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    Isolation and Quantification of Plant Extracellular Vesicles
    Authors:  Brian D. Rutter, Katie L. Rutter and Roger W. Innes, date: 09/05/2017, view: 325, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Extracellular vesicles (EVs) play an important role in intercellular communication by transporting proteins and RNA. While plant cells secrete EVs, they have only recently been isolated and questions regarding their biogenesis, release, uptake and function remain unanswered. Here, we present a detailed protocol for isolating EVs from the ...
    Ubiquitin Proteasome Activity Measurement in Total Plant Extracts
    Authors:  Suayib Üstün and Frederik Börnke, date: 09/05/2017, view: 314, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The fine-tuned balance of protein level, conformation and location within the cell is vital for the dynamic changes required for a cell to respond to a given stimulus. This requires the regulated turnover of damaged or short-lived proteins through the ubiquitin proteasome system (UPS). Thus, the protease activity of the proteasome is adjusted to ...
    [Bio101] Leaf Clearing Protocol to Observe Stomata and Other Cells on Leaf Surface
    Author:  Nidhi Sharma, date: 09/05/2017, view: 157, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] In this protocol, leaves are cleared and fixed in an ethanol and acetic acid solution, and mounted in Hoyer’s solution. The cleared leaves are imaged under differential interference contrast (DIC) microscope. This protocol is beneficial for studying stomata, hair cells, and other epidermal cells in plants.
    Using Silicon Polymer Impression Technique and Scanning Electron Microscopy to Measure Stomatal Aperture, Morphology, and Density
    Authors:  Hui-Chen Wu, Ya-Chen Huang, Chia-Hung Liu and Tsung-Luo Jinn, date: 08/20/2017, view: 409, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The number of stomata on leaves can be affected by intrinsic development programming and various environmental factors, in addition the control of stomatal apertures is extremely important for the plant stress response. In response to elevated temperatures, transpiration occurs through the stomatal apertures, allowing the leaf to cool through ...
    Isolation of Cytosol, Microsome, Free Polysomes (FPs) and Membrane-bound Polysomes (MBPs) from Arabidopsis Seedlings
    Authors:  Yonghui Zhao and Shengben Li, date: 08/05/2017, view: 480, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The plant endomembrane system plays vital roles for synthesis, modification and secretion of proteins and lipids. From the classic view, only mRNAs encoding secreted proteins could be targeted to the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) for translation via a co-translational translocation manner, however, recently this model has been challenged by ...
    Isolation of Guard-cell Enriched Tissue for RNA Extraction
    Authors:  Pirko Jalakas, Dmitry Yarmolinsky , Hannes Kollist and Mikael Brosche, date: 08/05/2017, view: 483, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] This is a protocol for isolation of guard cell enriched samples from Arabidopsis thaliana plants for RNA extraction. Leaves are blended in ice-water and filtered through nylon mesh to obtain guard cell enriched fragments. With guard cell enriched samples, gene expression analysis can be done, e.g., comparing different gene ...
    GUS Staining of Guard Cells to Identify Localised Guard Cell Gene Expression
    Authors:  Zhao Liu, Wei Wang, Chun-Guang Zhang, Jun-Feng Zhao and Yu-Ling Chen , date: 07/20/2017, view: 819, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Determination of a gene expression in guard cells is essential for studying stomatal movements. GUS staining is one means of detecting the localization of a gene expression in guard cells. If a gene is specially expressed in guard cells, the whole cotyledons or rosette leaf can be used for GUS staining. However, if a gene is expressed in both ...
    Laser Scanning Confocal Microcopy for Arabidopsis Epidermal, Mesophyll, and Vascular Parenchyma Cells
    Authors:  Christian Elowsky, Yashitola Wamboldt and Sally Mackenzie, date: 03/05/2017, view: 1500, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Investigation of protein targeting to plastids in plants by confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) can be complicated by numerous sources of artifact, ranging from misinterpretations from in vivo protein over-expression, false fluorescence in cells under stress, and organellar mis-identification. Our studies have focused on the ...
    Surface Inoculation and Quantification of Pseudomonas syringae Population in the Arabidopsis Leaf Apoplast
    Authors:  Cristián Jacob, Shweta Panchal and Maeli Melotto, date: 03/05/2017, view: 1310, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Bacterial pathogens must enter the plant tissue in order to cause a successful infection. Foliar bacterial pathogens that are not able to directly penetrate the plant epidermis rely on wounds or natural openings to internalize leaves. This protocol describes a procedure to estimate the population size of Pseudomonas syringae in the leaf ...
    Cation (Ca2+ and Mn2+) Partitioning Assays with Intact Arabidopsis Chloroplasts
    Authors:  Anna Harms, Iris Steinberger and Anja Schneider, date: 01/05/2017, view: 1501, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Determination of the relative distribution of Ca2+ and Mn2+ is an important tool for analyzing mutants showing altered levels of calcium and/or manganese transporters in the chloroplast envelope or thylakoid membrane. The method described in this protocol allows quantitative analyses of the relative distribution of calcium ...