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    Targeted Genome Editing of Virulent Phages Using CRISPR-Cas9
    Authors:  Marie-Laurence Lemay, Ariane C. Renaud, Geneviève M. Rousseau and Sylvain Moineau, date: 01/05/2018, view: 219, Q&A: 0
    This protocol describes a straightforward method to generate specific mutations in the genome of strictly lytic phages. Briefly, a targeting CRISPR-Cas9 system and a repair template suited for homologous recombination are provided inside a bacterial ...
    Analysis of Direct Interaction between Viral DNA-binding Proteins by Protein Pull-down Co-immunoprecipitation Assay
    Authors:  Ana Lechuga, Mónica Berjón-Otero, Margarita Salas and Modesto Redrejo-Rodríguez, date: 01/05/2018, view: 221, Q&A: 0
    This protocol analyzes the direct interaction between two DNA-binding proteins by pull-down co-immunoprecipitation. One of the proteins is overexpressed in E. coli as HA-tagged recombinant protein and cell-free extracts are ...
    Visible Immunoprecipitation (VIP) Assay: a Simple and Versatile Method for Visual Detection of Protein-protein Interactions
    Authors:  Yohei Katoh, Kentaro Nakamura and Kazuhisa Nakayama, date: 01/05/2018, view: 232, Q&A: 0
    The visible immunoprecipitation (VIP) assay is a convenient alternative to conventional co-immunoprecipitation (Katoh et al., 2015). By processing lysates from cells co-expressing GFP-fusion and RFP-fusion proteins for immunoprecipitation ...
    Bacterial Aggregation Assay in the Presence of Cyclic Lipopeptides
    Authors:  Pengyuan Xiu, Rui Liu, Dechao Zhang and Chaomin Sun, date: 01/05/2018, view: 83, Q&A: 0
    Lipopeptides is an important class of biosurfactants having antimicrobial and anti-adhesive activity against pathogenic bacteria. These include surfactin, fengycin, iturin, bacillomycin, mycosubtilin, lichenysin, and pumilacidin (Arima et al. ...
    Easy and Efficient Permeabilization of Cyanobacteria for in vivo Enzyme Assays Using B-PER
    Authors:  Simon Matthé Erstad and Yumiko Sakuragi, date: 01/05/2018, view: 172, Q&A: 0
    Cyanobacteria are photosynthetic bacteria that thrive in diverse ecosystems and play major roles in the global carbon cycle. The abilities of cyanobacteria to fix atmospheric CO2 and to allocate the fixed carbons to chemicals and biofuels ...
    Targeted Genome Editing of Virulent Phages Using CRISPR-Cas9
    Authors:  Marie-Laurence Lemay, Ariane C. Renaud, Geneviève M. Rousseau and Sylvain Moineau, date: 01/05/2018, view: 219, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] This protocol describes a straightforward method to generate specific mutations in the genome of strictly lytic phages. Briefly, a targeting CRISPR-Cas9 system and a repair template suited for homologous recombination are provided inside a bacterial host, here the Gram-positive model Lactococcus lactis MG1363. The CRISPR-Cas9 system is ...
    Analysis of Direct Interaction between Viral DNA-binding Proteins by Protein Pull-down Co-immunoprecipitation Assay
    Authors:  Ana Lechuga, Mónica Berjón-Otero, Margarita Salas and Modesto Redrejo-Rodríguez, date: 01/05/2018, view: 221, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] This protocol analyzes the direct interaction between two DNA-binding proteins by pull-down co-immunoprecipitation. One of the proteins is overexpressed in E. coli as HA-tagged recombinant protein and cell-free extracts are immunoprecipitated in HA-affinity resin. Cell extracts are treated with nuclease to degrade DNA and RNA, which rules ...
    Visible Immunoprecipitation (VIP) Assay: a Simple and Versatile Method for Visual Detection of Protein-protein Interactions
    Authors:  Yohei Katoh, Kentaro Nakamura and Kazuhisa Nakayama, date: 01/05/2018, view: 232, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The visible immunoprecipitation (VIP) assay is a convenient alternative to conventional co-immunoprecipitation (Katoh et al., 2015). By processing lysates from cells co-expressing GFP-fusion and RFP-fusion proteins for immunoprecipitation with GST-tagged anti-GFP Nanobody and glutathione-Sepharose beads, protein-protein interactions can ...
    Bacterial Aggregation Assay in the Presence of Cyclic Lipopeptides
    Authors:  Pengyuan Xiu, Rui Liu, Dechao Zhang and Chaomin Sun, date: 01/05/2018, view: 83, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Lipopeptides is an important class of biosurfactants having antimicrobial and anti-adhesive activity against pathogenic bacteria. These include surfactin, fengycin, iturin, bacillomycin, mycosubtilin, lichenysin, and pumilacidin (Arima et al., 1968; Naruse et al., 1990; Yakimov et al., 1995; Steller and Vater, 2000; ...
    Easy and Efficient Permeabilization of Cyanobacteria for in vivo Enzyme Assays Using B-PER
    Authors:  Simon Matthé Erstad and Yumiko Sakuragi, date: 01/05/2018, view: 172, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Cyanobacteria are photosynthetic bacteria that thrive in diverse ecosystems and play major roles in the global carbon cycle. The abilities of cyanobacteria to fix atmospheric CO2 and to allocate the fixed carbons to chemicals and biofuels have attracted growing attentions as sustainable microbial cell factories. A better understanding ...
    Infection of Soybean Plants with the Insect Bacterial Symbiont Burkholderia gladioli and Evaluation of Plant Fitness
    Authors:  Paul Gaube, Martin Kaltenpoth and Laura V. Flórez, date: 12/20/2017, view: 399, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] To investigate the establishment and consequences of host-microbe interactions, it is important to develop controlled infection assays suitable for each system, as well as appropriate methods to evaluate successful infection and its associated effects. Here, we describe a procedure for bacterial inoculation of soybean plants, followed by the ...
    Determination of Mn Concentrations in Synechocystis sp. PCC6803 Using ICP-MS
    Authors:  Fabian Brandenburg, Hanan Schoffman, Nir Keren and Marion Eisenhut, date: 12/05/2017, view: 404, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Manganese (Mn) is an essential micronutrient for all photoautotrophic organisms. Two distinct pools of Mn have been identified in the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 (Synechocystis), with 80% of the Mn residing in the periplasm and 20% in cytoplasm and thylakoid lumen (Keren et al., 2002). In this protocol, we ...
    Quantification of Bacterial Polyhydroxybutyrate Content by Flow Cytometry
    Authors:  Antonio Lagares (Jr.) and Claudio Valverde, date: 12/05/2017, view: 319, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] We describe here a detailed protocol for the quantification of the intracellular content of polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) in a population of bacterial cells by flow cytometry, which is based on a consensus of several previously reported works.
    Stationary-phase Mutagenesis Soft-agar Overlay Assays in Bacillus subtilis
    [Abstract] Elucidating how a population of non-growing bacteria generates mutations improves our understanding of phenomena like antibiotic resistance, bacterial pathogenesis, genetic diversity and evolution. To evaluate mutations that occur in nutritionally stressed non-growing bacteria, we have employed the strain B. subtilis YB955, which measures ...
    Design and Direct Assembly of Synthesized Uracil-containing Non-clonal DNA Fragments into Vectors by USERTM Cloning
    [Abstract] This protocol describes how to order and directly assemble uracil-containing non-clonal DNA fragments by uracil excision based cloning (USER cloning). The protocol was generated with the goal of making synthesized non-clonal DNA fragments directly compatible with USERTM cloning. The protocol is highly efficient and would be compatible ...