Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Gap Junctions (GJs) and Glaucoma

GJs Can Offer Neuroprotection
This study references use of our GFAP Antibody,

Gap junctions (GJs), intercellular channels composed of subunit connexins, can play a major role in secondary cell death by forming conduits through which toxic molecules from dying cells pass to and injure coupled neighbors. Secondary cells like glia and astrocytes are involved in this process though the precise mechanisms have yet to be defined: Abram Akopian, Sandeep Kumar, Hariharasubramanian Ramakrishnan, Kaushambi Roy, Suresh Viswanathan, and Stewart A. Bloomfield. Targeting neuronal gap junctions in mouse retina offers neuroprotection in glaucoma. J Clin Invest. doi:10.1172/JCI91948. Copyright © 2017, The American Society for Clinical Investigation. ...anti-GFAP (1:1,000, RA22101; Neuromics)...

Figure: Reactive gliosis in retinas of microbead-injected mice is significantly reduced by GJ blockade/ablation. (A) Confocal images of retinal layers stained for GFAP, SMI32, and DAPI in control and glaucomatous retinas. Scale bar: 50 μm in all panels. Z-stack: 7 sections, 3-μm steps. (B) GFAP expression in the retinal layers of CxWT and Cx36–/– mouse retinas under different conditions (n = 6 retinas per group). (C) GFAP labeling in retinal sections from control and microbead-injected CxWT (n = 5 retinas), Cx36–/– (n = 5 retinas), and Cx36–/– Cx45–/– mice (n = 3 retinas). GFAP expression is presented as percentage of immunolabeling per area.
Our Neuron/Synapse, Astrocytes, Glia, Microglia, Oligodendrocytes, Progenitors and Schwann Cell Markers are frequently referenced and I will continue to post new developments.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Modeling HIV Latency

Generation of Infected Neurons
Researchers have developed a Neuronal Cell Line for the study of HSV-1 infection in humans. This line was developed by terminally differentiating human embryonic stem cells to neurons.

Our mouse monoclonal nestin antibody was used as a marker for the neural progenitor phase of this differentiation. Aldo Pourchet, Aram S. Modrek, Dimitris G. Placantonakis, Ian Mohr and Angus C. Wilson. Modeling HSV-1 Latency in Human Embryonic Stem Cell-Derived Neurons. Pathogens 2017, 6(2), 24; doi:10.3390/pathogens6020024.


Image:  In vitro derivation of human neural stem cells by differentiation of the Hes5::GFP human embryonic stem cell line. (A) Schematic showing the multistep neural induction protocol. TGFβi stands for TGF-β receptor I inhibitor (B) Bright field image of human embryonic stem cell (hESC) colonies cultured on mouse embryonic fibroblasts prior to reaching confluence. (C) Bright field image of rosette NSCs derived from dissociated hESC colonies cultured in neural induction media. (D) Phase contrast and indirect immunofluorescence images of NSC cultures grown on poly-l-ornithine/laminin-coated dishes in neural stem cell media and probed with an antibody against nestin, a neural stem cell marker. Nuclei were visualized with DAPI.
We will continue to post publications referencing use of our solutions.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Neuromics' Customers

How They Find Us and What they Buy

Trust is hard to maintain and easily lost. It is important to us that our customers can find us and the products required to meet their research needs.

In order to nurture trust, we follow up with each and every customer to make sure they are happy with their Neuromics' experience. We include the opportunity for them to formally rate this experience @ https://birdeye.com/neuromics-186498936.

We plan on rolling out a new website. Our goal is to make it even easier for customers to find us and present content in a way that aligns with customers' needs. This includes making sure content is configured in a way that works on all platforms used including mobile devices.

As part of the process, we recently surveyed users for areas of research, platforms used, how they find companies like ours and what the purchase. Here're rollups of some of the results.

Our customers most frequently purchase Antibodies and Markers. Cells and Cell-Based Assays are increasingly important, We plan on making it easier for users to find related protocols, publications, data and alternative product options.

Trust, for us, includes the ability for our customers to find the correct solutions and if they prove not to work, offer fixes or full refunds. As in the past, we will be posting updates, publications and customer generated data here.


Tuesday, June 06, 2017

New Website

Your Help Needed

We will be rolling out a new Neuromics' Website in August 2017. Our goal is to make it easy for you to find us and the solutions that meet your needs. Your input will help us achieve this. We have a short survey.