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    Optimised Method for the Production and Titration of Lentiviral Vectors Pseudotyped with the SARS-CoV-2 Spike

    The use of recombinant lentivirus pseudotyped with the coronavirus Spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 would circumvent the requirement of biosafety-level 3 (BSL-3) containment facilities for the handling of SARS-CoV-2 viruses. Herein, we describe a fast

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    Visualization of Host Cell Kinase Activation by Viral Proteins Using GFP Fluorescence Complementation and Immunofluorescence Microscopy
    Authors:  Sherry T. Shu, Wing Fai Li and Thomas E. Smithgall, date: 07/05/2021, view: 1396, Q&A: 0

    Non-receptor protein-tyrosine kinases regulate cellular responses to many external signals and are important drug discovery targets for cancer and infectious diseases. While many assays exist for the assessment of kinase activity in vitro, methods

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    Tracking the Subcellular Localization of Surface Proteins in Staphylococcus aureus by Immunofluorescence Microscopy
    Authors:  Salvatore J. Scaffidi, Mac A. Shebes and Wenqi Yu, date: 05/20/2021, view: 2981, Q&A: 0

    Surface proteins of Staphylococcus aureus and other Gram-positive bacteria play essential roles in bacterial colonization and host-microbe interactions. Surface protein precursors containing a YSIRK/GXXS signal peptide are translocated across the

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    Parasitemia Evaluation in Mice Infected with Schistosoma mansoni
    Authors:  Naiara Clemente Tavares and Marina Moraes Mourão, date: 05/20/2021, view: 1958, Q&A: 0

    Schistosomiasis is a neglected tropical disease. Its treatment relies on the use of a single drug, praziquantel. Due to treatment limitations, an alternative for schistosomiasis chemotherapy is required; thus, a better understanding of parasite

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    Assessing Swarming of Aerobic Bacteria from Human Fecal Matter
    Authors:  Arjun S. Byju, Deeti Patel, Weijie Chen and Sridhar Mani, date: 05/05/2021, view: 1387, Q&A: 0

    Swarming – swift movement across a surface via flagella propulsion – is a unique property of many bacteria. The role of swarming, particularly among bacterial populations of the human gut microbiome, is not yet fully understood;

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    Histological Methods to Detect Early-stage Plant Defense Responses during Artificial Inoculation of Lolium perenne with Epichloë festucae
    Authors:  Mostafa Rahnama, Damien J. Fleetwood and Richard D. Johnson, date: 05/05/2021, view: 3137, Q&A: 0

    Epichloë species form agriculturally important symbioses with many cool season grasses. To study these symbioses, such as the interaction of Epichloë festucae with perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne), host plants can be infected by

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    A Sensitive and Specific PCR-based Assay to Quantify Hepatitis B Virus Covalently Closed Circular (ccc) DNA while Preserving Cellular DNA
    Authors:  Benno Zehnder, Stephan Urban and Thomas Tu, date: 04/20/2021, view: 2610, Q&A: 0

    Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is the major cause of liver diseases and liver cancer worldwide. After infecting hepatocytes, the virus establishes a stable episome (covalently closed circular DNA, or cccDNA) that serves as the template for all viral

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    Measuring Cytosolic Translocation of Mycobacterium marinum in RAW264.7 Macrophages with a CCF4-AM FRET Assay
    Authors:  Javier Aguilera and Jianjun Sun, date: 04/20/2021, view: 1319, Q&A: 0
    The CCF4-AM Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) assay is a sensitive approach to measure bacterial cytosolic translocation in live cells. The FRET pair hydroxycoumarin (donor) and fluorescein (acceptor) are linked by a CCF4-AM β-lactam ring, ...
    Measurements of Root Colonized Bacteria Species
    Authors:  Vílchez Juan Ignacio, Yu Yang, Dian Yi and Huiming Zhang, date: 04/05/2021, view: 1948, Q&A: 0

    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

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    Brain-localized and Intravenous Microinjections in the Larval Zebrafish to Assess Innate Immune Response
    Authors:  Alison M. Rojas and Celia E. Shiau, date: 04/05/2021, view: 1909, Q&A: 0

    Creating a robust and controlled infection model is imperative for studying the innate immune response. Leveraging the particular strengths of the zebrafish model system, such as optical transparency, ex utero development, and large clutch size,

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