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    Isolation and Purification of Viruses Infecting Cyanobacteria Using a Liquid Bioassay Approach
    Authors:  Caroline Chénard and Amy M Chan, date: 01/20/2018, view: 343, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The following protocol describes the isolation and purification of viruses infecting cyanobacteria using a liquid bioassay approach. Viruses infecting cyanobacteria are also known as cyanophages. This protocol was written specifically for the isolation of cyanophages infecting freshwater cyanobacteria particularly, cyanobacteria that cannot be ...
    Infectious Subviral Particle-induced Hemolysis Assay for Mammalian Orthoreovirus
    Authors:  Anthony J. Snyder and Pranav Danthi, date: 01/20/2018, view: 160, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Mammalian orthoreovirus (reovirus) utilizes pore forming peptides to penetrate host cell membranes. This step is essential for delivering its genome containing core particle during viral entry. This protocol describes an in vitro assay for measuring reovirus-induced pore formation.
    Infectious Subviral Particle to Membrane Penetration Active Particle (ISVP-to-ISVP*) Conversion Assay for Mammalian Orthoreovirus
    Authors:  Anthony J. Snyder and Pranav Danthi, date: 01/20/2018, view: 160, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The mammalian orthoreovirus (reovirus) outer capsid undergoes a series of conformational changes prior to or during viral entry. These transitions are necessary for delivering the genome-containing core across host cell membranes. This protocol describes an in vitro assay for monitoring the transition into a membrane penetration-active ...
    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: 557, 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 ...
    Rolling Circle Amplification to Screen Yam Germplasm for Badnavirus Infections and to Amplify and Characterise Novel Badnavirus Genomes
    [Abstract] Since the first discovery of badnaviruses (family Caulimoviridae, genus Badnavirus) in yam (Dioscorea spp.) germplasm in the 1970s (Harrison and Roberts, 1973), several hundred partial badnavirus reverse transcriptase (RT)-ribonuclease H (RNaseH) sequences have been characterised (Kenyon et al., 2008; Bousalem ...
    Rice Black-streaked Dwarf Virus Preparation and Infection on Rice
    Authors:  Zongtao Sun, Hehong Zhang, Kaili Xie, Xiaoxiang Tan, Hengmu Zhang and Jianping Chen, date: 12/20/2017, view: 437, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Rice black-streaked dwarf virus (RBSDV), a member of genus Fijivirus in the family Reoviridae, infects rice, maize, barley and wheat, and can seriously affect crop yields. RBSDV is transmitted by the small brown planthopper (Laodelphax striatellus, SBPH) in a persistent manner. RBSDV has 10 linear dsRNA genomic segments, ...
    Lentiviral Knockdown of Transcription Factor STAT1 in Peromyscus leucopus to Assess Its Role in the Restriction of Tick-borne Flaviviruses
    Authors:  Adaeze O. Izuogu and R. Travis Taylor, date: 12/05/2017, view: 569, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Cellular infection with tick-borne flaviviruses (TBFVs) results in activation of the interferon (IFN) signaling pathway and subsequent upregulation of numerous genes termed IFN stimulated genes (ISGs) (Schoggins et al., 2011). Many ISGs function to prevent virus pathogenesis by acting in a broad or specific manner through protein-protein ...
    Isolation, BODIPY Labeling and Uptake of Exosomes in Hepatic Stellate Cells
    Author:  Shubham Shrivastava, date: 12/05/2017, view: 593, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Exosomes have emerged as an important mediator of intercellular communication. They are present in extracellular milieu and therefore, easily accessible by neighboring or distant cells. They carry mRNA, microRNAs and proteins within their vesicles and once internalized by recipient cells; they can modulate multiple signaling pathways with ...
    Organotypic Brain Cultures: A Framework for Studying CNS Infection by Neurotropic Viruses and Screening Antiviral Drugs
    [Abstract] According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 50% of emerging viruses endowed with pathogenicity in humans can infect the Central Nervous System (CNS) with induction of encephalitis and other neurologic diseases (Taylor et al., 2001; Olival and Daszak, 2005). While neurological diseases are progressively documented, the ...
    Isolation of Rice Stripe Virus Preparation from Viruliferous Small Brown Planthoppers and Mechanic Inoculation on Rice
    Authors:  Wan Zhao, Le Kang and Feng Cui, date: 11/05/2017, view: 602, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Tenuiviruses can infect the plants of the family Poaceae, and cause serious loss of crops, particularly rice and maize, in South-Eastern Asian countries. Tenuiviruses usually depend on insect vectors for their transmission and cannot be transmitted between plants through wounds or abrasions. Rice stripe virus (RSV), a typical member of ...