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Yixuan Zhang, Muhammad Hussain, Xiuqin Yang, Peng Chen, Yaping Tian, Hongwu Du
BACKGROUND: Sjögren's syndrome (SS) is a systemic and chronic autoimmune disorder that affects the exocrine glands, with massive autoantibody production. Although the pathogenesis of the disorder is incompletely understood, some studies have reported that anti-moesin antibodies have been detected in autoimmune diseases with which SS is closely associated. Nevertheless, little is known about moesin's potential involvement in SS. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to verify whether moesin is a specific autoantigen involved in Chinese Hans SS patients...
March 19, 2018: Protein and Peptide Letters
Shengli Chen, Huafang Hao, Ping Zhao, Wenheng Ji, Mingxia Li, Yongsheng Liu, Yuefeng Chu
Mycoplasma bovis is a major bovine pathogen that causes considerable economic losses in the cattle industry worldwide. Moreover, M. bovis biofilm can persist in the environment and its host. To date, M. bovis biofilm antigens recognized by bovine convalescent sera and their comparison with planktonic cells have not yet been explored. This study utilized an immunoproteomic approach using two-dimensional electrophoresis, immunoblotting using convalescent bovine serum, and subsequent matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight tandem mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF/TOF MS) to identify the immunoreactive proteins expressed in biofilm- and planktonic-grown M...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Krishnendu Pramanik, Soumik Mitra, Anumita Sarkar, Tushar Kanti Maiti
Heavy metal resistant PGPR mediated bioremediation, phytostimulation and stress alleviation is an eco-friendly method for sustainable agriculture in the metal contaminated soil. The isolation of such PGPR is highly demanding to reduce heavy metals in contaminated cultivated fields for agricultural benefit. The present study was successful to isolate a potent multi-heavy metal resistant PGPR strain, identified as Enterobacter aerogenes strain K6 based on MALDI-TOF MS, FAME analysis and 16S rDNA sequence homology, from rice rhizosphere contaminated with a variety of heavy metals/metalloid near industrial area...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Hazardous Materials
M Moreno, A Zacarias, A Porzel, L Velasquez, G Gonzalez, M Alegría-Arcos, F Gonzalez-Nilo, E K U Gross
Emerging and re-emerging epidemic diseases pose an ongoing threat to global health. Currently, Enterobactin and Enterobactin derivatives have gained interest, owing to their potential application in the pharmaceutical field. As it is known [J. Am. Chem. Soc (1979) 101, 20, 6097-6104], Enterobactin (H6 EB) is an efficient iron carrier synthesized and secreted by many microbial species. In order to facilitate the elucidation of enterobactin and its analogues, here we propose the creation of a H6 EB standard set using Density Functional Theory Infrared (IR) and NMR spectra...
March 2, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Soumik Mitra, Krishnendu Pramanik, Anumita Sarkar, Pallab Kumar Ghosh, Tithi Soren, Tushar Kanti Maiti
Bacteria-mediated plant growth promotion and bioremediation of heavy metal containing soil is a widely accepted eco-friendly method. The present study is aimed to screen out cadmium resistant bacterial strain from metal contaminated rice rhizosphere and evaluate its effects on the growth of rice seedlings under cadmium stress. Among four different isolates (designated as S1, S2, S3 and S5), the S2 isolate was screened on the basis of different PGP traits and multi heavy metal resistance (minimum inhibitory concentration for cadmium, lead and arsenic were 3500, 2500 and 1050 µg/ml respectively)...
March 15, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Patricia L Hall, Christina Lam, John J Alexander, Ghazia Asif, Gerard T Berry, Carlos Ferreira, Hudson H Freeze, William A Gahl, Kim K Nickander, Jon D Sharer, Caroline M Watson, Lynne Wolfe, Kimiyo M Raymond
N-glycanase deficiency (NGLY1 deficiency, NGLY1-CDDG), the first autosomal recessive congenital disorder of N-linked deglycosylation (CDDG), is caused by pathogenic variants in NGLY1. The majority of affected individuals have been identified using exome or genome sequencing. To date, no reliable, clinically available biomarkers have been identified. Urine oligosaccharide analysis was included as part of a routine evaluation for possible biomarkers in patients with confirmed NGLY1-CDDG. During the qualitative review of oligosaccharide profiles by an experienced laboratory director an abnormal analyte with a proposed structure of Neu5Ac1Hex1GlcNAc1-Asn was identified in NGLY1-CDDG patient urine samples...
March 10, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Zhao-Lian Lu, Ying-Jian Chen, Xin-Yan Jing, Na-Na Wang, Ting Zhang, Cheng-Jin Hu
BACKGROUND Papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) is currently the most commonly diagnosed endocrine malignancy. In addition, the sex- and age-adjusted incidence of PTC has exhibited a greater increase over the last 2 decades than in many other malignancies. Thus, discovering noninvasive specific serum biomarker to distinguish PTC from cancer-free controls in its early stages remains an important goal. MATERIAL AND METHODS Serum samples from 88 PTC patients and 80 cancer-free controls were randomly allocated into training or validation sets...
March 17, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Jiaqiang Luo, Cheryl Taylor, Thomas Nebl, Ken Ng, Louise E Bennett
Animal and aquatic meats represent important sources of dietary protein and micro-nutrients. Although red and processed meats carry some risks for human health, sensory and nutritional advantages drive meat consumption. Therefore, it is important to understand how meat processing and cooking influence healthiness. The research aim was to investigate relationships of meat composition (proximates, amino acids and minerals) and cooking conditions (raw, 90 s microwave, 200 °C oven for 10 or 30 min) on protein digestibility, for a selection of four animal (beef, chicken, pork, kangaroo) and four aquatic meats (salmon, trout, prawn, oyster)...
July 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
A C M Veloo, H Jean-Pierre, U S Justesen, T Morris, E Urban, I Wybo, M Kostrzewa, A W Friedrich
Within the ENRIA project, several 'expertise laboratories' collaborated in order to optimize the identification of clinical anaerobic isolates by using a widely available platform, the Biotyper Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS). Main Spectral Profiles (MSPs) of well characterized anaerobic strains were added to one of the latest updates of the Biotyper database db6903; (V6 database) for common use. MSPs of anaerobic strains nominated for addition to the Biotyper database are included in this validation...
March 12, 2018: Anaerobe
Mariola A Dietrich, Piotr Hliwa, Mikołaj Adamek, Dieter Steinhagen, Halina Karol, Andrzej Ciereszko
The environmental temperature affects plasma biochemical indicators, antioxidant status and hematological and immunological parameters in fish. So far, only single blood proteins have been identified in response to temperature changes. The aim of this study was to compare the proteome of carp blood plasma from males acclimated to warm (30 °C) and cold (10 °C) temperatures by two-dimensional differential gel electrophoresis followed by MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometry. A total of 47 spots were found to be differentially regulated by temperature (>1...
March 12, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Lu Hu, Wuchao Zhao, Jianghua He, Yuetao Zhang
This work reveals the silyl ketene acetal (SKA)/B(C₆F₅)₃ Lewis pair-catalyzed room-temperature group transfer polymerization (GTP) of polar acrylic monomers, including methyl linear methacrylate (MMA), and the biorenewable cyclic monomers γ-methyl-α-methylene-γ-butyrolactone (MMBL) and α-methylene-γ-butyrolactone (MBL) as well. The in situ NMR monitored reaction of SKA with B(C₆F₅)₃ indicated the formation of Frustrated Lewis Pairs (FLPs), although it is sluggish for MMA polymerization, such a FLP system exhibits highly activity and living GTP of MMBL and MBL...
March 15, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Guo Zhang, Wang-Ding Yuan, Ferdinand S Vilim, Elena V Romanova, Ke Yu, Si-Yuan Yin, Zi-Wei Le, Ying-Yu Xue, Ting-Ting Chen, Guo-Kai Chen, Song-An Chen, Elizabeth C Cropper, Jonathan V Sweedler, Klaudiusz R Weiss, Jian Jing
When individual neurons in a circuit contain multiple neuropeptides, these peptides can target different sets of follower neurons. This endows the circuit with a certain degree of flexibility. Here we identified a novel family of peptides, the Aplysia SPTR-Gene Family-Derived peptides (apSPTR-GF-DPs). We demonstrated apSPTR-GF-DPs, particularly apSPTR-GF-DP2, are expressed in the Aplysia CNS using immunohistochemistry and MALDI-TOF MS. apSPTR-GF-DP2 is present in single projection neurons, e.g., in the cerebral-buccal interneuron-12 (CBI-12)...
March 15, 2018: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
Anamaria Todea, Diana Aparaschivei, Valentin Badea, Carmen G Boeriu, Francisc Peter
evelopments of past years placed the bio-based polyesters as competitive substitutes for fossil-based polymers. Moreover, enzymatic polymerization using lipase catalysts has become an important green alternative to chemical polymerization for the synthesis of polyesters with biomedical applications, as several drawbacks related to the presence of traces of metal catalysts, toxicity and higher temperatures could be avoided. Copolymerization of ε-caprolactone (CL) with four hydroxy-fatty acids (HFA) from renewable sources, e...
March 15, 2018: Biotechnology Journal
Jian Liu, Fuzhong Ouyang, Zhihao Zhao, Ruifang Gao, Rui Shi, Enhui Wu, Rui Lv, Guoqiang Xu
A dual maleimides (DuMal) tagging method has been developed for both relative and absolute quantitation of cysteine-containing peptides (CCPs) in combination with MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. We choose a pair of maleimides with the minimal difference in their chemical structures, including N-Methylmaleimide (NMM) and N-Ethylmaleimide (NEM), which allow for tagging CCPs in the Michael Addition reaction with a high efficiency rapidly (~minutes). We have validated that the DuMal Tagging technique is sensitive and reliable in quantitative analysis of CCPs...
March 15, 2018: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
Kirill V Korneev, Anna N Kondakova, Ekaterina N Sviriaeva, Nikita A Mitkin, Angelo Palmigiano, Andrey A Kruglov, Georgy B Telegin, Marina S Drutskaya, Luisa Sturiale, Domenico Garozzo, Sergei A Nedospasov, Yuriy A Knirel, Dmitry V Kuprash
Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) initiates immune response against Gram-negative bacteria upon specific recognition of lipid A moiety of lipopolysaccharide (LPS), the major component of their cell wall. Some natural differences between LPS variants in their ability to interact with TLR4 may lead to either insufficient activation that may not prevent bacterial growth, or excessive activation which may lead to septic shock. In this study we evaluated the biological activity of LPS isolated from pathogenic strain of Campylobacter jejuni , the most widespread bacterial cause of foodborne diarrhea in humans...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Jiekai Yu, Yanqin Huang, Chen Lin, Xiaofen Li, Xuefeng Fang, Chenhan Zhong, Ying Yuan, Shu Zheng
The serum protein markers of colorectal adenoma in patients with a family history of colorectal cancer have been rarely reported. Serum samples from colorectal adenoma patients with or without a family history of colorectal cancer and healthy controls were profiled using Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS). The model to distinguish colorectal adenoma patients with a family history of colorectal cancer from atypical hereditary colorectal families (CRA-H) and sporadic colorectal adenoma patients without a family history of colorectal cancer (CRA-S) was established with 85...
2018: Journal of Cancer
Amy N Jacobson, Biswa P Choudhury, Michael A Fischbach
Lipopolysaccharide (LPS), a cell-associated glycolipid that makes up the outer leaflet of the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria, is a canonical mediator of microbe-host interactions. The most prevalent Gram-negative gut bacterial taxon, Bacteroides , makes up around 50% of the cells in a typical Western gut; these cells harbor ~300 mg of LPS, making it one of the highest-abundance molecules in the intestine. As a starting point for understanding the biological function of Bacteroides LPS, we have identified genes in Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron VPI 5482 involved in the biosynthesis of its lipid A core and glycan, generated mutants that elaborate altered forms of LPS, and used matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry to interrogate the molecular features of these variants...
March 13, 2018: MBio
Noriko Takeuchi, Shunsuke Segawa, Naruhiko Ishiwada, Misako Ohkusu, Sachio Tsuchida, Mamoru Satoh, Kazuyuki Matsushita, Fumio Nomura
Haemophilus influenzae is a major pathogenic bacteria causing invasive disease, which is classified into six capsular serotypes (a-f) and non-typeable (NT) strains. Capsular serotyping of H. influenzae is traditionally determined by serological methods and more recently by PCR methods. However, these methods are time-consuming and expensive. In the present study, matrix-associated laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) was evaluated as an alternative method for capsular serotyping of H...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
Hsin-Yao Wang, Tzong-Yi Lee, Yi-Ju Tseng, Tsui-Ping Liu, Kai-Yao Huang, Yung-Ta Chang, Chun-Hsien Chen, Jang-Jih Lu
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), one of the most important clinical pathogens, conducts an increasing number of morbidity and mortality in the world. Rapid and accurate strain typing of bacteria would facilitate epidemiological investigation and infection control in near real time. Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry is a rapid and cost-effective tool for presumptive strain typing. To develop robust method for strain typing based on MALDI-TOF spectrum, machine learning (ML) is a promising algorithm for the construction of predictive model...
2018: PloS One
Massimiliano Magro, Mattia Zaccarin, Giovanni Miotto, Laura Da Dalt, Davide Baratella, Piero Fariselli, Gianfranco Gabai, Fabio Vianello
Surface active maghemite nanoparticles (SAMNs) are able to recognize and bind selected proteins in complex biological systems, forming a hard protein corona. Upon a 5-min incubation in bovine whey from mastitis-affected cows, a significant enrichment of a single peptide characterized by a molecular weight at 4338 Da originated from the proteolysis of aS1 -casein was observed. Notably, among the large number of macromolecules in bovine milk, the detection of this specific peptide can hardly be accomplished by conventional analytical techniques...
March 12, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
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