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Matthias Gimpel, Sabine Brantl
Dual-function sRNAs are a subgroup of small regulatory RNAs that act on the one hand as base-pairing sRNAs to inhibit or activate target gene expression and on the other hand as peptide-encoding mRNAs that function either in the same or in another metabolic pathway. Here, we review and compare the five currently known and intensively characterized dual-function sRNAs with regard to their two functions, their biological role, their evolutionary conservation and their requirements for RNA chaperones. Furthermore, we summarize the data available on five potential dual-function sRNAs, whose base-pairing function is well established whereas the role of their encoded peptides has not yet been elucidated...
October 17, 2016: Molecular Microbiology
Erin Gemperline, Caitlin Keller, Dhileepkumar Jayaraman, Junko Maeda, Michael R Sussman, Jean-Michel Ané, Lingjun Li
Plant science is an important, rapidly developing area of study. Within plant science, one area of study that has grown tremendously with recent technological advances, such as mass spectrometry, is the field of plant-omics; however, plant peptidomics is relatively underdeveloped in comparison with proteomics and metabolomics. Endogenous plant peptides can act as signaling molecules and have been shown to affect cell division, development, nodulation, reproduction, symbiotic associations, and defense reactions...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Proteome Research
Kristien A Van Camp, Geert Baggerman, Ronny Blust, Steven J Husson
: (Neuro)peptides are small messenger molecules that are derived from larger, inactive precursor proteins by the highly controlled action of processing enzymes. These biologically active peptides can be found in all metazoan species where they orchestrate a wide variety of physiological processes. Obviously, detailed knowledge on the actual peptide sequences, including the potential existence of truncated versions or presence of post-translation modifications, is of high importance when studying their function...
October 2, 2016: Journal of Proteomics
Sille Štěpánová, Václav Kašička
This review presents the developments and applications of microchip electromigration methods in the separation and analysis of peptides and proteins in the period 2011-mid 2016. The developments in sample preparation and preconcentration, microchannel material and surface treatment are described. Separations by various microchip electromigration methods (zone electrophoresis in free and sieving media, affinity electrophoresis, isotachophoresis, isoelectric focusing, electrokinetic chromatography and electrochromatography) are demonstrated...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Separation Science
Sayani Dasgupta, Ciyu Yang, Leandro M Castro, Alexandre K Tashima, Emer S Ferro, Robyn D Moir, Ian M Willis, Lloyd D Fricker
Peptides function as signaling molecules in species as diverse as humans and yeast. Mass spectrometry-based peptidomics techniques provide a relatively unbiased method to assess the peptidome of biological samples. In the present study, we used a quantitative peptidomic technique to characterize the peptidome of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and compare it to the peptidomes of mammalian cell lines and tissues. Altogether, 297 yeast peptides derived from 75 proteins were identified. The yeast peptides are similar to those of the human peptidome in average size and amino acid composition...
2016: PloS One
Osmel Fleitas Martinez, Caleb Mawuli Agbale, Fernanda Nomiyama, Octávio Luiz Franco
Bioactive peptides such as antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), ribosomally synthesized and post translationally modified peptides (RiPPs) and the non-ribosomal peptides (NRPs) have emerged with promising applications in medicine, agriculture and industry. However, their development has been limited by several difficulties making it necessary to search for novel discovery methods. In this context, proteomics has been considered a reliable tool. Areas covered: This review highlights recent developments in proteomic tools that facilitate the discovery of AMPs, RiPPs and NRPs as well as the elucidation of action mechanisms of AMPs and resistance mechanisms of pathogens to them...
October 8, 2016: Expert Review of Proteomics
Gerhard K E Scriba
Peptides are an important class of analytes in chemistry, biochemistry, food chemistry, as well as medical and pharmaceutical sciences including biomarker analysis in peptidomics and proteomics. As a high-resolution technique, capillary electrophoresis (CE) is well suited for the analysis of polar compounds such as peptides. In addition, CE is orthogonal to high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) as both techniques are based on different physicochemical separation principles. For the successful development of peptide separations by CE, operational parameters including puffer pH, buffer concentration and buffer type, applied voltage, capillary dimensions, as well as background electrolyte additives such as detergents, ion-pairing reagents, cyclodextrins, (poly)amines, and soluble polymers have to be considered and optimized...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
Neeti Sharma, Anshika Nikita Singh
Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is one of the most common form of dementia occurring in elderly population worldwide. Currently Aβ42, tau and p-tau in the cerebrospinal fluid is estimated for confirmation of AD. CSF which is being used as the potent source for biomarker screening is obtained by invasive lumbar punctures. Thus, there is an urgent need of minimal invasive methods for identification of diagnostic markers for early detection of AD. Blood serum and plasma serves as an appropriate source, due to minimal discomfort to the patients, promoting frequent testing, better follow-up and better consent to clinical trials...
July 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
David Gfeller, Michal Bassani-Sternberg, Julien Schmidt, Immanuel F Luescher
Tumor exome and RNA sequencing data provide a systematic and unbiased view on cancer-specific expression, over-expression, and mutations of genes, which can be mined for personalized cancer vaccines and other immunotherapies. Of key interest are tumor-specific mutations, because T cells recognizing neoepitopes have the potential to be highly tumoricidal. Here, we review recent developments and technical advances in identifying MHC class I and class II-restricted tumor antigens, especially neoantigen derived MHC ligands, including in silico predictions, immune-peptidome analysis by mass spectrometry, and MHC ligand validation by biochemical methods on T cells...
July 2016: Oncoimmunology
Xueting Ye, Nan Zhao, Xi Yu, Xiaoli Han, Huiyuan Gao, Xiaozhe Zhang
Panax ginseng is an important herb that has clear effects on the treatment of diverse diseases. Until now, the natural peptide constitution of this herb remains unclear. Here, we conduct an extensive characterization of Ginseng peptidome using MS-based data mining and sequencing. The screen on the charge states of precursor ions indicated that Ginseng is a peptide-rich herb in comparison of a number of commonly used herbs. The Ginseng peptides were then extracted and submitted to nano-LC-MS/MS analysis using different fragmentation modes, including CID, high-energy collisional dissociation, and electron transfer dissociation...
September 8, 2016: Proteomics
Andreas Gloger, Danilo Ritz, Tim Fugmann, Dario Neri
Melanoma is one of the most immunogenic tumors, and extensive lists of potential tumor rejection antigens have been collected during the last decades. By isolating human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I complexes from five melanoma cell lines (FM-82, FM-93/2, Mel-624, MeWo and SK-Mel-5) and sequencing HLA-eluted peptides by mass spectrometry, we identified over 10,000 unique peptides with high confidence. The majority of the peptides were 8-11 amino acids in length and were predicted to bind to the respective HLA alleles...
September 6, 2016: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
Magdalena Krochmal, Marco Fernandes, Szymon Filip, Claudia Pontillo, Holger Husi, Jerome Zoidakis, Harald Mischak, Antonia Vlahou, Joachim Jankowski
The peptiCKDdb is a publicly available database platform dedicated to support research in the field of chronic kidney disease (CKD) through identification of novel biomarkers and molecular features of this complex pathology. PeptiCKDdb collects peptidomics and proteomics datasets manually extracted from published studies related to CKD. Datasets from peptidomics or proteomics, human case/control studies on CKD and kidney or urine profiling were included. Data from 114 publications (studies of body fluids and kidney tissue: 26 peptidomics and 76 proteomics manuscripts on human CKD, and 12 focusing on healthy proteome profiling) are currently deposited and the content is quarterly updated...
2016: Database: the Journal of Biological Databases and Curation
Xianwei Cui, Yun Li, Lei Yang, Lianghui You, Xing Wang, Chunmei Shi, Chenbo Ji, Xirong Guo
Breastfeeding is associated with a lower incidence of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease later in life. While macrosomic infants have a higher risk of developing obesity and other metabolic disorders. Breast milk may contain special nutrients to meet the different growth needs of different infants. Whether mothers make breast milk different to meet the requirement of macrosomic infants is still unknown. Here, we conducted a comparison between mothers delivering macrosomic and non-macrosomic infants in colostrum endogenous peptides...
August 23, 2016: Oncotarget
Piotr Widlak, Monika Pietrowska, Joanna Polanska, Michal Marczyk, Malgorzata Ros-Mazurczyk, Rafał Dziadziuszko, Jacek Jassem, Witold Rzyman
OBJECTIVES: Circulating molecular biomarkers of lung cancer may allow the pre-selection of candidates for computed tomography screening or increase its efficacy. We aimed to identify features of serum mass profile distinguishing individuals with early lung cancer from healthy participants of the lung cancer screening program. METHODS: Blood samples were collected during a low-dose computed tomography (LD-CT) screening program performed by one institution (Medical University of Gdansk, Poland)...
September 2016: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
Fan Zhang, Jake Y Chen
BACKGROUND: Clinical proteomics application aims at solving a specific clinical problem within the context of a clinical study. It has been growing rapidly in the field of biomarker discovery, especially in the area of cancer diagnostics. Until recently, protein isoform has not been viewed as a new class of early diagnostic biomarkers for clinical proteomics. A protein isoform is one of different forms of the same protein. Different forms of a protein may be produced from single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), alternative splicing, or post-translational modifications (PTMs)...
2016: BMC Genomics
Aitor Blanco-Míguez, Alberto Gutiérrez-Jácome, Florentino Fdez-Riverola, Anália Lourenço, Borja Sánchez
Bifidobacteria are gut commensal microorganisms belonging to the Actinobacteria group. Some specific strains of Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis are used in functional foods as they are able to exert health-promoting effects in the human host. Due to the limited genetic variability within this subspecies, it is sometimes difficult for a manufacturer to properly track its strain once included in dairy products or functional foods. In this paper, we present a peptidome-based analysis in which the proteomes of a set of B...
December 2016: Food Microbiology
Satoru Okamoto, Ryo Tabata, Yoshikatsu Matsubayashi
Organ-to-organ communication is indispensable for higher organisms to maintain homeostasis over their entire life. Recent findings have uncovered that plants, like animals, mediate organ-to-organ communication by long-distance signaling through the vascular system. In particular, xylem-mobile secreted peptides have attracted much attention as root-to-shoot long-distance signaling molecules in response to fluctuating environmental nutrient status. Several leguminous CLE peptides induced by rhizobial inoculation act as 'satiety' signals in long-distance negative feedback of nodule formation...
August 20, 2016: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
Lydon Wainaina Nyambura, Saulius Jarmalavicius, Renato Brito Baleeiro, Peter Walden
Dendritic cells (DCs) and macrophages are specialized APCs that process and present self-Ags for induction of tolerance and foreign Ags to initiate T cell-mediated immunity. Related to differentiation states they have specific phenotypes and functions. However, the impact of these differentiations on Ag processing and presentation remains poorly defined. To gain insight into this, we analyzed and compared the HLA-I peptidomes of MUTZ3-derived human immature and mature DC lines and THP1-derived macrophages by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Caroline K Hu, Bruce R Southey, Elena V Romanova, Karen P Maruska, Jonathan V Sweedler, Russell D Fernald
BACKGROUND: Cichlid fishes have evolved remarkably diverse reproductive, social, and feeding behaviors. Cell-to-cell signaling molecules, notably neuropeptides and peptide hormones, are known to regulate these behaviors across vertebrates. This class of signaling molecules derives from prohormone genes that have undergone multiple duplications and losses in fishes. Whether and how subfunctionalization, neofunctionalization, or losses of neuropeptides and peptide hormones have contributed to fish behavioral diversity is largely unknown...
2016: BMC Genomics
Julie Klein, Adela Ramirez-Torres, Anette Ericsson, Yufeng Huang, Benjamin Breuil, Justyna Siwy, Harald Mischak, Xiao-Rong Peng, Jean-Loup Bascands, Joost P Schanstra
Nephropathy is among the most frequent complications of diabetes and the leading cause of end-stage renal disease. Despite the success of novel drugs in animal models, the majority of the subsequent clinical trials employing those drugs targeting diabetic nephropathy failed. This lack of translational value may in part be due to an inadequate comparability of human disease and animal models that often capture only a few aspects of disease. Here we overcome this limitation by developing a multimolecular noninvasive humanized readout of diabetic nephropathy based on urinary peptidomics...
November 2016: Kidney International
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