Molecular Biology


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    An Optimized Tat/Rev Induced Limiting Dilution Assay for the Characterization of HIV-1 Latent Reservoirs

    The administration of antiretroviral therapy (ART) leads to a rapid reduction in plasma viral load in HIV-1 seropositive subjects. However, when ART is suspended, the virus rebounds due to the presence of a latent viral reservoir. Several techniques have been developed to characterize this latent viral reservoir. Of the various assay formats

    A Rapid FRET Real-Time PCR Protocol for Simultaneous Quantitative Detection and Discrimination of Human Plasmodium Parasites

    Malaria is the most important parasitic disease worldwide, and accurate diagnosis and treatment without delay are essential for reducing morbidity and mortality, especially in P. falciparum malaria. Real-time PCR is highly sensitive and highly specific, therefore an excellent diagnostic tool for laboratory detection and species-specific

    Preparation and Characterization of Internally Modified DNA Templates for Chemical Transcription Roadblocking
    Author:  Eric J. Strobel, date: 09/05/2021, view: 1110, Q&A: 0

    Site-specific transcription arrest is the basis of emerging technologies that assess nascent RNA structure and function. Cotranscriptionally folded RNA can be displayed from an arrested RNA polymerase (RNAP) for biochemical manipulations by halting transcription elongation at a defined DNA template position. Most transcription

    Measurement of Transgene Copy Number in Plants Using Droplet Digital PCR
    Authors:  Yao-Min Cai, Quentin M. Dudley and Nicola J. Patron, date: 07/05/2021, view: 2369, Q&A: 0

    Transgenic plants are produced both to investigate gene function and to confer desirable traits into crops. Transgene copy number is known to influence expression levels, and consequently, phenotypes. Similarly, knowledge of transgene zygosity is desirable for making quantitative assessments of phenotype and tracking the inheritance of transgenes

    Evaluation of the Sequence Variability within the PCR Primer/Probe Target Regions of the SARS-CoV-2 Genome
    Authors:  Kashif Aziz Khan and Peter Cheung, date: 12/20/2020, view: 3096, Q&A: 1
    [Abstract] Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2; initially named 2019-nCoV) is responsible for the recent coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is the current standard method for diagnosis from patient samples. As PCR assays are prone to sequence mismatches due to mutations in the viral genome, it ...
    Measurement of the Length of the Integrated Donor DNA during Bacillus subtilis Natural Chromosomal Transformation
    Authors:  Ester Serrano and Begoña Carrasco, date: 08/20/2019, view: 2595, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] For natural transformation to occur, bacterial cells must first develop a programmed physiological state called competence. Competence in Bacillus subtilis, which occurs only in a fraction of cells, is a transient stress response that allows cells to take up DNA from the environment. During natural chromosomal transformation, the ...
    Solid Phase PCR on 3D Microstructure ArrayChip for Pathogen Detection Application
    Authors:  Krishna Kant and Tien Anh Ngo, date: 08/05/2019, view: 4358, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Advanced free angle photolithography (FAPL) is presented for making 3D supercritical angle fluorescence (SAF) microstructures and transfer them on to polymeric chips using injection molding technique for low-cost microfluidic devices embedded with optical sensing structures. A solid phase polymerase chain reaction (SP-PCR) is used as model ...
    Quantification of Hepatitis B Virus Covalently Closed Circular DNA in Infected Cell Culture Models by Quantitative PCR
    Authors:  Bingqian Qu and Stephan Urban, date: 04/05/2019, view: 5379, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Persistence of the human hepatitis B virus (HBV) requires the maintenance of covalently closed circular (ccc)DNA, the episomal genome reservoir in nuclei of infected hepatocytes. cccDNA elimination is a major aim in future curative therapies currently under development. In cell culture based in vitro studies, both hybridization- and ...
    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 ...
    Quantification of Densities of Bacterial Endosymbionts of Insects by Real-time PCR
    Author:  Daisuke Kageyama, date: 10/05/2017, view: 8457, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Increased attention has been paid to the endosymbiotic bacteria of insects. Because most insect endosymbionts are uncultivable, quantitative PCR (qPCR) is a practical and convenient method to quantify endosymbiont titers. Here we report a protocol for real-time qPCR based on SYBR Green I fluorescence as well as some tips to prevent possible ...

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