during replication must be verified clearly. Although ...
    Plaque Assay to Determine Invasion and Intercellular Dissemination of Shigella flexneri in TC7 Human Intestinal Epithelial Cells
    Authors:  Atin Sharma and Andrea Puhar, date: 07/05/2019, view: 447, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Shigella flexneri invades the epithelial cells lining the gut lumen and replicates intracellularly. The specialized Type III Secretion System (T3SS) and its effector proteins, encoded on a large virulence plasmid, assist the bacterium to gain access to the cytosol. Thereafter Shigella disseminates to neighboring cells in an ...
    Gentamicin Protection Assay to Determine the Number of Intracellular Bacteria during Infection of Human TC7 Intestinal Epithelial Cells by Shigella flexneri
    Authors:  Atin Sharma and Andrea Puhar, date: 07/05/2019, view: 529, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Shigella flexneri is an intracellular bacterial pathogen that gains access to the gut epithelium using a specialized Type III Secretion System (T3SS). Various determinants mediating this invasive infection have been experimentally verified using the classical gentamicin protection assay presented here. In this assay epithelial cell lines ...
    In vitro and in vivo Assessment of Protein Acetylation Status in Mycobacteria
    Authors:  Krishna K. Singh, Devendra P. Singh, Rambir Singh and Deepak K. Saini, date: 07/05/2019, view: 475, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Protein acetylation is one of the standard post-translational modifications found in proteins across all organisms, along with phosphorylation which regulates diverse cellular processes. Acetylation of proteins can be enzymatically catalyzed through acetyltransferases, acetyl CoA synthetases or non-enzymatically through acyl carrier metabolic ...
    Preparation and Purification of Active Recombinant Human Pancreatic Lipase in Escherichia coli
    Authors:  Nanami Kawaguchi, Haruko Ogawa and Kimie Date, date: 07/05/2019, view: 511, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Human pancreatic lipase (HPL) is the main lipolytic enzyme involved in the digestion of dietary fat. An active recombinant human pancreatic lipase (recHPL) was successfully prepared for the first time in an Escherichia coli (E. coli) expression system using a short Strep-tag II (ST II). The recHPL-ST II was solubilized with 8 M urea from ...
    Imaging Gene Expression Dynamics in Pseudomonas fluorescens In5 during Interactions with the Fungus Fusarium graminearum PH-1
    Authors:  Rosanna C. Hennessy, Peter Stougaard and Stefan Olsson, date: 06/20/2019, view: 591, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Genomics, transcriptomics and metabolomics are powerful technologies for studying microbial interactions. The main drawback of these methods is the requirement for destructive sampling. We have established an alternative but complementary technique based on a microplate system combined with promoter fusions for visualizing gene expression in space ...



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