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    A SYBR Gold-based Label-free in vitro Dicing Assay
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    In Arabidopsis, DICER-LIKE PROTEIN 3 (DCL3) cuts the substrate pre-siRNA into a product siRNA duplex, encompassing one 23-nt strand and one 24-nt strand. To monitor the separation of the siRNA duplex with only 1-nt difference, we developed this protocol to evaluate the in vitro dicing activity of DCL3. The method can be applied for measuring

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    Identification of Protein-RNA Interactions in Mouse Testis Tissue Using fRIP
    Authors:  Alexis S. Bailey, Pedro J. Batista, Howard Y. Chang and Margaret T. Fuller, date: 01/05/2022, view: 1865, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract]

    During development, cells must quickly switch from one cell state to the next to execute precise and timely differentiation. One method to ensure fast transitions in cell states is by controlling gene expression at the post-transcriptional level through action of RNA-binding proteins on mRNAs. The ability to accurately identify the RNA targets of

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    Immunoprecipitation for Protein-Protein Interactions and for RNA Enrichment in Drosophila melanogaster
    Authors:  Giulia Romano, Raffaella Klima and Fabian Feiguin, date: 12/05/2021, view: 1265, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract]

    To determine the molecular and functional interactions between RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) and their targets RNAs, is of fundamental importance to understand the dynamic organization of the nervous system in health and disease. Nevertheless, this task has remained elusive due to the lack of specific protocols and experimental systems that would

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    Identification of Intrinsic RNA Binding Specificity of Purified Proteins by in vitro RNA Immunoprecipitation (vitRIP)
    Authors:  Marisa Müller, Tamas Schauer and Peter B. Becker, date: 03/05/2021, view: 2564, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract]

    RNA-protein interactions are often mediated by dedicated canonical RNA binding domains. However, interactions through non-canonical domains with unknown specificity are increasingly observed, raising the question how RNA targets are recognized. Knowledge of the intrinsic RNA binding specificity contributes to the understanding of target

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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: 3627, 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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    Fluorescent Polysome Profiling in Caenorhabditis elegans
    Authors:  Dan Shaffer and Jarod A Rollins, date: 09/05/2020, view: 4465, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] An important but often overlooked aspect of gene regulation occurs at the level of protein translation. Many genes are regulated not only by transcription but by their propensity to be recruited to actively translating ribosomes (polysomes). Polysome profiling allows for the separation of unbound 40S and 60S subunits, 80S monosomes, and actively ...
    Biochemical Pulldown of mRNAs and Long Noncoding RNAs from Cellular Lysates Coupled with Mass Spectrometry to Identify Protein Binding Partners
    Authors:  Anca F. Savulescu, Stoyan Stoychev, Sipho Mamputha and Musa M. Mhlanga, date: 06/05/2020, view: 4370, Q&A: 2
    [Abstract] RNA binding proteins (RBPs) interact with cellular mRNAs, controlling various steps throughout the lifetime of these transcripts, including transcription, cellular transport, subcellular localization, translation and degradation. In addition to binding mRNA transcripts, a growing number of RBPs are shown to bind long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs), ...
    Real-time Fluorescence Measurement of Enterovirus Uncoating
    Authors:  Visa Ruokolainen, Mira Laajala and Varpu Marjomäki, date: 04/05/2020, view: 3117, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Viruses need to open, i.e., uncoat, in order to release their genomes for efficient replication and translation. Especially for non-enveloped viruses, such as enteroviruses, the cues leading to uncoating are less well known. The status of the virus has previously been observed mainly by transmission electron microscopy using negative ...
    Ribonucleoprotein Immunoprecipitation (RIP) Analysis
    Authors:  Jennifer L. Martindale, Myriam Gorospe and Maria L. Idda, date: 01/20/2020, view: 6464, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] RNAs and RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) can interact dynamically in ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complexes that play important roles in controlling gene expression programs. One of the powerful ways to investigate changes in the association of RNAs with an RBP of interest is by immunoprecipitation (IP) analysis of native RNPs. RIP (RNP ...
    In vitro RNA Cleavage Assays to Characterize IRE1-dependent RNA Decay
    Authors:  G. Elif Karagöz, Jirka Peschek, Peter Walter and Diego Acosta-Alvear, date: 07/20/2019, view: 5994, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The kinase/RNase IRE1 is a key effector of the cellular response to endoplasmic reticulum stress. The RNase activity of IRE1 can be measured in cells or in the test tube. Here we describe a protocol for the in vitro cleavage and analysis of RNA substrates of IRE1. The method consists of the in vitro transcription, purification ...



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