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    Measurements of Root Colonized Bacteria Species
    Authors:  Vílchez Juan Ignacio, Yu Yang, Dian Yi and Huiming Zhang, date: 04/05/2021, view: 288, Q&A: 0
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    Root-associated bacteria are able to influence plant fitness and vigor. A key step in understanding the belowground plant-bacteria interactions is to quantify root colonization by the bacteria of interest. Probably, genetic engineering with fluorescence markers is the most powerful way to monitor bacterial strains in plant. However, this could

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    A Novel Method to Construct Binary CRISPR Vectors for Plant Transformation by Single Round of PCR Amplification
    Authors:  Kang Li, Yuhui Wang and Chuanying Fang, date: 04/05/2021, view: 426, Q&A: 0
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    CRISPR/Cas9 is an established and flexible tool for genome editing. However, most methods used to generate expression clones for the CRISPR/Cas9 are time-consuming. Hence, we have developed a one-step protocol to introduce sgRNA expression cassette(s) directly into binary vectors (Liu et al., 2020). In this approach, we have optimized the

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    Atomic Force Microscopy to Characterize Ginger Lipid-Derived Nanoparticles (GLDNP)
    Authors:  Dingpei Long, Chunhua Yang, Junsik Sung and Didier Merlin, date: 04/05/2021, view: 200, Q&A: 0
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    We have demonstrated that a specific population of ginger-derived nanoparticles (GDNP-2) could effectively target the colon, reduce colitis, and alleviate colitis-associated colon cancer. Naturally occurring GDNP-2 contains complex bioactive components, including lipids, proteins, miRNAs, and ginger secondary metabolites (gingerols and shogaols).

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    In vitro Reconstitution Assays of Arabidopsis 20S Proteasome
    Authors:  Yanjun Li, Di Sun, Xingxing Yan, Zhiye Wang and Xiuren Zhang, date: 04/05/2021, view: 217, Q&A: 0
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    The majority of cellular proteins are degraded by the 26S proteasome in eukaryotes. However, intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs), which contain large portions of unstructured regions and are inherently unstable, are degraded via the ubiquitin-independent 20S proteasome. Emerging evidence indicates that plant IDP homeostasis may also be

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    Monitoring Real-time Temperature Dynamics of a Short RNA Hairpin Using Förster Resonance Energy Transfer and Circular Dichroism
    Authors:  Martin Balcerowicz, Marco Di Antonio and Betty Y. W. Chung, date: 03/20/2021, view: 1042, Q&A: 0
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    RNA secondary structures are highly dynamic and subject to prompt changes in response to the environment. Temperature in particular has a strong impact on RNA structural conformation, and temperature-sensitive RNA hairpin structures have been exploited by multiple organisms to modify the rate of translation in response to temperature changes.

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    Chromatographic Analysis for Targeted Metabolomics of Antioxidant and Flavor-Related Metabolites in Tomato
    Authors:  Nergiz Gürbüz Çolak, Neslihan Tek Eken, Anne Frary and Sami Doğanlar, date: 03/05/2021, view: 811, Q&A: 0
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    Targeted metabolomics is a useful approach to evaluate crop breeding studies. Antioxidant and flavor-related traits are of increasing interest and are considered quality traits in tomato breeding. The present study presents chromatographic methods to study antioxidants (carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin E, phenolic compounds, and glutathione) and

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    A Pipeline for Non-model Organisms for de novo Transcriptome Assembly, Annotation, and Gene Ontology Analysis Using Open Tools: Case Study with Scots Pine
    Authors:  Gustavo T. Duarte, Polina Yu. Volkova and Stanislav A. Geras’kin, date: 02/05/2021, view: 925, Q&A: 0
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    RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) has opened up the possibility of studying virtually any organism at the whole transcriptome level. Nevertheless, the absence of a sequenced and accurately annotated reference genome may be an obstacle for applying this technique to non-model organisms, especially for those with a complex genome. While de novo transcriptome

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    Plant ARGONAUTE Protein Immunopurification for Pathogen Cross Kingdom Small RNA Analysis
    Authors:  Florian Dunker, Bernhard Lederer and Arne Weiberg, date: 02/05/2021, view: 705, Q&A: 0
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    Over the last decade, it has been noticed that microbial pathogens and pests deliver small RNA (sRNA) effectors into their host plants to manipulate plant physiology and immunity for infection, known as cross kingdom RNA interference. In this process, fungal and oomycete parasite sRNAs hijack the plant ARGONAUTE (AGO)/RNA-induced silencing complex

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    Measuring Extracellular Proton and Anionic Fluxes in Arabidopsis Pollen Tubes
    Authors:  Maria Teresa Portes and José A. Feijó, date: 02/05/2021, view: 451, Q&A: 0
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    The ion-selective vibrating probe has been used to detect and quantify the magnitude and direction of transmembrane fluxes of several ions in a wide range of biological systems. Inherently non-invasive, vibrating probes have been essential to access relevant electrophysiological parameters related to apical growth and morphogenesis in pollen

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    Histochemical Staining of Suberin in Plant Roots
    Authors:  Peter Marhavý and Shahid Siddique, date: 02/05/2021, view: 795, Q&A: 0
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    Histological stains are useful tools for characterizing cell shape, arrangement and the material they are made from. Stains can be used individually or simultaneously to mark different cell structures or polymers within the same cells, and to visualize them in different colors. Histological stains can be combined with genetically-encoded

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