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    In-vitro and in-planta Botrytis cinerea Inoculation Assays for Tomato
    Authors:  Jiajie Lian, Hongyu Han, Jiuhai Zhao and Chuanyou Li, date: 04/20/2018, view: 24, Q&A: 0
    Botrytis cinerea (B. cinerea) attacks many crops of economic importance, represents one of the most extensively studied necrotrophic pathogens. Inoculation of B. cinerea and phenotypic analysis of plant resistance are key ...
    Adhesion of Enteroaggregative E. coli Strains to HEK293 Cells
    Authors:  Jorge Luis Ayala-Lujan and Fernando Ruiz-Perez, date: 04/20/2018, view: 38, Q&A: 0
    Enteroaggregative Escherichia coli (EAEC) is a recognized cause of acute diarrhea among both children and adults worldwide. EAEC strains are characterized by the presence of aggregative adherence fimbriae (AAF), which play a key role in ...
    Quantification of Bacterial Twitching Motility in Dense Colonies Using Transmitted Light Microscopy and Computational Image Analysis
    A method was developed to allow the quantification and mapping of relative bacterial twitching motility in dense samples, where tracking of individual bacteria was not feasible. In this approach, movies of bacterial films were acquired using ...
    Host-regulated Hepatitis B Virus Capsid Assembly in a Mammalian Cell-free System
    Authors:  Kuancheng Liu and Jianming Hu, date: 04/20/2018, view: 18, Q&A: 0
    The hepatitis B virus (HBV) is an important global human pathogen and represents a major cause of hepatitis, liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. The HBV capsid is composed of multiple copies of a single viral protein, the capsid or core protein (HBc), ...
    Metal-tagging Transmission Electron Microscopy for Localisation of Tombusvirus Replication Compartments in Yeast
    Authors:  Isabel Fernández de Castro and Cristina Risco, date: 04/20/2018, view: 21, Q&A: 0
    Positive-stranded (+) RNA viruses are intracellular pathogens in humans, animals and plants. To build viral replicase complexes (VRCs) viruses manipulate lipid flows and reorganize subcellular membranes. Redesigned membranes concentrate viral and ...
    Determination of Intracellular Osmolytes in Cyanobacterial Cells
    Authors:  Xiaoming Tan, Kuo Song, Cuncun Qiao and Xuefeng Lu, date: 04/20/2018, view: 18, Q&A: 0
    Most of the cyanobacteria accumulate osmolytes including sucrose, glucosylglycerol, in their cells in response to salt stress. Here we describe a protocol of our laboratory for extraction and quantification of cyanobacterial intracellular sucrose ...
    Laminarin Quantification in Microalgae with Enzymes from Marine Microbes
    Authors:  Stefan Becker and Jan-Hendrik Hehemann, date: 04/20/2018, view: 27, Q&A: 0
    The marine beta-glucan laminarin is an abundant storage polysaccharide in microalgae. High production rates and rapid digestion by heterotrophic bacteria turn laminarin into an ideal carbon and energy source, and it is therefore a key player in the ...
    Extraction of Small Molecules from Fecal Samples and Testing of Their Activity on Microbial Physiology
    Authors:  Eduardo S. Alves, Rosana B. R. Ferreira and L. Caetano M. Antunes, date: 04/20/2018, view: 15, Q&A: 0
    The human body is colonized by vast communities of microbes, collectively known as microbiota, or microbiome. Although microbes colonize every surface of our bodies that is exposed to the external environment, the biggest collection of microbes ...
    Method for CRISPR/Cas9 Mutagenesis in Candida albicans
    Authors:  Neta Dean and Henry Ng, date: 04/20/2018, view: 18, Q&A: 0
    Candida albicans is the most prevalent and important human fungal pathogen. The advent of CRISPR as a means of gene editing has greatly facilitated genetic analysis in C. albicans. Here, we describe a detailed step-by-step ...
    In-vitro and in-planta Botrytis cinerea Inoculation Assays for Tomato
    Authors:  Jiajie Lian, Hongyu Han, Jiuhai Zhao and Chuanyou Li, date: 04/20/2018, view: 24, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Botrytis cinerea (B. cinerea) attacks many crops of economic importance, represents one of the most extensively studied necrotrophic pathogens. Inoculation of B. cinerea and phenotypic analysis of plant resistance are key procedures to investigate the mechanism of plant immunity. Here we describe a protocol for B. ...
    Adhesion of Enteroaggregative E. coli Strains to HEK293 Cells
    Authors:  Jorge Luis Ayala-Lujan and Fernando Ruiz-Perez, date: 04/20/2018, view: 38, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Enteroaggregative Escherichia coli (EAEC) is a recognized cause of acute diarrhea among both children and adults worldwide. EAEC strains are characterized by the presence of aggregative adherence fimbriae (AAF), which play a key role in pathogenesis by mediating attachment to the intestinal mucosa and by triggering host inflammatory ...
    Quantification of Bacterial Twitching Motility in Dense Colonies Using Transmitted Light Microscopy and Computational Image Analysis
    [Abstract] A method was developed to allow the quantification and mapping of relative bacterial twitching motility in dense samples, where tracking of individual bacteria was not feasible. In this approach, movies of bacterial films were acquired using differential interference contrast microscopy (DIC), and bacterial motility was then indirectly quantified ...
    Host-regulated Hepatitis B Virus Capsid Assembly in a Mammalian Cell-free System
    Authors:  Kuancheng Liu and Jianming Hu, date: 04/20/2018, view: 18, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The hepatitis B virus (HBV) is an important global human pathogen and represents a major cause of hepatitis, liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. The HBV capsid is composed of multiple copies of a single viral protein, the capsid or core protein (HBc), plays multiple roles in the viral life cycle, and has emerged recently as a major target for ...
    Metal-tagging Transmission Electron Microscopy for Localisation of Tombusvirus Replication Compartments in Yeast
    Authors:  Isabel Fernández de Castro and Cristina Risco, date: 04/20/2018, view: 21, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Positive-stranded (+) RNA viruses are intracellular pathogens in humans, animals and plants. To build viral replicase complexes (VRCs) viruses manipulate lipid flows and reorganize subcellular membranes. Redesigned membranes concentrate viral and host factors and create an environment that facilitates the formation of VRCs within replication ...
    Determination of Intracellular Osmolytes in Cyanobacterial Cells
    Authors:  Xiaoming Tan, Kuo Song, Cuncun Qiao and Xuefeng Lu, date: 04/20/2018, view: 18, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Most of the cyanobacteria accumulate osmolytes including sucrose, glucosylglycerol, in their cells in response to salt stress. Here we describe a protocol of our laboratory for extraction and quantification of cyanobacterial intracellular sucrose and glucosylglycerol. We have confirmed this protocol was applicable to at least four kinds of ...
    Laminarin Quantification in Microalgae with Enzymes from Marine Microbes
    Authors:  Stefan Becker and Jan-Hendrik Hehemann, date: 04/20/2018, view: 27, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The marine beta-glucan laminarin is an abundant storage polysaccharide in microalgae. High production rates and rapid digestion by heterotrophic bacteria turn laminarin into an ideal carbon and energy source, and it is therefore a key player in the marine carbon cycle. As a main storage glucan laminarin also plays a central role in the energy ...
    Extraction of Small Molecules from Fecal Samples and Testing of Their Activity on Microbial Physiology
    Authors:  Eduardo S. Alves, Rosana B. R. Ferreira and L. Caetano M. Antunes, date: 04/20/2018, view: 15, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The human body is colonized by vast communities of microbes, collectively known as microbiota, or microbiome. Although microbes colonize every surface of our bodies that is exposed to the external environment, the biggest collection of microbes colonizing humans and other mammals can be found in the gastrointestinal tract. Given the fact that the ...
    Method for CRISPR/Cas9 Mutagenesis in Candida albicans
    Authors:  Neta Dean and Henry Ng, date: 04/20/2018, view: 18, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Candida albicans is the most prevalent and important human fungal pathogen. The advent of CRISPR as a means of gene editing has greatly facilitated genetic analysis in C. albicans. Here, we describe a detailed step-by-step procedure to construct and analyze C. albicans deletion mutants. This protocol uses plasmids that ...
    Bacterial Competition Assay Based on Extracellular D-amino Acid Production
    Authors:  Laura Alvarez and Felipe Cava, date: 04/05/2018, view: 176, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Bacteria live in polymicrobial communities under tough competition. To persist in a specific niche many species produce toxic extracellular effectors as a strategy to interfere with the growth of nearby microbes. One of such effectors are the non-canonical D-amino acids. Here we describe a method to test the effect of D-amino acid production in ...