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Confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) offers the advantage of quasi-theoretical resolution due to absence of interference with out-of-focus light. Prerequisites include minimal tissue autofluorescence, either intrinsic or induced by fixation and tissue processing, and minimal background fluorescence due to nonspecific binding of the fluorescent label.(More)
Export of RNA from the cell nucleus to the cytoplasm occurs through nuclear pore complexes (NPCs). To examine nuclear export of RNA, we have gold-labeled different types of RNA (i.e., mRNA, tRNA, U snRNAs), and followed their export by electron microscopy (EM) after their microinjection into Xenopus oocyte nuclei. By changing the polarity of the negatively(More)
Cartilage stiffness was measured ex vivo at the micrometer and nanometer scales to explore structure-mechanical property relationships at smaller scales than has been done previously. A method was developed to measure the dynamic elastic modulus, |E(*)|, in compression by indentation-type atomic force microscopy (IT AFM). Spherical indenter tips (radius =(More)
The determination of the molecular weight of a membrane protein by sedimentation equilibrium is complicated by the fact that these proteins interact with detergents and form complexes of unknown density. These effects become marginal when running sedimentation equilibrium at gravitational transparency, i.e., at the density corresponding to that of the(More)
The pathological changes in osteoarthritis--a degenerative joint disease prevalent among older people--start at the molecular scale and spread to the higher levels of the architecture of articular cartilage to cause progressive and irreversible structural and functional damage. At present, there are no treatments to cure or attenuate the degradation of(More)
In this paper it is shown that conformation and packing of double-stranded DNA within the head of bacteriophages lambda and T4 can be assessed by cryo-electron microscopy of vitrified specimens. Electron diffraction patterns show that DNA within vitrified bacteriophages has a B conformation. Electron micrographs of vitrified bacteriophages show domains(More)
In the presence of various commonly used buffers, phosphate-buffered saline (PBS), tris-buffered saline (TBS), Na-cacodylate, bovine serum albumin and a wide range of cytochemically active proteins (monoclonal and polyclonal IgG, concanavalin A, Ricinus communis lectin I, Helix pomatia lectin, protein A) were complexed to colloidal gold of different(More)
Fab-colloidal gold labelling in conjunction with negative staining and high-resolution electron microscopy was used for targeting single protein units in regular arrays. These were bacteriophage T4 polyheads with Fab-Au2.5, and a specific antibody binding site on the haemagglutinin polypeptide of influenza virus with Fab-Au3, Fab-Au2.5, and Fab-Au1-2. For(More)
Bovine calf articular chondrocytes, either primary or expanded in monolayers (2D) with or without 5 ng/ml fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2), were cultured on three-dimensional (3D) biodegradable polyglycolic acid (PGA) scaffolds with or without 10 ng/ml bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2). Chondrocytes expanded without FGF-2 exhibited high intensity(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the effects of interleukin 1beta (IL1beta) treatment on the Notch1/Hes1 pathway in chondrocytes in vitro. METHODS Mouse articular chondrocytes in primary culture were challenged with IL1beta, alone or combined with Notch1 and IL1beta pathway inhibitors. Notch1 and Hes1 expressions were investigated by immunocytochemistry, western(More)