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Stacy-Anne Morgan, Dana C Nadler, Rayka Yokoo, David F Savage
Metabolic engineering offers the potential to renewably produce important classes of chemicals, particularly biofuels, at an industrial scale. DNA synthesis and editing techniques can generate large pathway libraries, yet identifying the best variants is slow and cumbersome. Traditionally, analytical methods like chromatography and mass spectrometry have been used to evaluate pathway variants, but such techniques cannot be performed with high throughput. Biosensors - genetically encoded components that actuate a cellular output in response to a change in metabolite concentration - are therefore a promising tool for rapid and high-throughput evaluation of candidate pathway variants...
October 18, 2016: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
Jiangshan Lian, Xiaofen Li, Yinyin Wang, Jianle Yang, Wei Liu, Jing Ma, Deying Chen, Lanjuan Li, Jianrong Huang
OBJECTIVE: The present study aims to compare serum metabolite alterations between acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) and chronic liver failure (CLF), and find the specific biomarkers associated with the diseases. METHODS: Serum samples were collected from patients with ACLF (n=76) and CLF (n=56) as well as healthy individuals (n=20) and assayed by ultra-performance liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS). The acquired data was analyzed using principal components analysis (PCA) and partial least squares discriminate analysis (PLS-DA)...
October 18, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Xiang-Xin Huang, Yun-Xuan Li, Xiang-Yu Li, Xiao-Xia Hu, Peng-Fei Tang, Guo-Xin Hu
Currently, crizotinib is the first generation drug, which has been used in the treatment of ALK-rearranged non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, more and more patients are found in crizotinib-resistance. In the last year, alectinib has been approved for treatment of patients with crizotinib-resistance. In this study, we aim to develop and validate a simple, rapid and sensitive tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) method for determination of alectinib in rat plasma. Diazepam was chosen as an internal standard (IS)...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Donatella Nardiello, Clelia Prattichizzo, Maria Teresa Rocchetti, Loreto Gesualdo, Diego Centonze
A dedicated proteomic approach based on nano-Liquid Chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry in ion trap is proposed for the analysis of proteins trapped in sorbent resin cartridges used to remove inflammatory mediators from blood by coupled plasma filtration adsorption (CPFA). The final purpose of the proposed proteomic approach was to obtain a reference map of plasma proteins trapped in CPFA sorbents used for the extracorporeal blood purification of healthy pigs, with the potential impact to design new bio-filters able to control the inflammatory imbalance under pathological conditions, such as severe sepsis...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Chongsheng He, Simone Sidoli, Robert Warneford-Thomson, Deirdre C Tatomer, Jeremy E Wilusz, Benjamin A Garcia, Roberto Bonasio
Interactions between noncoding RNAs and chromatin proteins play important roles in gene regulation, but the molecular details of most of these interactions are unknown. Using protein-RNA photocrosslinking and mass spectrometry on embryonic stem cell nuclei, we identified and mapped, at peptide resolution, the RNA-binding regions in ∼800 known and previously unknown RNA-binding proteins, many of which are transcriptional regulators and chromatin modifiers. In addition to known RNA-binding motifs, we detected several protein domains previously unknown to function in RNA recognition, as well as non-annotated and/or disordered regions, suggesting that many functional protein-RNA contacts remain unexplored...
October 20, 2016: Molecular Cell
Roshini Fernando, Ekaterina Placzek, Edmund A Reese, Andrew T Placzek, Samantha Schwartz, Aaron Trierweiler, Leslie M Niziol, Stephen Atkins, Thomas S Scanlan, Terry J Smith
CONTEXT: The sources and biological impact of 3,3',5,5' tetraiodothyroacetic acid (TA4) are uncertain. CD34(+) fibrocytes express several proteins involved in the production of thyroid hormones. They infiltrate the orbit in Graves' disease (GD), an autoimmune process known as thyroid-associated ophthalmopathy. It appears that the thyrotropin receptor (TSHR) plays an important role in the pathogenesis of TAO. OBJECTIVE: To quantify levels of TA4 in healthy subjects and those with Graves' disease...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Martin Heberle, Stefanie Tschierlei, Nils Rockstroh, Mark Ringenberg, Wolfgang Frey, Henrik Junge, Matthias Beller, Stefan Lochbrunner, Michael Karnahl
A series of heteroleptic copper(I) photosensitizers of the type [(P^P)Cu(N^N)]+ with an extended π-system in the backbone of the diimine ligand have been prepared. The structures of all complexes are completely characterized by NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and X-ray crystallography. These novel photosensitizers were assessed with respect to the photocatalytic reduction of protons in the presence of triethylamine and [Fe3(CO)12]. While the solid state structures and computational results show no significant impact of the π-extension on the structural properties decreased activities were observed...
October 21, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Michael Chalick, Oded Jacobi, Edward Pichinuk, Christian Garbar, Armand Bensussan, Alan Meeker, Ravit Ziv, Tania Zehavi, Nechama I Smorodinsky, John Hilkens, Franz-Georg Hanisch, Daniel B Rubinstein, Daniel H Wreschner
Translation of mRNA in alternate reading frames (ARF) is a naturally occurring process heretofore underappreciated as a generator of protein diversity. The MUC1 gene encodes MUC1-TM, a signal-transducing trans-membrane protein highly expressed in human malignancies. Here we show that an AUG codon downstream to the MUC1-TM initiation codon initiates an alternate reading frame thereby generating a novel protein, MUC1-ARF. MUC1-ARF, like its MUC1-TM 'parent' protein, contains a tandem repeat (VNTR) domain. However, the amino acid sequence of the MUC1-ARF tandem repeat as well as N- and C- sequences flanking it differ entirely from those of MUC1-TM...
2016: PloS One
Yendouban Lamboni, Kristian F Nielsen, Anita R Linnemann, Yüksel Gezgin, Kerstin Hell, Martinus J R Nout, Eddy J Smid, Manuele Tamo, Martinus A J S van Boekel, Jakob Blæsbjerg Hoof, Jens Christian Frisvad
In a previous study, raw cashew kernels were assayed for the fungal contamination focusing on strains belonging to the genus Aspergillus and on aflatoxins producers. These samples showed high contamination with Aspergillus section Nigri species and absence of aflatoxins. To investigate the diversity of secondary metabolites, including mycotoxins, the species of A. section Nigri may produce and thus threaten to contaminate the raw cashew kernels, 150 strains were isolated from cashew samples and assayed for their production of secondary metabolites using liquid chromatography high resolution mass spectrometry (LC-HRMS)...
2016: PloS One
Christoph Nowak, Samira Salihovic, Andrea Ganna, Stefan Brandmaier, Taru Tukiainen, Corey D Broeckling, Patrik K Magnusson, Jessica E Prenni, Rui Wang-Sattler, Annette Peters, Konstantin Strauch, Thomas Meitinger, Vilmantas Giedraitis, Johan Ärnlöv, Christian Berne, Christian Gieger, Samuli Ripatti, Lars Lind, Nancy L Pedersen, Johan Sundström, Erik Ingelsson, Tove Fall
Insulin resistance (IR) and impaired insulin secretion contribute to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Both are associated with changes in the circulating metabolome, but causal directions have been difficult to disentangle. We combined untargeted plasma metabolomics by liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry in three non-diabetic cohorts with Mendelian Randomization (MR) analysis to obtain new insights into early metabolic alterations in IR and impaired insulin secretion. In up to 910 elderly men we found associations of 52 metabolites with hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamp-measured IR and/or β-cell responsiveness (disposition index) during an oral glucose tolerance test...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
Zhiwei Zhou, Xiaotao Shen, Jia Tu, Zheng-Jiang Zhu
The rapid development of metabolomics has significantly advanced health and disease related research. However, metabolite identification remains a major analytical challenge for untargeted metabolomics. While the use of collision cross-section (CCS) values obtained in ion mobility - mass spectrometry (IM-MS) effectively increases identification confidence of metabolites, it is restricted by the limited number of available CCS values for metabolites. Here, we demonstrated the use of a machine-learning algorithm called support vector regression (SVR) to develop a prediction method that utilized 14 common molecular descriptors to predict CCS values for metabolites...
October 21, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Yaoyao Zhao, Zhenwei Wei, Hansen Zhao, Jia Jia, Zhenzhen Chen, Sichun Zhang, Zheng Ouyang, Xiaoxiao Ma, Xinrong Zhang
Current detection methods for paper-based analytical devices (PADs) rely on spectroscopic and electrochemical properties, which place special requirements on the analyte or need analyte labelling. Here, ion-transmission mass spectrometry (MS) was proposed for coupling with PADs to enable rapid in situ MS analysis of the sample on paper. The sample was analyzed directly on paper via analyte ionization by ions transmitted through the paper, generated by a low-temperature plasma probe. Prior to MS analysis, the sample can be separated by paper electrophoresis or by paper chromatography, among a variety of other features offered by PADs...
October 21, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Kyle D Custard, Kerri A Pratt, Siyuan Wang, Paul B Shepson
During springtime, unique halogen chemistry involving chlorine and bromine atoms controls the prevalence of volatile organic compounds, ozone, and mercury in the Arctic lower troposphere. In situ measurements of the chlorine monoxide radical (ClO) and its precursor Cl2, along with BrO and Br2, were conducted using chemical ionization mass spectrometry (CIMS) during the BRomine, Ozone, and Mercury EXperiment (BROMEX) near Barrow, Alaska in March 2012. To our knowledge, these data represent the first ClO measurements made using CIMS...
October 21, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Michelle R Robinson, Jennifer S Brodbelt
Tyrosine sulfation is an important post-translational modification but remains difficult to detect in biological samples owing to its low stoichiometric abundance and the lack of effective enrichment methods. In the present study, weak anion exchange (WAX) is evaluated for the enrichment of sulfopeptides that have been modified via carbamylation to convert all primary amines to less basic carbamates. The decrease in basicity enhanced the binding of carbamylated sulfopeptides to WAX resin relative to non-sulfated peptides...
October 21, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Erik Norberg, Ana Lako, Pei-Hsuan Chen, Illana A Stanley, Feng Zhou, Scott B Ficarro, Bjoern Chapuy, Linfeng Chen, Scott Rodig, Donghyuk Shin, Dong Wook Choi, Sangho Lee, Margaret A Shipp, Jarrod A Marto, Nika N Danial
Diffuse large B-cell lymphomas (DLBCLs) are a highly heterogeneous group of tumors in which subsets share molecular features revealed by gene expression profiles and metabolic fingerprints. While B-cell receptor (BCR)-dependent DLBCLs are glycolytic, OxPhos-DLBCLs rely on mitochondrial energy transduction and nutrient utilization pathways that provide pro-survival benefits independent of BCR signaling. Integral to these metabolic distinctions is elevated mitochondrial electron transport chain (ETC) activity in OxPhos-DLBCLs compared with BCR-DLBCLs, which is linked to greater protein abundance of ETC components...
October 21, 2016: Cell Death and Differentiation
Wei Zhang, M Can Gulersonmez, Thomas Hankemeier, Rawi Ramautar
In metabolomics, a wide range of analytical techniques is used for the global profiling of (endogenous) metabolites in complex samples. In this paper, a protocol is presented for the analysis of anionic and cationic metabolites in biological samples by capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry (CE-MS). CE is well-suited for the analysis of highly polar and charged metabolites as compounds are separated on the basis of their charge-to-size ratio. A recently developed sheathless interfacing design, i.e., a porous tip interface, is used for coupling CE to electrospray ionization (ESI) MS...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Ashton D Lesiak, Rabi A Musah
We demonstrate that direct analysis in real time-high resolution mass spectrometry can be used to produce mass spectral profiles of botanical material, and that these chemical fingerprints can be used for plant species identification. The mass spectral data can be acquired rapidly and in a high throughput manner without the need for sample extraction, derivatization or pH adjustment steps. The use of this technique bypasses challenges presented by more conventional techniques including lengthy chromatography analysis times and resource intensive methods...
October 2, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Nitzan Samra, Yoav Arava
RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) play important roles in every aspect of RNA metabolism and regulation. Their identification is a major challenge in modern biology. Only a few in vitro and in vivo methods enable the identification of RBPs associated with a particular target mRNA. However, their main limitations are the identification of RBPs in a non-cellular environment (in vitro) or the low efficiency isolation of RNA of interest (in vivo). An RNA-binding protein purification and identification (RaPID) methodology was designed to overcome these limitations in yeast and enable efficient isolation of proteins that are associated in vivo...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Hong Jin, Shu Yang, Jun-Xing Dong
Four new lignan glycosides (1-4), named procumbenosides I, K, L, and M, together with cleistanthin B (5) reported for the first time in the genus Justicia, and 5 other known arylnaphthalene lignan glycosides (6-10) were isolated from the whole plant of Justicia procumbens. The structures of the new compounds were elucidated by extensive one-dimensional (1D) and two-dimensional (2D) NMR experiments and mass spectrometry. Procumbenoside M (4) was a rare sesquilignan glycoside never previously reported in the species of Justicia...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Asian Natural Products Research
Maria Demireva, JungSoo Kim, P B Armentrout
Guided ion beam mass spectrometry (GIBMS) is used to measure the kinetic energy dependent product ion cross sections for reactions of the lanthanide metal gadolinium cation (Gd(+)) with O2, CO2, and CO and for reactions of GdO(+) with CO, O2, and Xe. GdO(+) is formed through barrierless and exothermic processes in the reactions of Gd(+) with O2 and CO2. All other reactions observed are endothermic, and analyses of their kinetic energy dependent cross sections yield 0 K bond dissociation energies (BDEs) for GdO(+), GdC(+), and GdCO(+)...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
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