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1 Q&A 8705 Views Jun 20, 2018
Agrobacterium-mediated transient expression has greatly contributed to research in molecular plant biology but has low efficiency and inconsistency in Arabidopsis thaliana (Arabidopsis). Here, we describe a simple, efficient and fast protocol to make transient gene expression in NahG Arabidopsis plants using Agrobacterium tumefaciens. This protocol has been successfully used to assess protein sub-cellular localization and accumulation, enzyme activity, and protein-protein interaction. In addition, this assay overcomes the use of Nicotiana benthamiana plants as a surrogate system for transient gene expression assays. Finally, the use of this protocol does not require complex inoculation methods or specific growth conditions, and can be used with different Agrobacterium strains with similar results.
0 Q&A 24135 Views Dec 5, 2016
Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have become one of the most important tools in understanding the behavior of bio-molecules on nanosecond to microsecond time scales. In this protocol, we provide a general approach and standard setup protocol for MD simulations by using the Gromacs MD suite.
0 Q&A 12300 Views Aug 20, 2015
Protein-protein interactions are at the core of a plethora of developmental, physiological and biochemical processes. Consequently, insights into the origin and evolutionary dynamics of protein-protein interactions may provide information on the constraints and dynamics of specific biomolecular circuits and their impact on the organismal phenotype.

This protocol describes how ancestral protein-protein interaction patterns can be inferred using a set of known protein interactions from phylogenetically informative species. Although this protocol focuses on protein-protein interaction data, character-state reconstructions can in general be performed with other kinds of binary data in the same way.

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