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    A Simple Method for the Isolation and in vitro Expansion of Highly Pure Mouse and Human Satellite Cells

    Satellite cells (SCs) are muscle stem cells capable of regenerating injured muscle. The study of their functional potential depends on the availability of methods for the isolation and expansion of pure SCs, which retain myogenic properties after serial passages in vitro. Here, we describe a protocol for the isolation and in vitro expansion of

    Targeting the Expression of Long Noncoding RNAs in Murine Satellite Cells from Single Myofibers
    Authors:  Martina Macino, Beatrice Biferali, Andrea Cipriano, Monica Ballarino and Chiara Mozzetta, date: 11/05/2021, view: 1441, Q&A: 0

    LncRNAs have been recently implicated in the epigenetic control of muscle differentiation and their functional characterization has traditionally relied upon in vitro models of myogenic differentiation. However, the use of experimental paradigms to specifically target lncRNAs expression in muscle stem cells (MuSCs), also known as satellite cells,

    Isolation, Culture, and Differentiation of Primary Myoblasts Derived from Muscle Satellite Cells
    Authors:  Kun Ho Kim, Jiamin Qiu and Shihuan Kuang, date: 07/20/2020, view: 5175, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The skeletal muscle is key for body mobility and motor performance, but aging and diseases often lead to progressive loss of muscle mass due to wasting or degeneration of muscle cells. Muscle satellite cells (MuSCs) represent a population of tissue stem cells residing in the skeletal muscles and are responsible for homeostatic maintenance and ...
    Analysis of Generalized Fibrosis in Mouse Tissue Sections with Masson’s Trichrome Staining
    Authors:  Diantha van de Vlekkert, Eda Machado and Alessandra d’Azzo, date: 05/20/2020, view: 4640, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Expansion of fibrous connective tissue and abnormal deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM) are at the basis of many fibrotic diseases. Fibrosis can occur in response to both physiological and pathological cues, including wound healing, tissue remodeling/repair and inflammation. Chronic fibrosis can lead to severe tissue damage, organ failure and ...
    A Modified Semisolid Clonal Culture for Identification of B-1 and B-2 Progenitor Colony Forming Ability of Mouse Embryonic Hemogenic Endothelial Cells
    Authors:  Michihiro Kobayashi and Momoko Yoshimoto, date: 05/05/2020, view: 2288, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The search for the origin of the first hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) in the mouse embryo has been a hot topic in the field of developmental hematopoiesis. Detecting lymphoid potential is one of the supportive evidence to show the definitive hematopoietic activity of HSCs. However, the first B-lymphoid potential in the mouse embryos are reported ...
    Isolation, Purification and Characterization of Exosomes from Fibroblast Cultures of Skeletal Muscle
    Authors:  Diantha van de Vlekkert, Xiaohui Qiu, Ida Annunziata and Alessandra d'Azzo, date: 04/05/2020, view: 3998, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Exosomes are dynamic nanovesicles secreted by virtually all cells and are present in all biological fluids. Given their highly heterogeneous content exosomes have been implicated in many physiological and pathological processes that they exert by influencing cell-cell and cell-ECM communication. In recent years an increasing number of methods have ...
    Lipid Mixing Assay for Murine Myoblast Fusion and Other Slow Cell-cell Fusion Processes
    [Abstract] Lipid mixing (redistribution of lipid probes between fusing membranes) has been widely used to study early stages of relatively fast viral and intracellular fusion processes that take seconds to minutes. Lipid mixing assays are especially important for identification of hemifusion intermediates operationally defined as lipid mixing without content ...
    Immunohistochemical Identification of Muscle Fiber Types in Mice Tibialis Anterior Sections
    Authors:  Vanitha V. Rao and Abhishek Mohanty, date: 10/20/2019, view: 4431, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Mammalian skeletal muscle is a metabolically active tissue that is made up of different types of muscle fibers. These myofibers are made up of important contractile proteins that provide force during contraction of the muscle like actin and myosin. Murine myofibers have been classified into 4 types: Type I, Type IIa, Type IIb and Type IIX. Each ...
    Isolation and Culture of Single Myofiber and Immunostaining of Satellite Cells from Adult C57BL/6J Mice
    Authors:  Shujie Chen, Hongrong Ding, Xiangping Yao and Liwei Xie, date: 07/20/2019, view: 5972, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Myofiber isolation followed with ex vivo culture could recapitulate and visualize satellite cells (SCs) activation, proliferation, and differentiation. This approach could be taken to understand the physiology of satellite cells and the molecular mechanism of regulatory factors, in terms of the involvement of intrinsic factors over SCs ...
    Cell Microencapsulation and Cryopreservation with Low Molecular Weight Hyaluronan and Dimethyl Sulfoxide
    Authors:  H. Gurruchaga, L. Saenz del Burgo, G. Orive, R. M. Hernandez, J. Ciriza and J. L. Pedraz, date: 02/20/2019, view: 4209, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Cryopreservation is commonly used for the storage of cells, tissues, organs or 3D cell-based products using ultra-low temperatures, which involves the immersion in liquid nitrogen for their long-term preservation. The cryopreservation of several microencapsulated cells is usually performed by the slow freezing with the dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) as ...

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