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    A One-enzyme RT-qPCR Assay for SARS-CoV-2, and Procedures for Reagent Production
    Authors:  Sanchita Bhadra, Andre C. Maranhao, Inyup Paik and Andrew D. Ellington, date: 01/20/2021, view: 188, Q&A: 0

    Given the scale of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the need for reliable, scalable testing, and the likelihood of reagent shortages, especially in resource-poor settings, we have developed an RT-qPCR assay that relies on an alternative to conventional viral reverse transcriptases, a thermostable reverse transcriptase/DNA polymerase (RTX) (Ellefson

    Evaluation of the Sequence Variability within the PCR Primer/Probe Target Regions of the SARS-CoV-2 Genome
    Authors:  Kashif Aziz Khan and Peter Cheung, date: 12/20/2020, view: 949, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2; initially named 2019-nCoV) is responsible for the recent coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is the current standard method for diagnosis from patient samples. As PCR assays are prone to sequence mismatches due to mutations in the viral genome, it ...
    Giant Mimiviridae CsCl Purification Protocol
    Authors:  Lionel Bertaux, Audrey Lartigue and Sandra Jeudy, date: 11/20/2020, view: 598, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] While different giant viruses’ purification protocols are available, they are not fully described and they use sucrose gradient that does not reach an equilibrium. Here, we report a protocol for the purification of members of the Mimiviridae family virions resulting from Acanthamoeaba castellanii infections. Viruses are ...
    Confocal Microscopy of Reovirus Transport in Living Dorsal Root Ganglion Neurons
    Authors:  Pavithra Aravamudhan, Krishnan Raghunathan and Terence S. Dermody, date: 11/20/2020, view: 759, Q&A: 0

    Neurotropic reoviruses repurpose host machinery to traffic over long distances in neuronal processes and access distal replication sites. Understanding mechanisms of neuronal transmission is facilitated by using simplified in vitro primary neuronal culture models. Advances in the design of compartmentalized microfluidic devices lend robustness to

    Colorimetric RT-LAMP Methods to Detect Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)
    [Abstract] Standard diagnostic methods of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) rely on RT-qPCR technique which have limited point-of-care test (POCT) potential due to necessity of dedicated equipment and specialized personnel. LAMP, an isothermal nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), is a promising technique that may substitute RT-qPCR for POCT of genomic ...
    Isolation and CryoTEM of Phages Infecting Bacterial Wine Spoilers

    With the objective to isolate phages infecting wine bacterial spoilers, we designed a method for the isolation and purification of phages infecting grape-associated bacteria. The method proved successful to isolate GC1 tectivirus infecting the acetic acid bacterium Gluconobacter cerinus. The isolated phage represents a new genus within the

    A Protocol for Simple, Rapid, and Direct Detection of SARS-CoV-2 from clinical samples, using Reverse Transcribed Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (RT-LAMP)
    [Abstract] SARS-CoV-2 has quickly spread all around the globe causing illness and wide damages. Most countries were unprepared for such a rapid spread and crisis. This led to various strategies for effective control of the new pandemic. A key aspect in all countries was to effectively test the population for the virus. Most countries chose a lockdown ...
    Screening Method for CRISPR/Cas9 Inhibition of a Human DNA Virus: Herpes Simplex Virus
    [Abstract] The efficiency of cleavage of individual CRISPR/Cas9-sgRNAs remains difficult to predict based on the CRISPR target sequence alone. Different intracellular environments (dependent on cell type or cell cycle state for example) may affect sgRNA efficiency by altering accessibility of genomic DNA through DNA modifications such as epigenetic marks and ...
    Paper Lateral Flow Biosensor for Nodavirus Reverse Transcribed RNA Detection
    Authors:  Dimitra K. Toubanaki and Evdokia Karagouni, date: 08/05/2020, view: 892, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Paper nanobiosensors have been established as an excellent platform for analysis of veterinary and human pathogens causing various diseases. Especially, lateral flow assays or biosensors ideal for sensitive, rapid, robust and accurate analysis in laboratory setups and on-site analysis. Viral RNA detection is of great importance for public health ...
    Intestinal Enteroid Culture for Human Astroviruses
    Authors:  Irene A. Owusu, Carmen Mirabelli and Abimbola O. Kolawole, date: 07/20/2020, view: 835, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Human astroviruses (HAstV) are non-enveloped, positive-sense single stranded RNA viruses that typically cause gastroenteritis in children, the elderly and among immunocompromised individuals. Some HAstV species have also been implicated in neurological diseases. It is important to study these viruses to understand the pathogenesis and develop ...

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