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  1. Silver staining of 2D electrophoresis gels.

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    Rabilloud, Thierry

    2012-01-01

    Silver staining is used to detect proteins after electrophoretic separation on polyacrylamide gels. It -combines excellent sensitivity (in the low nanogram range) with the use of very simple and cheap equipment and chemicals. For its use in proteomics, two important additional features must be considered, compatibility with mass spectrometry and quantitative response. Both features are discussed in this chapter, and optimized silver staining protocols are proposed. PMID:22665294

  2. Optimization of Large Gel 2D Electrophoresis for Proteomic Studies of Skeletal Muscle

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    Reed, Patrick W.; Densmore, Allison; Bloch, Robert J.

    2013-01-01

    We describe improved methods for large format, 2-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) that improve protein solubility and recovery, minimize proteolysis, and reduce the loss of resolution due to contaminants and manipulations of the gels, and thus enhance quantitative analysis of protein spots. Key modifications are: (i) the use of 7M urea + 2 M thiourea, instead of 9M urea, in sample preparation and in the tops of the gel tubes; (ii) standardized deionization of all solutions containing urea with a mixed bed ion exchange resin and removal of urea from the electrode solutions; and (iii) use of a new gel tank and cooling device that eliminate the need to run two separating gels in the SDS dimension. These changes make 2D-GE analysis more reproducible and sensitive, with minimal artifacts. Application of this method to the soluble fraction of muscle tissues reliably resolves ~1800 protein spots in adult human skeletal muscle and over 2800 spots in myotubes. PMID:22589104

  3. Total Protein Extraction and 2-D Gel Electrophoresis Methods for Burkholderia Species

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    Velapatiño, Billie; Zlosnik, James E. A.; Hird, Trevor J.; Speert, David P.

    2013-01-01

    The investigation of the intracellular protein levels of bacterial species is of importance to understanding the pathogenic mechanisms of diseases caused by these organisms. Here we describe a procedure for protein extraction from Burkholderia species based on mechanical lysis using glass beads in the presence of ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid and phenylmethylsulfonyl fluoride in phosphate buffered saline. This method can be used for different Burkholderia species, for different growth conditions, and it is likely suitable for the use in proteomic studies of other bacteria. Following protein extraction, a two-dimensional (2-D) gel electrophoresis proteomic technique is described to study global changes in the proteomes of these organisms. This method consists of the separation of proteins according to their isoelectric point by isoelectric focusing in the first dimension, followed by separation on the basis of molecular weight by acrylamide gel electrophoresis in the second dimension. Visualization of separated proteins is carried out by silver staining. PMID:24192802

  4. Proteomic Analysis of Bovine Pregnancy-specific Serum Proteins by 2D Fluorescence Difference Gel Electrophoresis.

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    Lee, Jae Eun; Lee, Jae Young; Kim, Hong Rye; Shin, Hyun Young; Lin, Tao; Jin, Dong Il

    2015-06-01

    Two dimensional-fluorescence difference gel electrophoresis (2D DIGE) is an emerging technique for comparative proteomics, which improves the reproducibility and reliability of differential protein expression analysis between samples. The purpose of this study was to investigate bovine pregnancy-specific proteins in the proteome between bovine pregnant and non-pregnant serum using DIGE technique. Serums of 2 pregnant Holstein dairy cattle at day 21 after artificial insemination and those of 2 non-pregnant were used in this study. The pre-electrophoretic labeling of pregnant and non-pregnant serum proteins were mixed with Cy3 and Cy5 fluorescent dyes, respectively, and an internal standard was labeled with Cy2. Labeled proteins with Cy2, Cy3, and Cy5 were separated together in a single gel, and then were detected by fluorescence image analyzer. The 2D DIGE method using fluorescence CyDye DIGE flour had higher sensitivity than conventional 2D gel electrophoresis, and showed reproducible results. Approximately 1,500 protein spots were detected by 2D DIGE. Several proteins showed a more than 1.5-fold up and down regulation between non-pregnant and pregnant serum proteins. The differentially expressed proteins were identified by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer. A total 16 protein spots were detected to regulate differentially in the pregnant serum, among which 7 spots were up-regulated proteins such as conglutinin precursor, modified bovine fibrinogen and IgG1, and 6 spots were down-regulated proteins such as hemoglobin, complement component 3, bovine fibrinogen and IgG2a three spots were not identified. The identified proteins demonstrate that early pregnant bovine serum may have several pregnancy-specific proteins, and these could be a valuable information for the development of pregnancy-diagnostic markers in early pregnancy bovine serum. PMID:25925056

  5. Introducing Proteomics in the Undergraduate Curriculum: A Simple 2D Gel Electrophoresis Exercise with Serum Proteins

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    Kim, Thomas D.; Craig, Paul A.

    2010-01-01

    Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2DGE) remains an important tool in the study of biological systems by proteomics. While the use of 2DGE is commonplace in research publications, there are few instructional laboratories that address the use of 2DGE for analyzing complex protein samples. One reason for this lack is the fact that the preparation

  6. Introducing Proteomics in the Undergraduate Curriculum: A Simple 2D Gel Electrophoresis Exercise with Serum Proteins

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    Kim, Thomas D.; Craig, Paul A.

    2010-01-01

    Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2DGE) remains an important tool in the study of biological systems by proteomics. While the use of 2DGE is commonplace in research publications, there are few instructional laboratories that address the use of 2DGE for analyzing complex protein samples. One reason for this lack is the fact that the preparation…

  7. Identification of methanococcus jannaschii proteins in 2-D gel electrophoresis patterns by mass spectrometry.

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    Liang, X.

    1998-06-10

    The genome of Methanococcus jannaschii has been sequenced completely and has been found to contain approximately 1,770 predicted protein-coding regions. When these coding regions are expressed and how their expression is regulated, however, remain open questions. In this work, mass spectrometry was combined with two-dimensional gel electrophoresis to identify which proteins the genes produce under different growth conditions, and thus investigate the regulation of genes responsible for functions characteristic of this thermophilic representative of the methanogenic Archaea.

  8. Identification of Methanococcus Jannaschii Proteins in 2-D Gel Electrophoresis Patterns by Mass Spectrometry

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    Liang, X.

    1998-06-10

    The genome of Methanococcus jannaschii has been sequenced completely and has been found to contain approximately 1,770 predicted protein-coding regions. When these coding regions are expressed and how their expression is regulated, however, remain open questions. In this work, mass spectrometry was combined with two-dimensional gel electrophoresis to identify which proteins the genes produce under different growth conditions, and thus investigate the regulation of genes responsible for functions characteristic of this thermophilic representative of the methanogenic Archaea.

  9. 2-D gel densitometer for high-contrast and selective imaging of chlorophyll-containing protein complexes separated by non-denaturing polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

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    Ilík, Petr; Krchnák, Pavel; Tomek, Pavel; Naus, Jan

    2002-05-31

    In this work, we present a home-made two-dimensional (2-D) CCD imaging system for the monochromatic densitometry of plane gels and its application to the imaging and densitometry of chlorophyll (Chl)-containing proteins separated by non-denaturing polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The monochromatic imaging of separated green bands at the wavelengths corresponding to their absorption band increases their contrast. This allows a better visualization of the faint-green bands in the gel and using of samples with lower Chl content for the electrophoresis. By the comparison of 2-D densitograms of the same gel illuminated with 670 and 650 nm lights, that is, at the red absorption maximum of Chl a and b, respectively, we achieved a selective imaging of the complexes with different Chl a/b ratio. This approach was used to specify an unknown band that appeared in the gel of the sample prepared from the thylakoid membranes of preheated barley leaves. PMID:12088887

  10. A 2-D gel electrophoresis DNA image analysis algorithm with automatic thresholding

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    Kaabouch, Naima; Schultz, Richard R.

    2007-01-01

    Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and gel electrophoresis are two widely used techniques for genetic studies that require the bench scientist to perform many tedious manual steps. Advances in automation are making these techniques more accessible, but detection and image analysis still remain labor-intensive. Although several commercial software packages are now available, DNA image analysis still requires some intervention by the user, and thus a certain level of image processing expertise. To allow researchers to speed up their analyses and obtain more repeatable results, we present a fully automated image analysis system for DNA or protein studies with high accuracy. The proposed system is based mainly on four steps: automatic thresholding, shifting, filtering, and processing. The automatic thresholding that is used to equalize the gray values of the gel electrophoreses image background is one of the key and novel operations in this algorithm. An enhancement is also used to improve poor quality images that have faint DNA bands. Experimental results show that the proposed method eliminates defects due to noise for good and average quality gel electrophoresis images, while it also improves the appearance of poor quality images.

  11. Development of an open source laboratory information management system for 2-D gel electrophoresis-based proteomics workflow

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    Morisawa, Hiraku; Hirota, Mikako; Toda, Tosifusa

    2006-01-01

    Background In the post-genome era, most research scientists working in the field of proteomics are confronted with difficulties in management of large volumes of data, which they are required to keep in formats suitable for subsequent data mining. Therefore, a well-developed open source laboratory information management system (LIMS) should be available for their proteomics research studies. Results We developed an open source LIMS appropriately customized for 2-D gel electrophoresis-based proteomics workflow. The main features of its design are compactness, flexibility and connectivity to public databases. It supports the handling of data imported from mass spectrometry software and 2-D gel image analysis software. The LIMS is equipped with the same input interface for 2-D gel information as a clickable map on public 2DPAGE databases. The LIMS allows researchers to follow their own experimental procedures by reviewing the illustrations of 2-D gel maps and well layouts on the digestion plates and MS sample plates. Conclusion Our new open source LIMS is now available as a basic model for proteome informatics, and is accessible for further improvement. We hope that many research scientists working in the field of proteomics will evaluate our LIMS and suggest ways in which it can be improved. PMID:17018156

  12. Fuzzy watershed segmentation algorithm: an enhanced algorithm for 2D gel electrophoresis image segmentation.

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    Rashwan, Shaheera; Sarhan, Amany; Faheem, Muhamed Talaat; Youssef, Bayumy A

    2015-01-01

    Detection and quantification of protein spots is an important issue in the analysis of two-dimensional electrophoresis images. However, there is a main challenge in the segmentation of 2DGE images which is to separate overlapping protein spots correctly and to find the weak protein spots. In this paper, we describe a new robust technique to segment and model the different spots present in the gels. The watershed segmentation algorithm is modified to handle the problem of over-segmentation by initially partitioning the image to mosaic regions using the composition of fuzzy relations. The experimental results showed the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm to overcome the over segmentation problem associated with the available algorithm. We also use a wavelet denoising function to enhance the quality of the segmented image. The results of using a denoising function before the proposed fuzzy watershed segmentation algorithm is promising as they are better than those without denoising. PMID:26510287

  13. Quality Control and Stability Studies with the Monoclonal Antibody, Trastuzumab: Application of 1D- vs. 2D-Gel Electrophoresis

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    Nebija, Dashnor; Noe, Christian R.; Urban, Ernst; Lachmann, Bodo

    2014-01-01

    Recombinant monoclonal antibodies (rmAbs) are medicinal products obtained by rDNA technology. Consequently, like other biopharmaceuticals, they require the extensive and rigorous characterization of the quality attributes, such as identity, structural integrity, purity and stability. The aim of this work was to study the suitability of gel electrophoresis for the assessment of charge heterogeneity, post-translational modifications and the stability of the therapeutic, recombinant monoclonal antibody, trastuzumab. One-dimensional, SDS-PAGE, under reducing and non-reducing conditions, and two-dimensional gel electrophoresis were used for the determination of molecular mass (Mr), the isoelectric point (pI), charge-related isoform patterns and the stability of trastuzumab, subjected to stressed degradation and long-term conditions. For the assessment of the influence of glycosylation in the charge heterogeneity pattern of trastuzumab, an enzymatic deglycosylation study has been performed using N-glycosidase F and sialidase, whereas carboxypeptidase B was used for the lysine truncation study. Experimental data documented that 1D and 2D gel electrophoresis represent fast and easy methods to evaluate the quality of biological medicinal products. Important stability parameters, such as the protein aggregation, can be assessed, as well. PMID:24739811

  14. Polyacrylamide gel plugs enabling 2-D microfluidic protein separations via isoelectric focusing and multiplexed sodium dodecyl sulfate gel electrophoresis.

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    Liu, Jikun; Yang, Shuang; Lee, Cheng S; DeVoe, Don L

    2008-06-01

    In situ photopolymerized polyacrylamide (PAAm) gel plugs are used as hydrodynamic flow control elements in a multidimensional microfluidic system combining IEF and parallel SDS gel electrophoresis for protein separations. The PAAm gel plugs offer a simple method to reduce undesirable bulk flow and limit reagent/sample crosstalk without placing unwanted constraints on the selection of separation media, and without hindering electrokinetic ion migration in the complex microchannel network. In addition to improving separation reproducibility, the discrete gel plugs integrated into critical regions of the chip enable the use of a simple pressure-driven sample injection method which avoids electrokinetic injection bias. The gel plugs also serve to greatly simplify operation of the spatially multiplexed system by eliminating the need for complex external fluidic interfaces. Using an FITC-labeled Escherichia coli cell lysate as a model system, the use of gel plugs is shown to significantly enhance separation reproducibility in a chip containing five parallel CGE channels, with an average variance in peak elution time of only 4.1%. PMID:18449857

  15. Recent advances in 2D electrophoresis: an array of possibilities.

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    Van den Bergh, Gert; Arckens, Lutgarde

    2005-04-01

    2D electrophoresis is currently the most widespread technique used for performing functional proteomics (i.e., the large-scale analysis of alterations in protein expression levels). Nevertheless, several limitations inherent to this technology have restricted the full potential of this protein differential display methodology for years. This has even led to the abandonment of 2D electrophoresis by several groups that switched to performing gel-free functional proteomics analyses based on liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry. Meanwhile, important recent advances in 2D electrophoresis, such as the introduction of fluorescent 2D difference gel electrophoresis and numerous protein prefractionation techniques, have thoroughly modernized 2D electrophoresis, making it again one of the preferred methods for the analysis of protein expression differences in many laboratories. PMID:15892568

  16. A comparative method for protein extraction and 2-D gel electrophoresis from different tissues of Cajanus cajan

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    Singh, Nisha; Jain, Neha; Kumar, Ram; Jain, Ajay; Singh, Nagendra K.; Rai, Vandna

    2015-01-01

    Pigeonpea is an important legume crop with high protein content. However, it is often subjected to various abiotic and biotic stresses. Proteomics is a state-of-the-art technique used to analyze the protein profiling of a tissue for deciphering the molecular entities that could be manipulated for developing crops resistant to these stresses. In this context, developing a comprehensive proteome profile from different vegetative and reproductive tissues has become mandatory. Although several protein extraction protocols from different tissues of diverse plant species have been reported, there is no report for pigeonpea. Here, we report tissue-specific protein extraction protocols representing vegetative (young leaves), and reproductive (flowers and seeds) organs and their subsequent analysis on 2-dimensional gel electrophoresis. The study explicitly demonstrated that the efficacy of a particular protein extraction protocol is dependent on the different tissues, such as leaves, flowers and seeds that differ in their structure and metabolic constituents. For instance, phenol-based protocol showed an efficacy toward higher protein yield, better spot resolution and a minimal streaking on 2-DE gel for both leaves and flowers. Protein extraction from seeds was best achieved by employing phosphate-TCA-acetone protocol. PMID:26300903

  17. Pulse Field Gel Electrophoresis.

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    Sharma-Kuinkel, Batu K; Rude, Thomas H; Fowler, Vance G

    2016-01-01

    Pulse Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) is a powerful genotyping technique used for the separation of large DNA molecules (entire genomic DNA) after digesting it with unique restriction enzymes and applying to a gel matrix under the electric field that periodically changes direction. PFGE is a variation of agarose gel electrophoresis that permits analysis of bacterial DNA fragments over an order of magnitude larger than that with conventional restriction enzyme analysis. It provides a good representation of the entire bacterial chromosome in a single gel with a highly reproducible restriction profile, providing clearly distinct and well-resolved DNA fragments. PMID:25682374

  18. Differences in serum protein 2D gel electrophoresis patterns of Przewalski's (Mongolian wild horse) and thoroughbred horses.

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    Barsuren, Enkhbolor; Namkhai, Bandi; Kong, Hong Sik

    2015-04-01

    The objective of this study was to assess differences in serum protein expression profiles of Przewalski's (Mongolian wild horse) and thoroughbred horses using proteome analysis. The serum proteins were separated by two-dimensional electrophoresis (2-DE) and five different gene products were identified. Proteins represented by the five spots were identified by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry (MS)/MS technology. The identities of all proteins were deduced based on their similarity to proteins in the human plasma protein database. Three proteins (a haptoglobin-2 alpha glycoprotein and two haptoglobin-2beta glycoproteins with different accession numbers) were downregulated in Przewalski's horse sera compared to thoroughbred horse sera. Moreover, two proteins (tetraspanin-18 and pM5) were upregulated in Przewalski's horses compared to thoroughbred horses. Haptoglobin-2 alpha and haptoglobin-2beta may serve as candidate molecules in future studies of inflammation, coagulation, immune modulation and pro-oxidant and antioxidant activity with consequential effects on the entire metabolism of the horse. PMID:25533201

  19. Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

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    Chrambach, A; Rodbard, D

    1971-04-30

    Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) provides a versatile, gentle, high resolution method for fractionation and physical-chemical characterization of molecules on the basis of size, conformation, and net charge. The polymerization reaction can be rigorously controlled to provide uniform gels of reproducible, measurable pore size over a wide range. This makes it possible to obtain reproducible relative mobility (Rf) values as physical-chemical constants. Application and extension of Ogston's (random fiber) model for a gel allows for calculation of molecular volume, surface area, or radius, free mobility, and valence from RJ measurements at several gel concentrations, to calculate gel concentration for optimal resolution, and to predict behavior of macromolecules on gel gradients by computerized methods. Extension of classical moving boundary theory has been used to generate multiphasic buffer systems (providing selective stacking, unstacking, restacking, and preparative steady-state-stacking) with known operating characteristics for any pH at 0 degrees and 25 degrees C. A general strategy for isolation of macromolecules and for macromolecular mapping has been developed. Preparative scale PAGE is operational for milligram loads and feasible for gram quantities. PMID:4927678

  20. Copolymers For Capillary Gel Electrophoresis

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    Liu, Changsheng; Li, Qingbo

    2005-08-09

    This invention relates to an electrophoresis separation medium having a gel matrix of at least one random, linear copolymer comprising a primary comonomer and at least one secondary comonomer, wherein the comonomers are randomly distributed along the copolymer chain. The primary comonomer is an acrylamide or an acrylamide derivative that provides the primary physical, chemical, and sieving properties of the gel matrix. The at least one secondary comonomer imparts an inherent physical, chemical, or sieving property to the copolymer chain. The primary and secondary comonomers are present in a ratio sufficient to induce desired properties that optimize electrophoresis performance. The invention also relates to a method of separating a mixture of biological molecules using this gel matrix, a method of preparing the novel electrophoresis separation medium, and a capillary tube filled with the electrophoresis separation medium.

  1. Differential expression of proteins in response to ceramide-mediated stress signal in colon cancer cells by 2-D gel electrophoresis and MALDI-TOF-MS.

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    Fillet, M; Cren-Oliv, C; Renert, A-F; Piette, J; Vandermoere, F; Rolando, Ch; Merville, M-P

    2005-01-01

    Comparative cancer cell proteome analysis is a strategy to study the implication of ceramides in the transmission of stress signals. To better understand the mechanisms by which ceramide regulate some physiological or pathological events and the response to the pharmacological treatment of cancer, we performed a differential analysis of the proteome of HCT-116 (human colon carcinoma) cells in response to these substances. We first established the first 2-dimensional map of the HCT-116 proteome. Then, HCT116 cell proteome treated or not with C6-ceramide have been compared using two-dimensional electrophoresis, matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-mass spectrometry and bioinformatic (genomic databases). 2-DE gel analysis revealed more than fourty proteins that were differentially expressed in control cells and cells treated with ceramide. Among them, we confirmed the differential expression of proteins involved in apoptosis and cell adhesion. PMID:15952734

  2. The whereabouts of 2D gels in quantitative proteomics.

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    Rabilloud, Thierry

    2012-01-01

    Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis has been instrumental in the development of proteomics. Although it is no longer the exclusive scheme used for proteomics, its unique features make it a still highly valuable tool, especially when multiple quantitative comparisons of samples must be made, and even for large samples series. However, quantitative proteomics using 2D gels is critically dependent on the performances of the protein detection methods used after the electrophoretic separations. This chapter therefore examines critically the various detection methods (radioactivity, dyes, fluorescence, and silver) as well as the data analysis issues that must be taken into account when quantitative comparative analysis of 2D gels is performed. PMID:22665291

  3. Development of a non-denaturing 2D gel electrophoresis protocol for screening in vivo uranium-protein targets in Procambarus clarkii with laser ablation ICP MS followed by protein identification by HPLC-Orbitrap MS.

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    Xu, Ming; Frelon, Sandrine; Simon, Olivier; Lobinski, Ryszard; Mounicou, Sandra

    2014-10-01

    Limited knowledge about in vivo non-covalent uranium (U)-protein complexes is largely due to the lack of appropriate analytical methodology. Here, a method for screening and identifying the molecular targets of U was developed. The approach was based on non-denaturing 1D and 2D gel electrophoresis (ND-PAGE and ND-2D-PAGE (using ND-IEF as first dimension previously described)) in conjunction with laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP MS) for the detection of U-containing proteins. The proteins were then identified by µbore HPLC-Orbitrap MS/MS. The method was applied to the analysis of cytosol of hepatopancreas (HP) of a model U-bioaccumulating organism (Procambarus clarkii). The imaging of uranium in 2D gels revealed the presence of 11 U-containing protein spots. Six protein candidates (i.e. ferritin, glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase, triosephosphate isomerase, cytosolic manganese superoxide dismutase (Mn-SOD), glutathione S transferase D1 and H3 histone family protein) were then identified by matching with the data base of crustacea Decapoda species (e.g. crayfish). Among them, ferritin was the most important one. This strategy is expected to provide an insight into U toxicology and metabolism. PMID:25059147

  4. Improved method for identification of low abundance proteins using 2D-gel electrophoresis, MALDI-TOF and TOF/TOF

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    Introduction: Differential protein expression studies have been routinely performed in our laboratory to determine the health effects of environmentally-important chemicals. In this abstract, improvements in the in-gel protein digestion, MALDI plate spotting and data acquisition...

  5. Conducting Polymer Electrodes for Gel Electrophoresis

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    Bengtsson, Katarina; Nilsson, Sara; Robinson, Nathaniel D.

    2014-01-01

    In nearly all cases, electrophoresis in gels is driven via the electrolysis of water at the electrodes, where the process consumes water and produces electrochemical by-products. We have previously demonstrated that π-conjugated polymers such as poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) can be placed between traditional metal electrodes and an electrolyte to mitigate electrolysis in liquid (capillary electroosmosis/electrophoresis) systems. In this report, we extend our previous result to gel electrophoresis, and show that electrodes containing PEDOT can be used with a commercial polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis system with minimal impact to the resulting gel image or the ionic transport measured during a separation. PMID:24586761

  6. Fluorescence detection for gel and capillary electrophoresis

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    Hogan, B.

    1992-07-21

    First, an indirect fluorescence detection system for the separation of proteins via gel electrophoresis. Quantities as low as 50 nanograms of bovine serum albumin and soybean trypsin inhibitor are separated and detected visually without the need for staining of the analytes. This is very similar to levels of protein commonly separated with gel electrophoresis.

  7. Ultrathin-layer gel electrophoresis of biopolymers.

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    Guttman, A; Rónai, Z

    2000-12-01

    Emerging need for large-scale, high-resolution analysis of biopolymers, such as DNA sequencing polymerase chain reaction, (PCR) product sizing, single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) hunting and analysis of protein molecules necessitated the development of automated and high-throughput gel electrophoresis based methods enabling rapid, high-performance separations in a wide molecular weight range. Scaling down electric field mediated separation processes supports higher throughput due to the applicability of higher voltages, thus speeding up analysis time. Indeed, efforts in miniaturization resulted in faster, easier, less costly and more convenient analyses, fulfilling the needs of the emerging biotechnology industry for microscale and massively parallel assays. The two primary approaches in miniaturizing electrophoresis dimensions are the capillary and microslab formats. This latter one evolved towards ultrathin-layer gel electrophoresis which is, except from the thickness of the separation platform, slightly in the upper side of the scale, resulting in considerably easier handling. Ultrathin-layer gel electrophoresis combines the advantages of conventional slab-gel electrophoresis (multilane format) and capillary gel electrophoresis (rapid, high-efficiency separations). It is readily automated, automatic versions of it have been extensively used for large-scale DNA sequencing in the Human Genome Project and more recently became popular in high throughput DNA fragment analysis. Ultrathin-layer techniques are the first step towards the wider use of electrophoresis microchips in perfecting a user-friendly interface between the user and the microdevice. PMID:11192118

  8. A Simple Vertical Slab Gel Electrophoresis Apparatus.

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    Carter, J. B.; And Others

    1983-01-01

    Describes an inexpensive, easily constructed, and safe vertical slab gel kit used routinely for sodium dodecyl sulphate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis research and student experiments. Five kits are run from a single transformer. Because toxic solutions are used, students are given plastic gloves and closely supervised during laboratory

  9. A Simple Vertical Slab Gel Electrophoresis Apparatus.

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    Carter, J. B.; And Others

    1983-01-01

    Describes an inexpensive, easily constructed, and safe vertical slab gel kit used routinely for sodium dodecyl sulphate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis research and student experiments. Five kits are run from a single transformer. Because toxic solutions are used, students are given plastic gloves and closely supervised during laboratory…

  10. Precipitation of champagne base wine proteins prior to 2D electrophoresis.

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    Cilindre, Clara

    2014-01-01

    Numerous methods have been employed to depict the protein content of wines. Among them, two-dimensional electrophoresis (2D-E) presents a powerful resolution, but has been poorly applied to wine. Furthermore, 2D-E was coupled with various extraction methods of proteins without any reference method for wine. Here, we describe a rapid method to extract proteins from a champagne base wine through ultrafiltration followed by precipitation with ethanol and trichloroacetic acid. More than 50 spots were visualized on 2D-gels (7 cm, pH 3-6) by colloidal Coomassie Brilliant Blue staining. PMID:24136561

  11. Application of denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) and temperature gradient gel electrophoresis (TGGE) in microbial ecology.

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    Muyzer, G; Smalla, K

    1998-01-01

    Here, the state of the art of the application of denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) and temperature gradient gel electrophoresis (TGGE) in microbial ecology will be presented. Furthermore, the potentials and limitations of these techniques will be discussed, and it will be indicated why their use in ecological studies has become so important. PMID:9602286

  12. Two-dimensional Gel Electrophoresis (2DE)

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    Kłodzińska, Ewa; Buszewski, Bogusław

    The chemical compounds, which are present in the environment, increasingly cause bad effects on health. The most serious effects are tumors and various mutations at the cellular level. Such compounds, from the analytical point of view, can serve the function of biomarkers, constituting measurable changes in the organism's cells and biochemical processes occurring therein. The challenge of the twenty-first century is therefore searching for effective and reliable methods of identification of biomarkers as well as understanding bodily functions, which occur in living organisms at the molecular level. The irreplaceable tool for these examinations is proteomics, which includes both quality and quantity analysis of proteins composition, and also makes it possible to learn their functions and expressions. The success of proteomics examinations lies in the usage of innovative analytical techniques, such as electromigration technique, two-dimensional electrophoresis in polyacrylamide gel (2D PAGE), liquid chromatography, together with high resolution mass spectrometry and bio-informatical data analysis. Proteomics joins together a number of techniques used for analysis of hundreds or thousands of proteins. Its main task is not the examination of proteins inside the particular tissue but searching for the differences in the proteins' profile between bad and healthy tissues. These differences can tell us a lot regarding the cause of the sickness as well as its consequences. For instance, using the proteomics analysis it is possible to find relatively fast new biomarkers of tumor diseases, which in the future will be used for both screening and foreseeing the course of illness. In this chapter we focus on two-dimensional electrophoresis because as it seems, it may be of enormous importance when searching for biomarkers of cancer diseases.

  13. The SWISS-2DPAGE database of two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

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    Appel, R D; Sanchez, J C; Bairoch, A; Golaz, O; Ravier, F; Pasquali, C; Hughes, G J; Hochstrasser, D F

    1994-01-01

    SWISS-2DPAGE is a database of proteins identified on two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (2-D PAGE), created and maintained at the University Hospital of Geneva in collaboration with the Department of Medical Biochemistry of Geneva University. The proteins have been identified on various 2-D PAGE reference maps by microsequencing, immunoblotting, gel comparison and amino acid composition. Images PMID:7937063

  14. DNA DAMAGE QUANTITATION BY ALKALINE GEL ELECTROPHORESIS.

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    SUTHERLAND,B.M.; BENNETT,P.V.; SUTHERLAND, J.C.

    2004-03-24

    Physical and chemical agents in the environment, those used in clinical applications, or encountered during recreational exposures to sunlight, induce damages in DNA. Understanding the biological impact of these agents requires quantitation of the levels of such damages in laboratory test systems as well as in field or clinical samples. Alkaline gel electrophoresis provides a sensitive (down to {approx} a few lesions/5Mb), rapid method of direct quantitation of a wide variety of DNA damages in nanogram quantities of non-radioactive DNAs from laboratory, field, or clinical specimens, including higher plants and animals. This method stems from velocity sedimentation studies of DNA populations, and from the simple methods of agarose gel electrophoresis. Our laboratories have developed quantitative agarose gel methods, analytical descriptions of DNA migration during electrophoresis on agarose gels (1-6), and electronic imaging for accurate determinations of DNA mass (7-9). Although all these components improve sensitivity and throughput of large numbers of samples (7,8,10), a simple version using only standard molecular biology equipment allows routine analysis of DNA damages at moderate frequencies. We present here a description of the methods, as well as a brief description of the underlying principles, required for a simplified approach to quantitation of DNA damages by alkaline gel electrophoresis.

  15. Characterization of Seed Storage Proteins from Chickpea Using 2D Electrophoresis Coupled with Mass Spectrometry

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    Singh, Pramod Kumar; Shrivastava, Nidhi; Chaturvedi, Krishna

    2016-01-01

    Proteomic analysis was employed to map the seed storage protein network in landrace and cultivated chickpea accessions. Protein extracts were separated by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2D-GE) across a broad range 3.0–10.0 immobilized pH gradient (IPG) strips. Comparative elucidation of differentially expressed proteins between two diverse geographically originated chickpea accessions was carried out using 2D-GE coupled with mass spectrometry. A total of 600 protein spots were detected in these accessions. In-gel protein expression patterns revealed three protein spots as upregulated and three other as downregulated. Using trypsin in-gel digestion, these differentially expressed proteins were identified by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS) which showed 45% amino acid homology of chickpea seed storage proteins with Arabidopsis thaliana. PMID:27144024

  16. Characterization of Seed Storage Proteins from Chickpea Using 2D Electrophoresis Coupled with Mass Spectrometry.

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    Singh, Pramod Kumar; Shrivastava, Nidhi; Chaturvedi, Krishna; Sharma, Bechan; Bhagyawant, Sameer S

    2016-01-01

    Proteomic analysis was employed to map the seed storage protein network in landrace and cultivated chickpea accessions. Protein extracts were separated by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2D-GE) across a broad range 3.0-10.0 immobilized pH gradient (IPG) strips. Comparative elucidation of differentially expressed proteins between two diverse geographically originated chickpea accessions was carried out using 2D-GE coupled with mass spectrometry. A total of 600 protein spots were detected in these accessions. In-gel protein expression patterns revealed three protein spots as upregulated and three other as downregulated. Using trypsin in-gel digestion, these differentially expressed proteins were identified by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS) which showed 45% amino acid homology of chickpea seed storage proteins with Arabidopsis thaliana. PMID:27144024

  17. Optimizing Human Bile Preparation for Two-Dimensional Gel Electrophoresis

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    Cheng, Hao-Tsai; Sung, Chang-Mu; Pai, Betty Chien-Jung; Liu, Nai-Jen; Chen, Carl PC

    2016-01-01

    Aims. Bile is an important body fluid which assists in the digestion of fat and excretion of endogenous and exogenous compounds. In the present study, an improved sample preparation for human bile was established. Methods and Material. The method involved acetone precipitation followed by protein extraction using commercially available 2D Clean-Up kit. The effectiveness was evaluated by 2-dimensional electrophoresis (2DE) profiling quality, including number of protein spots and spot distribution. Results. The total protein of bile fluid in benign biliary disorders was 0.797 ± 0.465 μg/μL. The sample preparation method using acetone precipitation first followed by 2D Clean-Up kit protein extraction resulted in better quality of 2DE gel images in terms of resolution as compared with other sample preparation methods. Using this protocol, we obtained approximately 558 protein spots on the gel images and with better protein spots presentation of haptoglobin, serum albumin, serotransferrin, and transthyretin. Conclusions. Protein samples of bile prepared using acetone precipitation followed by 2D Clean-Up kit exhibited high protein resolution and significant protein profile. This optimized protein preparation protocol can effectively concentrate bile proteins, remove abundant proteins and debris, and yield clear presentation of nonabundant proteins and its isoforms on 2-dimensional electrophoresis gel images. PMID:26966686

  18. Optimizing Human Bile Preparation for Two-Dimensional Gel Electrophoresis.

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    Cheng, Hao-Tsai; Hsieh, Sen-Yung; Sung, Chang-Mu; Pai, Betty Chien-Jung; Liu, Nai-Jen; Chen, Carl Pc

    2016-01-01

    Aims. Bile is an important body fluid which assists in the digestion of fat and excretion of endogenous and exogenous compounds. In the present study, an improved sample preparation for human bile was established. Methods and Material. The method involved acetone precipitation followed by protein extraction using commercially available 2D Clean-Up kit. The effectiveness was evaluated by 2-dimensional electrophoresis (2DE) profiling quality, including number of protein spots and spot distribution. Results. The total protein of bile fluid in benign biliary disorders was 0.797 ± 0.465 μg/μL. The sample preparation method using acetone precipitation first followed by 2D Clean-Up kit protein extraction resulted in better quality of 2DE gel images in terms of resolution as compared with other sample preparation methods. Using this protocol, we obtained approximately 558 protein spots on the gel images and with better protein spots presentation of haptoglobin, serum albumin, serotransferrin, and transthyretin. Conclusions. Protein samples of bile prepared using acetone precipitation followed by 2D Clean-Up kit exhibited high protein resolution and significant protein profile. This optimized protein preparation protocol can effectively concentrate bile proteins, remove abundant proteins and debris, and yield clear presentation of nonabundant proteins and its isoforms on 2-dimensional electrophoresis gel images. PMID:26966686

  19. pI-Control in Comparative Fluorescence Gel Electrophoresis (CoFGE) using amphoteric azo dyes.

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    Hanneken, Marina; Šlais, Karel; König, Simone

    2015-06-01

    Amphoteric azo dyes were used for internal control of pI values in Comparative two-dimensional Fluorescence Gel Electrophoresis (CoFGE) [1]. The 2D-gel images of separated Escherichia coli proteins as well as those of colored amphoteric dyes separated by isoelectric focussing are presented. The latter were used to correct for variation in the first electrophoretic dimension and further improve protein coordinate assignment in 2D-gel electrophoresis. Data tables are supplied to demonstrate pI-value calibration and the effect on the assignment of protein spot coordinates. PMID:26217748

  20. pI-Control in Comparative Fluorescence Gel Electrophoresis (CoFGE) using amphoteric azo dyes

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    Hanneken, Marina; Šlais, Karel; König, Simone

    2015-01-01

    Amphoteric azo dyes were used for internal control of pI values in Comparative two-dimensional Fluorescence Gel Electrophoresis (CoFGE) [1]. The 2D-gel images of separated Escherichia coli proteins as well as those of colored amphoteric dyes separated by isoelectric focussing are presented. The latter were used to correct for variation in the first electrophoretic dimension and further improve protein coordinate assignment in 2D-gel electrophoresis. Data tables are supplied to demonstrate pI-value calibration and the effect on the assignment of protein spot coordinates. PMID:26217748

  1. Gel Electrophoresis of Gold-DNA Nanoconjugates

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    Pellegrino, T.; Sperling, R. A.; Alivisatos, A. P.; Parak, W. J.

    2007-01-01

    Gold-DNA conjugates were investigated in detail by a comprehensive gel electrophoresis study based on 1200 gels. A controlled number of single-stranded DNA of different length was attached specifically via thiol-Au bonds to phosphine-stabilized colloidal gold nanoparticles. Alternatively, the surface of the gold particles was saturated with single stranded DNA of different length either specifically via thiol-Au bonds or by nonspecific adsorption. From the experimentally determined electrophoretic mobilities, estimates for the effective diameters of the gold-DNA conjugates were derived by applying two different data treatment approaches. The first method is based on making a calibration curve for the relation between effectivemore » diameters and mobilities with gold nanoparticles of known diameter. The second method is based on Ferguson analysis which uses gold nanoparticles of known diameter as reference database. Our study shows that effective diameters derived from gel electrophoresis measurements are affected with a high error bar as the determined values strongly depend on the method of evaluation, though relative changes in size upon binding of molecules can be detected with high precision. Furthermore, in this study, the specific attachment of DNA via gold-thiol bonds to Au nanoparticles is compared to nonspecific adsorption of DNA. Also, the maximum number of DNA molecules that can be bound per particle was determined.« less

  2. Using Gel Electrophoresis To Illustrate Protein Diversity and Isoelectric Point.

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    Browning, Mark; Vanable, Joseph

    2002-01-01

    Demonstrates the differences in protein structures by focusing on isoelectric point with an experiment that is observable under certain pH levels in gel electrophoresis. Explains the electrophoresis procedure and reports results of the experiments. (YDS)

  3. Hybrid slab-microchannel gel electrophoresis system

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    Balch, Joseph W.; Carrano, Anthony V.; Davidson, James C.; Koo, Jackson C.

    1998-01-01

    A hybrid slab-microchannel gel electrophoresis system. The hybrid system permits the fabrication of isolated microchannels for biomolecule separations without imposing the constraint of a totally sealed system. The hybrid system is reusable and ultimately much simpler and less costly to manufacture than a closed channel plate system. The hybrid system incorporates a microslab portion of the separation medium above the microchannels, thus at least substantially reducing the possibility of non-uniform field distribution and breakdown due to uncontrollable leakage. A microslab of the sieving matrix is built into the system by using plastic spacer materials and is used to uniformly couple the top plate with the bottom microchannel plate.

  4. Multifluorescence 2D gel imaging and image analysis.

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    Vormbrock, Ingo; Hartwig, Sonja; Lehr, Stefan

    2012-01-01

    Although image acquisition and analysis are crucial steps within the multifluorescence two-dimensional gel electrophoresis workflow, some basics are frequently not carried out with the necessary diligence. This chapter should help to prevent easily avoidable failures during imaging and image preparation for comparative protein analysis. PMID:22311751

  5. Micro-size polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis system

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    Hinson, W. G.; Pipkin, J. L.; Anson, J. F.; Casciano, D. A.; Burns, E. R.

    1987-09-01

    The development and characterization of a micro-size two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis system is described. Some of the techniques which have evolved with use of the system are also discussed. This apparatus has unique features which provide advantages over other small scale units. Up to ten first- and second-dimension gels can be processed simultaneously with excellent resolution of protein regions. Consistent reproducibility is possible from protein samples as small as 400 ng and individual protein regions as small as 1 pg can be visualized by silver staining of the two-dimensional gels. Similar sensitivities are achieved in autoradiographs of 3H-labeled proteins extracted from the nuclei of cultured cells. The application of this system in conjunction with flow cytometric examination of nuclear DNA and electrostatic cell sorting of specific cell nuclei to provide homogeneous sample populations, allows subtle variations in isotope incorporation in proteins to be detected; whereas many times in generalized tissue samples these changes are masked. Also, these techniques elucidate the effects of external stimuli (chemicals, drugs, or environment) on protein synthesis and phosphorylation for analyses and comparison. Fabrication drawings are available upon request.

  6. Comparison of non-electrophoresis grade with electrophoresis grade BIS in NIPAM polymer gel preparation

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    Khodadadi, Roghayeh; Khajeali, Azim; Farajollahi, Ali Reza; Hajalioghli, Parisa; Raeisi, Noorallah

    2015-01-01

    Introduction:The main objective of this study was to investigate the possibility of replacing electrophoresis cross-linker with non-electrophoresis N, N′-methylenebisacrylamide (BIS) in N-isopropyl acrylamide (NIPAM) polymer gel and its possible effect on dose response. Methods: NIPAM polymer gel was prepared from non-electrophoresis grade BIS and the relaxation rate (R2) was measured by MR imaging after exposing the gel to gamma radiation from Co-60 source. To compare the response of this gel with the one that contains electrophoresis grade BIS, two sets of NIPAM gel were prepared using electrophoresis and non-electrophoresis BIS and irradiated to different gamma doses. Results: It was found that the dose–response of NIPAM gel made from the non-electrophoresis grade BIS is coincident with that of electrophoresis grade BIS. Conclusion:Taken all, it can be concluded that the non-electrophoresis grade BIS not only is a suitable alternative for the electrophoresis grade BIS but also reduces the cost of gel due to its lower price. PMID:26457250

  7. Hybrid slab-microchannel gel electrophoresis system

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    Balch, J.W.; Carrano, A.V.; Davidson, J.C.; Koo, J.C.

    1998-05-05

    A hybrid slab-microchannel gel electrophoresis system is described. The hybrid system permits the fabrication of isolated microchannels for biomolecule separations without imposing the constraint of a totally sealed system. The hybrid system is reusable and ultimately much simpler and less costly to manufacture than a closed channel plate system. The hybrid system incorporates a microslab portion of the separation medium above the microchannels, thus at least substantially reducing the possibility of non-uniform field distribution and breakdown due to uncontrollable leakage. A microslab of the sieving matrix is built into the system by using plastic spacer materials and is used to uniformly couple the top plate with the bottom microchannel plate. 4 figs.

  8. Inexpensive and Safe DNA Gel Electrophoresis Using Household Materials

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    Ens, S.; Olson, A. B.; Dudley, C.; Ross, N. D., III; Siddiqi, A. A.; Umoh, K. M.; Schneegurt, M. A.

    2012-01-01

    Gel electrophoresis is the single most important molecular biology technique and it is central to life sciences research, but it is often too expensive for the secondary science classroom or homeschoolers. A simple safe low-cost procedure is described here that uses household materials to construct and run DNA gel electrophoresis. Plastic

  9. Inexpensive and Safe DNA Gel Electrophoresis Using Household Materials

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    Ens, S.; Olson, A. B.; Dudley, C.; Ross, N. D., III; Siddiqi, A. A.; Umoh, K. M.; Schneegurt, M. A.

    2012-01-01

    Gel electrophoresis is the single most important molecular biology technique and it is central to life sciences research, but it is often too expensive for the secondary science classroom or homeschoolers. A simple safe low-cost procedure is described here that uses household materials to construct and run DNA gel electrophoresis. Plastic…

  10. SEPARATION AND IDENTIFICATION OF SOYBEAN LEAF PROTEINS BY TWO-DIMENSIONAL GEL ELECTROPHORESIS AND MASS SPECTROMETRY

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    To establish a proteomic reference map for soybean leaves, we separated and identified leaf proteins using two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (2D-PAGE) and mass spectrometry (MS). Tryptic digests of 260 spots were subjected to peptide mass fingerprinting (PMF) by matrix-assisted las...

  11. The SWISS-2DPAGE database of two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, its status in 1995.

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    Appel, R D; Sanchez, J C; Bairoch, A; Golaz, O; Ravier, F; Pasquali, C; Hughes, G J; Hochstrasser, D F

    1996-01-01

    SWISS-2DPAGE is a database of proteins identified on two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (2-D PAGE). The current release contains 343 entries of human, yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) and Escherichia coli origin, as well as virtual entries for each of the protein sequences in the SWISS-PROT database. PMID:8594575

  12. Analysis of soybean embryonic axis proteins by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry

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    A proteomic approach based on two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (2D-PAGE) for protein separation and subsequent mass spectrometry (MS) for protein identification was applied to establish a proteomic reference map for the soybean embryonic axis. Proteins were extracted from dissecte...

  13. Ocular Proteomics with Emphasis on Two-Dimensional Gel Electrophoresis and Mass Spectrometry

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    2010-01-01

    The intention of this review is to provide an overview of current methodologies employed in the rapidly developing field of ocular proteomics with emphasis on sample preparation, two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (2D-PAGE) and mass spectrometry (MS). Appropriate sample preparation for the diverse range of cells and tissues of the eye is essential to ensure reliable results. Current methods of protein staining for 2D-PAGE, protein labelling for two-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis, gel-based expression analysis and protein identification by MS are summarised. The uses of gel-free MS-based strategies (MuDPIT, iTRAQ, ICAT and SILAC) are also discussed. Proteomic technologies promise to shed new light onto ocular disease processes that could lead to the discovery of strong novel biomarkers and therapeutic targets useful in many ophthalmic conditions. PMID:21406065

  14. Gel Electrophoresis on a Budget to Dye for

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    Yu, Julie H.

    2010-01-01

    Gel electrophoresis is one of the most important tools used in molecular biology and has facilitated the entire field of genetic engineering by enabling the separation of nucleic acids and proteins. However, commercial electrophoresis kits can cost up to $800 for each setup, which is cost prohibitive for most classroom budgets. This article

  15. Gel Electrophoresis on a Budget to Dye for

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    Yu, Julie H.

    2010-01-01

    Gel electrophoresis is one of the most important tools used in molecular biology and has facilitated the entire field of genetic engineering by enabling the separation of nucleic acids and proteins. However, commercial electrophoresis kits can cost up to $800 for each setup, which is cost prohibitive for most classroom budgets. This article…

  16. Characterization of the proteasome using native gel electrophoresis.

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    Elsasser, Suzanne; Schmidt, Marion; Finley, Daniel

    2005-01-01

    Several features of the proteasome make it an excellent subject for analysis by native gel electrophoresis: its size, the multiplicity of variant complexes having proteasome activity, the ease of in-gel assays for proteasome activity, and even its relatively high cellular abundance. Accordingly, native gels have been used to analyze the composition, assembly, gating activity, and binding characteristics of the proteasome. This chapter describes methods for preparing, running, and developing native gels and the proteasome species that are routinely visualized. Additionally, the use of native gels to resolve proteasome complexes present in lysate and to characterize proteasome ligands are described. Following native gel electrophoresis, secondary analyses can be performed, such as activating the core particle, making specific activity assessments, Western blotting of the native gel, resolving native complexes with subsequent SDS-PAGE, and protein identification by mass spectrometry. PMID:16275342

  17. Gel Electrophoresis--The Easy Way for Students

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    VanRooy, Wilhelmina; Sultana, Khalida

    2010-01-01

    This article describes a simple, inexpensive, easy to conduct gel-electrophoresis activity using food dyes. It is an alternative to the more expensive counterparts which require agarose gel, DNA samples, purchased chamber and Tris-borate-EDTA buffer. We suggest some learning activities for senior biology students along with comments on several…

  18. Gel Electrophoresis--The Easy Way for Students

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    VanRooy, Wilhelmina; Sultana, Khalida

    2010-01-01

    This article describes a simple, inexpensive, easy to conduct gel-electrophoresis activity using food dyes. It is an alternative to the more expensive counterparts which require agarose gel, DNA samples, purchased chamber and Tris-borate-EDTA buffer. We suggest some learning activities for senior biology students along with comments on several

  19. Gel Electrophoresis of Gold-DNA Nano-Conjugates

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    Pellegrino, T.; Sperling, R.A.; Alivisatos, A.P.; Parak, W.J.

    2006-01-10

    Single stranded DNA of different lengths and different amounts was attached to colloidal phosphine stabilized Au nanoparticles. The resulting conjugates were investigated in detail by a gel electrophoresis study based on 1200 gels. We demonstrate how these experiments help to understand the binding of DNA to Au particles. In particular we compare specific attachment of DNA via gold-thiol bonds with nonspecific adsorption of DNA. The maximum number of DNA molecules that can be bound per particle was determined. We also compare several methods to used gel electrophoresis for investigating the effective diameter of DNA-Au conjugates, such as using a calibration curve of particles with known diameters and Ferguson plots.

  20. A simple gel electrophoresis method for separating polyhedral gold nanoparticles

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    Kim, Suhee; Lee, Hye Jin

    2015-07-01

    In this paper, a simple approach to separate differently shaped and sized polyhedral gold nanoparticles (NPs) within colloidal solutions via gel electrophoresis is described. Gel running parameters for separating efficiently gold NPs including gel composition, added surfactant types and applied voltage were investigated. The plasmonic properties and physical structure of the separated NPs extracted from the gel matrix were then investigated using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and UV-vis spectrophotometry respectively. Data analysis revealed that gel electrophoresis conditions of a 1.5 % agarose gel with 0.1 % sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) surfactant under an applied voltage of 100 V resulted in the selective isolation of ~ 50 nm polyhedral shaped gold nanoparticles. Further efforts are underway to apply the method to purify biomolecule-conjugated polyhedral Au NPs that can be readily used for NP-enhanced biosensing platforms.

  1. Synchrotron radiation for direct analysis of metalloproteins on electrophoresis gels.

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    Ortega, Richard

    2009-03-01

    Metalloproteomics requires analytical techniques able to assess and quantify the inorganic species in metalloproteins. The most widely used methods are hyphenated techniques, based on the coupling of a high resolution chromatographic method with a high sensitivity method for metal analysis in solution. An alternative approach is the use of methods for solid sample analysis, combining metalloprotein separation by gel electrophoresis and direct analysis of the gels. Direct methods are based on beam analysis, such as lasers, ion beams or synchrotron radiation beams. The aim of this review article is to present the main features of synchrotron radiation based methods and their applications for metalloprotein analysis directly on electrophoresis gels. Synchrotron radiation X-ray fluorescence has been successfully employed for sensitive metal identification, and X-ray absorption spectroscopy for metal local structure speciation in proteins. Synchrotron based methods will be compared to ion beam and mass spectrometry for direct analysis of metalloproteins in electrophoresis gels. PMID:21305106

  2. Electric birefrigence imaging of DNA in agarose electrophoresis gels

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    Lanan, M.

    1992-01-01

    Electric birefringence imaging (EBI) provides sensitive, non-invasive detection of double-stranded DNA in agarose gels. Quasi-monochromatic, visible light is transmitted through an electrophoresis gel which is placed between plastic film polarizers. A slow-scan video camera equipped with a 12 bit A/D converter records the images. Under electrophoresis running conditions, hydrodynamically-induced gel distortion is shown to be the major source of birefringence for fragments smaller than 23 kbp. The birefringence generated approximates the DNA concentration gradient in the electric field direction. The stress-optic coefficient of 1% agarose gel is measured by mechanical compression and used to evaluate the magnitude of the induced stress on the gel during electrophoresis. Multi-linear regression analysis is used to quantitatively test the model for EBI signals. Birefringence attributed to localized electrokinetic gel distortion and to intrinsic DNA birefringence is studied by fitting ethidium bromide fluorescence profiles to EBI results. Fluorescence polarization imaging is used to assess the influence of localized gel distortion on nucleic acid orientation across a fragment band. It is shown that DNA aligns parallel, on average, with an applied electric field independent of its location within a band. Both EBI sensitivity and quantitation are improved through image processing techniques which separate the DNA Kerr effect and induced electrokinetic distortion contributions. Under standard electrophoresis conditions, detection limits of 8 ng DNA per well are obtained in hydroxyethylated agarose without signal averaging. Maintaining constant gel temperature is shown to improve the quality of the images. Stress patterns in agarose gels during DC and field-inversion gel electrophoresis (FIGE) of nucleic acid fragments of varying sizes are mapped using EBI. In addition, online EBI monitoring during FIGE of megabase pair DNA size standards is demonstrated.

  3. Agarose Gel Electrophoresis for the Separation of DNA Fragments

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    Lee, Pei Yun; Costumbrado, John; Hsu, Chih-Yuan; Kim, Yong Hoon

    2012-01-01

    Agarose gel electrophoresis is the most effective way of separating DNA fragments of varying sizes ranging from 100 bp to 25 kb1. Agarose is isolated from the seaweed genera Gelidium and Gracilaria, and consists of repeated agarobiose (L- and D-galactose) subunits2. During gelation, agarose polymers associate non-covalently and form a network of bundles whose pore sizes determine a gel's molecular sieving properties. The use of agarose gel electrophoresis revolutionized the separation of DNA. Prior to the adoption of agarose gels, DNA was primarily separated using sucrose density gradient centrifugation, which only provided an approximation of size. To separate DNA using agarose gel electrophoresis, the DNA is loaded into pre-cast wells in the gel and a current applied. The phosphate backbone of the DNA (and RNA) molecule is negatively charged, therefore when placed in an electric field, DNA fragments will migrate to the positively charged anode. Because DNA has a uniform mass/charge ratio, DNA molecules are separated by size within an agarose gel in a pattern such that the distance traveled is inversely proportional to the log of its molecular weight3. The leading model for DNA movement through an agarose gel is "biased reptation", whereby the leading edge moves forward and pulls the rest of the molecule along4. The rate of migration of a DNA molecule through a gel is determined by the following: 1) size of DNA molecule; 2) agarose concentration; 3) DNA conformation5; 4) voltage applied, 5) presence of ethidium bromide, 6) type of agarose and 7) electrophoresis buffer. After separation, the DNA molecules can be visualized under uv light after staining with an appropriate dye. By following this protocol, students should be able to: 1. Understand the mechanism by which DNA fragments are separated within a gel matrix 2. Understand how conformation of the DNA molecule will determine its mobility through a gel matrix 3. Identify an agarose solution of appropriate concentration for their needs 4. Prepare an agarose gel for electrophoresis of DNA samples 5. Set up the gel electrophoresis apparatus and power supply 6. Select an appropriate voltage for the separation of DNA fragments 7. Understand the mechanism by which ethidium bromide allows for the visualization of DNA bands 8. Determine the sizes of separated DNA fragments   PMID:22546956

  4. Nanoparticle gel electrophoresis: bare charged spheres in polyelectrolyte hydrogels.

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    Li, Fei; Hill, Reghan J

    2013-03-15

    Nanoparticle gel electrophoresis has recently emerged as an attractive means of separating and characterizing nanoparticles. Consequently, a theory that accounts for electroosmotic flow in the gel, and coupling of the nanoparticle and hydrogel electrostatics and hydrodynamics, is required, particularly for gels in which the mesh size is comparable to or smaller than the particle radii. Here, we present an electrokinetic model for charged, spherical colloidal particles undergoing electrophoresis in charged (polyelectrolyte) hydrogels: the gel-electrophoresis analogue of Henry's theory for electrophoresis in Newtonian electrolytes. We compare numerically exact solutions of the model with several independent asymptotic approximations, identifying regions in the parameter space where these approximations are accurate or break down. As previously assumed in the literature, Henry's formula, modified by the addition of a constant electroosmotic flow mobility, is accurate only for nanoparticles that are small compared to the hydrogel mesh size. We derived an exact analytical solution of the full model by judiciously modifying the theory of Allison et al. for uncharged gels, drawing on the superposition methodology of Doane et al. to account for hydrogel charge. This furnishes accurate and economical mobility predictions for the entire parameter space. The present model suggests that nanoparticle size separations (with diameters ≲40 nm) are optimal at low ionic strength, with a gel mesh size that is selected according to the particle charging mechanism. For weakly charged particles, optimal size separation is achieved when the Brinkman screening length is matched to the mean particle size. PMID:23153681

  5. THERMAL DETECTION OF DNA AND PROTEINS DURING GEL ELECTROPHORESIS

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    R. JOHNSTON

    2000-08-01

    This is the final report of a three-year, Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The goal of this project was to try to detect unstained, untagged, unlabeled DNA bands in real-time during gel electrophoresis using simple thermal measurements. The technical and ES&H advantages to this approach could potentially be quite significant, especially given the extreme importance of gel electrophoresis to a wide variety of practical and research fields. The project was unable to demonstrate sufficient thermal sensitivity to detect DNA bands. It is clear that we still do not understand the gel electrophoresis phenomenon very well. The temperature control techniques developed during the course of this project have other useful applications.

  6. The instantaneous monitoring of polyacrylamide gels during electrophoresis.

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    Elliott, A

    1976-01-01

    The advantages of being able to see protein zones in a gel during electrophoresis (and hence before staining) are pointed out, and a method is described which depends on local increments of refractive index in these zones. The use of local increments of refractive index in polyacrylamide gels for measuring protein concentrations in zones during electrophoresis is briefly considered; it is found that such increments are greater than would be expected from the amount of protein when sodium dodecyl sulphate is present. The enhancement depends on conditions and time of running. This makes quantitative estimates difficult, but the sensitivity of detection of protein zones by observations based on refractive-index changes is greatly increased by this property of sodium dodecyl sulphate. Methods are described for making optically uniform gels (both with uniform and with graded concentrations of polyacrylamide), necessary for observation of small changes in refractive index. A simple dark-field system of observation is described. Examples are given showing protein samples observed with the system during electrophoresis and compared with the same gel stained with Coomassie Blue after completion of the run. Under optimal conditions the optical method is comparable in sensitivity with staining. With the proteins of lower mol.wt. (approx. 15000), the optical method is not so sensitive, becoming less sensitive with longer running time. This loss of sensitivity is greatly decreased by using more concentrated polyacrylamide gels, and graded gels are therefore more suitable for optical observation than are uniform gels. The observation of protein zones during electrophoresis adds nothing to the time needed for making a stained gel and gives much information long before it can be obtained from the stained gel. Images PLATE 1 PLATE 2 PMID:1008832

  7. Detection of chitin deacetylase activity after polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

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    Trudel, J; Asselin, A

    1990-09-01

    Mucor racemosus and Rhizopus nigricans were used as sources of chitin deacetylases. Crude protein extracts were subjected to polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis at pH 8.9 (Davis system) or 4.3 (Reisfeld system) under native conditions. After electrophoresis, an overlay gel containing 0.1% (w/v) glycol chitin as substrate was incubated in contact with the separation gel. Chitin deacetylase activity was revealed by uv illumination with a transilluminator after staining for 5 min in 0.01% (w/v) Calcofluor white M2R. Chitosan (deacetylated chitin) generated by chitin deacetylases appeared more fluorescent than the intact chitin embedded in the overlay gel. Chitosan in a separate overlay gel was also subjected to a nitrous acid treatment which specifically depolymerizes chitosan while leaving chitin intact. Hydrolysis of chitosan by nitrous acid followed by Calcofluor staining yielded dark (nonfluorescent) bands (chitin deacetylase activities) in the fluorescent chitin-containing gel. Both assays revealed the presence of several chitin deacetylases from Zygomycetes. The same assays were performed after denaturing electrophoresis in 12% (w/v) polyacrylamide gels containing 0.1% (w/v) glycol chitin. Enzymes were renatured in buffered 1% (v/v) purified Triton X-100. Chitin deacetylases with estimated molecular weights between 26,000 and 64,000 were detected after Calcofluor staining. The assays were also performed in two-dimensional gel electrophoretic systems. Chitin deacetylases can be rapidly revealed by using the assay involving the nitrous acid treatment. However, both assays (with and without nitrous acid treatment) should be run to conclusively demonstrate chitin deacetylase activity after polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. PMID:2281870

  8. Sample collection system for gel electrophoresis

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    Olivares, Jose A.; Stark, Peter C.; Dunbar, John M.; Hill, Karen K.; Kuske, Cheryl R.; Roybal, Gustavo

    2004-09-21

    An automatic sample collection system for use with an electrophoretic slab gel system is presented. The collection system can be used with a slab gel have one or more lanes. A detector is used to detect particle bands on the slab gel within a detection zone. Such detectors may use a laser to excite fluorescently labeled particles. The fluorescent light emitted from the excited particles is transmitted to low-level light detection electronics. Upon the detection of a particle of interest within the detection zone, a syringe pump is activated, sending a stream of buffer solution across the lane of the slab gel. The buffer solution collects the sample of interest and carries it through a collection port into a sample collection vial.

  9. Topological patterns in two-dimensional gel electrophoresis of DNA knots

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    Michieletto, Davide; Marenduzzo, Davide; Orlandini, Enzo

    2015-01-01

    Gel electrophoresis is a powerful experimental method to probe the topology of DNA and other biopolymers. Although there is a large body of experimental work that allows us to accurately separate different topoisomers of a molecule, a full theoretical understanding of these experiments has not yet been achieved. Here we show that the mobility of DNA knots depends crucially and subtly on the physical properties of the gel and, in particular, on the presence of dangling ends. The topological interactions between these and DNA molecules can be described in terms of an “entanglement number” and yield a nonmonotonic mobility at moderate fields. Consequently, in 2D electrophoresis, gel bands display a characteristic arc pattern; this turns into a straight line when the density of dangling ends vanishes. We also provide a novel framework to accurately predict the shape of such arcs as a function of molecule length and topological complexity, which may be used to inform future experiments. PMID:26351668

  10. Topological patterns in two-dimensional gel electrophoresis of DNA knots.

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    Michieletto, Davide; Marenduzzo, Davide; Orlandini, Enzo

    2015-10-01

    Gel electrophoresis is a powerful experimental method to probe the topology of DNA and other biopolymers. Although there is a large body of experimental work that allows us to accurately separate different topoisomers of a molecule, a full theoretical understanding of these experiments has not yet been achieved. Here we show that the mobility of DNA knots depends crucially and subtly on the physical properties of the gel and, in particular, on the presence of dangling ends. The topological interactions between these and DNA molecules can be described in terms of an "entanglement number" and yield a nonmonotonic mobility at moderate fields. Consequently, in 2D electrophoresis, gel bands display a characteristic arc pattern; this turns into a straight line when the density of dangling ends vanishes. We also provide a novel framework to accurately predict the shape of such arcs as a function of molecule length and topological complexity, which may be used to inform future experiments. PMID:26351668

  11. Stacking gels: A method for maximising output for pulsed-field gel electrophoresis.

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    Heng, See Kah; Heng, Chua Kek; Puthucheary, S D

    2009-01-01

    Pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), the gold standard of molecular typing methods, has a major disadvantage of an unusually long electrophoretic time. From the original protocol of 6 days, it was modified to 3 days and subsequently to a single day. We describe the procedure of stacking five to six gels one on top of another in order to increase and maximize the output in a shorter time without compromising the resolution and reproducibility. All the variables that affect pulsed field gels during electrophoresis were taken into consideration. We firstly optimized the parameters to be used and secondly determined whether stacking of five to six gels had any effect on the molecular separation during electrophoresis in comparison with a single gel run. DNA preparation, restriction, electrophoresis, staining and gel documentation was carried out based on previously published methods. Gels were analysed using BioNumerics and dice coefficient and unweighted pair group methods were used to generate dendrograms based on 1.5% tolerance values. Identical band profiles and band resolution-separation were seen in the PFGE patterns with single gel and multiple stacking gels. Cluster analysis further strengthened the fact that results from stacking gels were reproducible and comparable with a single gel run. This method of stacking gels saves time and maximizes the output at the same time. The run time for a single gel was about 28 hours, but with six stacked gels the run time was 54 hours compared with 28 x 6 = 168 hours if they were run separately as single gels thus saving time of 67.86%. Beside the big factor of saving time, stacking gels save resources (electricity, reagents, water, chemicals and working time) by increasing the sample throughput in a shorter time without compromising on quality of data. But optimization of working parameters is vital depending on the PFGE system used. PMID:19384038

  12. Dynamics of DNA during pulsed-field gel electrophoresis

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    Olvera de La Cruz, Monica; Gersappe, Dilip; Shaffer, Edward O.

    1990-05-01

    We study polymer pulsed-field gel electrophoresis by an off-lattice computer simulation. The effects of 90° rotations of the field on the chains' conformations are analyzed. We find that 90° pulsed fields can be used to increase significantly the resolution of the chains' separation according to size.

  13. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis typing of Staphylococcus aureus isolates

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    Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) is the most applied and effective genetic typing method for epidemiological studies and investigation of foodborne outbreaks caused by different pathogens, including Staphylococcus aureus. The technique relies on analysis of large DNA fragments generated by th...

  14. The new horizon in 2D electrophoresis: new technology to increase resolution and sensitivity.

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    Moche, Martin; Albrecht, Dirk; Maa, Sandra; Hecker, Michael; Westermeier, Reiner; Bttner, Knut

    2013-06-01

    A principally new type of an electrophoresis setup for the second dimension of 2DE named HPE (high performance electrophoresis) has recently become available that provides excellent reproducibility much superior to traditional 2DE. It takes up ideas from early beginnings of 2DE which could not be satisfactory realized at that time. The new HPE system is in contrast to all other established systems a horizontal electrophoresis that employs a new type of precast polyacrylamide gels on film-backing and runs on a multilevel flatbed electrophoresis apparatus. In a systematic approach we compared its features to traditional 2DE for the cytosolic proteome of Bacillus subtilis. Not only the reproducibility is enhanced, but also nearly all qualitative parameters as resolution, sensitivity, the number of protein spots (25% more), and the number of different proteins (also additional 25%) are markedly increased. More than 200 proteins were exclusively found in HPE. This new electrophoresis system does not use buffer tanks. No glass plates are needed. Therefore handling of gels is greatly facilitated and very simple to use even for personnel with low technical skills. The new HPE system is technically at the beginnings and further development with increased performance can be expected. PMID:23494680

  15. Conformational dynamics of individual DNA molecules during gel electrophoresis

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    Schwartz, David C.; Koval, Michael

    1989-04-01

    GEL electrophoresis is widely used in molecular biology to separate DNA molecules according to their sizes. The physical basis of this size separation is, however, poorly understood. Here we report observations of individual, fluorescently stained DNA molecules as they migrate during various kinds of gel electrophoresis. Their movement, under the influence of either a steady electric field or a pulsed-field, is characterized by cycles of elongation and contraction. Initially relaxed coils of DNA lengthen into 'hook-shaped' configurations which temporarily 'hang-up' on obstacles in the gel matrix before sliding off, contracting and entering another cycle. The effects of a new electrophoresis technique, termed 'pulse-oriented electrophoresis", which allows the effective angle of the electric field, and hence the molecular orientation of DNA, to be varied without electrode rearrangement, are also studied. In this case the DNA adopts a 'staircase' configuration showing that the net orientation in a direction is given by the vector sum of the pulses used.

  16. COMPARING TECHNIQUES FOR COMPARATIVE PROTEOMICS: TWO-DIMENSIONAL GEL ELECTROPHORESIS AND TWO-DIMENSIONAL LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY SEPARATION

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    The accepted method for comparing bacterial proteomes has traditionally been two-dimensional (2D) gel electrophoresis. However, in recent years, new procedures for protein separation have been introduced. One of these new procedures utilizes column-based liquid chromatography separation. The tech...

  17. The trajectories of spheres during agarose gel electrophoresis.

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    Griess, G A; Harris, R A; Serwer, P

    1993-01-01

    To develop a physical description of the gel-induced retardation of spheres during gel electrophoresis, the microscopic motion of single electrically charged latex spheres is statistically quantified here, by digital image analysis. To obtain adequate resolution in space, comparatively large spheres, 240 nm in radius, are used. The following observations are made during electrophoresis in a 0.2% agarose gel at 22 degrees C: (a) When a comparatively high field (3.0 V cm-1) is used, inelastic collisions result in field-induced trapping of spheres; no elastic collisions are observed. (b) Reduction of the field from 3.0 to 0.0 V cm-1 results in reverse migration of previously trapped spheres. (c) In the absence of trapping, the electrical field does not cause an alteration in the tortuosity of motion (i.e. motion in a field-perpendicular direction). (d) When results are obtained for a constant time between images (0.2 s), gel-dependent deviations from a true random walk are not observed in the absence of trapping. (e) When results are obtained as a function of time between images, significant gel-dependent deviation from a random walk is observed. In the absence of trapping, the data presented here indicate that retardation is derived primarily from dissipative processes that are concentrated near gel fibers. However, steric effects have not yet been distinguished from hydrodynamic effects. PMID:8199223

  18. A method for the direct measurement of glycogen synthase activity on gels after polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

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    Krisman, C R; Blumenfeld, M L

    1986-05-01

    A method for the detection of glycogen synthase activity after nondenaturing polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis is described. After the electrophoretical run, the gels were incubated in situ with UDP-glucose and glycogen. Labeled or unlabeled UDP-glucose could be used, since similar activity patterns were obtained by autoradiography or iodine staining of the gels. The method here described offers several advantages in terms of speed, sensitivity, and economy when compared with other procedures. PMID:2425655

  19. Thermally reversible gels in electrophoresis. I - Matrix characterization

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    Righetti, Pier Giorgio; Snyder, Robert S.

    1988-01-01

    Two series of thermally reversible hydrogen-bonded gels have been characterized: (5 pct) PVA-(4 pct) PEG and (5 pct) PVA-(0.04 pct) borate gels. They both have extremely low melting points (16-17 C) and could be of potential interest for recovery of proteins after preparative electrophoresis. The PVA-borate gels can be exploited in the pH range 7-11 by progressively increasing the borate content in the pH interval 8 to 7 and concomitantly decreasing the borate levels in the pH zone 8 to 11. It is hypothesized that the low melting point of these gels is due to the fact that they are sparingly and sparsely hydrogen bonded along the PVA chain: on the average, 1 OH group out of 3 or 4 OH groups in the PVA polymer should be engaged in H-bond formation.

  20. SDS capillary gel electrophoresis of proteins in microfabricated channels

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    Yao, Shao; Anex, Deon S.; Caldwell, W. Brett; Arnold, Don W.; Smith, Katherine B.; Schultz, Peter G.

    1999-01-01

    Analysis of variations in the concentrations or structures of biomolecules (e.g., mRNAs, proteins, peptides, natural products) that occur either naturally or in response to environmental or genetic perturbations can provide important insight into complex biological processes. Many biological samples are mixtures that require a separation step before quantitation of variations in the individual components. Two-dimensional denaturing gel electrophoresis has been used very effectively to separate complex mixtures of proteins, but it is time consuming and requires considerable amounts of sample. Microchannel-based separations have proven very effective in rapidly separating small amounts of nucleic acids; more recently, isoelectric focusing of proteins also has been adapted to the microchannel format. Here, we describe microchannel-based SDS capillary gel electrophoresis of proteins and demonstrate the speed and high resolution it provides. This development is an important step toward the miniaturization and integration of multidimensional and array separation methods for complex protein mixtures. PMID:10318890

  1. Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis for Purification of Large Amounts of RNA.

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    Meyer, Mélanie; Masquida, Benoît

    2016-01-01

    Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) constitutes a powerful technique for the efficient purification of RNA molecules dedicated to applications that require high purity levels. PAGE allows for the fractionation of RNA obtained from cell extracts, chemical or enzymatic synthesis, or modification experiments. Native or denaturing conditions can be chosen for analytical or preparative-scale separations and the nucleotide resolution can be tuned by changing the percentage and reticulation of the gel material. In this protocol, we focus on the preparation of milligram-scale amounts of ~200 nucleotides (nt) RNA molecules that were used in subsequent crystallization experiments. PMID:26227037

  2. Basics and recent advances of two dimensional- polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis

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    2014-01-01

    Gel- based proteomics is one of the most versatile methods for fractionating protein complexes. Among these methods, two dimensional- polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (2-DE) represents a mainstay orthogonal approach, which is popularly used to simultaneously fractionate, identify, and quantify proteins when coupled with mass spectrometric identification or other immunological tests. Although 2-DE was first introduced more than three decades ago, several challenges and limitations to its utility still exist. This review discusses the principles of 2-DE as well as both recent methodological advances and new applications. PMID:24735559

  3. The electrophoresis of transferrins in urea/polyacrylamide gels.

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    Evans, R W; Williams, J

    1980-01-01

    The denaturation of transferrin by urea has been studied by (a) electrophoresis in polyacrylamide gels incorporating a urea gradient, (b) measurements of the loss of iron-binding capacity and (c) u.v. difference spectrometry. In human serum transferrin and hen ovotransferrin the N-terminal and C-terminal domains of the iron-free protein were found to denature at different urea concentrations. Images Fig. 1. Fig. 2. Fig. 3. Fig. 4. Fig. 7. PMID:7213345

  4. Classification of Clostridium butyricum based on sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis.

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    Yokota, K; Fujinaga, Y; Inoue, K; Shimazaki, S; Seo, G; Takeshi, K; Nagamachi, E; Oguma, K

    1998-08-01

    Eleven strains of Clostridium butyricum collected from different sources were analysed by both sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). The strains could be classified into four groups based on their banding profiles of the proteins extracted from the cells on SDS-PAGE. Group I consisted of seven strains, and these strains were further divided into five subgroups by PFGE. The strains belonging to groups II, III, and IV on SDS-PAGE were also classified into the same II to IV groups by PFGE. These data indicate that grouping of the strains of C. butyricum can be performed by employing both SDS-PAGE and PFGE. PMID:16887639

  5. High-speed DNA sequencing by capillary gel electrophoresis

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    Luckey, J.A.

    1993-01-01

    This dissertation describes the design and evaluation of a high-speed DNA sequencer involving capillary gel electrophoresis (CGE) for separating fluorescently-labeled single-stranded DNA fragments. Initial work demonstrating DNA sequencing using CGE suggested that certain improvements in operating conditions might provide increased resolution of separations with the goal of sequencing perhaps 1000 bases of DNA in a single run. These conditions were then studied more thoroughly with the eventual development of a model which adequately described both peak dispersion and DNA mobility. The resulting equation assesses the effects that gel length and applied electric field have on the resolution of the separations. This equation also provides a theoretical framework with which one can begin to understand the complicated processes which affect the quality of gel electrophoretic separations under a variety of running conditions. In addition, predictions can be made about exactly what properties of the separation are limiting under specified running conditions. Efforts to improve the technique of gel electrophoresis can thus apply this knowledge toward future instrument designs.

  6. Molecular transport in collagenous tissues measured by gel electrophoresis.

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    Hunckler, Michael D; Tilley, Jennifer M R; Roeder, Ryan K

    2015-11-26

    Molecular transport in tissues is important for drug delivery, nutrient supply, waste removal, cell signaling, and detecting tissue degeneration. Therefore, the objective of this study was to investigate gel electrophoresis as a simple method to measure molecular transport in collagenous tissues. The electrophoretic mobility of charged molecules in tissue samples was measured from relative differences in the velocity of a cationic dye passing through an agarose gel in the absence and presence of a tissue section embedded within the gel. Differences in electrophoretic mobility were measured for the transport of a molecule through different tissues and tissue anisotropy, or the transport of different sized molecules through the same tissue. Tissue samples included tendon and fibrocartilage from the proximal (tensile) and distal (compressive) regions of the bovine flexor tendon, respectively, and bovine articular cartilage. The measured electrophoretic mobility was greatest in the compressive region of the tendon (fibrocartilage), followed by the tensile region of tendon, and lowest in articular cartilage, reflecting differences in the composition and organization of the tissues. The anisotropy of tendon was measured by greater electrophoretic mobility parallel compared with perpendicular to the predominate collagen fiber orientation. Electrophoretic mobility also decreased with increased molecular size, as expected. Therefore, the results of this study suggest that gel electrophoresis may be a useful method to measure differences in molecular transport within various tissues, including the effects of tissue type, tissue anisotropy, and molecular size. PMID:26482732

  7. Analysis of Replicating Mitochondrial DNA by In Organello Labeling and Two-Dimensional Agarose Gel Electrophoresis.

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    Holt, Ian J; Kazak, Lawrence; Reyes, Aurelio; Wood, Stuart R

    2016-01-01

    Our understanding of the mechanisms of DNA replication in a broad range of organisms and viruses has benefited from the application of two-dimensional agarose gel electrophoresis (2D-AGE). The method resolves DNA molecules on the basis of size and shape and is technically straightforward. 2D-AGE sparked controversy in the field of mitochondria when it revealed replicating molecules with lengthy tracts of RNA, a phenomenon never before reported in nature. More recently, radioisotope labeling of the DNA in the mitochondria has been coupled with 2D-AGE. In its first application, this procedure helped to delineate the "bootlace mechanism of mitochondrial DNA replication," in which processed mitochondrial transcripts are hybridized to the lagging strand template at the replication fork as the leading DNA strand is synthesized. This chapter provides details of the method, how it has been applied to date and concludes with some potential future applications of the technique. PMID:26530677

  8. Two dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis analysis of Tetrahymena mitochondrial tRNA.

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    Suyama, Y

    1986-01-01

    Two dimensional (2D) urea-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of tRNA isolated from Tetrahymena mitochondria separated at least 36 spots, while more than 45 major and minor spots were resolved with cytosolic tRNA. Co-electrophoresis of mitochondrial and cytosolic tRNAs revealed that many spots co-migrate. When radioactive mitochondrial tRNA was hybridized to mtDNA under various conditions and tRNA melted from the hybrid was analyzed by 2D gel electrophoresis, only 10 tRNA spots were found. Identified as mtDNA-encoded were 2 spots for tRNA(leu), 2 for tRNA(met), and 1 each for tRNA(phe), tRNA(trp) and tRNA(tyr). The remaining three were unidentified. Mitochondrial tRNA spots that correspond to the tRNAs for arg, gly, ile, lys, ser, and val do not hybridize with mtDNA, and in gel positions they correspond to the cytoplasmic tRNA spots for the same respective amino acids. These mitochondrial tRNAs isolated from the gel can be acylated either by the mitochondrial or cytosolic enzymes. Mitochondrial tRNA isolated from a Tetrahymena cell homogenate which was pretreated with RNase A and Micrococcus nuclease exhibited the same 2D gel pattern as a non-treated control. Mitochondrial tRNAs from old and young cells showed generally similar tRNA spots in 2D gels, though more variable spots were seen with old cells. 3H-labeled whole-cell tRNA added to the cell homogenate prior to the mitochondrial isolation procedure did not remain associated with the final mitochondrial tRNA preparation. The present studies also showed mitochondrial tRNAs bound to the mitochondrial 80S monosome and polysome fractions. Radioactive tRNA added to the mitochondrial lysate does not adhere to the ribosomes, suggesting that the ribosome-bound tRNAs are not contaminating cytoplasmic tRNAs. These results are generally in good agreement with our previous data showing that only a small number of tRNAs are coded for by the mitochondrial DNA, while the others are a selected set of imported cytoplasmic tRNAs. PMID:3127061

  9. Graphitic carbon nitride embedded hydrogels for enhanced gel electrophoresis.

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    Zarei, Mohammad; Ahmadzadeh, Hossein; Goharshadi, Elaheh K; Farzaneh, Ali

    2015-08-01

    Here, we show, for the first time, the use of graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) nanosheets to improve the resolution and efficiency of protein separation in gel electrophoresis. By loading 0.04% (m/v) g-C3N4 nanosheets into the polyacrylamide gel at 25 °C, the thermal conductivity increased approximately 80% which resulted in 20% reduction in Joule heating and overall increase of separation efficiency. Also, polymerization of acrylamide occurred in the absence of tetramethylethylenediamine (TEMED) when the polyacrylamide gel contained g-C3N4 nanosheets. Hence, the g-C3N4 act simultaneously as a polymerization catalyst as well as heat sinks to lower Joule heating effect on band broadening. PMID:26320809

  10. HIGH THROUGHPUT PROTEIN IDENTIFICATION USING 2-DIMENSIONAL DIFFERENCE GEL ELECTROPHORESIS AND ROBOTIC SPOT PICKING FOR ALUMINUM TOLERANCE-RELATED MAIZE ROOT TIP PROTEINS

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    Two-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis (2-D DIGE) is the most effective method utilized to carry out gel-based quantitative proteomics. Unfortunately, the most popular image analysis software used to process DIGE images (DeCyder) produces picking coordinates in a format that is incompatible...

  11. Resolution and identification of major peanut allergens using a combination of fluorescence two-dimensional differential gel electrophoresis, western blotting and Q-TOF mass spectrometry.

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    Peanut allergy is triggered by several proteins known as allergens. The matching resolution and identification of major peanut allergens in 2D protein maps, was accomplished by the use of fluorescence two-dimensional differential gel electrophoresis (2D DIGE), Western blotting and quadrupole time-of...

  12. Comparative proteomics of E. coli O157:H7: two-dimensional gel electrophoresis vs. two-dimensional liquid chromatography separation

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    The accepted method for comparing bacterial proteomes has traditionally been two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-D GE). However, in recent years, new procedures for protein separation have been introduced. One of these new procedures utilizes column-based liquid chromatography (2-D LC) separati...

  13. Analysis of Inorganic Polyphosphates by Capillary Gel Electrophoresis

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    Lee, Andrew; Whitesides, George M.

    2010-01-01

    This paper describes the development of a method that uses Capillary Gel Electrophoresis (CGE) to analyze mixtures of inorganic polyphosphate ((Pi)n). Resolution of (Pi)n on the basis of n, the number of residues of dehydrated phosphate, is accomplished by CGE using capillaries filled with solutions of poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide) (PDMA) and indirect detection by the UV-absorbance of a chromophore, terephthalate, added to the running buffer. The method is capable of resolving peaks representing (Pi)n with n up to ~70; preparation and use of authentic standards enables the identification of peaks for (Pi)n with n = 1 - 10. The main advantages of this method over previously reported methods for analyzing mixtures of (Pi)n (e.g., gel electrophoresis, CGE using polyacrylamide-filled capillaries) are its resolution, convenience, and reproducibility; gel-filled capillaries are easily regenerated by pumping in fresh, low-viscosity solutions of PDMA. The resolution is comparable to that of ion-exchange chromatography and detection of (Pi)n by suppressed conductivity. The method is useful for analyzing (Pi)n generated by the dehydration of Pi at low temperature (125 - 140 °C) with urea, in a reaction that may have been important in prebiotic chemistry. The method should also be useful for characterizing mixtures of other anionic, oligomeric or polymeric species without an intrinsic chromophore (e.g., sulfated polysaccharides, oligomeric phospho-diesters). PMID:20704373

  14. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis for Listeria monocytogenes.

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    Luque-Sastre, Laura; Fanning, Samus; Fox, Edward M

    2015-01-01

    Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) is a molecular subtyping method with high discriminatory power, reproducibility, and epidemiological concordance for the subtyping of Listeria monocytogenes and other bacteria. PFGE uses rare-cutting restriction enzymes (macrorestriction) that cut the genomic DNA, usually resulting in 6-25 DNA fragments ranging between 30 and 600 kb. Bacterial cells are immobilized in agarose plugs and subsequently lysed to release genomic DNA, which is then subjected to DNA digestion. AscI and ApaI restriction enzymes are typically used for L. monocytogenes. Electrophoresis using an alternating electric field direction results in a DNA banding pattern, or fingerprint, which is used to classify isolates into different pulsotypes. PFGE is currently the CDC's gold standard method for epidemiological studies in foodborne outbreaks. PMID:25862047

  15. Superoxide dismutase isozyme detection using two-dimensional gel electrophoresis zymograms.

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    Niyomploy, Ploypat; Srisomsap, Chantragan; Chokchaichamnankit, Daranee; Vinayavekhin, Nawaporn; Karnchanatat, Aphichart; Sangvanich, Polkit

    2014-03-01

    Superoxide dismutases (SODs) are ubiquitous antioxidant enzymes involved in cell protection from reactive oxygen species. Their antioxidant activities make them of interest to applied biotechnology industries and are usually sourced from plants. SODs are also involved in stress signaling responses in plants, and can be used as indicators of these responses. In this article, a suitable method for the separation of different SOD isoforms using two-dimensional-gel electrophoresis (2D-GE) zymograms is reported. The method was developed with a SOD standard from bovine erythrocytes and later applied to extracts from Stemona tuberosa. The first (non-denaturing isoelectric focusing) and second (denaturing sodium dodecylsulphate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis) dimensions of duplicate 2D-GE gels were stained with either Coomassie brilliant blue G-250 for total protein visualization, or SOD activity (zymogram) using riboflavin/nitroblue tetrazolium. For confirmation, putative SOD activity positive spots were subject to trypsin digestion and nano-liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry, followed by searching the MASCOT database for potential identification. The method could separate different SOD isoforms from a plant extract and at least partially maintain or allow renaturation to the native forms of the enzyme. Peptide sequencing of the 2D-GE suggested that the SODs were resolved correctly, identifying the control CuZn-SOD from bovine erythrocytes. The two SODs from S. tuberosa tubers were found to be likely homologous of a CuZn-SOD. SOD detection and isoform separation by 2D-GE zymograms was efficient and reliable. The method is likely applicable to SOD detection from plants or other organisms. Moreover, a similar approach could be developed for detection of other important enzymes in the future. PMID:24334192

  16. System for loading slab-gel holders for electrophoresis separation

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    Anderson, Norman G.; Anderson, Norman L.

    1979-01-01

    A slab-gel loading system includes a prismatic chamber for filling a plurality of slab-gel holders simultaneously. Each slab-gel holder comprises a pair of spaced apart plates defining an intermediate volume for gel containment. The holders are vertically positioned in the chamber with their major surfaces parallel to the chamber end walls. A liquid inlet is provided at the corner between the bottom and a side wall of the chamber for distributing a polymerizable monomer solution or a coagulable colloidal solution into each of the holders. The chamber is rotatably supported so that filling can begin with the corner having the liquid inlet directed downwardly such that the solution is gently funneled upwardly, without mixing, along the diverging side and bottom surfaces. As filling proceeds, the chamber is gradually rotated to position the bottom wall in a horizontal mode. The liquid filling means includes a plastic envelope with a septum dividing it into two compartments for intermixing two solutions of different density and thereby providing a liquid flow having a density gradient. The resulting gels have a density gradient between opposite edges for subsequent use in electrophoresis separations.

  17. Analysis of mutations using PCR and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis

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    Cariello, N.F.; Swenberg, J.A. Duke Univ., Durham, NC ); DeBellis, A.; Skopek, T.R. )

    1991-01-01

    Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) separates DNA molecules based on primary sequence. Under the appropriate conditions, all base pair (bp) substitutions, frameshifts, and deletions less than about 10 bp can be resolved from the wild type sequence using DGGE. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) permits facile amplification of a given region of the genome. The authors have combined PCR and DGGE to: (1) localize mutations in the X-linked human androgen receptor gene; (2) analyze thousands of thioguanine-resistant mutants simultaneously; (3) examine the fidelity of several DNA polymerases used in PCR.

  18. Biochemical Identification of the Two Races of Radopholus similis by Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis.

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    Huettel, R N; Dickson, D W; Kaplan, D T

    1983-07-01

    Analysis of proteins of the banana and citrus race of Radopholus similis was carried out by several different types of polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. These included standard slab gel, SDS slab gel, gradient slab gel, and two-ditnensional slab gel electrophoresis. A major band difference was detected between the two races by slab gel electrophoresis. However, several other poorly resolved but consistent hands of high molecular weight proteins near the gel origin also were considered as diagnostic. Resolution of protein bands was greatly improved by SDS and gradient slab gel electrophoresis, but no differences could be detected among the proteins resolved between the two rares with these techniques. Two-dimensional gels revealed a large number of proteins, but background staining obscured them hindering interpretation. When nematode races were reared on three different host plants, no differences in protein patterns were detected between them, indicating host preferences does not play a role in determining the types proteins occurring in these nematodes. PMID:19295815

  19. GELBANK : A database of annotated two-dimensional gel electrophoresis patterns of biological systems with completed genomes.

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    Babnigg, G.; Giometti, C. S.; Biosciences Division

    2004-01-01

    GELBANK is a publicly available database of two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2DE) gel patterns of proteomes from organisms with known genome information (available at and ftp://bioinformatics.anl.gov/gelbank/). Currently it includes 131 completed, mostly microbial proteomes available from the National Center for Biotechnology Information. A web interface allows the upload of 2D gel patterns and their annotation for registered users. The images are organized by species, tissue type, separation method, sample type and staining method. The database can be queried based on protein or 2DE-pattern attributes. A web interface allows registered users to assign molecular weight and pH gradient profiles to their own 2D gel patterns as well as to link protein identifications to a given spot on the pattern. The website presents all of the submitted 2D gel patterns where the end-user can dynamically display the images or parts of images along with molecular weight, pH profile information and linked protein identification. A collection of images can be selected for the creation of animations from which the user can select sub-regions of interest and unlimited 2D gel patterns for visualization. The website currently presents 233 identifications for 81 gel patterns for Homo sapiens, Methanococcus jannaschii, Pyro coccus furiosus, Shewanella oneidensis, Escherichia coli and Deinococcus radiodurans.

  20. GELBANK: a database of annotated two-dimensional gel electrophoresis patterns of biological systems with completed genomes.

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    Babnigg, György; Giometti, Carol S

    2004-01-01

    GELBANK is a publicly available database of two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2DE) gel patterns of proteomes from organisms with known genome information (available at http://gelbank.anl.gov and ftp://bioinformatics.anl.gov/gelbank/). Currently it includes 131 completed, mostly microbial proteomes available from the National Center for Biotechnology Information. A web interface allows the upload of 2D gel patterns and their annotation for registered users. The images are organized by species, tissue type, separation method, sample type and staining method. The database can be queried based on protein or 2DE-pattern attributes. A web interface allows registered users to assign molecular weight and pH gradient profiles to their own 2D gel patterns as well as to link protein identifications to a given spot on the pattern. The website presents all of the submitted 2D gel patterns where the end-user can dynamically display the images or parts of images along with molecular weight, pH profile information and linked protein identification. A collection of images can be selected for the creation of animations from which the user can select sub-regions of interest and unlimited 2D gel patterns for visualization. The website currently presents 233 identifications for 81 gel patterns for Homo sapiens, Methanococcus jannaschii, Pyro coccus furiosus, Shewanella oneidensis, Escherichia coli and Deinococcus radiodurans. PMID:14681486

  1. The velocity and recoil of DNA bands during gel electrophoresis

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    Keiner, Louis E.; Holzwarth, G.

    1992-09-01

    The velocity and recoil of bands of DNA containing 48.5 to 4800 kilobasepairs (kb) were measured during pulsed-field gel electrophoresis by a video imaging and analysis system. When a 10 V/cm electric field was first applied, the velocity showed an initial sharp peak after approximately 1 s whose amplitude depended on the molecular weight of the DNA and the rest time and polarity of the previous pulse. For example, G DNA (670 kb) exhibited an initial velocity peak of 13 μm/s. The velocity then oscillated through a shallow minimum and small maximum before reaching a 5.0 μm/s plateau. After the field was turned off, the bands moved backward (recoiled). The band position obeyed a stretched-exponential relation, x = x0 exp[ - (t/τ)β] with amplitude x0 equal to approximately 1/10th of the DNA contour length and β≊0.6; for S. pombe DNA, x0 was a remarkable 165 μm. Both the initial velocity spike and the recoil arise from the presence of a significant fraction of U-shaped molecules with low configurational entropy. The initial velocity spike is exploited in field-inversion gel electrophoresis to generate the ``antiresonance,'' which is the basis of size-dependent mobility. Recent computer simulations which include tube-length fluctuations and tube leakage are in excellent accord with the measured velocities.

  2. Electroelution of proteins from bands in gel electrophoresis without gel sectioning for the purpose of protein transfer into mass spectrometry: elements of a new procedure.

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    Chang, H T; Yergey, A L; Chrambach, A

    2001-02-01

    Electroelution of protein bands from a gel has advantages over the competitive common technique requiring gel sectioning with respect to yield, speed and the potential for computer-controlled application to multicomponent two-dimensional (2-D) gels. The electroelution design for the commercial high-performance gel electrophoresis (HPGE) apparatus represented the most advanced technique to date until the recent discontinuation of its production. The present report serves to summarize the necessary design elements for the purpose of renewing and further developing the electroelution technique. A rudimentary technique is presented by which the electroeluate is collected in a glass tube superimposed on a reversibly stained gel band and connected to an anolyte reservoir. Although the stain used is insufficiently sensitive, the technique allowed for the qualitative verification of its usefulness in the transfer of the electroeluate into mass spectrometry. PMID:11258744

  3. The Application of Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis in Clinical Studies

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    Parizad, Eskandar Gholami; Valizadeh, Azar

    2016-01-01

    Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis is a method applied in separating large segments of deoxyribonucleotide using an alternating and cross field. In a uniform magnetic field, components larger than 50kb pass a route through the gel and since the movement of DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) molecules are in a Zigzag form, separation of DNAs as bands carried out better via gel. PFGE in microbiology is a standard method which is used for typing of bacteria. It is also a very useful tool in epidemiological studies and gene mapping in microbes and mammalian cell, also motivated development of large-insert cloning system such as bacterial and yeast artifical chromosomes. In this method, close and similar species in terms of genetic patterns show alike profiles regarding DNA separation, and those ones which don’t have similarity or are less similar, reveal different separation profiles. So this feature can be used to determine the common species as the prevalence agent of a disease. PFGE can be utilized for monitoring and evaluating different micro-organisms in clinical samples and existing ones in soil and water. This method can also be a reliable and standard method in vaccine preparation. In recent decades, PFGE is highly regarded as a powerful tool in control, prevention and monitoring diseases in different populations. PMID:26894068

  4. The Application of Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis in Clinical Studies.

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    Parizad, Elaheh Gholami; Parizad, Eskandar Gholami; Valizadeh, Azar

    2016-01-01

    Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis is a method applied in separating large segments of deoxyribonucleotide using an alternating and cross field. In a uniform magnetic field, components larger than 50kb pass a route through the gel and since the movement of DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) molecules are in a Zigzag form, separation of DNAs as bands carried out better via gel. PFGE in microbiology is a standard method which is used for typing of bacteria. It is also a very useful tool in epidemiological studies and gene mapping in microbes and mammalian cell, also motivated development of large-insert cloning system such as bacterial and yeast artifical chromosomes. In this method, close and similar species in terms of genetic patterns show alike profiles regarding DNA separation, and those ones which don't have similarity or are less similar, reveal different separation profiles. So this feature can be used to determine the common species as the prevalence agent of a disease. PFGE can be utilized for monitoring and evaluating different micro-organisms in clinical samples and existing ones in soil and water. This method can also be a reliable and standard method in vaccine preparation. In recent decades, PFGE is highly regarded as a powerful tool in control, prevention and monitoring diseases in different populations. PMID:26894068

  5. Protein Separation by Capillary Gel Electrophoresis: A Review

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    Zhu, Zaifang; Lu, Joann J.; Liu, Shaorong

    2011-01-01

    Capillary gel electrophoresis (CGE) has been used for protein separation for more than two decades. Due to the technology advancement, current CGE methods are becoming more and more robust and reliable for protein analysis, and some of the methods have been routinely used for the analysis of protein-based pharmaceuticals and quality controls. In light of this progress, we survey 147 papers related to CGE separations of proteins and present an overview of this technology. We first introduce briefly the early development of CGE. We then review the methodology, in which we specifically describe the matrices, coatings, and detection strategies used in CGE. CGE using microfabricated channels and incorporation of CGE with two-dimensional protein separations are also discussed in this section. We finally present a few representative applications of CGE for separating proteins in real-world samples. PMID:22122927

  6. Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis in platelet proteomics research.

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    García, Angel

    2007-01-01

    Proteomics technology allows a comprehensive and efficient analysis of the proteome and has become an indispensable tool in biomedical research. Since the late 80s, advances on mass spectrometry (MS) instrumentation and techniques have revolutionized the way proteins can be analyzed. Such analysis would only be possible with a proper sample preparation and separation ahead of the MS step. Different gel and nongel-based methods are available for protein separation. This chapter will focus on the use of two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) in proteomics and its application to platelet research. 2-DE separates proteins according to their isoelectric point (pI) and size (molecular weight) and allows the detection of thousands of proteins at a time. Platelets are enucleated cells that play a critical function in the control of bleeding and wound healing. As platelets do not have a nucleus, proteomics offers a powerful alternative approach to provide data on protein expression in these cells, helping to address their biology. This chapter presents a protocol for an efficient sample preparation, protein separation by 2-DE, and protein digestion ahead of the MS analysis. The experimental approach, already successfully applied to the study of the platelet proteome, includes recommendations for an efficient platelet preparation for proteomics studies. PMID:18287684

  7. Protein Mobility Shifts Contribute to Gel Electrophoresis Liquid Chromatography Analysis

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    Carruthers, Nicholas J.; Parker, Graham C.; Gratsch, Theresa; Caruso, Joseph A.

    2015-01-01

    Profiling of cellular and subcellular proteomes by liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (MS) after fractionation by SDS-PAGE is referred to as GeLC (gel electrophoresis liquid chromatography)-MS. The GeLC approach decreases complexity within individual MS analyses by size fractionation with SDS-PAGE. SDS-PAGE is considered an excellent fractionation technique for intact proteins because of good resolution for proteins of all sizes, isoelectric points, and hydrophobicities. Additional information derived from the mobility of the intact proteins is available after an SDS-PAGE fractionation, but that information is usually not incorporated into the proteomic analysis. Any chemical or proteolytic modification of a protein that changes the mobility of that protein in the gel can be detected. The ability of SDS-PAGE to resolve proteins with chemical modifications has not been widely utilized within profiling experiments. In this work, we examined the ability of the GeLC-MS approach to help identify proteins that were modified after a small hairpin RNA-dependent knockdown in an experiment using stable isotope labeling by amino acids in cell culture-based quantitation. PMID:26229520

  8. Stability measurements of antisense oligonucleotides by capillary gel electrophoresis.

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    Bruin, G J; Börnsen, K O; Hüsken, D; Gassmann, E; Widmer, H M; Paulus, A

    1995-08-11

    The approach of using antisense oligonucleotides as potential drugs is based on hybridization of a short chemically-modified oligonucleotide with complementary cellular DNA or RNA sequences. A critical question is the stability of chemically modified antisense oligonucleotides in cellular environments. In a model system, resistance against various nucleases was evaluated by capillary gel electrophoresis (CGE). For some of the samples, matrix assisted laser desorption and ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) was used as an additional analytical tool to perform stability measurements. Using CGE, the enzymatic degradation of single nucleotides from the oligomer can be followed after different incubation times. 10% T polyacrylamide gels give baseline resolution for oligonucleotides ranging between 5 and 30 bases in length. The kinetic influence of a specific nuclease concentration and the antisense oligonucleotide structure on the cleavage reaction are discussed. Also, a simple desalting method to improve the injection efficiency and sensitivity of the method are described. Examples of measurements of chemically modified antisense 19-mers are presented. PMID:7581844

  9. Renaturation of enzymes after polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis in the presence of sodium dodecyl sulfate

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    Lacks, S.A.; Springhorn, S.S.

    1980-08-10

    A number of enzymes, including amylases, dehydrogenases, and proteases, were shown to be renaturable after polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis in the presence of sodium dodecyl sulfate. Enzyme activity was detected in situ by action on substrates introduced into the gel and subsequent staining of either the product or unreacted substrate. Enzymes appeared to recover activity as soon as the detergent diffused out of the gel. Renatured enzymes were retained in gels after electrophoresis longer than native enzymes which had been subjected to electrophoresis in the absence of detergent. Re-electrophoresis of the renatured enzymes showed that part of the retained activity was physically anchored to the gel, possibly by the folding of polypeptides around the gel matrix as the enzymes were renatured.

  10. Novel detection schemes and automated image analysis algorithms for planar chromatography and gel electrophoresis

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    Koutney, L.B.

    1992-09-09

    After a discussion of charge coupled devices and personal computer capabilities, examples of their applications involving novel analytical techniques are presented: laser-based indirect fluorometric detection in thin-layer chromatography; on-line detection of DNA and proteins in gel electrophoresis by uv absorption; automated image analysis for distortion compensation in sequencing gel electrophoresis; and expert systems for data acquisition to achieve constant signal-to-noise, with application to DNA sequencing slab gels.

  11. Electrophoresis of Dyes and Proteins in Poly(Acrylamide) Gel Containing Immobilized Bilayer Membranes

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    Ishihara, Hiroki; Matsuo, Goh; Sasaki, Takanori; Saito, Yuko; Demura, Makoto; Tsujii, Kaoru

    Electrophoresis of dye stuffs and proteins in poly(acrylamide) gel containing immobilized bilayer membranes have been studied. Bilayer membranes of a polymerizable surfactant, dodecylglyceryl itaconate (DGI), can be immobilized in poly(acrylamide) gels, and the hybrid gels are first applied to a substrate of the poly(acrylamide) gel electrophoresis (PAGE). The bilayer-membranes-immobilized-gel (abbreviated as BM-gel) showed different separation behaviors from those by the conventional PAGE. The separation behavior of dye stuffs suggests that the bilayer membranes in the BM-gel work as a separator of the test molecules due to their hydrophilic/hydrophobic nature. Water-soluble proteins migrated faster in the BM-gels than in the simple poly(acrylamide) gels. Membrane proteins, on the other hand, did not move at all in the BM-gels probably because the protein molecules were entrapped firmly inside the bilayer membranes.

  12. Proteomic profiling of the mesenteric lymph after hemorrhagic shock: Differential gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry analysis

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    2011-01-01

    Experiments show that upon traumatic injury the composition of mesenteric lymph changes such that it initiates an immune response that can ultimately result in multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS). To identify candidate protein mediators of this process we carried out a quantitative proteomic study on mesenteric lymph from a well characterized rat shock model. We analyzed three animals using analytical 2D differential gel electrophoresis. Intra-animal variation for the majority of protein spots was minor. Functional clustering of proteins revealed changes arising from several global classes that give novel insight into fundamental mechanisms of MODS. Mass spectrometry based proteomic analysis of proteins in mesenteric lymph can effectively be used to identify candidate mediators and loss of protective agents in shock models. PMID:21906351

  13. A simple system for staining protein and nucleic acid electrophoresis gels.

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    Raymer, Dorian M; Smith, Douglas E

    2007-03-01

    Researchers in molecular biology spend a significant amount of time tending to the staining and destaining of electrophoresis gels. Here we describe a simple system, costing approximately $100 and taking approximately 1 h to assemble, that automates standard nucleic acid and protein gel staining protocols. Staining is done in a tray or, with DNA gels, in the electrophoresis chamber itself following automatic detection of the voltage drop. Miniature pumps controlled by a microcontroller chip exchange the necessary solutions at programmed time intervals. We demonstrate efficient and highly reproducible ethidium bromide and methylene blue staining of DNA in agarose gels and Coomassie blue and silver staining of proteins in polyacrylamide gels. PMID:17265540

  14. 2D gel proteomics: an approach to study age-related differences in protein abundance or isoform complexity in biological samples.

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    Kim, Helen; Eliuk, Shannon; Deshane, Jessy; Meleth, Sreelatha; Sanderson, Todd; Pinner, Anita; Robinson, Gloria; Wilson, Landon; Kirk, Marion; Barnes, Stephen

    2007-01-01

    This chapter describes protocols for two-dimensional (2D) gel electrophoresis (isoelectric focusing [IEF] followed by sodium-dodecyl sulfate (SDS)-polyacrylamide gel electro-phoresis [PAGE]), staining of gels with the fluorescent dye Sypro Ruby, 2D gel image analysis, peptide mass fingerprint (PMF) analysis using matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI)-time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometry (MS), liquid chromatography (LC)-tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS), Western blot analysis of protein oxidations, and mass spectrometric mapping of sites of protein oxidations. Many of these methods were used to identify proteins affected in rat brain following ingestion of grape seed extract (GSE), a dietary supplement touted for anti-oxidant activity. Although beneficial actions in cell and animal models of chronic disease have been described for GSE, it has not been shown whether specific proteins were affected, or the nature of the effects. Applying 2D gel proteomics technology allowed discovery of proteins targeted by GSE without a priori knowledge of which one(s) might be affected. The newer 2D blue native (BN) electrophoresis methodology, which resolves protein complexes in a nondenaturing first dimension and then the components of these complexes in a denaturing second dimension, is discussed as a complementary approach. Analysis of protein oxidations and protein-protein interactions have special relevance to aging-related research, since oxidative stress and altered protein interactions may be at the heart of aging-related diseases. Finally, quality control issues related to implementation of high throughput technologies are addressed, to underscore the importance of minimizing bias and randomizing human and technical error in generating large datasets that are expensive and time-consuming to repeat. PMID:17634592

  15. The state of the art in the analysis of two-dimensional gel electrophoresis images

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    Berth, Matthias; Moser, Frank Michael; Kolbe, Markus

    2007-01-01

    Software-based image analysis is a crucial step in the biological interpretation of two-dimensional gel electrophoresis experiments. Recent significant advances in image processing methods combined with powerful computing hardware have enabled the routine analysis of large experiments. We cover the process starting with the imaging of 2-D gels, quantitation of spots, creation of expression profiles to statistical expression analysis followed by the presentation of results. Challenges for analysis software as well as good practices are highlighted. We emphasize image warping and related methods that are able to overcome the difficulties that are due to varying migration positions of spots between gels. Spot detection, quantitation, normalization, and the creation of expression profiles are described in detail. The recent development of consensus spot patterns and complete expression profiles enables one to take full advantage of statistical methods for expression analysis that are well established for the analysis of DNA microarray experiments. We close with an overview of visualization and presentation methods (proteome maps) and current challenges in the field. PMID:17713763

  16. Nanoparticle gel electrophoresis: soft spheres in polyelectrolyte hydrogels under the Debye-Hückel approximation.

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    Li, Fei; Allison, Stuart A; Hill, Reghan J

    2014-06-01

    A mathematical model for electrophoresis of polyelectrolyte coated nanoparticles (soft spheres) in polyelectrolyte hydrogels is proposed, and evaluated by comparison to literature models for bare-sphere gel electrophoresis and free-solution electrophoresis. The utilities of approximations based on the bare-particle electrophoretic mobility, free-solution mobility, and electroosmotic flow in hydrogels are explored. Noteworthy are the influences of the particle-core dielectric constant and overlap of the polyelectrolyte shell. The present theory, which neglects ion-concentration and charge-density perturbations, indicates that the gel electrophoretic mobilities of metallic-core nanoparticles in polyelectrolyte gels can be qualitatively different than for their non-metallic counterparts. These insights will be beneficial for interpreting nanoparticle gel-electrophoresis data, optimizing electrophoretic separations, and engineering nanoparticles for technological applications. PMID:24703678

  17. Rapid (ten-minute) pore-gradient electrophoresis of proteins and peptides in Micrograd gels.

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    Wrigley, C W; Margolis, J

    1992-01-01

    Precast gradient gels of short migration length (25 mm) have been developed to provide rapid electrophoretic separation without loss of resolution. These Micrograd gels have been prepared in gel ranges (conventional and unique) to match pore-gradient electrophoresis conditions to proteins/peptides ranging in size from several hundreds to millions. The Hylinx Micrograd gel combines an extreme gel range (6 to 48% polyacrylamide) with a novel crosslinker to provide sieving of polypeptides, and pore-limit electrophoresis of the smallest proteins (e.g. insulin monomer). All gel ranges (such as 3 to 30%) provide zone sharpening in routine analysis of conventional protein mixtures (e.g. serum) within 10 min electrophoresis at 200 to 300 volts. The gels are thin (1 mm) and thus stain quickly, but the gel cassette is of conventional overall width (83 mm), thus fitting many apparatus designs and accommodating 12 samples. The gels are finding valuable use in screening applications, requiring the electrophoretic analysis of many samples, and in cases where a rapid answer is needed, such as monitoring protein purification. The gels have proved particularly useful, in-house, for the latter application in developing Gradipore's new large-scale preparative electrophoresis system, the Gradiflow. PMID:1599958

  18. Analysis of Tissue Proteomes of the Gulf Killifish, Fundulus grandis, by 2D Electrophoresis and MALDI–TOF/TOF Mass Spectrometry

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    Abbaraju, Naga V.; Boutaghou, Mohamed Nazim; Townley, Ian K.; Zhang, Qiang; Wang, Guangdi; Cole, Richard B.; Rees, Bernard B.

    2012-01-01

    The Gulf killifish, Fundulus grandis, is a small teleost fish that inhabits marshes of the Gulf of Mexico and demonstrates high tolerance of environmental variation, making it an excellent subject for the study of physiological and molecular adaptations to environmental stress. In the present study, two-dimensional (2D) gel electrophoresis and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight tandem mass spectrometry were used to resolve and identify proteins from five tissues: skeletal muscle, liver, brain, heart, and gill. Of 864 protein features excised from 2D gels, 424 proteins were identified, corresponding to a 49% identification rate. For any given tissue, several protein features were identified as the same protein, resulting in a total of 254 nonredundant proteins. These nonredundant proteins were categorized into a total of 11 molecular functions, including catalytic activity, structural molecule, binding, and transport. In all tissues, catalytic activity and binding were the most highly represented molecular functions. Comparing across the tissues, proteome coverage was lowest in skeletal muscle, due to a combination of a low number of gel spots excised for analysis and a high redundancy of identifications among these spots. Nevertheless, the identification of a substantial number of proteins with high statistical confidence from other tissues suggests that F. grandis may serve as a model fish for future studies of environmental proteomics and ultimately help to elucidate proteomic responses of fish and other vertebrates to environmental stress. PMID:22537935

  19. Evidence of agar gel electrophoresis changes of lipoprotein-X after phospholipase A and deoxycholic acid.

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    Frisón, J C; Ras, M R; Rubiés-Prat, J; Masdeu, S; Schwartz, S

    1977-01-01

    The effect of phospholipase A from snake venom and deoxycholic acid on lipoprotein-X (LP-X) recovered from the cathode side of a previous agar gel electrophoresis is described. Adding phospholipase A and deoxycholic acid to the removed cathodal fraction is followed by a marked migration to the anode side on a second electrophoresis procedure. This seems to confirm that phospholipase A and bile salts on LP-X particles modifying their agar gel electrophoretic migration characteristics. PMID:210069

  20. Insight of Saffron Proteome by Gel-Electrophoresis.

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    Paredi, Gianluca; Raboni, Samanta; Marchesani, Francesco; Ordoudi, Stella A; Tsimidou, Maria Z; Mozzarelli, Andrea

    2016-01-01

    Saffron is a spice comprised of the dried stigmas and styles of Crocus sativus L. flowers and, since it is very expensive, it is frequently adulterated. So far, proteomic tools have never been applied to characterize the proteome of saffron or identify possible cases of fraud. In this study, 1D-Gel Electrophoresis was carried out to characterize the protein profile of (i) fresh stigmas and styles of the plant; (ii) dried stigmas and styles from different geographical origins (Spanish, Italian, Greek and Iranian) that had been stored for various periods of time after their processing; and (iii) two common plant adulterants, dried petals of Carthamus tinctorius L. and dried fruits of Gardenia jasminoides Ellis. A selective protein extraction protocol was applied to avoid interference from colored saffron metabolites, such as crocins, during electrophoretic analyses of saffron. We succeeded in separating and assigning the molecular weights to more than 20 proteins. In spite of the unavailability of the genome of saffron, we were able to identify five proteins by Peptide Mass Fingerprinting: phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase 3, heat shock cognate 70 KDa protein, crocetin glucosyltransferase 2, α-1,4-glucan-protein synthase and glyceraldehydes-3-phosphate dehydrogenase-2. Our findings indicate that (i) few bands are present in all saffron samples independently of origin and storage time, with amounts that significantly vary among samples and (ii) aging during saffron storage is associated with a reduction in the number of detectable bands, suggesting that proteases are still active. The protein pattern of saffron was quite distinct from those of two common adulterants, such as the dried petals of Carthamus tinctorius and the dried fruits of Gardenia jasminoides indicating that proteomic analyses could be exploited for detecting possible frauds. PMID:26840283

  1. Analysis of Dictyostelium discoideum Inositol Pyrophosphate Metabolism by Gel Electrophoresis

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    Pisani, Francesca; Livermore, Thomas; Rose, Giuseppina; Chubb, Jonathan Robert; Gaspari, Marco; Saiardi, Adolfo

    2014-01-01

    The social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum was instrumental in the discovery and early characterization of inositol pyrophosphates, a class of molecules possessing highly-energetic pyrophosphate bonds. Inositol pyrophosphates regulate diverse biological processes and are attracting attention due to their ability to control energy metabolism and insulin signalling. However, inositol pyrophosphate research has been hampered by the lack of simple experimental procedures to study them. The recent development of polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) and simple staining to resolve and detect inositol pyrophosphate species has opened new investigative possibilities. This technology is now commonly applied to study in vitro enzymatic reactions. Here we employ PAGE technology to characterize the D. discoideum inositol pyrophosphate metabolism. Surprisingly, only three major bands are detectable after resolving acidic extract on PAGE. We have demonstrated that these three bands correspond to inositol hexakisphosphate (IP6 or Phytic acid) and its derivative inositol pyrophosphates, IP7 and IP8. Biochemical analyses and genetic evidence were used to establish the genuine inositol phosphate nature of these bands. We also identified IP9 in D. discoideum cells, a molecule so far detected only from in vitro biochemical reactions. Furthermore, we discovered that this amoeba possesses three different inositol pentakisphosphates (IP5) isomers, which are largely metabolised to inositol pyrophosphates. Comparison of PAGE with traditional Sax-HPLC revealed an underestimation of the cellular abundance of inositol pyrophosphates by traditional methods. In fact our study revealed much higher levels of inositol pyrophosphates in D. discoideum in the vegetative state than previously detected. A three-fold increase in IP8 was observed during development of D. discoideum a value lower that previously reported. Analysis of inositol pyrophosphate metabolism using ip6k null amoeba revealed the absence of developmentally-induced synthesis of inositol pyrophosphates, suggesting that the alternative class of enzyme responsible for pyrophosphate synthesis, PP-IP5K, doesn’t’ play a major role in the IP8 developmental increase. PMID:24416420

  2. Analysis of Dictyostelium discoideum inositol pyrophosphate metabolism by gel electrophoresis.

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    Pisani, Francesca; Livermore, Thomas; Rose, Giuseppina; Chubb, Jonathan Robert; Gaspari, Marco; Saiardi, Adolfo

    2014-01-01

    The social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum was instrumental in the discovery and early characterization of inositol pyrophosphates, a class of molecules possessing highly-energetic pyrophosphate bonds. Inositol pyrophosphates regulate diverse biological processes and are attracting attention due to their ability to control energy metabolism and insulin signalling. However, inositol pyrophosphate research has been hampered by the lack of simple experimental procedures to study them. The recent development of polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) and simple staining to resolve and detect inositol pyrophosphate species has opened new investigative possibilities. This technology is now commonly applied to study in vitro enzymatic reactions. Here we employ PAGE technology to characterize the D. discoideum inositol pyrophosphate metabolism. Surprisingly, only three major bands are detectable after resolving acidic extract on PAGE. We have demonstrated that these three bands correspond to inositol hexakisphosphate (IP₆ or Phytic acid) and its derivative inositol pyrophosphates, IP₇ and IP₈. Biochemical analyses and genetic evidence were used to establish the genuine inositol phosphate nature of these bands. We also identified IP₉ in D. discoideum cells, a molecule so far detected only from in vitro biochemical reactions. Furthermore, we discovered that this amoeba possesses three different inositol pentakisphosphates (IP₅) isomers, which are largely metabolised to inositol pyrophosphates. Comparison of PAGE with traditional Sax-HPLC revealed an underestimation of the cellular abundance of inositol pyrophosphates by traditional methods. In fact our study revealed much higher levels of inositol pyrophosphates in D. discoideum in the vegetative state than previously detected. A three-fold increase in IP₈ was observed during development of D. discoideum a value lower that previously reported. Analysis of inositol pyrophosphate metabolism using ip6k null amoeba revealed the absence of developmentally-induced synthesis of inositol pyrophosphates, suggesting that the alternative class of enzyme responsible for pyrophosphate synthesis, PP-IP₅K, doesn't' play a major role in the IP₈ developmental increase. PMID:24416420

  3. Identification of two-dimensional gel electrophoresis resolved yeast proteins by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry.

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    Larsson, T; Norbeck, J; Karlsson, H; Karlsson, K A; Blomberg, A

    1997-01-01

    Protein extract from yeast cells growing exponentially in saline medium was separated by two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (2-D PAGE), with the separation in the first dimension on a wide range immobilized pH (3-10) gradient. From one preparative 2-D gel a number of previously identified proteins were used as test material for our initial matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) efforts on large scale rapid protein spot identification. Sample preparation via in-gel trypsin digestion was slightly modified to be compatible to MS analysis, and via this modified procedure MS generated peptide mass profiles could, in most cases with good precision, identify the protein in question. Preferential ionization was tested on a yeast aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALD7), and it was shown that the ionization of some peptides was clearly suppressed by the presence of others. Roughly 50% of the observed peptide masses was found by the search routines in the database, and the mass measurement accuracy of the peptides was within 0.5 Da. Silver-stained gels could be used with good results for the generation of peptides to be analyzed by MALDI-MS. For one of the 2-D resolved proteins, glycerol 3-phosphatase (GPP1), the post-source decay (PSD) spectrum proved crucial in identification. PMID:9150920

  4. Identification and mapping of human saphenous vein medial smooth muscle proteins by two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

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    McGregor, E; Kempster, L; Wait, R; Welson, S Y; Gosling, M; Dunn, M J; Powel, J T

    2001-11-01

    Changing smooth muscle phenotype and abnormal cell proliferation are important features of vascular pathology, including the failure of saphenous vein bypass grafts. We have characterised and mapped protein expression in human saphenous vein medial smooth muscle, using two-dimensional (2-D) polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The 2-D system comprised a nonlinear immobilised pH 3-10 gradient in the first dimension (separating proteins with isoelectric point values between pH 3-10), and 12%T total gel concentration sodium dodecyl sulphate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis in the second dimension (separating proteins in the range 14,000-200,000 Daltons). Using a combination of peptide mass fingerprinting by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation-time of flight mass spectrometry and partial amino acid sequencing by nanospray tandem mass spectrometry, a subset of 149 protein spots was analysed, with 129 protein spots being identified and mapped. The data presented here are an important addition to the limited knowledge of venous medial smooth muscle protein expression in vivo. Our protein map will facilitate the identification of proteins differentially expressed in human saphenous vein bypass grafts. In turn, this may lead to the elucidation of molecular events involved in saphenous vein bypass graft failure. The map should also provide a basis for comparative studies of protein expression in vascular smooth muscle of varying origins. PMID:11922600

  5. Proteome profile of zebrafish caudal fin based on one-dimensional gel electrophoresis LCMS/MS and two-dimensional gel electrophoresis MALDI MS/MS analysis.

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    Singh, Sachin K; Lakshmi, Mula G Meena; Saxena, Sandeep; Swamy, Cherukuvada V Brahmendra; Idris, Mohammed M

    2011-01-01

    Zebrafish (Danio rerio) is the widely used vertebrate model animal for understanding the complexity of development and disease process. Zebrafish has been also extensively used in understanding the mechanism of regeneration for its extensive capability of regenerating fins and other tissues. We have analyzed the proteome profile of zebrafish caudal fin in its native state based on one-dimensional gel electrophoresis LCMS/MS and two-dimensional gel electrophoresis MS/MS analyses. A total of 417 proteins were identified as zebrafish fin tissue specific, which includes 397 proteins identified based on one-dimensional gel electrophoresis LCMS/MS analysis and 101 proteins identified based on two-dimensional gel electrophoresis MALDI MS/MS. The proteins mapped to the zebrafish fin tissue were shown to be involved in various biological activities related to development, apoptosis, signaling and metabolic process. Focal adhesion, regulation of actin cytoskeleton, cancer-related pathways, mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling, antigen processing and presentation, and proteasome are some of the important pathways associated with the identified proteome data set of the zebrafish fin. PMID:21246729

  6. High resolution two-dimensional electrophoresis and sodium dodecyl sulphate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of cheese proteins after rapid solubilisation.

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    Marshall, T; Williams, K M

    1988-03-01

    The proteins of cheese are rapidly solubilised by heating to 95 degrees C in buffered 2% sodium dodecyl sulfate, 5% 2-mercaptoethanol. Electrophoretic analysis of the solubilised proteins by either one-dimensional sodium dodecyl sulphate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis or high resolution two-dimensional electrophoresis yields reproducible patterns characteristic of an individual cheese and its extent of ripening. The patterns reveal (i) the residual amounts of milk casein and whey proteins, and (ii) the appearance of casein degradation products, including pink-violet components as detected by Coomassie Blue staining. PMID:2466651

  7. Development of an integrated approach for evaluation of 2-D gel image analysis: Impact of multiple proteins in single spots on comparative proteomics in conventional 2-D gel/MALDI workflow

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    With 2-D gel mapping, it is often observed that essentially identical proteins migrate to different positions in the gel, while some seemingly well-resolved protein spots consist of multiple proteins. These observations can undermine the validity of gel-based comparative proteomic studies. Through...

  8. Modification of gel architecture and TBE/TAE buffer composition to minimize heating during agarose gel electrophoresis

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    Sanderson, Brian A.; Araki, Naoko; Lilley, Jennifer L.; Guerrero, Gilberto; Lewis, L. Kevin

    2014-01-01

    Agarose gel electrophoresis of DNA and RNA is routinely performed using buffers containing either Tris, acetate and EDTA (TAE) or Tris, borate and EDTA (TBE). Gels are run at a low, constant voltage (~ 10 V/cm) to minimize current and asymmetric heating effects, which can induce band artifacts and poor resolution. In this study, alterations of gel structure and conductive media composition were analyzed to identify factors causing higher electrical currents during horizontal slab gel electrophoresis. Current was reduced when thinner gels and smaller chamber buffer volumes were used, but was not influenced by agarose concentration or the presence of ethidium bromide. Current was strongly dependent upon the amount and type of EDTA used and on the concentrations of the major acid-base components of each buffer. Interestingly, resolution and the mobilities of circular versus linear plasmid DNAs were also affected by the chemical form and amount of EDTA. With appropriate modifications to gel structure and buffer constituents, electrophoresis could be performed at high voltages (20–25 V/cm), reducing run times by up to 3-fold. The most striking improvements were observed with small DNAs and RNAs (10 – 100 bp): high voltages and short run times produced sharper bands and higher resolution. PMID:24637158

  9. A wavelet relational fuzzy C-means algorithm for 2D gel image segmentation.

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    Rashwan, Shaheera; Faheem, Mohamed Talaat; Sarhan, Amany; Youssef, Bayumy A B

    2013-01-01

    One of the most famous algorithms that appeared in the area of image segmentation is the Fuzzy C-Means (FCM) algorithm. This algorithm has been used in many applications such as data analysis, pattern recognition, and image segmentation. It has the advantages of producing high quality segmentation compared to the other available algorithms. Many modifications have been made to the algorithm to improve its segmentation quality. The proposed segmentation algorithm in this paper is based on the Fuzzy C-Means algorithm adding the relational fuzzy notion and the wavelet transform to it so as to enhance its performance especially in the area of 2D gel images. Both proposed modifications aim to minimize the oversegmentation error incurred by previous algorithms. The experimental results of comparing both the Fuzzy C-Means (FCM) and the Wavelet Fuzzy C-Means (WFCM) to the proposed algorithm on real 2D gel images acquired from human leukemias, HL-60 cell lines, and fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) demonstrate the improvement achieved by the proposed algorithm in overcoming the segmentation error. In addition, we investigate the effect of denoising on the three algorithms. This investigation proves that denoising the 2D gel image before segmentation can improve (in most of the cases) the quality of the segmentation. PMID:24174990

  10. A Wavelet Relational Fuzzy C-Means Algorithm for 2D Gel Image Segmentation

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    Rashwan, Shaheera; Faheem, Mohamed Talaat; Sarhan, Amany; Youssef, Bayumy A. B.

    2013-01-01

    One of the most famous algorithms that appeared in the area of image segmentation is the Fuzzy C-Means (FCM) algorithm. This algorithm has been used in many applications such as data analysis, pattern recognition, and image segmentation. It has the advantages of producing high quality segmentation compared to the other available algorithms. Many modifications have been made to the algorithm to improve its segmentation quality. The proposed segmentation algorithm in this paper is based on the Fuzzy C-Means algorithm adding the relational fuzzy notion and the wavelet transform to it so as to enhance its performance especially in the area of 2D gel images. Both proposed modifications aim to minimize the oversegmentation error incurred by previous algorithms. The experimental results of comparing both the Fuzzy C-Means (FCM) and the Wavelet Fuzzy C-Means (WFCM) to the proposed algorithm on real 2D gel images acquired from human leukemias, HL-60 cell lines, and fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) demonstrate the improvement achieved by the proposed algorithm in overcoming the segmentation error. In addition, we investigate the effect of denoising on the three algorithms. This investigation proves that denoising the 2D gel image before segmentation can improve (in most of the cases) the quality of the segmentation. PMID:24174990

  11. Generating high peak capacity 2-D maps of complex proteomes using PMMA microchip electrophoresis.

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    Osiri, John K; Shadpour, Hamed; Park, Sunjung; Snowden, Brandy C; Chen, Zhi-Yuan; Soper, Steven A

    2008-12-01

    A high peak capacity 2-D protein separation system combining SDS micro-CGE (SDS micro-CGE) with microchip MEKC (micro-MEKC) using a PMMA microfluidic is reported. The utility of the 2-D microchip was demonstrated by generating a 2-D map from a complex biological sample containing a large number of constituent proteins using fetal calf serum (FCS) as the model system. The proteins were labeled with a thiol-reactive AlexaFluor 633 fluorophore (excitation/emission: 633/652 nm) to allow for ultra-sensitive on-chip detection using LIF following the 2-D separation. The high-resolution separation of the proteins was accomplished based on their size in the SDS micro-CGE dimension and their interaction with micelles in the micro-MEKC dimension. A comprehensive 2-D SDS micro-CGE x micro-MEKC separation of the FCS proteins was completed in less than <30 min using this 2-D microchip format, which consisted of 60 mm and 50 mm effective separation lengths for the first and second separation dimensions, respectively. Results obtained from the microchip separation were compared with protein maps acquired using conventional 2-D IEF and SDS-PAGE of a similar FCS sample. The microchip 2-D separation was found to be approximately 60x faster and yielded an average peak capacity of 2600 (+/- 149), nearly three times larger than that obtained using conventional IEF/SDS-PAGE. PMID:19130578

  12. Sodium dodecyl sulfate-agarose gel electrophoresis for the detection and isolation of amyloid curli fibers.

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    Sitaras, Chris; Naghavi, Mahsa; Herrington, Muriel B

    2011-01-15

    Curli are amyloid-like fibers on the surface of some strains of Escherichia coli and Salmonella enteritidis. We tested the use of horizontal sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS)-agarose gel electrophoresis to detect, isolate, and quantitate curli. Cell extracts fractionated in SDS-agarose gels and stained with Coomassie blue exhibited a soluble fraction that entered the gel and an insoluble fraction that remained in the well. Much more insoluble material was observed with curli-proficient strains than with strains that do not make curli. Both highly purified curli and the insoluble material isolated from an SDS-agarose gel could be dissociated into monomers when treated with formic acid. For quantitation, we immobilized samples in SDS-agarose prior to electrophoresis. This avoids losses during the staining of the gel. Our methods provide a rapid and simple fractionation of curli using equipment that is readily available. PMID:20920455

  13. Phenols content and 2-D electrophoresis protein pattern: a promising tool to monitor Posidonia meadows health state

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    Migliore, Luciana; Rotini, Alice; Randazzo, Davide; Albanese, Nadia N; Giallongo, Agata

    2007-01-01

    Background The endemic seagrass Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile colonizes soft bottoms producing highly productive meadows that play a crucial role in coastal ecosystems dynamics. Human activities and natural events are responsible for a widespread meadows regression; to date the identification of "diagnostic" tools to monitor conservation status is a critical issue. In this study the feasibility of a novel tool to evaluate ecological impacts on Posidonia meadows has been tested. Quantification of a putative stress indicator, i.e. phenols content, has been coupled to 2-D electrophoretic protein analysis of rhizome samples. Results The overall expression pattern from Posidonia rhizome was determined using a preliminary proteomic approach, 437 protein spots were characterized by pI and molecular weight. We found that protein expression differs in samples belonging to sites with high or low phenols: 22 unique protein spots are peculiar of "low phenols" and 27 other spots characterize "high phenols" samples. Conclusion Posidonia showed phenols variations within the meadow, that probably reflect the heterogeneity of environmental pressures. In addition, comparison of the 2-D electrophoresis patterns allowed to highlight qualitative protein expression differences in response to these pressures. These differences may account for changes in metabolic/physiological pathways as adaptation to stress. A combined approach, based on phenols content determination and 2-D electrophoresis protein pattern, seems a promising tool to monitor Posidonia meadows health state. PMID:17663776

  14. Electrophoretic extraction of proteins from two-dimensional electrophoresis gel spots

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    Zhang, Jian-Shi; Giometti, Carol S.; Tollaksen, Sandra L.

    1989-01-01

    After two-dimensional electrophoresis of proteins or the like, resulting in a polyacrylamide gel slab having a pattern of protein gel spots thereon, an individual protein gel spot is cored out from the slab, to form a gel spot core which is placed in an extraction tube, with a dialysis membrane across the lower end of the tube. Replicate gel spots can be cored out from replicate gel slabs and placed in the extraction tube. Molten agarose gel is poured into the extraction tube where the agarose gel hardens to form an immobilizing gel, covering the gel spot cores. The upper end portion of the extraction tube is filled with a volume of buffer solution, and the upper end is closed by another dialysis membrane. Upper and lower bodies of a buffer solution are brought into contact with the upper and lower membranes and are provided with electrodes connected to the positive and negative terminals of a DC power supply, thereby producing an electrical current which flows through the upper membrane, the volume of buffer solution, the agarose, the gel spot cores and the lower membrane. The current causes the proteins to be extracted electrophoretically from the gel spot cores, so that the extracted proteins accumulate and are contained in the space between the agarose gel and the upper membrane. A high percentage extraction of proteins is achieved. The extracted proteins can be removed and subjected to partial digestion by trypsin or the like, followed by two-dimensional electrophoresis, resulting in a gel slab having a pattern of peptide gel spots which can be cored out and subjected to electrophoretic extraction to extract individual peptides.

  15. Automatic DNA Diagnosis for 1D Gel Electrophoresis Images using Bio-image Processing Technique

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    Background DNA gel electrophoresis is a molecular biology technique for separating different sizes of DNA fragments. Applications of DNA gel electrophoresis include DNA fingerprinting (genetic diagnosis), size estimation of DNA, and DNA separation for Southern blotting. Accurate interpretation of DNA banding patterns from electrophoretic images can be laborious and error prone when a large number of bands are interrogated manually. Although many bio-imaging techniques have been proposed, none of them can fully automate the typing of DNA owing to the complexities of migration patterns typically obtained. Results We developed an image-processing tool that automatically calls genotypes from DNA gel electrophoresis images. The image processing workflow comprises three main steps: 1) lane segmentation, 2) extraction of DNA bands and 3) band genotyping classification. The tool was originally intended to facilitate large-scale genotyping analysis of sugarcane cultivars. We tested the proposed tool on 10 gel images (433 cultivars) obtained from polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) of PCR amplicons for detecting intron length polymorphisms (ILP) on one locus of the sugarcanes. These gel images demonstrated many challenges in automated lane/band segmentation in image processing including lane distortion, band deformity, high degree of noise in the background, and bands that are very close together (doublets). Using the proposed bio-imaging workflow, lanes and DNA bands contained within are properly segmented, even for adjacent bands with aberrant migration that cannot be separated by conventional techniques. The software, called GELect, automatically performs genotype calling on each lane by comparing with an all-banding reference, which was created by clustering the existing bands into the non-redundant set of reference bands. The automated genotype calling results were verified by independent manual typing by molecular biologists. Conclusions This work presents an automated genotyping tool from DNA gel electrophoresis images, called GELect, which was written in Java and made available through the imageJ framework. With a novel automated image processing workflow, the tool can accurately segment lanes from a gel matrix, intelligently extract distorted and even doublet bands that are difficult to identify by existing image processing tools. Consequently, genotyping from DNA gel electrophoresis can be performed automatically allowing users to efficiently conduct large scale DNA fingerprinting via DNA gel electrophoresis. The software is freely available from http://www.biotec.or.th/gi/tools/gelect. PMID:26681167

  16. Separation and sequencing of familiar and novel murine proteins using preparative two-dimensional gel electrophoresis.

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    Merrick, B A; Patterson, R M; Witcher, L L; He, C; Selkirk, J K

    1994-05-01

    Strategies are needed for rapid protein isolation in order to identify disease-related proteins and facilitate the design of oligonucleotides for further molecular inquiry. In our laboratory, C3H10T1/2 murine fibroblasts have been found to express a variety of proteins in various subcellular fractions which are relevant to experimental transformation and carcinogenesis. Preparative two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (2-D PAGE) procedures were developed to identify major cytoplasmic proteins by electroblotting and microsequencing. Isoelectric focusing tube gels were enlarged to 6 mm ID to accommodate larger protein loads at 0.5 to 2 mg protein. Separated proteins were electrotransferred from 6 mm thick slab gels onto 0.22 mu polyvinylidene difluoride membranes. Nearly 100 prominent blotted proteins were stained with Coomassie Brilliant Blue between pI 4.5-7.0 and 18-106 kDa and, of these, 27 prominent and well-resolved proteins were selected for sequencing. Sequences of 14 to 24 amino acid residues in length were obtained from 11 proteins which were identified from computerized databases. Some of these identified proteins had structural or enzymatic functions while others had only recently been discovered, including a newly reported Hsp 70 class member and a novel calcium-binding protein, reticulocalbin. The new heat shock protein has a molecular mass of 75 kDa and has been designated as Grp75, PBP74, CSA or p66mot-1 in mice and humans with purported roles in transformation and antigen processing. Reticulocalbin is an endoplasmic reticular protein which contains six domains of the EF-hand motif associated with high-affinity calcium-binding proteins. It may be involved in protein transport and luminal protein processing. In addition, sequences of 5 to 11 residues in length were also obtained from six other unidentified proteins. Thus, we have found that preparative 2-D PAGE serves as a powerful one-step purification method for protein isolation and characterization from an important in vitro murine model for the study of carcinogenesis. PMID:7523108

  17. In-gel digestion of proteins for internal sequence analysis after one- or two-dimensional gel electrophoresis.

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    Rosenfeld, J; Capdevielle, J; Guillemot, J C; Ferrara, P

    1992-05-15

    We examined the different steps necessary for the enzymatic digestion of proteins in the polyacrylamide matrix after gel electrophoresis. As a result, we developed an improved method for obtaining peptides for internal sequence analysis from 1-2 micrograms of in-gel-digested proteins. The long washing-lyophilization-equilibration steps necessary to eliminate the dye, sodium dodecyl sulfate, and other gel-associated contaminants that perturb protein digestion in Coomassie blue-stained gels have been replaced by washing for 40 min with 50% acetonitrile, drying for 10 min at room temperature, and then rehydrating with a protease solution. The washing and drying steps result in a substantial reduction of the gel slice volume that, when next swollen in the protease solution, readily absorbs the enzyme, facilitating digestion. The Coomassie blue staining procedure has also been modified by reducing acetic acid and methanol concentrations in the staining solution and by eliminating acetic acid in the destaining solution. The peptides resulting from the in-gel digestion are easily recovered by passive elution, in excellent yields for structural characterization. This simple and rapid method has been successfully applied for the internal sequence analysis of membrane proteins from the rat mitochondria resolved in preparative two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. PMID:1524213

  18. Highly sensitive method for specific, brief, and economical detection of glycoproteins in sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis by the synthesis of a new hydrazide derivative.

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    Cong, Weitao; Zhou, Ayi; Liu, Zhiguo; Shen, Jiayi; Zhou, Xuan; Ye, Weijian; Zhu, Zhongxin; Zhu, Xinliang; Lin, Jianjun; Jin, Litai

    2015-02-01

    A new hydrazide derivative was synthesized and used for the first time as a specific, brief, and economical probe to selectively visualize glycoproteins in 1-D and 2-D sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) with high sensitivity. The detection limit of the newly developed staining method is 2- and 4-fold higher than that of the widely used Pro-Q Emerald 300 and 488 stains, respectively. PMID:25565298

  19. Genomic study of Rickettsia akari by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis.

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    Eremeeva, M; Balayeva, N; Ignatovich, V; Raoult, D

    1995-11-01

    Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis of SmaI-, EagI-, and BssHII-digested DNA was used to perform restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis of Rickettsia akari strains isolated from humans, rodents, and mites in the United States and Ukraine. Although some differences in biological and serological characteristics were present between strains, the genomic studies demonstrated a high degree of intraspecies homogeneity of R. akari isolates. Our results confirm the value of pulsed-field gel electrophoresis-restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis for the identification of species of rickettsiae. PMID:8576365

  20. Physics and gel electrophoresis: using terminal velocity to characterize molecular weight

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    Viney, Christopher; Fenton, Richard A.

    1998-11-01

    Protein molecular weights are commonly characterized by gel electrophoresis. Biology textbooks typically quote an empirical, approximate relationship between migration rate and molecular weight, relying on an inappropriately simplistic model of spherical particles travelling at their terminal velocity through a viscous medium. We show how the model can be modified to derive a physically realistic equation that relates migration rate and molecular weight, and that mirrors experimentally observed behaviour. We suggest that gel electrophoresis provides an interesting interdisciplinary context in which to exercise several basic principles that are encountered through introductory physics courses. Finally, we provide additional examples of practical situations where the concept of terminal velocity can be elaborated and applied.

  1. Characterization of DNA metabolizing enzymes in situ following polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis

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    Longley, M.J.; Mosbaugh, D.W. )

    1991-03-12

    The authors have detected the in situ activities of DNA glycosylase, endonuclease, exonuclease, DNA polymerase, and DNA ligase using a novel polyacrylamide activity gel electrophoresis procedure. DNA metabolizing enzymes were resolved through either native or SDS-polyacrylamide gels containing defined {sup 32}P-labeled oligonucleotides annealed to M13 DNA. After electrophoresis, these enzymes catalyzed in situ reactions and their ({sup 32}P)DNA products were resolved from the gel by a second dimension of electrophoresis through a denaturing DNA sequencing gel. Detection of modified (degraded or elongated) oligonucleotide chains was used to locate various enzyme activities. The catalytic and physical properties of Novikoff hepatoma DNA polymerase {beta} were found to be similar under both in vitro and in situ conditions. With 3{prime}-terminally matched and mismatched ({sup 32}P)DNA substrates in the same activity gel, DNA polymerase and/or 3{prime} to 5{prime} exonuclease activities of Escherichia coli DNA polymerase I (large fragment), DNA polymerase III (holoenzyme), and exonuclease III were detected and characterized. Several restriction endonucleases and the tripeptide (Lys-Try-Lys), which acts as an apurinic/apyrimidinic endonuclease, were able to diffuse into gels and modify DNA. This ability to create intermediate substrates within activity gels could prove extremely useful in delineating the steps of DNA replication and repair pathways.

  2. Molecular-sieve chromatography and electrophoresis in polyacrylamide gels

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    Morris, C. J. O. R.; Morris, Peggy

    1971-01-01

    1. The absolute electrophoretic mobilities of eight proteins have been measured at pH8.76, I 0.05, in polyacrylamide gels of 20 different compositions at 10°C. 2. The partition coefficients of these proteins have been determined chromatographically under the same conditions by using columns of granulated polyacrylamide gel prepared simultaneously. 3. The electrophoretic mobilities are an exponential function of the gel concentrations when the latter are corrected for water uptake. The constants of this function have been determined by curvefitting methods. They have been shown to be related to the free solution mobility and to the mean molecular radius respectively. 4. The reduced mobilities have been shown to be a linear function of the partition coefficients by statistical analyses. 5. The physical significance of the relation between electrophoretic mobility and chromatographic phase distribution in gel media is discussed in the context of these results. PMID:5135238

  3. Quantitation and characterization of rat tissue metallothioneins by gel electrophoresis

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    Lin, L.Y.; McCormick, C.C.

    1986-03-05

    A discontinuous gradient gel electrophoretic system was developed to quantitate and characterize metallothionein (MT) in rat tissue. Vertical slab separating gels (1.5 mm x 14 cm x 12 cm) consisted of a linear polyacrylamide gradient 7.5 to 30% T and 5% Bis. The stacking gels (3% T and 20% Bis) were photopolymerized using riboflavin as the catalyst. Liver cytosols were prepared from rats which received (i.p.) various amounts of Zn (5 mg/kg BW) or Cd (2.5 mg/kg BW). Purified MT was prepared by gel filtration and DEAE ion-exchange chromatography. Cytosols were heated (80/sup 0/C, 2 min) and centrifuged to obtain a supernatant. An appropriate amount of supernatant and various amounts of MT standard were electrophoresed (constant current, 20 mA per slab) for 9 hours. Gels were stained with Commassie Blue (R-250, 0.25%) for 12 hours and destained. Gels were scanned by densitometer and peaks heights were determined. Significantly linear standard curves (..mu..g MT vs. peak height) were established for both MTI and MTII. (Cd, Zn)-MTI migrated slower than Zn-MTI while mobilities for both (Cd, Zn)- and Zn-MTII were the same. The accumulation of MTI was consistently less than MTII in liver from both Zn- and Cd-injected rats. Their results suggest that electrophoretic analysis is an excellent system not only for quantitation but also for characterization of MT in rat tissue.

  4. Electrophoretic extraction of proteins from two-dimensional electrophoresis gel spots

    DOEpatents

    Zhang, Jian-Shi; Giometti, C.S.; Tollaksen, S.L.

    1987-09-04

    After two-dimensional electrophoresis of proteins or the like, resulting in a polyacrylamide gel slab having a pattern of protein gel spots thereon, an individual protein gel spot is cored out from the slab, to form a gel spot core which is placed in an extraction tube, with a dialysis membrane across the lower end of the tube. Replicate gel spots can be cored out from replicate gel slabs and placed in the extraction tube. Molten agarose gel is poured into the extraction tube where the agarose gel hardens to form an immobilizing gel, covering the gel spot cores. The upper end portion of the extraction tube is filled with a volume of buffer solution, and the upper end is closed by another dialysis membrane. Upper and lower bodies of a buffer solution are brought into contact with the upper and lower membranes and are provided with electrodes connected to the positive and negative terminals of a dc power supply, thereby producing an electrical current which flows through the upper membrane, the volume of buffer solution, the agarose, the gel spot cores and the lower membrane. The current causes the proteins to be extracted electrophoretically from the gel spot cores, so that the extracted proteins accumulate and are contained in the space between the agarose gel and the upper membrane. 8 figs.

  5. Resolving Acetylated and Phosphorylated Proteins by Neutral Urea Triton-Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis, NUT-PAGE

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    Buehl, Christopher J.; Deng, Xiexiong; Liu, Mengyu; Hovde, Stacy; Xu, Xinjing; Kuo, Min-Hao

    2014-01-01

    Protein acetylation and phosphorylation can be key modifications that regulate both normal and pathological protein functions. Current gel systems used to analyze modified proteins require either expensive reagents or time–consuming second dimension electrophoresis. In this manuscript, we present a neutral pH gel system that allows the analysis of acetylated and phosphorylated proteins. This neutral pH urea Triton-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis system, or NUT-PAGE, separates proteins based on their charge at pH 7 and generates discrete bands from each acetylated and phosphorylated species. In addition, the gel is composed of common and inexpensive laboratory reagents, and requires only a single dimension of electrophoresis. We are able to demonstrate the effectiveness of this system by analyzing phosphorylated species of an acidic protein, α-synuclein, and both acetylated and phosphorylated species of a basic protein, histone H3. NUT-PAGE thus provides a cost-effective alternative to resolving acetylated and phosphorylated proteins, and potentially proteins with other post-translational modifications that alter net charge. Method Summary Here we present a single-dimension neutral pH urea Triton-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (NUT-PAGE) system affording high-resolution separation of acetylated and phosphorylated proteins. PMID:25109292

  6. Nitroproteins in Human Astrocytomas Discovered by Gel Electrophoresis and Tandem Mass Spectrometry.

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    Peng, Fang; Li, Jianglin; Guo, Tianyao; Yang, Haiyan; Li, Maoyu; Sang, Shushan; Li, Xuejun; Desiderio, Dominic M; Zhan, Xianquan

    2015-12-01

    Protein tyrosine nitration is involved in the pathogenesis of highly fatal astrocytomas, a type of brain cancer. To understand the molecular mechanisms of astrocytomas and to discover new biomarkers/therapeutic targets, we sought to identify nitroproteins in human astrocytoma tissue. Anti-nitrotyrosine immunoreaction-positive proteins from a high-grade astrocytoma tissue were detected with two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2DGE)-based nitrotyrosine immunoblots, and identified with liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Fifty-seven nitrotyrosine immunopositive protein spots were detected. A total of 870 proteins (nitrated and non-nitrated) in nitrotyrosine-immunopositive 2D gel spots were identified, and 18 nitroproteins and their 20 nitrotyrosine sites were identified with MS/MS analysis. These nitroproteins participate in multiple processes, including drug-resistance, signal transduction, cytoskeleton, transcription and translation, cell proliferation and apoptosis, immune response, phenotypic dedifferentiation, cell migration, and metastasis. Among those nitroproteins that might play a role in astrocytomas was nitro-sorcin, which is involved in drug resistance and metastasis and might play a role in the spread and treatment of an astrocytoma. Semiquantitative immune-based measurements of different sorcin expressions were found among different grades of astrocytomas relative to controls, and a semiquantitative increased nitration level in high-grade astrocytoma relative to control. Nitro-β-tubulin functions in cytoskeleton and cell migration. Semiquantitative immunoreactivity of β-tubulin showed increased expression among different grades of astrocytomas relative to controls and semiquantitatively increased nitration level in high-grade astrocytoma relative to control. Each nitroprotein was rationalized and related to the corresponding functional system to provide new insights into tyrosine nitration and its potential role in the pathogenesis of astrocytoma formation. Graphical Abstract ᅟ. PMID:26450359

  7. Nitroproteins in Human Astrocytomas Discovered by Gel Electrophoresis and Tandem Mass Spectrometry

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    Peng, Fang; Li, Jianglin; Guo, Tianyao; Yang, Haiyan; Li, Maoyu; Sang, Shushan; Li, Xuejun; Desiderio, Dominic M.; Zhan, Xianquan

    2015-12-01

    Protein tyrosine nitration is involved in the pathogenesis of highly fatal astrocytomas, a type of brain cancer. To understand the molecular mechanisms of astrocytomas and to discover new biomarkers/therapeutic targets, we sought to identify nitroproteins in human astrocytoma tissue. Anti-nitrotyrosine immunoreaction-positive proteins from a high-grade astrocytoma tissue were detected with two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2DGE)-based nitrotyrosine immunoblots, and identified with liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Fifty-seven nitrotyrosine immunopositive protein spots were detected. A total of 870 proteins (nitrated and non-nitrated) in nitrotyrosine-immunopositive 2D gel spots were identified, and 18 nitroproteins and their 20 nitrotyrosine sites were identified with MS/MS analysis. These nitroproteins participate in multiple processes, including drug-resistance, signal transduction, cytoskeleton, transcription and translation, cell proliferation and apoptosis, immune response, phenotypic dedifferentiation, cell migration, and metastasis. Among those nitroproteins that might play a role in astrocytomas was nitro-sorcin, which is involved in drug resistance and metastasis and might play a role in the spread and treatment of an astrocytoma. Semiquantitative immune-based measurements of different sorcin expressions were found among different grades of astrocytomas relative to controls, and a semiquantitative increased nitration level in high-grade astrocytoma relative to control. Nitro-β-tubulin functions in cytoskeleton and cell migration. Semiquantitative immunoreactivity of β-tubulin showed increased expression among different grades of astrocytomas relative to controls and semiquantitatively increased nitration level in high-grade astrocytoma relative to control. Each nitroprotein was rationalized and related to the corresponding functional system to provide new insights into tyrosine nitration and its potential role in the pathogenesis of astrocytoma formation.

  8. "Reverse-staining" of biomolecules in electrophoresis gels: analytical and micropreparative applications.

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    Hardy, Eugenio; Castellanos-Serra, Lila R

    2004-05-01

    Negative or reverse staining using imidazole and zinc salts for protein detection in electrophoresis gels was originally introduced in 1990. The method is based on the selective precipitation of zinc imidazolate in the gel except in the zones where proteins are located. The method was later adapted to allow high-sensitivity negative detection of nucleic acids and bacterial lipopolysaccharides. It provides a practically quantitative recovery of intact biomolecules and is a method of choice for micropreparative applications of gel electrophoresis to proteomics and similar structural studies. Zinc-mediated protein fixation in the gel is fully reversible and the eluted biomolecules are neither chemically modified nor contaminated with organic dyes. Here we present a detailed compilation of practical methods for implementing these techniques with emphasis in their analytical or micropreparative applications. PMID:15081901

  9. Effect of ultrasound on the separation of DNA fragments in agarose gel electrophoresis

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    Ma, Yinfa; Yeung, E.S. )

    1990-06-01

    Since its first use in 1966 interest in and the applications of electrophoresis of DNA fragments in agarose gel have grown rapidly. Nowadays, agarose gel electrophoresis has become a standard technique with high resolving power for the analysis of DNA structure, for example for the determination of the length of DNA fragments obtained by the action of restriction enzymes. The electrophoretic mobility ({mu}) of DNA fragments is influenced by various parameters-molecular weight, gel concentration, temperature, electric field, and DNA-agarose affinity. A comprehensive study of the influence of these main parameters has been reported. In this paper, the authors investigate a new effect on the electrophoretic mobility of DNA fragments in agarose gels, viz. the influence of ultrasound.

  10. Application of multiplexed cysteine-labeled complex protein sample for 2D electrophoretic gel alignment.

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    Haimi, Perttu; Sikorskaite-Gudziuniene, Sidona; Baniulis, Danas

    2015-06-01

    The analysis of cellular subproteomes by 2DE is hampered by the difficulty of aligning gel images from samples that have very different protein composition. Here, we present a sensitive and cost-effective fluorescent labeling method for analyzing protein samples that is not dependent on their composition. The alignment is guided by inclusion of a complex mixture of proteins that is co-run with the sample. Maleimide-conjugated fluorescent dyes Dy-560 and Dy-635 are used to label the cysteine residues of the sample of interest and the alignment standard, respectively. The two differently labeled mixtures are then combined and separated on a 2D gel and, after selective fluorescence detection, an unsupervised image registration process is used to align the protein patters. In a pilot study, this protocol significantly improved the accuracy of alignment of nuclear proteins with total cellular proteins. PMID:25648334

  11. Gel electrophoresis of linear and star-branched DNA

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    Lau, Henry W.; Archer, Lynden A.

    2011-12-01

    The electrophoretic mobility of double-stranded DNA in polyacrylamide gel is investigated using an activated hopping model for the transport of a charged object within a heterogeneous medium. The model is premised upon a representation of the DNA path through the gel matrix as a series of traps with alternating large and small cross sections. Calculations of the trap dimensions from gel data show that the path imposes varying degrees of confinement upon migrating analytes, which retard their forward motion in a size-dependent manner. An expression derived for DNA mobility is shown to provide accurate predictions for the dynamics of linear DNA (67-622 bp) in gels of multiple concentrations. For star-branched DNA, the incorporation within the model of a length scale previously proposed to account for analyte architecture [Yuan , Anal. Chem.ANCHAM0003-270010.1021/ac060414w 78, 6179 (2006)] leads to mobility predictions that compare well with experimental results for a wide range of DNA shapes and molecular weights.

  12. Aligning Goals, Assessments, and Activities: An Approach to Teaching PCR and Gel Electrophoresis

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    Phillips, Allison R.; Robertson, Amber L.; Batzli, Janet; Harris, Michelle; Miller, Sarah

    2008-01-01

    Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and gel electrophoresis have become common techniques used in undergraduate molecular and cell biology labs. Although students enjoy learning these techniques, they often cannot fully comprehend and analyze the outcomes of their experiments because of a disconnect between concepts taught in lecture and experiments

  13. Comparison of restriction enzymes for pulsed-field gel electrophoresis typing of Moraxella catarrhalis.

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    Marti, Sara; Puig, Carmen; Domenech, Arnau; Liñares, Josefina; Ardanuy, Carmen

    2013-07-01

    NotI, the most prevalent restriction enzyme used for typing Moraxella catarrhalis, failed to digest genomic DNA from respiratory samples. An improved pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) methodology determined SpeI as the best choice for typing this bacterial species, with a good restriction of clinical samples and a good clustering correlation with NotI. PMID:23678064

  14. Aligning Goals, Assessments, and Activities: An Approach to Teaching PCR and Gel Electrophoresis

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    Phillips, Allison R.; Robertson, Amber L.; Batzli, Janet; Harris, Michelle; Miller, Sarah

    2008-01-01

    Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and gel electrophoresis have become common techniques used in undergraduate molecular and cell biology labs. Although students enjoy learning these techniques, they often cannot fully comprehend and analyze the outcomes of their experiments because of a disconnect between concepts taught in lecture and experiments…

  15. Typing of Human Campylobacter jejuni Isolates in Finland by Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis

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    Hänninen, Marja-Liisa; Pajarre, Sini; Klossner, Marja-Liisa; Rautelin, Hilpi

    1998-01-01

    A total of 69 pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) types were identified among 176 Campylobacter jejuni isolates from Finnish patients. In two geographic areas studied, five predominant PFGE types comprised over 40% of the isolates. One-third of the isolates had unique PFGE types. In small outbreaks, identical PFGE patterns were demonstrated, indicating a common source of infection. PMID:9620423

  16. Beverage-Agarose Gel Electrophoresis: An Inquiry-Based Laboratory Exercise with Virtual Adaptation

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    Cunningham, Steven C.; McNear, Brad; Pearlman, Rebecca S.; Kern, Scott E.

    2006-01-01

    A wide range of literature and experience has shown that teaching methods that promote active learning, such as inquiry-based approaches, are more effective than those that rely on passive learning. Gel electrophoresis, one of the most common laboratory techniques in molecular biology, has a wide range of applications in the life sciences. As

  17. Higher resolution microplate array diagonal gel electrophoresis: application to a multiallelic minisatellite.

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    O'Dell, S D; Chen, X; Day, I N

    2000-01-01

    The 5' polymorphic region of the insulin (INS, MIM# 176730) gene contains a variable tandem repetition of 14-15 bp (a variable number of tandem repeats (VNTR) locus). After PCR amplification, we achieved precise sizing of class I alleles (range 641 to 843 bp) on 96-well open-face polyacrylamide microplate array diagonal gel electrophoresis (MADGE) gels, obtaining resolution of the 2% mobility difference which represents one tandem repeat. PCR products were run double-stranded, but no additional bands were generated except in the case of differences of three, two, and one repeat between alleles; none compromised allele identification, and in the latter case the heteroduplex was a useful confirmation signal. No end labelling of primers was required, as the sensitive Vistra Green intercalating dye for double strands was used for visualization of bands from diluted samples. Duracryl, a high mechanical-strength polyacrylamide derivative, proved to have good resolution properties for electrophoresis. A co-run ladder ensured precise binning without inter-lane variability. Simultaneous electrophoresis of gels in a thermostatically controlled tank allowed up to 1,000 samples to be run in 90 min. Gels were analyzed using a FluorImager 595 fluorescent scanning system, and alleles identified using a combination of Phoretix software for band migration measurement and Microsoft Excel to compute allele sizes. Unlike other systems for minisatellite allele sizing, throughput was not limited (in time or cost) by electrophoresis. PMID:10862086

  18. Disposable pen-shaped capillary gel electrophoresis cartridge for fluorescence detection of bio-molecules

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    Amirkhanian, Varoujan; Tsai, Shou-Kuan

    2014-03-01

    We introduce a novel and cost-effective capillary gel electrophoresis (CGE) system utilizing disposable pen-shaped gelcartridges for highly efficient, high speed, high throughput fluorescence detection of bio-molecules. The CGE system has been integrated with dual excitation and emission optical-fibers with micro-ball end design for fluorescence detection of bio-molecules separated and detected in a disposable pen-shaped capillary gel electrophoresis cartridge. The high-performance capillary gel electrophoresis (CGE) analyzer has been optimized for glycoprotein analysis type applications. Using commercially available labeling agent such as ANTS (8-aminonapthalene-1,3,6- trisulfonate) as an indicator, the capillary gel electrophoresis-based glycan analyzer provides high detection sensitivity and high resolving power in 2-5 minutes of separations. The system can hold total of 96 samples, which can be automatically analyzed within 4-5 hours. This affordable fiber optic based fluorescence detection system provides fast run times (4 minutes vs. 20 minutes with other CE systems), provides improved peak resolution, good linear dynamic range and reproducible migration times, that can be used in laboratories for high speed glycan (N-glycan) profiling applications. The CGE-based glycan analyzer will significantly increase the pace at which glycoprotein research is performed in the labs, saving hours of preparation time and assuring accurate, consistent and economical results.

  19. Beverage-Agarose Gel Electrophoresis: An Inquiry-Based Laboratory Exercise with Virtual Adaptation

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    Cunningham, Steven C.; McNear, Brad; Pearlman, Rebecca S.; Kern, Scott E.

    2006-01-01

    A wide range of literature and experience has shown that teaching methods that promote active learning, such as inquiry-based approaches, are more effective than those that rely on passive learning. Gel electrophoresis, one of the most common laboratory techniques in molecular biology, has a wide range of applications in the life sciences. As…

  20. Optimization of electric field strength for DNA sequencing in capillary gel electrophoresis

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    Luckey, John A.; Smith, Lloyd M.

    1993-06-01

    Since its development, capillary gel electrophoresis has demonstrated the ability to separate DNA sequencing reactions at speeds roughly 25 times as great as conventional slab gel electrophoresis. These increased speeds are the result of using the more efficient dissipation of Joule heating by capillaries. However, to date there have been no studies which quantitate the advantages of disadvantages in operating these gels at high electric field strength. This work addresses this question by investigating the band-broadening of DNA sequencing reactions as they are separated through a fixed distance of gel at field strengths ranging from 50 V/cm to 400 V/cm. It is found that the bandwidths of DNA fragments do decrease with the higher field strengths due to a reduction in diffusional broadening. However, at sufficiently high electric field strengths, the bands begin to broaden again under the influence of an increasing thermal gradient across the diameter of the capillary. The result is an optimum electric field strength in the intermediate range of 100 - 250 V/cm depending on the length of fragments being separated. The relative importance of diffusion and thermal gradients are discussed and used to generate an equation that models the observed band broadening of DNA in capillary gel electrophoresis (CGE).

  1. Model and computer simulations of the motion of DNA molecules during pulse field gel electrophoresis

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    Smith, S.B.; Bustamante, C. ); Heller, C. )

    1991-05-28

    A model is presented for the motion of individual molecules of DNA undergoing pulse field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). The molecule is represented by a chain of charged beads connected by entropic springs, and the gel is represented by a segmented tube surrounding the beads. This model differs from earlier reptation/tube models in that the tube is allowed to leak in certain places and the chain can double over and flow out of the side of the tube in kinks. It is found that these kinks often lead to the formation of U shapes, which are a major source of retardation in PFGE. The results of computer simulations using this model are compared with real DNA experimental results for the following cases: steady field motion as seen in fluorescence microscopy, mobility in steady fields, mobility in transverse field alternation gel electrophoresis (TFAGE), mobility in field inversion gel electrophoresis (FIGE), and linear dichroism (LD) of DNA in agarose gels during PFGE. Good agreement between the simulations and the experimental results is obtained.

  2. Evaluation of storage phosphor imaging for quantitative analysis of 2-D gels using the Quest II system.

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    Patterson, S D; Latter, G I

    1993-12-01

    The advent of storage phosphor technology has been of considerable benefit to the imaging of gel-separated radiolabeled proteins due to the rapid and quantitative nature of the data acquisition process. Previously, times over one month were required to obtain fluorographs of the same gel to yield data of sufficient dynamic range for quantitative analysis of high-resolution two-dimensional (2-D) gels. As we are in the process of building a human 2-D gel protein database, and therefore have a high throughput of 2-D gels both to image and quantitate using the Quest II software, we undertook an evaluation of a storage phosphor imager, including an evaluation of signal fade. The results of this evaluation demonstrate the feasibility of using such a system, and we describe the procedures that allow us to use this technique for quantitative analysis of many complex 2-D gel patterns. These procedures include a useful batch printing program that allows printing of many images in a non-interactive mode. Examples will be presented of how autoradiography, using storage phosphor plates and the Quest II system, have enabled us to begin building a human 2-D gel protein database including posttranslational modification information, without the previous time constraints associated with such a project. PMID:8292341

  3. Turning a PAGE: the overnight sensation of SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

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    Pederson, Thoru

    2008-04-01

    The zonal separation of proteins on the basis of net charge was initially conducted on paper, then in columns of sucrose and later in gels of starch and polyacrylamide, with appropriate electric fields. Then, in 1964, a graduate student at MIT discovered the power of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) to dissociate the envelope proteins of Escherichia coli and to dramatically enhance their electrophoretic resolution when the detergent was included in the gel. While this Ph.D. thesis work continued, a group at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine published in 1965 the use of SDS to disrupt poliovirus particles and to resolve the proteins in gels containing SDS. This group soon followed with a publication (1966) on the application of this new method to the study of immunoglobulin heavy and light chain synthesis. Because of concurrent advances in gel filtration and other methods of protein separation, SDS gel electrophoresis had its greatest impact not in biochemistry but in cell biology and virology. Ingenious devices were soon introduced that facilitated the application of this method to radioactive protein mixtures, followed by the introduction of slab gels for the simultaneous resolution of multiple samples in parallel lanes in a single run. As we today routinely perform "SDS PAGE" (as the method become known, to the great irritation of journal copyeditors and nomenclature committees at the time), it is fitting to pause--four decades later, and remember the pioneers who made SDS gel electrophoresis a reality, a true milestone that caught on almost overnight. PMID:18378803

  4. Aligning Goals, Assessments, and Activities: An Approach to Teaching PCR and Gel Electrophoresis

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    Robertson, Amber L.; Batzli, Janet; Harris, Michelle; Miller, Sarah

    2008-01-01

    Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and gel electrophoresis have become common techniques used in undergraduate molecular and cell biology labs. Although students enjoy learning these techniques, they often cannot fully comprehend and analyze the outcomes of their experiments because of a disconnect between concepts taught in lecture and experiments done in lab. Here we report the development and implementation of novel exercises that integrate the biological concepts of DNA structure and replication with the techniques of PCR and gel electrophoresis. Learning goals were defined based on concepts taught throughout the cell biology lab course and learning objectives specific to the PCR and gel electrophoresis lab. Exercises developed to promote critical thinking and target the underlying concepts of PCR, primer design, gel analysis, and troubleshooting were incorporated into an existing lab unit based on the detection of genetically modified organisms. Evaluative assessments for each exercise were aligned with the learning goals and used to measure student learning achievements. Our analysis found that the exercises were effective in enhancing student understanding of these concepts as shown by student performance across all learning goals. The new materials were particularly helpful in acquiring relevant knowledge, fostering critical-thinking skills, and uncovering prevalent misconceptions. PMID:18316813

  5. Gel electrophoresis of DNA in moderate fields: The effect of fluctuations

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    Semenov, A.N.; Duke, T.A.J.; Viovy, J.

    1995-02-01

    The reptation model for gel electrophoresis of DNA in a stationary field is considered. It is shown that tube-length fluctuations are of primary importance for the macromolecular dynamics in the region of moderate fields. Coupling between fluctuations and the chain conformation provides a mechanism of macromolecular orientation. It is predicted that the mobility in the ``plateau`` region is {ital linearly} (rather than quadratically as in the classical biased reptation theory) proportional to the electric field. This approach is also applied to the mobility minimum problem and to gel electrophoresis in tight gels (with pore sizes smaller than the Kuhn segment of DNA). It is shown that tube-length fluctuations do not suppress the minimum of the mobility. However, they do shift the minimum to lower molecular weights: the minimum corresponds to {ital M}{proportional_to}{epsilon}{sup {minus}1} rather than to {ital M}{proportional_to}{epsilon}{sup {minus}2}, as predicted by the classical model, where {epsilon}{much_lt}1 is the reduced field. It is also predicted that electrophoresis in tight gels is characterized by a number of regimes with different power dependencies of the mobility on the reduced field. The theoretical results are supported by computer simulation data and experimental evidence.

  6. A method for in-gel fluorescent visualization of proteins after native and sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

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    Pristov, Jelena Bogdanović; Opačić, Miloš; Dimitrijević, Milena; Babić, Nikolina; Spasojević, Ivan

    2015-07-01

    We have developed a simple one-step 30-min method for fluorescent visualization of proteins in native and sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) gels. The method is based on formation of strong fluorophores via potassium ferricyanide-provoked oxidation of tryptophan (Trp). Following PAGE, gels are soaked in water solution of potassium ferricyanide (100 mM) and NaOH (1 M) and are kept in the dark for 30 min. Gels are then transferred to water and scanned. The sensitivity of the method was slightly lower compared with standard Coomassie Brilliant Blue (CBB) staining. The method can be useful when rapid acquisition of data is of the essence. After preview, gels can be post-stained using the CBB protocol for further analysis. The intensity of fluorescence is dependent on Trp number, so the protocol might find application in the quantification of Trp residues as illustrated here. Importantly, there is room for improvement of the method. Namely, according to excitation-emission matrix analysis of stained protein bands, maximal fluorescence intensity (at 345/460 nm) was 3.5-fold higher compared with the settings that were available on a commercial imager (395/525 nm). As a supplement, we present an upgrade of the previously described method for in-gel detection of non-heme iron-binding proteins that also employs potassium ferricyanide. PMID:25862081

  7. Identification of different quaternary structures of beef heart cytochrome-c oxidase by two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

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    Heinrichs, M; Schnert, H

    1987-11-01

    A two-dimensional gel electrophoresis is described to identify different quaternary structures of the heart cytochrome-c oxidase. Bovine enzyme was purified and separated by discontinuous gradient polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis under nondenaturing conditions in the 1st dimension into several discrete complexes and thereupon shown to be heterodisperse in Triton X-100 and dodecyl maltoside. A discontinuous SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis in the 2nd dimension was used to determine the subunit composition of the isolated complexes. One of these represents the intact enzyme with 12 different polypeptides while the others have an incomplete subunit composition. PMID:2822485

  8. Entamoeba histolytica: analysis of the trophozoite proteome by two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

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    Leitsch, David; Radauer, Christian; Paschinger, Katharina; Wilson, Iain B H; Breiteneder, Heimo; Scheiner, Otto; Duchêne, Michael

    2005-07-01

    The Entamoeba histolytica genome project carried out at TIGR and the Sanger Institute has produced a near-complete set of deduced open reading frame sequences. These data provide strong support for the identification of signals from proteomic analyses such as two-dimensional electrophoresis by protein sequencing and/or mass spectrometric methods. To carry out an initial investigation of the E. histolytica proteome, appropriate sample preparation and silver staining protocols were adapted. After preparation of protein extracts from E. histolytica HM-1:IMSS trophozoites, solubilized proteins were separated in the first dimension in IPG (immobilized pH gradient) strips depending on their pI and subsequently in the second dimension according to their molecular weight by SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. Of the more than 1500 protein spots visualized, several landmark spots were isolated from the gels and identified by either tryptic cleavage and subsequent MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry or by protein sequencing. PMID:15955311

  9. The detection of oligonucleotide N3'-->P5' phosphoramidate/RNA duplexes with capillary gel electrophoresis.

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    DeDionisio, L; Raible, A M; Gryaznov, S M

    1998-06-01

    Oligonucleotide N3'-->P5' phosphoramidates (3'-phosphoramidates) are DNA analogs that are presently under investigation as potential therapeutic agents. These compounds may also hold promise as a diagnostic tool. Here, we describe a rapid method for the analysis of single-stranded RNA fragments utilizing 3'-phosphoramidate oligonucleotides as probes in conjunction with capillary gel electrophoresis (CGE). 3'-Phosphoramidate 9-mers were mixed with complimentary RNA, and CGE was used to monitor duplex formation. Complimentary strands of RNA and 3'-phosphoramidate formed duplexes that gave unique relative mobilities based on an internal standard. The ability of CGE to discriminate between perfect duplexes and duplexes that contain a base mismatch was also investigated. However, the primary focus of this work was to determine CGE's ability to detect the presence of the 3'-phosphoramidates/RNA duplex under routine electrophoretic running conditions. Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis analysis was utilized to verify duplex formation. PMID:9694262

  10. Microplate array diagonal gel electrophoresis for cohort studies of microsatellite loci.

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    Chen, Xiao-he; O'Dell, Sandra D; Day, Ian N M

    2002-05-01

    After PCR amplification, we have achieved precise sizing of trinucleotide and tetranucleotide microsatellite alleles on 96-well open-faced polyacrylamide microplate array diagonal gel electrophoresis (MADGE) gels: two tetranucleotide repeats, HUMTHOI (five alleles 248-263 bp) and DYS390 (eight alleles 200-228 bp), and DYS392, a trinucleotide repeat (eight alleles 210-231 bp). A gel matrix of Duracryl, a high mechanical strength polyacrylamide derivative, and appropriate ionic conditions provide the 1.3%-1.5% band resolution required. No end-labeling of primers is needed, as the sensitive Vistra Green intercalating dye is used for the visualization of bands. Co-run markers bracketing the PCR fragments ensure accurate sizing without inter-lane variability. Electrophoresis of multiple gels in a thermostatically controlled tank allows up to 1000 samples to be run in 90 min. Gel images were analyzed using a Fluorlmager 595 fluorescent scanning system, and alleles were identified using Phoretix software for band migration measurement and Microsoft Excel to compute fragment sizes. Estimated sizes were interpolated precisely to achieve accurate binning. Microsatellite-MADGE represents a utilitarian methodfor high-throughput genotyping in cohort studies, using standard laboratory equipment. PMID:12019781

  11. Trapping and breaking of in vivo nicked DNA during pulsed-field gel electrophoresis

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    Khan, Sharik R.; Kuzminov, Andrei

    2013-01-01

    Pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) offers a high-resolution approach to quantify chromosomal fragmentation in bacteria, measured as percent of chromosomal DNA entering the gel. The degree of separation in PFG depends upon the size of DNA, as well as various conditions of electrophoresis, such as electric field strength (FS), time of electrophoresis, switch time and buffer composition. Here we describe a new parameter, the structural integrity of the sample DNA itself, that influences its migration through PFGs. We show that sub-chromosomal fragments containing both spontaneous and DNA damage-induced nicks are prone to breakage during PFGE. Such breakage at single strand interruptions results in artefactual decrease in molecular weight of linear DNA making accurate determination of the number of double strand breaks difficult. While breakage of nicked sub-chromosomal fragments is FS-independent, some high molecular weight sub-chromosomal fragments are also trapped within wells under the standard PFGE conditions. This trapping can be minimized by lowering the field strength and increasing the time of electrophoresis. We discuss how breakage of nicked DNA may be mechanistically linked to trapping. Our results suggest how to optimize conditions for PFGE when quantifying chromosomal fragmentation induced by DNA damage. PMID:23770235

  12. Application of agarose gel electrophoresis to the characterization of plasmid DNA in drug-resistant enterobacteria.

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    Willshaw, G A; Smith, H R; Anderson, E S

    1979-09-01

    A simple gel electrophoresis method has been described for the detection of plasmid DNA in bacteria (Meyers et al., 1976). We investigated further the problems encountered in using this method for the analysis of plasmids in wild enterobacterial strains. The migration of open circular and linear plasmid DNA was examined, since these forms sometimes caused difficulty in the interpretation of the plasmid content of uncharacterized strains. Electrophoresis at different agarose concentrations was employed to resolve clearly plasmid DNA from the chromosomal DNA fragments in the crude preparations. Dissociation of some plasmids occurs in Salmonella typhimurium, and this was detected by electrophoresis. The technique was applied to the study of drug-resistant strains of S. typhimurium phage type 208 from several Middle Eastern countries. The cultures carry a drug resistance plasmid of the FIme compatibility group, and at least two other plasmids which were detected and identified by gel electrophoresis. The studies supported and extended the genetic findings and provided information on the distribution of particular plasmids. PMID:392048

  13. Detection of Rifampin Resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis by Double Gradient-Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis

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    Scarpellini, Paolo; Braglia, Sergio; Carrera, Paola; Cedri, Maura; Cichero, Paola; Colombo, Alessia; Crucianelli, Rosella; Gori, Andrea; Ferrari, Maurizio; Lazzarin, Adriano

    1999-01-01

    We applied double gradient-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DG-DGGE) for the rapid detection of rifampin (RMP) resistance from rpoB PCR products of Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates and clinical samples. The results of this method were fully concordant with those of DNA sequencing and susceptibility testing analyses. DG-DGGE is a valid alternative to the other methods of detecting mutations for predicting RMP resistance. PMID:10508043

  14. Manual 768 or 384 well microplate gel 'dry' electrophoresis for PCR checking and SNP genotyping.

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    Gaunt, Tom R; Hinks, Lesley J; Rassoulian, Hamid; Day, Ian N M

    2003-05-01

    Electrophoresis continues to be a mainstay in molecular genetic laboratories for checking, sizing and separating both PCR products, nucleic acids derived from in vivo or in vitro sources and nucleic acid-protein complexes. Many genomic and genetic applications demand high throughput, such as the checking of amplification products from many loci, from many clones, from many cell lines or from many individuals at once. These applications include microarray resource development and expression analysis, genome mapping, library and DNA bank screening, mutagenesis experiments and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping. PCR hardware compatible with industry standard 96 and 384 well microplates is commonplace. We have previously described a simple system for submerged horizontal 96 and 192 well polyacrylamide or agarose microplate array diagonal gel electrophoresis (MADGE) which is microplate compatible and suitable for PCR checking, SNP typing (restriction fragment length polymorphism or amplification refractory mutation system), microsatellite sizing and identification of unknown mutations. By substantial redesign of format and operations, we have derived an efficient 'dry' gel system that enables direct 96 pin manual transfer from PCR or other reactions in microplates, into 768 or 384 well gels. Combined with direct electrode contact in clamshell electrophoresis boxes which plug directly to contacts in a powered stacking frame and using 5-10 min electrophoresis times, it would be possible (given a sufficient supply of PCRs for examination) for 1 million gel tracks to be run per day for a minimal hardware investment and at minimal reagent costs. Applications of this system for PCR checking and SNP genotyping are illustrated. PMID:12711693

  15. Analysis of Salmonella typhi isolates from Southeast Asia by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis.

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    Thong, K L; Puthucheary, S; Yassin, R M; Sudarmono, P; Padmidewi, M; Soewandojo, E; Handojo, I; Sarasombath, S; Pang, T

    1995-01-01

    Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) revealed that multiple genetic variants of Salmonella typhi are simultaneously present in Southeast Asia and are associated with sporadic cases of typhoid fever and occasional outbreaks. Comparative analysis of PFGE patterns also suggested that considerable genetic diversity exists among S. typhi strains and that some PFGE patterns are shared between isolates obtained from Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand, implying movement of these strains within these regions of Southeast Asia, where they are endemic. PMID:7665677

  16. STARCH GEL ELECTROPHORESIS OF A FRACTION OF CERTAIN OF THE PLEUROPNEUMONIA-LIKE GROUP OF MICROORGANISMS

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    Fowler, Richard C.; Coble, Don W.; Kramer, Norman C.; Brown, Thomas McP.

    1963-01-01

    Fowler, Richard C. (George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C.), Don W. Coble, Norman C. Kramer, and Thomas McP. Brown. Starch gel electrophoresis of a fraction of certain of the pleuropneumonia-like group of microorganisms. J. Bacteriol. 86:1145–1151. 1963.—Starch gel electrophoresis is suggested as a means of further characterizing strains of the pleuropneumonia-like group of microorganisms (PPLO), defined herein as including both the various “L” forms of bacteria and the Mycoplasmataceae. The techniques used may be varied to “select” other groups of proteins or classes of compounds (e.g., glycoproteins, lipoproteins, and enzymes). Only the results by starch gel electrophoresis on the soluble portion of sonically treated, washed cultures, grown in a pancreatic digest of beef heart enriched with bovine serum, are reported. As yet, differences appear more significant than similarities among the electrophoretically separable proteins. The demonstration of characteristic protein patterns for each strain studied suggests possibilities of further dividing serological groups into sero-logically distinct subtypes. Tentative migration values (Ēf) have been assigned to the protein bands for convenience in designation. Numerous interrelationships are thereby suggested. Images PMID:14086081

  17. Genetic relatedness within and between serotypes of Streptococcus pneumoniae from the United Kingdom: analysis of multilocus enzyme electrophoresis, pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, and antimicrobial resistance patterns.

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    Hall, L M; Whiley, R A; Duke, B; George, R C; Efstratiou, A

    1996-01-01

    A collection of 54 isolates of invasive Streptococcus pneumoniae of serotypes 3 and 14 and serogroups 6, 9, 19, and 23 was investigated. Multilocus enzyme electrophoresis and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis suggested that two clones were represented in the collection, one of serotype 14 isolates, most of which were resistant to erythromycin, and one of serotype 9V isolates, in which resistance to penicillin (MIC, 1 microgram/ml), cefotaxime, and co-trimoxazole was common. Among other isolates there were only a limited correlation between genetic relatedness measured by multilocus enzyme electrophoresis and expression of the same capsule type. However, isolates with highly related pulsed-field gel electrophoresis patterns always shared the same serotype and highly related allele profiles. Calculation of the index of association suggests a freely recombining population structure with epidemic spread of successful clones. PMID:8815096

  18. Optimization of separation and detection schemes for DNA with pulsed field slab gel and capillary electrophoresis

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    McGregor, D.A.

    1993-07-01

    The purpose of the Human Genome Project is outlined followed by a discussion of electrophoresis in slab gels and capillaries and its application to deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). Techniques used to modify electroosmotic flow in capillaries are addressed. Several separation and detection schemes for DNA via gel and capillary electrophoresis are described. Emphasis is placed on the elucidation of DNA fragment size in real time and shortening separation times to approximate real time monitoring. The migration of DNA fragment bands through a slab gel can be monitored by UV absorption at 254 nm and imaged by a charge coupled device (CCD) camera. Background correction and immediate viewing of band positions to interactively change the field program in pulsed-field gel electrophoresis are possible throughout the separation. The use of absorption removes the need for staining or radioisotope labeling thereby simplifying sample preparation and reducing hazardous waste generation. This leaves the DNA in its native state and further analysis can be performed without de-staining. The optimization of several parameters considerably reduces total analysis time. DNA from 2 kb to 850 kb can be separated in 3 hours on a 7 cm gel with interactive control of the pulse time, which is 10 times faster than the use of a constant field program. The separation of {Phi}X174RF DNA-HaeIII fragments is studied in a 0.5% methyl cellulose polymer solution as a function of temperature and applied voltage. The migration times decreased with both increasing temperature and increasing field strength, as expected. The relative migration rates of the fragments do not change with temperature but are affected by the applied field. Conditions were established for the separation of the 271/281 bp fragments, even without the addition of intercalating agents. At 700 V/cm and 20{degrees}C, all fragments are separated in less than 4 minutes with an average plate number of 2.5 million per meter.

  19. Resolving mitochondrial protein complexes using non-gradient blue native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis

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    Yan, Liang-Jun; Forster, Michael J.

    2009-01-01

    Blue native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (BN-PAGE) is a powerful technique for separation and proteomic analysis of high molecular weight protein complexes. It is often performed on gradient gels and is widely used for studying mitochondrial membrane complexes involved in electron transportation and oxidative phosphorylation. In this paper, we present an alternative BN-PAGE method that uses highly porous, non-gradient polyacrylamide gels for separation of rat brain mitochondrial protein complexes. Results demonstrate that this method not only resolves mitochondrial complexes I-V, allowing subsequent analysis by in-gel activity staining and mass spectrometry peptide sequencing, but also identifies Hsp60 polymers and dihydrolipoamide dehydrogenase (DLDH). Moreover, with this new method, it is shown for the first time that complex I and DLDH can be simultaneously detected on a single gel strip by in-gel activity staining. Overall, the method provides a simplified, non-gradient gel electrophoretic approach that should be useful in functional proteomics studies. PMID:19348780

  20. Glutamine Synthetase Regulation, Adenylylation State, and Strain Specificity Analyzed by Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis

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    Bender, Robert A.; Streicher, Stanley L.

    1979-01-01

    We used polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis to examine the regulation and adenylylation states of glutamine synthetases (GSs) from Escherichia coli (GSE) and Klebsiella aerogenes (GSK). In gels containing sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), we found that GSK had a mobility which differed significantly from that of GSE. In addition, for both GSK and GSE, adenylylated subunits (GSK-adenosine 5′-monophosphate [AMP] and GSE-AMP) had lesser mobilities in SDS gels than did the corresponding non-adenylylated subunits. The order of mobilities was GSK-AMP < GSK < GSE-AMP < GSE. We were able to detect these mobility differences with purified and partially purified preparations of GS, crude cell extracts, and whole cell lysates. SDS gel electrophoresis thus provided a means of estimating the adenylylation state and the quantity of GS present independent of enzymatic activity measurements and of determining the strain origin. Using SDS gels, we showed that: (i) the constitutively produced GS in strains carrying the glnA4 allele was mostly adenylylated, (ii) the GS-like polypeptide produced by strains carrying the glnA51 allele was indistinguishable from wild-type GSK, and (iii) strains carrying the glnA10 allele contained no polypeptide having the mobility of GSK or GSK-AMP. Using native polyacrylamide gels, we detected the increased amount of dodecameric GS present in cells grown under nitrogen limitation compared with cells grown under conditions of nitrogen excess. In native gels there was neither a significant difference in the mobilities of adenylylated and non-adenylylated GSs nor a GS-like protein in cells carrying the glnA10 allele. Images PMID:33958

  1. Application of MALDI-TOF-mass spectrometry to proteome analysis using stain-free gel electrophoresis.

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    Susnea, Iuliana; Bernevic, Bogdan; Wicke, Michael; Ma, Li; Liu, Shuying; Schellander, Karl; Przybylski, Michael

    2013-01-01

    The combination of MALDI-TOF-mass spectrometry with gel electrophoretic separation using protein visualization by staining procedures involving such as Coomassie Brilliant Blue has been established as a widely used approach in proteomics. Although this approach has been shown to present high detection sensitivity, drawbacks and limitations frequently arise from the significant background in the mass spectrometric analysis. In this chapter we describe an approach for the application of MALDI-MS to the mass spectrometric identification of proteins from one-dimensional (1D) and two-dimensional (2D) gel electrophoretic separation, using stain-free detection and visualization based on native protein fluorescence. Using the native fluorescence of aromatic protein amino acids with UV transmission at 343 nm as a fast gel imaging system, unstained protein spots are localized and, upon excision from gels, can be proteolytically digested and analyzed by MALDI-MS. Following the initial development and testing with standard proteins, applications of the stain-free gel electrophoretic detection approach to mass spectrometric identification of biological proteins from 2D-gel separations clearly show the feasibility and efficiency of this combination, as illustrated by a proteomics study of porcine skeleton muscle proteins. Major advantages of the stain-free gel detection approach with MALDI-MS analysis are (1) rapid analysis of proteins from 1D- and 2D-gel separation without destaining required prior to proteolytic digestion, (2) the low detection limits of proteins attained, and (3) low background in the MALDI-MS analysis. PMID:22547356

  2. Characterisation of soil-bound residue fractions of the fungicide dithianon by gel permeation chromatography and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

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    Wanner, U; Burauel, P; Führ, F

    2000-04-01

    The degradation of the (14)C-labelled fungicide dithianon in an orthic luvisol was investigated under standardized conditions in comparison to stimulated microbial activity by an amendment of maize straw. The compound is characterized by mineralization losses of approximately 33% and the formation of non-extractable bound residues of approximately 63% in 64 days. Despite the major role of microorganisms in mineralizing this compound, the formation of bound residues is not biotically induced. Gel permeation chromatography and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, as different size separation techniques of the humic acids fractions, showed differences in the distribution patterns of non-extractable residues depending on the addition of straw material. The results presented support the existence of humic substances in soil as a micellar system rather than as a biopolymer. PMID:15092966

  3. Local Pixel Value Collection Algorithm for Spot Segmentation in Two-Dimensional Gel Electrophoresis Research

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    Peer, Peter; Corzo, Luis Galo

    2007-01-01

    Two-dimensional gel-electrophoresis (2-DE) images show the expression levels of several hundreds of proteins where each protein is represented as a blob-shaped spot of grey level values. The spot detection, that is, the segmentation process has to be efficient as it is the first step in the gel processing. Such extraction of information is a very complex task. In this paper, we propose a novel spot detector that is basically a morphology-based method with the use of a seeded region growing as a central paradigm and which relies on the spot correlation information. The method is tested on our synthetic as well as on real gels with human samples from SWISS-2DPAGE (two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis) database. A comparison of results is done with a method called pixel value collection (PVC). Since our algorithm efficiently uses local spot information, segments the spot by collecting pixel values and its affinity with PVC, we named it local pixel value collection (LPVC). The results show that LPVC achieves similar segmentation results as PVC, but is much faster than PVC. PMID:18274608

  4. Local pixel value collection algorithm for spot segmentation in two-dimensional gel electrophoresis research.

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    Peer, Peter; Corzo, Luis Galo

    2007-01-01

    Two-dimensional gel-electrophoresis (2-DE) images show the expression levels of several hundreds of proteins where each protein is represented as a blob-shaped spot of grey level values. The spot detection, that is, the segmentation process has to be efficient as it is the first step in the gel processing. Such extraction of information is a very complex task. In this paper, we propose a novel spot detector that is basically a morphology-based method with the use of a seeded region growing as a central paradigm and which relies on the spot correlation information. The method is tested on our synthetic as well as on real gels with human samples from SWISS-2DPAGE (two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis) database. A comparison of results is done with a method called pixel value collection (PVC). Since our algorithm efficiently uses local spot information, segments the spot by collecting pixel values and its affinity with PVC, we named it local pixel value collection (LPVC). The results show that LPVC achieves similar segmentation results as PVC, but is much faster than PVC. PMID:18274608

  5. A Sol-Gel-Modified Poly(methyl methacrylate) Electrophoresis Microchip with a Hydrophilic Channel Wall

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    Chen, Gang; Xu, Xuejiao; Lin, Yuehe; Wang, Joseph

    2007-07-27

    A sol-gel method was employed to fabricate a poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) electrophoresis microchip that contains a hydrophilic channel wall. To fabricate such a device, tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) was injected into the PMMA channel and was allowed to diffuse into the surface layer for 24 h. After removing the excess TEOS, the channel was filled with an acidic solution for 3 h. Subsequently, the channel was flushed with water and was pretreated in an oven to obtain a sol-gel-modified PMMA microchip. The water contact angle for the sol-gel-modified PMMA was 27.4° compared with 66.3° for the pure PMMA. In addition, the electro-osmotic flow increased from 2.13×10-4 cm2 V-1 s-1 for the native-PMMA channel to 4.86×10-4 cm2 V-1 s-1 for the modified one. The analytical performance of the sol-gel-modified PMMA microchip was demonstrated for the electrophoretic separation of several purines, coupled with amperometric detection. The separation efficiency of uric acid increased to 74 882.3 m-1 compared with 14 730.5 m-1 for native-PMMA microchips. The result of this simple modification is a significant improvement in the performance of PMMA for microchip electrophoresis and microfluidic applications.

  6. Concanavalin A-reactive protein of rabbit thymocyte plasma membranes: analysis by crossed immune electrophoresis and sodium dodecylsulfate/polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

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    Schmidt-Ullrich, R; Wallach, D F; Hendricks, J

    1975-03-25

    1. Thymocyte plasma membrane extracts, prepared with the non-ionic detergent Triton X-100, show 10 major protein components upon sodium dodecysulfate/polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and at least 11 immunologic components upon crossed immune electrophoresis. 2. Concanavalin A reactive membrane proteins have been identified using crossed immune electrophoresis with receptor-ligand interaction. 3. These proteins are absorbed from Triton X-100-solubilized membranes onto immobilized concanavalin A. They are eluted in stepwise fashion, using increasing concentrations of alpha-methyl-d-glucoside, between 0.0004 M and 0.1 M. The predominant proteins eluted in each step are components with high electrophoretic mobility in crossed immune electrophoresis and are identical with a glycosylated component in sodium dodecysulfate/polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis with molecular weight of 55 000. 4. This component forms multimers in the presence of Triton X-100 which are not totally dissociated in sodium dodecylsulfate. 5. Neuramidase treatment followed by crossed immune electrophoresis of total plasma membrane isolates, as well as the purified glycoprotein fraction, indicates that the concanavalin A-reactive proteins are sialoglycoproteins. 6. Sodium dodecylsulfate component 5.1 comprises at least two different populations of glycoproteins (6 and 9) in crossed immune electrophoresis, one of which exclusively exhibits heterogenous carbohydrate antigenic sites (component 9). 7. Present data, taken together with previously published experiments, indicate that concanavalin A binding to intact thymocytes induces an increased turnover and release of the receptor protein(s). PMID:1125237

  7. Previsible silver staining of protein in electrophoresis gels with mass spectrometry compatibility.

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    Jin, Li-Tai; Li, Xiao-Kun; Cong, Wei-Tao; Hwang, Sun-Young; Choi, Jung-Kap

    2008-12-15

    A convenient silver staining method for protein in sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) gels is described. The method is previsible, sensitive, and mass spectrometry (MS) compatible. Two visible counter ion dyes, ethyl violet (EV) and zincon (ZC), were used in the first staining solution with a detection limit of 2 to 8 ng/band in approximately 1h. The dye-stained gel can be further stained by silver staining, which is based on acidic silver staining employing ZC with sodium thiosulfate as silver ion sensitizers. Especially, ZC has silver ion reducing power by cleavage of the diazo bond of the dye during silver reduction. The second silver staining can be completed in approximately 1h with a detection limit of 0.2 ng/band. PMID:18804088

  8. Comparative evaluation of two two-dimensional gel electrophoresis image analysis software applications using synovial fluids from patients with joint disease.

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    Arora, Pankaj S; Yamagiwa, Hiroshi; Srivastava, Alok; Bolander, Mark E; Sarkar, Gobinda

    2005-01-01

    The proteomic composition of synovial fluid (SF) may hold clues to understanding the molecular basis of arthritis. However, the highly viscous nature and proteomic complexity of SF present a challenge when analyzing results obtained by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2D-GE). Several software applications are available for analyzing 2D-GE images. Despite inherent strengths and weaknesses, no comparison between these applications has been reported using SF or any human fluid specimens. We evaluated two common software packages--PDQuest and Progenesis Workstation--for spot detection, matching, and quantitation of 2D-GE images of SF from four patients with arthritic disease. Initially, whole 2D-gel images were analyzed for spot detection, which suggested that PDQuest is more consistent than Progenesis; however, PDQuest appeared to require more user intervention than Progenesis. Subsequently, two small areas (spots well resolved and spots not well resolved) were selected from each gel image, which were analyzed by the software for spot detection, matching, volume, and resolution. These analyses suggest that both tools can quantify well-resolved spots relatively consistently when compared with manual spot detection (the "gold standard"). The "3D viewer" option offered by both tools enables correct spot identification and matching. The strengths and weaknesses of these computer tools can provide guidance in the choice of a particular workstation for identifying biomarkers of arthritis. PMID:15815863

  9. Comparative Analysis of Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis and Temporal Temperature Gradient Gel Electrophoresis Profiles as a Tool for the Differentiation of Candida Species

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    Mohammadi, Parisa; Hamidkhani, Aida; Asgarani, Ezat

    2015-01-01

    Background: Candida species are usually opportunistic organisms that cause acute to chronic infections when conditions in the host are favorable. Accurate identification of Candida species is an essential pre-requisite for improved therapeutic strategy. Identification of Candida species by conventional methods is time-consuming with low sensitivity, yet molecular approaches have provided an alternative way for early diagnosis of invasive candidiasis. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) and temporal temperature gradient gel electrophoresis (TTGE) are polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based approaches that are used for studying the community structure of microorganisms. By using these methods, simultaneous identification of multiple yeast species will be possible and reliable results will be obtained quickly. Objectives: In this study, DGGE and TTGE methods were set up and evaluated for the detection of different Candida species, and their results were compared. Materials and Methods: Five different Candida species were cultured on potato dextrose agar medium for 24 hours. Next, total DNA was extracted by the phenol-chloroform method. Two sets of primers, ITS3-GC/ITS4 and NL1-GC/LS2 were applied to amplify the desired regions. The amplified fragments were then used to analyze DGGE and TTGE profiles. Results: The results showed that NL1-GC/LS2 primer set could yield species-specific amplicons, which were well distinguished and allowed better species discrimination than that generated by the ITS3-GC/ITS4 primer set, in both DGGE and TTGE profiles. All five Candida species were discriminated by DGGE and TTGE using the NL1-GC/LS2 primer set. Conclusions: Comparison of DGGE and TTGE profiles obtained from NL1-GC/LS2 amplicons exhibited the same patterns. Although both DGGE and TTGE techniques are capable of detecting Candida species, TTGE is recommended because of easier performance and lower costs. PMID:26568801

  10. Immunoreactive Coxiella burnetii Nine Mile proteins separated by 2D electrophoresis and identified by tandem mass spectrometry

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    Deringer, James R.; Chen, Chen; Samuel, James E.; Brown, Wendy C.

    2011-01-01

    Coxiella burnetii is a Gram-negative obligate intracellular pathogen and the causative agent of Q fever in humans. Q fever causes acute flu-like symptoms and may develop into a chronic disease leading to endocarditis. Its potential as a bioweapon has led to its classification as a category B select agent. An effective inactivated whole-cell vaccine (WCV) currently exists but causes severe granulomatous/necrotizing reactions in individuals with prior exposure, and is not licensed for use in most countries. Current efforts to reduce or eliminate the deleterious reactions associated with WCVs have focused on identifying potential subunit vaccine candidates. Both humoral and T cell-mediated responses are required for protection in animal models. In this study, nine novel immunogenic C. burnetii proteins were identified in extracted whole-cell lysates using 2D electrophoresis, immunoblotting with immune guinea pig sera, and tandem MS. The immunogenic C. burnetii proteins elicited antigen-specific IgG in guinea pigs vaccinated with whole-cell killed Nine Mile phase I vaccine, suggesting a T cell-dependent response. Eleven additional proteins previously shown to react with immune human sera were also antigenic in guinea pigs, showing the relevance of the guinea pig immunization model for antigen discovery. The antigens described here warrant further investigation to validate their potential use as subunit vaccine candidates. PMID:21030434

  11. Simplified sizing of low-density lipoprotein using polyacrylamide gradient gel electrophoresis of plasma.

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    Westhuyzen, J; Graham, S D; Rasiah, R L; Saltissi, D

    1997-01-01

    Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) particles can be separated into subfractions according to size by non-denaturing polyacrylamide gradient gel electrophoresis. Established research methods require specialised equipment and are frequently unsuited to the clinical laboratory. In this study, we utilised a colour flat bed scanner in conjunction with shareware image analysis software to compare LDL particle diameters of isolated LDL with LDL in whole plasma. LDL was isolated by ultracentrifugation and electrophoresed on 3-13% gels (Gradipore; Sydney, Australia) for 2400 Volt-hours in parallel with plasma and molecular size standards. Coomassie Blue-stained gels were scanned in reflexive mode using a colour flat-bed scanner and Adobe Photoshop 3.0 software. Density traces of each lane were obtained using NIH Image software (public domain, USA). LDL particle diameters were determined from calibration curves of the log of molecular diameter of standards against migration distance. There was a good correlation between LDL particle diameters obtained using isolated LDL and whole plasma (r = 0.87, P < 0.001; n = 22). However, the group means (+/- S.D.) (24.7 +/- 0.6 and 24.8 +/- 0.5 nm respectively) were statistically different on the paired t-test (P < 0.05). It is unclear whether this numerically small difference is due to alterations in LDL during the longer preparative procedures for LDL, or to matrix effects during electrophoresis of plasma samples. In conclusion, plasma samples stained with Coomassie Blue and scanned with a colour flat bed scanner can conveniently be used for LDL particle sizing by non-denaturing polyacrylamide gradient gel electrophoresis. PMID:9156560

  12. Age-associated changes in synaptic lipid raft proteins revealed by two-dimensional fluorescence difference gel electrophoresis

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    Jiang, Lei; Fang, Jianwen; Moore, David S.; Gogichaeva, Natalia V.; Galeva, Nadezhda A.; Michaelis, Mary L.; Zaidi, Asma

    2009-01-01

    Brain aging is associated with a progressive decline in cognitive function though the molecular mechanisms remain unknown. Functional changes in brain neurons could be due to age-related alterations in levels of specific proteins critical for information processing. Specialized membrane microdomains known as ‘lipid rafts’ contain protein complexes involved in many signal transduction processes. This study was undertaken to determine if two-dimensional fluorescence difference gel electrophoresis (2D DIGE) analysis of proteins in synaptic membrane lipid rafts revealed age-dependent alterations in levels of raft proteins. Five pairs of young and aged rat synaptic membrane rafts were subjected to DIGE separation, followed by image analysis and identification of significantly altered proteins. Of 1046 matched spots on DIGE gels, 94 showed statistically significant differences in levels between old and young rafts, and 87 of these were decreased in aged rafts. The 41 most significantly altered (p < 0.03) proteins included several synaptic proteins involved in energy metabolism, redox homeostasis, and cytoskeletal structure. This may indicate a disruption in bioenergetic balance and redox homeostasis in synaptic rafts with brain aging. Differential levels of representative identified proteins were confirmed by immunoblot analysis. Our findings provide novel pathways in investigations of mechanisms that may contribute to altered neuronal function in aging brain. PMID:19118924

  13. Mutations and a polymorphism in the factor VIII gene discovered by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis

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    Kogan, S.; Gitschier, J. )

    1990-03-01

    Hemophilia A results from mutations in the gene coding for coagulation factor VIII. The authors gradient gel electrophoresis to screen for mutations in the region of the factor VIII gene coding for the first acidic domain. Amplification primers were designed employing the MELTMAP computer program to optimize the ability to detect mutations. Screening of amplified DNA from 228 unselected hemophilia A patients revealed two mutations and one polymorphism. Rescreening the same population by making heteroduplexes between amplified patient and control samples prior to electrophoresis revealed one additional mutation. The mutations include two missense and one 4-base-pair deletion, and each mutation was found in patients with severe hemophilia. The polymorphism, located adjacent to the adenine branch site in intron 7, is useful for genetic prediction in some cases where the Bcl I and Xba I polymorphisms are uninformative. These results suggest that DNA amplification and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis should be an excellent strategy for identifying mutations and polymorphisms in defined regions of the factor VIII gene and other large genes.

  14. Single cell gel electrophoresis assay: sensitivity of peripheral white blood cells in human population studies.

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    Srám, R J; Podrazilová, K; Dejmek, J; Mracková, G; Pilcík, T

    1998-01-01

    The single cell gel electrophoresis assay (Comet assay) was selected as a biomarker of exposure to evaluate the impact of air pollution and lifestyle variables on hospitalized pregnancies in two districts with different air pollution levels in northern (Teplice) and southern (Prachatice) Bohemia. The hypothesis was that the DNA damage detected as single strand breaks would be generally higher in the district with higher air pollution levels. To undertake the study we enrolled 322 pregnancies in Teplice and 220 in Prachatice. Venous and cord blood were analysed using the original alkaline Comet assay procedure with lysis for 60 min, unwinding for 40 min and electrophoresis for 24 min. We also used a modified procedure in which unwinding was prolonged to 60 min and electrophoresis to 40 min. Peripheral white blood cells (WBC) were analysed using an image analyser system. When we analysed the results obtained for mothers and their children no differences were found between polluted and control districts. The prolongation of alkali unwinding and electrophoresis did not increase sensitivity of the assay. No effects of prematurity, ethnicity, smoking or GSTM1 polymorphism were observed for any of the Comet parameters. Multiple regression analyses were performed for the European population (n = 285). A statistical model was fitted to determine the relationship between the Comet parameters of mothers and their children. According to our results it seems that the Comet assay was not a particularly sensitive technique to determine the effects of environmental pollution at the DNA level if peripheral WBC are used. PMID:9491403

  15. Measurement of DNA damage using agarose gel electrophoresis and electronic imaging

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    Sutherland, J.C.; Bergman, A.M.; Chen, Chun-Zhang; Monteleone, D.C.; Trunk, J.; Sutherland, B.M.

    1988-01-01

    Damage done to DNA by ultraviolet (uv) light, gamma rays and other carcinogens can be quantified using agarose gel electrophororesis. Agents that either produce strand breaks directly or that produce lesions that can be enzymatically or chemically converted to strand breaks can be studied. The method requires: (1) accurate measurement of the disribution of mass of DNA as a function of the distance of migration in the gel, (2) determination of the dispersion function of the electrophoresis system and (3) calculation of weighted averages of these functions by a computer. Less than 50 ng of DNA are required and the DNA need not be labeled with a radioactive tracer. Hence, the damage and repair of DNA in non-dividing cells and intact organisms---including humans---can be studied. Initial applications have focused on the quantitation of cyclobutyl pyrimidine dimers in the DNA of uv irradiated human skin. The sensitivity of lesion detection is increased by unidirectional pulsed field electrophoresis and other methods that separate longer DNA molecules. Replacing photographic detection of ethidium fluorescence by electronic imaging increases the accuracy of the measurement and the speed of data analysis. Quantitative electronic imaging of gel fluorescence offers advantages over photography in other areas of molecular biology, medicine and biotechnology. 26 refs., 5 figs.

  16. On-chip native gel electrophoresis-based immunoassays for tetanus antibody and toxin.

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    Herr, Amy E; Throckmorton, Daniel J; Davenport, Andrew A; Singh, Anup K

    2005-01-15

    By integrating photopolymerized cross-linked polyacrylamide gels within a microfluidic device, we have developed a microanalytical platform for performing electrophoresis-based immunoassays. The microfluidic immunoassays are performed by gel electrophoretic separation and quantitation of bound and unbound antibody or antigen. To retain biological activity of proteins and maintain intact immune complexes, nondenaturing polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis conditions were investigated. Both direct (noncompetitive) and competitive immunoassay formats are demonstrated in microchips. A direct immunoassay was developed for detection of tetanus antibodies in buffer as well as diluted serum samples. After an off-chip incubation step, the immunoassay was completed in less than 3 min and the sigmoidal dose-response curve spanned an antibody concentration range from 0.17 to 260 nM. The minimum detectable antibody concentration was 0.68 nM. A competitive immunoassay was also developed for tetanus toxin C-fragment by allowing unlabeled and fluorescently labeled tetanus toxin C-fragment compete to bind to a limited fixed concentration of tetanus antibody. The immunoassay technique described in this work shows promise as a component of an integrated microfluidic device amenable to automation and relevant to development of clinical diagnostic devices. PMID:15649057

  17. DNA electrophoresis in tri-block copolymer gels--experiments and Brownian dynamics simulation

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    Wei, Ling; van Winkle, David H.

    2015-03-01

    The mobility of double-stranded DNA ladders in Pluronics®P105, P123 and F127, was measured by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. Pluronics®are triblock copolymers which form gel-like phases of micelles arranged with cubic order at room temperature. A 10 base pair and a 25 base pair DNA ladder were used as samples in gel electrophoresis. The monotonically decreasing mobility with increasing length observed in the agarose separations is not observed in separations in Pluronics®. Rather, a complicated dependence of mobility on DNA length is observed, where mobility vs. length increases for short DNA molecules then decreases for longer molecules. There is also a variation of mobility with length correlated to the micelle diameter. Brownian dynamics simulations of a discrete wormlike chain model were performed to simulate short DNA molecules migrating in free solution and in a face-centered cubic matrix. By incorporating hydrodynamic interactions, the trend of simulated length-dependent mobility qualitatively agrees with experimental measurements.

  18. Dispersion functions and factors that determine resolution for DNA sequencing by gel electrophoresis

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    Sutherland, J.C.; Reynolds, K.J.; Fisk, D.J.

    1996-04-01

    The number of bases that can be read in a single run by a DNA sequencing instrument that detects fluorophore labeled DNA arriving at a ``finish-line`` located a fixed distance from the starting wells is influenced by numerous parameters. Strategies for improving the length-of-read of a DNA sequencer can be based on quantitative models of the separation of DNA by gel electrophoresis. The dispersion function of the electrophoretic system--the relationship between molecular contour length and time of arrival at the detector--is useful in characterizing the performance of a DNA sequencer. We adapted analytical representations of dispersion functions, originally developed for snapshot imaging of DNA gels, (samples electrophoresed for constant time), to finish-line imaging, and demonstrated that a logistic-type function with non-integral exponent is required to describe the experimental data. We use this dispersion function to determine the resolution length and resolving power of a LI-COR DNA sequencing system and a custom built capillary gel electrophoresis system, and discuss the factors that presently limit the number of bases that can be determined reliably in a single sequencing run.

  19. Megabase-scale mapping of the HLA gene complex by pulsed field gel electrophoresis

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    Lawrance, S.K.; Smith, C.L.; Srivastava, R.; Cantor, C.R.; Weissman, S.M.

    1987-03-13

    In the study of the genetic structure of mammalian chromosomes, there exists a resolution gap between molecular cloning experiments and meiotic linkage analyses. This gap has discouraged attempts to construct full-scale genetic maps of mammalian chromosomes. The organization of the human major histocompatibility complex was examined within this range by pulsed field gel electrophoresis. The data obtained indicate that the complex spans over 3000 kilobases and enable the construction of a megabase-scale molecular map. These results indicate that the techniques employed in DNA extraction, enzymatic digestion, electrophoresis, and hybridization are suitable for the efficient analysis of megabase regions of mammalian chromosomes and effectively bridge the resolution gap between molecular cloning and classical genetics.

  20. Sodium dodecyl sulfate-capillary gel electrophoresis of proteins using non-cross-linked polyacrylamide.

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    Wu, D; Regnier, F E

    1992-09-11

    Proteins with relative molecular masses of 14,000 to 205,000 were separated by sodium dodecyl sulfate-capillary gel electrophoresis (SDS-CGE) using non-cross-linked linear polyacrylamide gels on both coated and uncoated fused-silica capillaries. It was determined that viscosity of the acrylamide solution was a major factor affecting column stability with linear acrylamide gels. When the viscosity of the acrylamide solution reaches 100 cP, electro-osmotically driven displacement of the gels is insignificant. Uncoated capillaries provided better resolution, stability, and reproducibility than surface coated capillaries when the concentration of linear polyacrylamide was greater than 4%. At lower gel concentrations, non-cross-linked polyacrylamide is easily displaced from the columns. A calibration plot of log molecular mass vs. mobility with non-linear polyacrylamide was linear, which indicated that resolution was equivalent to that obtained with cross-linked acrylamide. Separations with model proteins indicated that baseline resolution between protein species that vary 10% in molecular mass can be achieved. PMID:1430034

  1. An inexpensive microslab gel DNA electrophoresis system with real-time fluorescence detection.

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    Chen, Xiaojia; Ugaz, Victor M

    2006-02-01

    In this paper, we describe the construction of a simple yet powerful gel electrophoresis apparatus that can be used to perform size-selective separations of DNA fragments in virtually any laboratory. This system employs a microslab gel format with a novel gel casting technique that eliminates the need for delicate combs to define sample loading wells. The compact size of the microslab gel format allows rapid separations to be performed at low voltages using submicroliter sample volumes. Real time fluorescence detection of the migrating DNA fragments is accomplished using an inexpensive digital microscope that directly connects to any PC with a USB interface. The microscope is readily adaptable for this application by replacing its white light source with a blue light-emitting diode (LED) and adding an appropriate emission filter. Both polyacrylamide and agarose gels can be used as separation matrices. Separation performance was characterized using standard dsDNA ladders, and correct sizing of a 191 bp PCR product was achieved in 15 min. The low cost and simplicity of this system makes it ideally suited for use in a variety of laboratory and educational settings. PMID:16342324

  2. Performing Isoelectric Focusing and Simultaneous Fractionation of Proteins on A Rotary Valve Followed by Sodium Dodecyl – Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis

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    Wang, Wei; Lu, Joann J.; Gu, Congying; Zhou, Lei; Liu, Shaorong

    2013-01-01

    In this technical note, we design and fabricate a novel rotary valve and demonstrate its feasibility for performing isoelectric focusing and simultaneous fractionation of proteins, followed by sodium dodecyl – polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The valve has two positions. In one position, the valve routes a series of capillary loops together into a single capillary tube where capillary isoelectric focusing (CIEF) is performed. By switching the valve to another position, the CIEF-resolved proteins in all capillary loops are isolated simultaneously, and samples in the loops are removed and collected in vials. After the collected samples are briefly processed, they are separated via sodium dodecyl – polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE, the 2nd-D separation) on either a capillary gel electrophoresis instrument or a slab-gel system. The detailed valve configuration is illustrated, and the experimental conditions and operation protocols are discussed. PMID:23819755

  3. Molecular subtyping of Clostridium botulinum by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis.

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    Lúquez, Carolina; Joseph, Lavin A; Maslanka, Susan E

    2015-01-01

    Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) has been extensively used to estimate the genetic diversity of Clostridium botulinum. In addition, PFGE is the standard method for investigating foodborne outbreaks associated with various enteric pathogens, including C. botulinum. PFGE can be used to exclude a suspected but not confirmed food source when the patterns of the food and clinical isolates are different. Indistinguishable PFGE patterns may also be useful for linking isolates between patients or to a food source, but results must be interpreted within an epidemiological context to ensure isolates are truly related. Here, we describe a standardized laboratory protocol for molecular subtyping of C. botulinum by PFGE. PMID:25862052

  4. Application of denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis to detect DNA sequence differences encoding apolipoprotein E isoforms

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    Parker, S.; Angelico, M.C.; Laffel, L.; Krolewski, A.S. Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA )

    1993-04-01

    Apolipoprotein E (apoE) plays an important role in plasma lipid metabolism. Three common isoforms of this protein have been identified by the isoelectric focusing method. In this report the authors describe a new method for distinguishing these isoforms. Their method employs PCR amplification of the DNA sequence of exon 4 in the apoE gene followed by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) to distinguish its different melting characteristics. Identification of the ApoE isoforms through DNA melting behavior rather than protein charge differences eliminates the problems associated with isoelectric focusing and facilitates screening for additional mutations at the apoE locus. 12 refs., 2 figs.

  5. Genetic profiling of Klebsiella pneumoniae: comparison of pulsed field gel electrophoresis and random amplified polymorphic DNA

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    Ashayeri-Panah, Mitra; Eftekhar, Fereshteh; Ghamsari, Maryam Mobarak; Parvin, Mahmood; Feizabadi, Mohammad Mehdi

    2013-01-01

    In this study, the discriminatory power of pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) methods for subtyping of 54 clinical isolates of Klebsiella pneumoniae were compared. All isolates were typeable by RAPD, while 3.6% of them were not typeable by PFGE. The repeatability of both typing methods were 100% with satisfying reproducibility (≥ 95%). Although the discriminatory power of PFGE was greater than RAPD, both methods showed sufficient discriminatory power (DI > 0.95) which reflects the heterogeneity among the K. pneumoniae isolates. An optimized RAPD protocol is less technically demanding and time consuming that makes it a reliable typing method and competitive with PFGE. PMID:24516423

  6. High-resolution preparative separation of glycosaminoglycan oligosaccharides by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis1

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    Laremore, Tatiana N.; Ly, Mellisa; Solakyildirim, Kemal; Zagorevski, Dmitri V.; Linhardt, Robert J.

    2010-01-01

    Separation of milligram amounts of heparin oligosaccharides ranging in degree of polymerization from 4 to 32 is achieved within 6 hours using continuous-elution polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (CE-PAGE) on commercially available equipment. The purity and structural integrity of CE-PAGE-separated oligosaccharides are confirmed by strong-anion exchange high-pressure liquid chromatography, electrospray ionization Fourier transform mass spectrometry and two-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The described method is straightforward and time-efficient, affording size-homogeneous oligosaccharides that can be used in sequencing, protein binding, and other structure-function relationship studies. PMID:20211145

  7. Quantitation of pyrimidine dimer contents of nonradioactive deoxyribonucleic acid by electrophoresis in alkaline agarose gels

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    Sutherland, B.M.; Shih, A.G.

    1983-02-15

    We have developed a method of quantitating the pyrimidine dimer content of nonradioactive DNAs. DNA samples are treated with the UV-endonuclease from Micrococcus luteus and then separated according to molecular weight by electrophoresis on alkaline agarose gels. From their migration relative to known molecular weight standards, their median molecular weight and thus the number of dimers per DNA molecule in each sample can be calculated. Results of action spectra for dimer formation in T7 bacteriophage measured by this method agree well with action spectra for T7 killing. In addition, the method gives dimer yields in good agreement with those obtained by others using alkaline sucrose gradient sedimentation.

  8. Molecular karyotype analysis of Perkinsus atlanticus (Phylum Perkinsozoa) by pulsed field gel electrophoresis.

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    Leonor Teles-Grilo, M; Duarte, Sérgio M; Tato-Costa, Joana; Gaspar-Maia, Alexandre; Oliveira, Carla; Rocha, António A; Marques, Américo; Cordeiro-da-Silva, Anabela; Azevedo, Carlos

    2007-11-01

    Perkinsus atlanticus is a pathogenic protist that infects the clam Ruditapes decussatus. Although it was recently proposed that the genus Perkinsus belongs to a new phylum, Perkinsozoa, in the infra-kingdom Alveolata, there remain different opinions about whether this genus should form a phylum on its own and consequently divergent views about its taxonomic characterization. In this work, we have identified nine chromosomes by pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) combined with densitometry analysis. The obtained karyotype of Perkinsus atlanticus, like that of other early branches of the dinoflagellate lineage, displays a more conventional chromosome organization, different from that of most dinoflagellates. PMID:17822886

  9. Silver staining of unconcentrated cerebrospinal fluid in agarose gel (Panagel) electrophoresis.

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    Mehta, P D; Mehta, S P; Patrick, B A

    1984-05-01

    We subjected cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from 20 patients with multiple sclerosis and 20 patients with other neurological diseases to agarose gel ( Panagel ) electrophoresis followed by staining with silver. Ten microliters of unconcentrated CSF from multiple sclerosis patients containing 0.4 to 0.8 microgram of immunoglobulin G was found to be optimum for detection of oligoclonal IgG bands, so identified by immunofixation. The band patterns for unconcentrated CSF stained with silver were almost identical to those for the same CSF concentrated 40-fold and stained with Coomassie Brilliant Blue. Silver staining thus enables the clinical laboratory to electrophorese unconcentrated CSF on commercially prepared ( Panagel ) plates. PMID:6201302

  10. The Use of Gel Electrophoresis to Study the Reactions of Activated Amino Acids with Oligonucleotides

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    Zieboll, Gerhard; Orgel, Leslie E.

    1994-01-01

    We have used gel electrophoresis to study the primary covalent addition of amino acids to oligonu-cleotides or their analogs and the subsequent addition of further molecules of the amino acids to generate peptides covalently linked to the oligonucleotides. We have surveyed the reactions of a variety of amino acids with the phosphoramidates derived from oligonucleotide 5 inches phosphates and ethylenediamine. We find that arginine and amino acids can interact with oligonucleotidesl through stacking interactions react most efficiently. D- and L-amino acids give indistinguishable families of products.

  11. Accommodating brightness and exposure levels in densitometry of stained polyacrylamide electrophoresis gels

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    Tan, Han Yen; Ng, Tuck Wah; Liew, Oi Wah

    2010-03-20

    Flatbed scanner densitometers can be operated under various illumination and recording exposure levels. In this work, we show that optical density measurement accuracy, sensitivity, and stability of stained polyacrylamide electrophoresis gel densitometry are crucially dependent on these two factors (brightness and exposure level), notwithstanding that the source is monochromatic, spatially uniform, and the measurements are made using an accurately calibrated step wedge in tandem. We further outline a method to accommodate the intensity deviations over a range of illumination and exposure levels in order to maintain sensitivity and repeatability in the computed optical densities. Comparisons were also made with results from a commercial densitometer.

  12. Rapid detection of proteins in polyacrylamide electrophoresis gels with Direct Red 81 and Amido Black.

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    Choveaux, David; Krause, Robert G E; Goldring, J P Dean

    2012-01-01

    Proteins separated by SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis need to be stained with organic dyes to be visualized and to enable comparisons to be made between the intensity of protein bands to observe and determine differences in protein concentration. The standard protein staining is with Coomassie Blue R-250. Coomassie staining takes 1 h to complete. Direct Red 81 and Amido Black stain proteins within 10 min. This chapter describes Direct Red 81 and Amido Black staining in comparison to staining with Coomassie Blue R-250. PMID:22585524

  13. Application of two-dimensional gel electrophoresis to Prunus armeniaca leaf and bark tissues.

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    Faurobert, M

    1997-01-01

    The protein composition of Prunus armeniaca bark and leaf tissues was investigated by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. Three different extraction procedures were tested in order to obtain reproducible gels with numerous spots of high intensity. The best results were achieved with extraction in Tris-buffer in the presence of a nonionic detergent, reducing agents, and polyphenol oxidase inhibitors. As many as 744 protein spots were resolved from leaf tissues. The patterns exhibited well-focused spots, with apparent molecular masses ranging from 19 to 90 kDa and isoelectric point from 4.5 to 8.5. The Tris extraction buffer was also the most appropriate for cortical tissue analysis. PMID:9059840

  14. Analysis of Mitochondrial Respiratory Chain Supercomplexes Using Blue Native Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis (BN-PAGE).

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    Jha, Pooja; Wang, Xu; Auwerx, Johan

    2016-01-01

    Mitochondria are cellular organelles that harvest energy in the form of ATP through a process termed oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS), which occurs via the protein complexes of the electron transport chain (ETC). In recent years it has become unequivocally clear that mitochondrial complexes of the ETC are not static entities in the inner mitochondrial membrane. These complexes are dynamic and in mammals they aggregate in different stoichiometric combinations to form supercomplexes (SCs) or respirasomes. It has been proposed that the net respiration is more efficient via SCs than via isolated complexes. However, it still needs to be determined whether the activity of a particular SC is associated with a disease etiology. Here we describe a simplified method to visualize and assess in-gel activity of SCs and the individual complexes with good resolution using blue native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (BN-PAGE). © 2016 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. PMID:26928661

  15. Studies on the bioactivity of radioiodinated highly purified bovine thyrotropin: analytical polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis

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    Takai, N.A.; Filetti, S.; Rapoport, B.

    1981-01-01

    Highly purified bovine TSH (stored in solution at -70 C) was radioiodinated by the stoichiometric chloroamine-T method. The iodinated material ws subjected to analytical polyacrylamide disc gel electrophoresis. TSH was eluted from gel slices (1 mm width) and was analyzed for radioactivity and bioactivity. The latter was determined using the cultured thyroid cell cAMP response assay. Radioactivity in the TSH preparation migrated separately from bioactivity, but concordant with the protein bands observed in gels run in parallel. Further studies performed on bovine TSH purified in our laboratory, as well as on a different TSH preparation of exceptionally high potency (both stored as lyophilized powder) revealed a different pattern, with TSH bioactivity and radioactivity eluting concurrently. Iodination of TSH did not alter its electrophoretic migration on disc gel electrophoresis. In all preparations polymorphism of TSH bioactivity was observed, with at least four separate protein bands containing TSH bioactivity being present in our preparation. The relationship between the degree of iodination and retention of TSH bioactivity was examined. Incorporation of /sup 125/I into TSH was greatly different at two different concentrations of chloramine-T. Despite this, however, the progressive loss of TSH bioactivity was similar at both concentrations, indicating that incorporation of iodine into the TSH molecule is not itself responsible for the decrease in bioactivity. These studies indicate variability among different TSH preparations in terms of their retention of bioactivity. Significant loss of TSH bioactivity appears to occur during storage in solution. The damage to the biological activity of TSH during the iodination procedure is more likely related to the oxidation process than to the incorporation of iodine.

  16. A control method to inspect the compositional authenticity of Minas Frescal cheese by gel electrophoresis.

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    Magenis, Renata B; Prudêncio, Elane S; Molognoni, Luciano; Daguer, Heitor

    2014-08-20

    This study introduces a qualitative method to inspect the compositional authenticity of white nonripened cheeses like Minas Frescal, a typical Brazilian cheese, especially when irregular replacement of milk by whey is suspected. A sodium dodecyl sulfate gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) method, followed by image densitometry, was validated. Cheeses were freeze-dried to electrophoresis, and β-lactoglobulin (β-LG) was chosen as the adulteration marker. In gel trypsin digestion followed by matrix assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry provided its identification. Cheeses with a minimum of 14 mg·g(-1) of β-LG are considered to be adulterated. The method shows satisfactory precision with a detection limit of 7 mg·g(-1). Forty-two commercial samples from inspected establishments were then assessed and subjected to cluster analysis. Compliant and noncompliant groups were set with 24 (57%) authentic samples and 18 (43%) adulterated samples, respectively, showing that proper analytical monitoring is required to inhibit this practice. PMID:25096158

  17. Use of pulsed-field gel electrophoresis to measure DNA damage and repair

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    Scicchitano, D.A. New York Univ., New York )

    1991-03-11

    A method is described here for the analysis of single-strand break formation and repair in genomic DNA. The procedure involves exposing cells to a DNA-damaging agent, allowing time for recovery, and embedding the cells in agarose. After lysis and digestion with a protease, the DNA, which remains in the agarose plug, is denatured with glyoxal and separated by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. The DNA in the gel is then transferred to a support membrane and quantitated with a radioanalytic imaging system to determine the average size of the DNA at each time point of recovery. The results indicate that the repair of methyl-induced breaks in total genomic DNA is approximately 80% complete in 48 hr in CHO B11 and ARL 14 cells exposed to dimethyl sulfate. These results are in agreement with those obtained by using other techniques like alkaline sucrose sedimentation. The method developed and described here has several advantages over existing techniques for repair measurements: It can be used to monitor genotoxic agents that nick DNA, to study the removal of breaks from genomic DNA, and to test for repair of damage in specific domains of chromatin that would be too large to examine by conventional electrophoresis.

  18. Agarose gel electrophoresis of duodenal juice in normal condition and in children with malabsorption.

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    Borulf, S; Lindberg, T; Hansson, L

    1979-01-01

    Agarose gel electrophoresis (at pH 8.6) was used for qualitative determination of pancreatic enzymes in duodenal juice. The various enzymes were identified by staining techniques with specific chromogenic substrates, by quantitative determination of enzymes in eluates of gel slices, and by immunoelectrophoresis. The various protein bands corresponded to the following enzymes (from the anode to the cathode): chymotrypsin, trypsin, carboxypeptidase A, chymotrypsin, amylase (around the slit), lipase, elastase, and trypsin. The method was applied to a study of exocrine pancreatic function in 10 adults and 83 children suspected of having malabsorption. The duodenal juice, also analyzed for trypsin and amylase content, was collected in fasting condition and after a test meal of water. In patients with normal pancreatic function, all the enzyme bands were present and easy to recognize. In 87 patients carboxypeptidase A was present as two bands in 68 (80%), anodal trypsin as two bands in 39 (45%), and cathodal trypsin as two bands in 85 (97%). Electrophoresis of duodenal juice gave as much information from the fasting sample as after the test meal. Six children with pancreatic insufficiency (cystic fibrosis and Shwachmar's syndrome) had no or only faintly stained enzyme bands and a strongly stained albumin-containing band most anodally. The method is simple, rapid, and useful in routine work. The combination of this qualitative test with a quantitative one (e.g. trypsin determination) provides good information about exocrine pancreatic function. PMID:432537

  19. Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis data for proteomic profiling of Sporothrix yeast cells.

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    Rodrigues, Anderson Messias; Kubitschek-Barreira, Paula H; Fernandes, Geisa Ferreira; de Almeida, Sandro Rogério; Lopes-Bezerra, Leila M; de Camargo, Zoilo Pires

    2015-03-01

    Sporotrichosis is a chronic infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissues of human and other mammals caused by a complex of cryptic dimorphic fungi in the plant-associated order Ophiostomatales. With major differences between routes of transmission, Sporothrix infections are emerging as new threat in tropical and subtropical areas, particularly in form of outbreaks. The mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis and invasion of Sporothrix spp. are still poorly understood and many virulence factors remain unidentified. In this scenario, a global analysis of proteins expressed by clinical Sporothrix species combined with the identification of seroreactive proteins is overdue. Optimization of sample preparation and electrophoresis conditions are key steps toward reproducibility of gel-based proteomics assays. We provide the data generated using an efficient protocol of protein extraction for rapid and large-scale proteome analysis using two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. The protocol was established and optimized for pathogenic and non-pathogenic Sporothrix spp. including Sporothrix brasiliensis (CBS 132990), Sporothrix schenckii sensu stricto (CBS 132974), Sporothrix globosa (CBS 132922), and Sporothrix mexicana (CBS 120341). The data, supplied in this article, are related to the research article entitled "Immunoproteomic analysis reveals a convergent humoral response signature in the Sporothrix schenckii complex" (Rodrigues et al., 2014 [1]). PMID:26217702

  20. A Novel Universal Primer-Multiplex-PCR Method with Sequencing Gel Electrophoresis Analysis

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    Huang, Kunlun; Zhang, Nan; Yuan, Yanfang; Shang, Ying; Luo, Yunbo

    2012-01-01

    In this study, a novel universal primer-multiplex-PCR (UP-M-PCR) method adding a universal primer (UP) in the multiplex PCR reaction system was described. A universal adapter was designed in the 5?-end of each specific primer pairs which matched with the specific DNA sequences for each template and also used as the universal primer (UP). PCR products were analyzed on sequencing gel electrophoresis (SGE) which had the advantage of exhibiting extraordinary resolution. This method overcame the disadvantages rooted deeply in conventional multiplex PCR such as complex manipulation, lower sensitivity, self-inhibition and amplification disparity resulting from different primers, and it got a high specificity and had a low detection limit of 0.1 ng for single kind of crops when screening the presence of genetically modified (GM) crops in mixture samples. The novel developed multiplex PCR assay with sequencing gel electrophoresis analysis will be useful in many fields, such as verifying the GM status of a sample irrespective of the crop and GM trait and so on. PMID:22272223

  1. A tunable isoelectric focusing via moving reaction boundary for two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and proteomics.

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    Guo, Chen-Gang; Shang, Zhi; Yan, Jian; Li, Si; Li, Guo-Qing; Liu, Rong-Zhong; Qing, Ying; Fan, Liu-Yin; Xiao, Hua; Cao, Cheng-Xi

    2015-05-01

    Routine native immobilized pH gradient isoelectric focusing (IPG-IEF) and two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2DE) are still suffering from unfortunate reproducibility, poor resolution (caused by protein precipitation) and instability in characterization of intact protein isoforms and posttranslational modifications. Based on the concept of moving reaction boundary (MRB), we firstly proposed a tunable non-IPG-IEF system to address these issues. By choosing proper pairs of catholyte and anolyte, we could achieve desired cathodic and anodic migrating pH gradients in non-IPG-IEF system, effectively eliminating protein precipitation and uncertainty of quantitation existing in routine IEF and 2DE, and enhancing the resolution and sensitivity of IEF. Then, an adjustable 2DE system was developed by combining non-IPG-IEF with polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE). The improved 2DE was evaluated by testing model proteins and colon cancer cell lysates. The experiments revealed that (i) a tunable pH gradient could be designed via MRB; (ii) up to 1.65 fold improvement of resolution was achieved via non-IPG-IEF; (iii) the sensitivity of developed techniques was increased up to 2.7 folds; and (iv) up to about 16.4% more protein spots could be observed via the adjustable 2DE as compared with routine one. The developed techniques might contribute to complex proteome research, especially for screening of biological marker and analysis of extreme acidic/alkaline proteins. PMID:25770625

  2. Finite element simulation of the 2D collapse of a polyelectrolyte gel disk

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    Segalman, Daniel J.; Witkowski, Walter R.; Rao, R. R.; Adolf, Douglas B.; Shahinpoor, Mohsen

    1993-07-01

    Theoretical models describing the dynamic behavior of the expansion and contraction of polyelectrolyte gels present numerically challenging problems. This paper describes how a method of weighted residuals approach has been used to solve the two-dimensional governing system of equations by finite element analysis. The modulation of the imbibition/expulsion of solvent by a gel disk is studied as an example.

  3. Pluronic copolymer liquid crystals: unique, replaceable media for capillary gel electrophoresis.

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    Rill, R L; Liu, Y; Van Winkle, D H; Locke, B R

    1998-08-21

    Liquid crystalline solutions of Pluronic copolymers are versatile alternatives to solutions of entangled, random coil polymers as replaceable media for capillary gel electrophoresis (CGE). Pluronic copolymers are tri-block polymers of poly(ethylene oxide) [(EO)x] and poly(propylene oxide) [(PO)y] with the general formula (EO)x(PO)y(EO)x. Large micelles form in aqueous solutions in which central, hydrophobic cores of (PO)y segments are surrounded by "brushes" of hydrated (EO)x tails. Solutions of Pluronic F127 (BASF Performance Chemicals) in a concentration range of about 18-30% are liquids at refrigerator temperatures (< or = 5 degrees C) and are easily introduced into capillaries. A self-supporting, gel-like liquid crystalline phase is formed as the temperature is raised to > or = 20 degrees C. This liquid crystalline phase consists of spherical micelles with diameters of 17-18 nm which pack with local cubic symmetry. CGE in Pluronic F127 liquid crystals separates species within several chemical classes as varied as nucleoside monophosphates and organic dyes, oligonucleotides of 4-60 nucleotides, DNA fragments of 50-3000 base pairs (bp), and supercoiled plasmid DNAs of 2000-10,000 bp. Mechanisms of molecular sieving in polymer liquid crystals must differ in fundamental ways from separations in random polymer gels because molecules move around uncrosslinked obstacles that are larger than the smallest dimensions of typical analytes. Molecular sieving in Pluronic liquid crystals is envisioned to occur as molecules squeeze between hydrated (EO)x strands of micelle brushes, or through brushtips and interstitial spaces between micelles. Small molecules such as nucleotides appear to separate by a different mechanism involving partitioning between hydrophilic and hydrophobic environments. This process is termed "hydrophobic interaction electrophoresis". The unique structures of Pluronic copolymers and their liquid crystalline phases provide new challenges and opportunities in separations science. PMID:9764501

  4. The use of N,N,N',N'-tetramethylphenylenediamine to detect peroxidase activity on polyacrylamide electrophoresis gels.

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    Butler, M J; Lachance, M A

    1987-05-01

    N,N,N',N'-Tetramethylphenylenediamine (TMPD) acts as an effective indicator of peroxidase activity on polyacrylamide electrophoresis gels. The test is easy to perform, rapid, sensitive, and reliable. The procedure produces vivid bright blue bands (Wursters blue) on a clear background. TMPD and Wursters blue did not interfere with a number of other electrophoresis stains subsequently applied. These included total protein staining with Coomassie blue, and a number of pigment producing electrophoresis stains used to investigate melanogenesis-related enzymes in the black yeast Phaeococcomyces sp. PMID:2440348

  5. Identification of cellular proteome using two-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis in ST cells infected with transmissible gastroenteritis coronavirus

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    2013-01-01

    Background Transmissible gastroenteritis coronavirus (TGEV) is an enteropathogenic coronavirus that causes diarrhea in pigs, which is correlated with high morbidity and mortality in suckling piglets. Information remains limited about the comparative protein expression of host cells in response to TGEV infection. In this study, cellular protein response to TGEV infection in swine testes (ST) cells was analyzed, using the proteomic method of two-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis (2D DIGE) coupled with MALDI-TOF-TOF/MS identification. Results 33 differentially expressed protein spots, of which 23 were up-regulated and 10 were down-regulated were identified. All the protein spots were successfully identified. The identified proteins were involved in the regulation of essential processes such as cellular structure and integrity, RNA processing, protein biosynthesis and modification, vesicle transport, signal transduction, and the mitochondrial pathway. Western blot analysis was used to validate the changes of alpha tubulin, keratin 19, and prohibitin during TGEV infection. Conclusions To our knowledge, we have performed the first analysis of the proteomic changes in host cell during TGEV infection. 17 altered cellular proteins that differentially expressed in TGEV infection were identified. The present study provides protein-related information that should be useful for understanding the host cell response to TGEV infection and the underlying mechanism of TGEV replication and pathogenicity. PMID:23855489

  6. Phosphoproteome profiling using a fluorescent phosphosensor dye in two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

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    Otani, Mieko; Taniguchi, Taizo; Sakai, Akiko; Seta, Jouji; Kadoyama, Keiichi; Nakamura-Hirota, Tooru; Matsuyama, Shogo; Sano, Keiji; Takano, Masaoki

    2011-07-01

    We validated the novel PhosphoQUANTI SolidBlue Complex (PQSC) dye for the sensitive fluorescent detection of phosphorylated proteins in polyacrylamide- and two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (PAGE and 2DE, respectively). PQSC can detect as little as 15.6 ng of ß-casein, a pentaphosphorylated protein, and 61.3 ng of ovalbumin, a diphosphorylated protein. Fluorescence intensity correlates with the number of phosphorylated residues on the protein. To demonstrate the specificity of PQSC for phosphoproteins, enzymatically dephosphorylated lysates of Swiss 3T3 cells were separated in 2DE gels and stained by PQSC. The fluorescence signals in these gels were markedly reduced following dephosphorylation. When the phosphorylated proteins in Swiss 3T3 cell lysates were concentrated using a phosphoprotein enrichment column, the majority of phosphoproteins showed fluorescence signals in the pI 4-5 range. Finally, we performed phosphoproteome analysis to study differences in the protein phosphorylation profiles of proliferating and quiescent Swiss 3T3 cells. Over 135 discernible protein spots were detected, from which a selection of 15 spots were identified by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI TOF-MS). The PQSC staining procedure for phosphoprotein detection is simple, reversible, and fully compatible with MALDI TOF-MS. PMID:21384102

  7. Functional Characterization of Reductive Dehalogenases by Using Blue Native Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis

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    Tang, Shuiquan; Chan, Winnie W. M.; Fletcher, Kelly E.; Seifert, Jana; Liang, Xiaoming; Lffler, Frank E.; Adrian, Lorenz

    2013-01-01

    Dehalococcoides mccartyi strains are obligate organohalide-respiring bacteria harboring multiple distinct reductive dehalogenase (RDase) genes within their genomes. A major challenge is to identify substrates for the enzymes encoded by these RDase genes. We demonstrate an approach that involves blue native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (BN-PAGE) followed by enzyme activity assays with gel slices and subsequent identification of proteins in gel slices using liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). RDase expression was investigated in cultures of Dehalococcoides mccartyi strain BAV1 and in the KB-1 consortium growing on chlorinated ethenes and 1,2-dichloroethane. In cultures of strain BAV1, BvcA was the only RDase detected, revealing that this enzyme catalyzes the dechlorination not only of vinyl chloride, but also of all dichloroethene isomers and 1,2-dichloroethane. In cultures of consortium KB-1, five distinct Dehalococcoides RDases and one Geobacter RDase were expressed under the conditions tested. Three of the five RDases included orthologs to the previously identified chlorinated ethene-dechlorinating enzymes VcrA, BvcA, and TceA. This study revealed substrate promiscuity for these three enzymes and provides a path forward to further explore the largely unknown RDase protein family. PMID:23204411

  8. Detection of circular and linear herpesvirus DNA molecules in mammalian cells by gel electrophoresis.

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    Gardella, T; Medveczky, P; Sairenji, T; Mulder, C

    1984-01-01

    A simple gel technique is described for the detection of large, covalently closed, circular DNA molecules in eucaryotic cells. The procedure is based on the electrophoretic technique of Eckhardt (T. Eckhardt, Plasmid 1:584-588, 1978) for detecting bacterial plasmids and has been modified for the detection of circular and linear extrachromosomal herpesvirus genomes in mammalian cells. Gentle lysis of suspended cells in the well of an agarose gel followed by high-voltage electrophoresis allows separation of extrachromosomal DNA from the bulk of cellular DNA. Circular viral DNA from cells which carry the genomes of Epstein-Barr virus, Herpesvirus saimiri, and Herpesvirus ateles can be detected in these gels as sharp bands which comigrate with bacterial plasmid DNA of 208 kilobases. Epstein-Barr virus producer cell lines also show a sharp band of linear 160-kilobase DNA. The kinetics of the appearance of this linear band after induction of viral replication after temperature shift parallels the known kinetics of Epstein-Barr virus production in these cell lines. Hybridization of DNA after transfer to filters shows that the circular and linear DNA bands are virus specific and that as little as 0.25 Epstein-Barr virus genome per cell can be detected. The technique is simple, rapid, and sensitive and requires relatively low amounts of cells (0.5 X 10(6) to 2.5 X 10(6)). Images PMID:6321792

  9. COMPARISON OF PROTEIN IDENTIFICATION BY MALDI-TOF/TOF AND LC ELECTROSPRAY IONIZATION TANDEM MS FOR 2D GEL SEPARATED CAULIFLOWER SAMPLES

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    In 2D-gel mapping, it is well-known that essentially identical proteins migrate to different positions in the gel (due to PTMs etc.) while some, seemingly, well resolved spots consist of multiple proteins. Clearly, this observation can have dire consequences for the validity of gel-based comparativ...

  10. Altered Protein Expression of Streptococcus oralis Cultured at Low pH Revealed by Two-Dimensional Gel Electrophoresis

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    Wilkins, Joanna C.; Homer, Karen A.; Beighton, David

    2001-01-01

    Streptococcus oralis is the predominant aciduric nonmutans streptococcus isolated from the human dentition, but the role of this organism in the initiation and progression of dental caries has yet to be established. To identify proteins that are differentially expressed by S. oralis growing under conditions of low pH, soluble cellular proteins extracted from bacteria grown in batch culture at pH 5.2 or 7.0 were analyzed by two-dimensional (2-D) gel electrophoresis. Thirty-nine proteins had altered expression at low pH; these were excised, digested with trypsin using an in-gel protocol, and further analyzed by peptide mass fingerprinting using matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry. The resulting fingerprints were compared with the genomic database for Streptococcus pneumoniae, an organism that is phylogenetically closely related to S. oralis, and putative functions for the majority of these proteins were determined on the basis of functional homology. Twenty-eight proteins were up-regulated following growth at pH 5.2; these included enzymes of the glycolytic pathway (glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase and lactate dehydrogenase), the polypeptide chains comprising ATP synthase, and proteins that are considered to play a role in the general stress response of bacteria, including the 60-kDa chaperone, Hsp33, and superoxide dismutase, and three distinct ABC transporters. These data identify, for the first time, gene products that may be important in the survival and proliferation of nonmutans aciduric S. oralis under conditions of low pH that are likely to be encountered by this organism in vivo. PMID:11472910

  11. Optimizing soluble protein extraction and two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis quality for extremophile ciliates.

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    Fulgentini, Lorenzo; Marangoni, Roberto; Colombetti, Giuliano

    2008-06-01

    An efficient protein extraction methodology is quite important for sample preparation and subsequent 2-D PAGE and MS analysis. Cell lysis is the first step in protein extraction and purification. Many techniques are available for cell disruption, including physical and detergent-based methods. Here, we report on a very fast and efficient detergent-free Tris-based method to extract the soluble fraction proteins of extremophile ciliates, comparing it with a detergent-based protocol. This comparison has been carried out by means of 2-D PAGE and subsequent MALDI-compatible silver staining of protein samples obtained from the intensely pigmented hypersaline ciliate Fabrea salina and the Antarctic hypotrich ciliate Euplotes focardii. Our results indicate that this fast and easy extraction method allows to obtain more clear crude extracts and more spot-abundant polyacrylamide gels. PMID:18548458

  12. Identification of 2D-gel proteins : a comparison of MALDI/TOF peptide mass mapping to {mu} LC-ESI tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Lim, H.; Hays, L. G.; Eng, J.; Tollaksen, S. L.; Giometti, C. S.; Holden, J. F.; Adams, M. W. W.; Reich, C. I.; Olsen, G. J.; Yates, J. R.; Biosciences Division; The Scripps Research Inst.; Univ. of Georgia; Univ. of Illinois

    2003-09-01

    A comparative analysis of protein identification for a total of 162 protein spots separated by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis from two fully sequenced archaea, Methanococcus jannaschii and Pyrococcus furiosus, using MALDI-TOF peptide mass mapping (PMM) and mu LC-MS/MS is presented. 100% of the gel spots analyzed were successfully matched to the predicted proteins in the two corresponding open reading frame databases by mu LC-MS/MS while 97% of them were identified by MALDI-TOF PMM. The high success rate from the PMM resulted from sample desalting/concentrating with ZipTip(C18) and optimization of several PMM search parameters including a 25 ppm average mass tolerance and the application of two different protein molecular weight search windows. By using this strategy, low-molecular weight (<23 kDa) proteins could be identified unambiguously with less than 5 peptide matches. Nine percent of spots were identified as containing multiple proteins. By using mu LC-MS/MS, 50% of the spots analyzed were identified as containing multiple proteins. mu LC-MS/MS demonstrated better protein sequence coverage than MALDI-TOF PMM over the entire mass range of proteins identified. MALDI-TOF and PMM produced unique peptide molecular weight matches that were not identified by mu LC-MS/MS. By incorporating amino acid sequence modifications into database searches, combined sequence coverage obtained from these two complimentary ionization methods exceeded 50% for approximately 70% of the 162 spots analyzed. This improved sequence coverage in combination with enzymatic digestions of different specificity is proposed as a method for analysis of post-translational modification from 2D-gel separated proteins.

  13. Evaluation of pulsed-field gel electrophoresis profiles for identification of Salmonella serotypes.

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    Zou, Wen; Lin, Wei-Jiun; Foley, Steven L; Chen, Chun-Houh; Nayak, Rajesh; Chen, James J

    2010-09-01

    Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) is a standard typing method for isolates from Salmonella outbreaks and epidemiological investigations. Eight hundred sixty-six Salmonella enterica isolates from eight serotypes, including Heidelberg (n = 323), Javiana (n = 200), Typhimurium (n = 163), Newport (n = 93), Enteritidis (n = 45), Dublin (n = 25), Pullorum (n = 9), and Choleraesuis (n = 8), were subjected to PFGE, and their profiles were analyzed by random forest classification and compared to conventional hierarchical cluster analysis to determine potential predictive relationships between PFGE banding patterns and particular serotypes. Cluster analysis displayed only the underlying similarities and relationships of the isolates from the eight serotypes. However, for serotype prediction of a nonserotyped Salmonella isolate from its PFGE pattern, random forest classification provided better accuracy than conventional cluster analysis. Discriminatory DNA band class markers were identified for distinguishing Salmonella serotype Heidelberg, Javiana, Typhimurium, and Newport isolates. PMID:20631109

  14. Quantitative analysis of plasma membrane proteome using two-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis.

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    Tang, Wenqiang

    2012-01-01

    The plasma membrane (PM) controls cell's exchange of both material and information with the outside environment, and PM-associated proteins play key roles in cellular regulation. Numerous cell surface receptors allow cells to perceive and respond to various signals from neighbor cells, pathogens, or the environment; large numbers of transporter and channel proteins control material uptake or release. Quantitative proteomic analysis of PM-associated proteins can identify key proteins involved in signal transduction and cellular regulation. Here, we describe a protocol for quantitative proteomic analysis of PM proteins using two-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis. The protocol has been successfully employed to identify new components of the brassinosteroid signaling pathway, and should also be applicable to the studies of other plant signal transduction pathways and regulatory mechanisms. PMID:22576086

  15. Molecular analysis of chromosomal rearrangements using pulsed field gel electrophoresis and somatic cell hybrids

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    Davis, L.M. )

    1991-01-01

    Many human genetic diseases, including some cancers, are characterized by consistent chromosome abnormalities, such as deletions and translocations. Analyses of these mutations often prove crucial to the eventual cloning and characterization of the gene(s) responsible for the disease. Two methods for analyzing these chromosome abnormalities have been developed in recent years: somatic cell hybridization and pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). Somatic cell hybridization is a technique for segregating an aberrant chromosome from its normal homologue in a cell derived from an unrelated species, which is usually a rodent. Demonstrations of these analytic techniques are presented, using as an example chromosomal abnormalities involving human chromosome band 11p13, the locus for the Wilms' tumor, aniridia, genitourinary abnormality, and mental retardation (WAGR) syndrome.

  16. Integration of gene amplification and capillary gel electrophoresis on a polydimethylsiloxane-glass hybrid microchip.

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    Hong, J W; Fujii, T; Seki, M; Yamamoto, T; Endo, I

    2001-01-01

    We report on the development of a hybrid polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)-glass microchip for genetic analysis by functional integration of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and capillary gel electrophoresis (CGE), and on related temperature control systems for PCR on a PDMS-glass hybrid microchip. The microchip was produced by molding PDMS against a microfabricated master with comparatively simple and inexpensive methods. PCR was successfully carried out on the PDMS-glass hybrid microchip with 500 bp target of lambdaDNA and the amplified gene was subsequently analyzed by CGE on the same PDMS-glass microchip. The chip could be considered as an inexpensive single-use apparatus compared to glass or silicon-made microchips for the same purpose. PMID:11288901

  17. Microchip capillary gel electrophoresis with electrochemical detection for the analysis of known SNPs.

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    Hebert, Nicole E; Brazill, Sara A

    2003-11-01

    A novel microchip-based single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) screening system has been developed. The system utilizes capillary gel electrophoresis (CGE) with electrochemical detection in a chip-based format to accomplish rapid scoring of a mock SNP site. The accuracy of the thermostable polymerase and the advantages of coupling this technique to microfluidics are demonstrated. An electrochemically labeled chain terminator is used in the single base extension (SBE) reaction, in which the terminator is incorporated only when its Watson-Crick complementary base is present at the mock SNP site. The resulting electrochemically active extension product is subsequently separated from any excess terminator by CGE and detected by sinusoidal voltammetry. Although no attempts at optimization have been made, the analysis is performed in less than 4 min. The technique presented could lead to a fast, simple, and cost effective SNP scoring system. PMID:15007453

  18. Epidemiologic study of Taylorella equigenitalis strains by field inversion gel electrophoresis of genomic restriction endonuclease fragments.

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    Bleumink-Pluym, N; ter Laak, E A; van der Zeijst, B A

    1990-09-01

    Contagious equine metritis (CEM), a sexually transmitted bacterial disease, was first described in thoroughbred horses. It also occurs in nonthoroughbred horses, in which it produces isolated, apparently unrelated outbreaks. Thirty-two strains of Taylorella equigenitalis, the causative agent of CEM, from all over the world were characterized by field inversion gel electrophoresis of fragments of genomic DNA obtained by digestion with low-cleavage-frequency restriction enzymes. This resulted in a division into five clearly distinct groups. Strains from thoroughbred horses from all continents belonged to one group. Strains from nonthoroughbred horses from various countries were different from strains from thoroughbred horses; four groups could be determined. Two groups contained both streptomycin-resistant and streptomycin-susceptible strains. The data indicate that CEM in nonthoroughbreds did not originate from the thoroughbred population; also, the reverse was not demonstrated. Thus, extensive international transportation directives regarding the testing of nonthoroughbred horses for CEM may need reconsideration. PMID:2172296

  19. On-line coupling of capillary gel electrophoresis with electrospray mass spectrometry for oligonucleotide analysis.

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    Freudemann, T; von Brocke, A; Bayer, E

    2001-06-01

    Homooligodeoxyribonucleotides differing one nucleotide in length from 12- to 15-mer and from 17- to 20-mer were separated by size with capillary gel electrophoresis (CGE) using an entangled polymer solution in coated capillaries. The resolved components were analyzed by on-line coupling of CGE with electrospray mass spectrometry (ES-MS), denoted as CGE/ES-MS, in the full-scan negative ion detection mode. Baseline separation was achieved for the 12-15-mer oligonucleotide mixtures. Both synthetic phosphodiester oligonucleotide mixtures as well as their phosphorothioate analogues, serving as model compounds for antisense oligonucleotides, could be analyzed by on-line CGE/ES-MS coupling. Terminally phosphorylated and nonphosphorylated synthetic failure sequences could be electrophoretically separated and mass spectrometically characterized as well. This methodology might be a useful tool for synthesis control of phosphodiester oligonucleotides as well as for analysis of phosphorothioate analogues as they are used in antisense drug development. PMID:11403304

  20. Non-denaturing gel electrophoresis system for the purification of membrane bound proteins

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    Cavinato, A.G.; Macleod, R.M.; Ahmed, M.S.

    1988-01-01

    A new method is described for the purification of a membrane bound glycoprotein, the kappa opioid receptor from human placental tissue. The method uses preparative slab-gel electrophoresis in the presence of the non-denaturing detergent CHAPS. A linear relationship between log molecular weight and SDS PAGE electrophoretic mobility of known molecular weight markers, in the presence of CHAPS, is observed. Using this method, we were able partially to purify an /sup 3/H-etorphine binding glycoprotein, from placental villus tissue, with an apparent molecular weight range of 60-70,000. The iodinated glycoprotein migrates in SDS PAGE with an apparent molecular weight of 63,000. This method may be useful for the isolation of membrane bound proteins, especially when an affinity ligand is not available.

  1. Two-dimensional differential in-gel electrophoresis (DIGE) of leaf and roots of Lycopersicon esculentum.

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    Keeler, Matthew; Letarte, Jessica; Hattrup, Emily; Hickman, Fatimah; Haynes, Paul A

    2007-01-01

    In this report we present a detailed protocol for the analysis of differential protein expression between two plant tissue samples. The protocol involves harvesting of leaves and roots from mature tomato plants, preparing protein extracts from the harvested tissues, fluorescent labeling of each sample prior to differential in-gel electrophoresis (DIGE), first- and second-dimension electrophoretic separations, and image analysis to visualize and quantify differential protein expression. This protocol is adaptable for use with a wide variety of plant materials and can be used to measure protein expression changes occurring in response to abiotic stress, biotic stress, genetic manipulation, selective breeding, and many other conditions. In addition to the detailed protocol, we also present the results of a representative experiment analyzing subtle changes in protein expression in the roots of tomato plants grown under control and salt-stress conditions. PMID:17093310

  2. Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis in Differentiation of Erysipelothrix Species Strains

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    Okatani, Alexandre Tomomitsu; Uto, Takehiko; Taniguchi, Takahide; Horisaka, Tomoko; Horikita, Tetsuya; Kaneko, Ken-Ichi; Hayashidani, Hideki

    2001-01-01

    We report here the first analysis of Erysipelothrix spp. using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). Seventy strains of Erysipelothrix spp. were analyzed. SmaI, AscI, and NotI were tested for the ability to cleave the DNA extracted from those strains, and among them, SmaI was the most reliable enzyme. Sixty-three distinct PFGE patterns were produced, and no DNA degradation was observed, allowing the identification of all of the strains. Based on these results and on those of a previous analysis using randomly amplified polymorphic DNA and ribotyping, PFGE with SmaI might be considered to be more sensitive than those methods and to be the best method for epidemiological studies of strains of this genus. PMID:11682526

  3. Optimization of Pulsed-field Gel Electrophoresis Procedure for Bacillus cereus.

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    Zhang, Hui Juan; Pan, Zhuo; Wei, Jian Chun; Zhang, En Min; Cai, Hong; Liang, Xu Dong; Li, Wei

    2016-03-01

    In order to develop a rapid and reliable method for B. cereus genotyping, factors influencing PFGE results, including preparation of bacterial cells embedded in agarose, lysis of embedded cells, enzymatic digestion of intact genomic DNA, and electrophoresis parameters allowing for reproducible and meaningful DNA fragment separation, were controlled. Optimal cellular growth (Luria-Bertani agar plates for 12-18 h) and lysis conditions (4 h incubation with 500 µg/mL lysozyme) produced sharp bands on the gel. Restriction enzyme NotI was chosen as the most suitable. Twenty-two isolates were analyzed by NotI digestion, using three electrophoretic parameters (EPs). The EP-a was optimal for distinguishing between isolates. The optimized protocol could be completed within 40 h which is a significant improvement over the previous methods. PMID:27109136

  4. Derivation of clones close to met by preparative field inversion gel electrophoresis

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    Michiels, F.; Burmeister, M.; Lehrach, H.

    1987-06-05

    The molecular analysis of genes identified by mutations is a major problems in mammalian genetics. As a step toward this goal, preparative field inversion gel electrophoresis (FIGE) was used to selectively isolate clones from the environment of genetically linked markers, and to select a subset of these clones containing sequences next to specific restriction sites rare in mammalian DNA. This approach has been used to generate a library highly enriched in sequences closely linked to the cystic fibrosis marker met. One clone derived from the end of a Not I restriction fragment containing the met sequence was analyzed in detail and localized within a long range map to a position of 300 kilobase pairs 5' of the metD sequence.

  5. Shotgun Proteomic Analysis of Cerebrospinal Fluid Using Off-Gel Electrophoresis as the First Dimension Separation

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    Waller, Lashanda N.; Shores, Kevin; Knapp, Daniel R.

    2009-01-01

    Shotgun proteomic analysis usually employs multidimensional separations with the first dimension most commonly being strong cation exchange (SCX) liquid chromatography (LC). SCX-LC is necessarily a serial process for preparation of multiple samples. Here we apply a newly available tool, off-gel electrophoresis (OGE), for first dimension separation of peptide mixtures from digests of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), a complex and low total protein-containing sample. OGE first dimension fractionation enabled identification of a total of 156 unique proteins compared to 115 identified in previous work using first dimension SCX fractionation. OGE can be used to process multiple samples unattended with easy retrieval of the separated fractions. Thus shotgun analysis using OGE as the first dimension separation offers a significant advantage both in terms of sample throughput as well as increased numbers of identified proteins. PMID:18778093

  6. Microdisc gel electrophoresis in sodium dodecyl sulfate of organic material from rat otoconial complexes

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    Ross, M. D.; Pote, K. G.; Rarey, K. E.; Verma, L. M.

    1981-01-01

    The gravity receptors of all vertebrates utilize a 'test mass' consisting of a complex arrangement of mineral and organic substance that lies over the sensory receptor areas. In most vertebrates, the mineral is a polymorph of calcium carbonate in the form of minute, single crystals called otoconia. An investigation is conducted to determine the number of proteins in otoconial complexes and their molecular weights. The investigation makes use of a microdisk gel electrophoresis method reported by Gainer (1971). The most important finding of the reported research is that analysis of the proteins of the organic material of the otoconial complexes is possible when sensitive microanalytical methods are employed. Further modification of the basic technique employed and the inclusion of other sensitive staining methods should mean that, in the future, protein separation by molecular weight will be possible in sample pools containing only two otoconial masses.

  7. Molecular Fingerprinting of Dairy Microbial Ecosystems by Use of Temporal Temperature and Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis

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    Ogier, J.-C.; Lafarge, V.; Girard, V.; Rault, A.; Maladen, V.; Gruss, A.; Leveau, J.-Y.; Delacroix-Buchet, A.

    2004-01-01

    Numerous microorganisms, including bacteria, yeasts, and molds, constitute the complex ecosystem present in milk and fermented dairy products. Our aim was to describe the bacterial ecosystem of various cheeses that differ by production technology and therefore by their bacterial content. For this purpose, we developed a rapid, semisystematic approach based on genetic profiling by temporal temperature gradient electrophoresis (TTGE) for bacteria with low-G+C-content genomes and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) for those with medium- and high-G+C-content genomes. Bacteria in the unknown ecosystems were assigned an identity by comparison with a comprehensive bacterial reference database of ∼150 species that included useful dairy microorganisms (lactic acid bacteria), spoilage bacteria (e.g., Pseudomonas and Enterobacteriaceae), and pathogenic bacteria (e.g., Listeria monocytogenes and Staphylococcus aureus). Our analyses provide a high resolution of bacteria comprising the ecosystems of different commercial cheeses and identify species that could not be discerned by conventional methods; at least two species, belonging to the Halomonas and Pseudoalteromonas genera, are identified for the first time in a dairy ecosystem. Our analyses also reveal a surprising difference in ecosystems of the cheese surface versus those of the interior; the aerobic surface bacteria are generally G+C rich and represent diverse species, while the cheese interior comprises fewer species that are generally low in G+C content. TTGE and DGGE have proven here to be powerful methods to rapidly identify a broad range of bacterial species within dairy products. PMID:15345452

  8. Enhanced detergent extraction for analysis of membrane proteomes by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis

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    Churchward, Matthew A; Butt, R Hussain; Lang, John C; Hsu, Kimberly K; Coorssen, Jens R

    2005-01-01

    Background The analysis of hydrophobic membrane proteins by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis has long been hampered by the concept of inherent difficulty due to solubility issues. We have optimized extraction protocols by varying the detergent composition of the solubilization buffer with a variety of commercially available non-ionic and zwitterionic detergents and detergent-like phospholipids. Results After initial analyses by one-dimensional SDS-PAGE, quantitative two-dimensional analyses of human erythrocyte membranes, mouse liver membranes, and mouse brain membranes, extracted with buffers that included the zwitterionic detergent MEGA 10 (decanoyl-N-methylglucamide) and the zwitterionic lipid LPC (1-lauroyl lysophosphatidylcholine), showed selective improvement over extraction with the common 2-DE detergent CHAPS (3 [(3-cholamidopropyl)dimethylammonio]-1-propanesulfonate). Mixtures of the three detergents showed additive improvements in spot number, density, and resolution. Substantial improvements in the analysis of a brain membrane proteome were observed. Conclusion This study demonstrates that an optimized detergent mix, coupled with rigorous sample handling and electrophoretic protocols, enables simple and effective analysis of membrane proteomes using two-dimensional electrophoresis. PMID:15941475

  9. Evaluation of repetitive extragenic palindromic-PCR and denatured gradient gel electrophoresis in identifying Salmonella serotypes isolated from processed turkeys

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    Salmonella has been reported as the leading foodborne pathogen in the US. A study was conducted to compare the use of automated repetitive extragenic palindromic (REP-PCR) and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) as diagnostic tools for identifying Salmonella serotypes. The interspersed ...

  10. Simplified method for the diameter sizing of serum low-density lipoprotein using polyacrylamide gradient gel electrophoresis.

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    Tsukamoto, Hideko; Takei, Izumi; Ishii, Keiko; Watanabe, Kiyoaki

    2004-01-01

    The appearance of small, dense, low-density lipoprotein in serum has been demonstrated to be associated with increased risk of coronary artery disease. The molecular diameter of low-density lipoprotein is usually measured on the basis of mobility differences on polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. However, since mobility assessed by this method is seriously affected by the increased levels of serum free fatty acids associated with hypertriglyceridemia, we used polyacrylamide gradient gel electrophoresis to eliminate the interference by fatty acids and devised a simple, precise method of polyacrylamide gradient gel electrophoresis to measure the diameter of small, dense, low-density lipoproteins in serum. We used apoferritin and thyroglobulin, which have a molecular diameter of 12.2 nm and 17.0 nm, respectively, and standard low-density lipoprotein particles having a diameter of 25.7 and 27.0 nm as calibrators, estimated by measurement of negative staining of electron microscopy. We also included apoferritin as an internal standard for polyacrylamide gradient gel electrophoresis. The only stain used was Coomassie brilliant blue, and it was used for lipoprotein staining. When we used low-density lipoprotein of 25.73 nm in diameter as a quality control specimen, the coefficient of variation of the size measurements obtained by our method was less than 1.2%. The new method markedly improved the laboratory procedure for measuring the diameter of low-density lipoproteins. PMID:15497465

  11. Genetic diversity demonstrated by pulsed field gel electrophoresis of Salmonella enterica isolates obtained from diverse sources in Mexico

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    This study was conducted to determine the genetic diversity of Salmonella isolates recovered from a variety of sources using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) to assess their possible relatedness. Salmonella was isolated from ca. 52% of samples from a pepper var. Bell production system. A to...

  12. Characterization of Salmonella isolates from retail foods based on serotyping, pulse field gel electrophoresis, antibiotic resistance and other phenotypic properties

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    Sixteen Salmonella strains isolated from a variety of foods during 2000 and 2003, by the Florida State Department of Agriculture, were characterized by various genotypic and phenotypic tests. Among 16 isolates, 15 different serotypes were identified. Pulse-Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) fingerpr...

  13. Application of multiplex PCR, pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), and BOX-PCR for molecular analysis of enterococci

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    The objective of the study was to use band-based molecular methods including BOX-PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) and Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) to determine if genetically related enterococci were found among different stores, food types, or years. Enterococci were also characterized f...

  14. Improved Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis Procedure for the Analysis of F. columnare Isolates Previously Affected by DNA Degradation

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    Flavobacterium columnare is a fresh water bacterium that causes columnaris diseases in over 36 fish species. Intra-species typing of F. columnare can be performed by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). However, this method is hampered by the degradation of chromosomal DNA in about 10% of strain...

  15. Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis along with Antimicrobial Resistance pattern of Salmonella serotypes isolated from broiler whole carcass rinses

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    Pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and antibiogram patterns have been used to evaluate the diversity within and between individual Salmonella serotypes. The objectives of the study were to evaluate the PFGE along with antimicrobial resistance patterns of Salmonella isolates originating from br...

  16. Serum protein electrophoresis by using high-resolution agarose gel in clinically healthy and Aspergillus species-infected falcons.

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    Kummrow, Maya; Silvanose, Christudas; Di Somma, Antonio; Bailey, Thomas A; Vorbrüggen, Susanne

    2012-12-01

    Serum protein electrophoresis has gained importance in avian medicine during the past decade. Interpretation of electrophoretic patterns should be based on species-specific reference intervals and the electrophoresis gel system. In this study, serum protein electrophoresis by using high-resolution agarose gels was performed on blood samples collected from 105 falcons, including peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus), gyrfalcons (Falco rusticolus), saker falcons (Falco cherrug), red-naped shaheens (Falco pelegrinoides babylonicus), and hybrid falcons, that were submitted to the Dubai Falcon Hospital (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) between 2003 and 2006. Reference values were established in clinically healthy birds and compared with values from falcons infected with Aspergillus species (n = 32). Falcons with confirmed aspergillosis showed significantly lower prealbumin values, which is a novel finding. Prealbumin has been documented in many avian species, but further investigation is required to illuminate the diagnostic significance of this negative acute-phase protein. PMID:23409432

  17. Automatic analysis of 2D polyacrylamide gels in the diagnosis of DNA polymorphisms

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    2013-01-01

    Introduction The analysis of polyacrylamide gels is currently carried out manually or automatically. In the automatic method, there are limitations related to the acceptable degree of distortion of lane and band continuity. The available software cannot deal satisfactorily with this type of situations. Therefore, the paper presents an original image analysis method devoid of the aforementioned drawbacks. Material This paper examines polyacrylamide gel images from Li-Cor DNA Sequencer 4300S resulting from the use of the electrophoretic separation of DNA fragments. The acquired images have a resolution dependent on the length of the analysed DNA fragments and typically it is MGNG=38061027 pixels. The images are saved in TIFF format with a grayscale resolution of 16 bits/pixel. The presented image analysis method was performed on gel images resulting from the analysis of DNA methylome profiling in plants exposed to drought stress, carried out with the MSAP (Methylation Sensitive Amplification Polymorphism) technique. Results The results of DNA polymorphism analysis were obtained in less than one second for the Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q9300@2.5GHz, 8GB RAM. In comparison with other known methods, specificity was 0.95, sensitivity = 0.94 and AUC (Area Under Curve) = 0.98. Conclusions It is possible to carry out this method of DNA polymorphism analysis on distorted images of polyacrylamide gels. The method is fully automatic and does not require any operator intervention. Compared with other methods, it produces the best results and the resulting image is easy to interpret. The presented method of measurement is used in the practical analysis of polyacrylamide gels in the Department of Genetics at the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. PMID:23835039

  18. Novel differences between two human prion strains revealed by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis.

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    Pan, T; Colucci, M; Wong, B S; Li, R; Liu, T; Petersen, R B; Chen, S; Gambetti, P; Sy, M S

    2001-10-01

    The phenotype of human sporadic prion diseases is affected by patient genotype at codon 129 of the prion protein (PrP) gene, the site of a common methionine/valine polymorphism, and by the type of the scrapie PrP (PrP(Sc)), which likely reflects the prion strain. However, two distinct disease phenotypes, identified as sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (M/M2 sCJD) and sporadic fatal insomnia (sFI), share methionine homozygosity at codon 129 and PrP(Sc) type 2. One-dimensional gel electrophoresis and immunoblotting reveal no difference between the M/M2 sCJD and sFI species of PrP(Sc) in gel mobility and glycoform ratio. In contrast, the two-dimensional immunoblot demonstrates that in M/M2 sCJD the full-length PrP(Sc) form is overrepresented and carries glycans that are different from those present in the PrP(Sc) of sFI. Because the altered glycans are detectable only in the PrP(Sc) and not in the normal or cellular PrP (PrP(C)), they are likely to result from preferential conversion to PrP(Sc) of rare PrP(C) glycoforms. This is the first evidence that a qualitative difference in glycans contributes to prion diversity. PMID:11489910

  19. A novel multi-scale Hessian based spot enhancement filter for two dimensional gel electrophoresis images.

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    Shamekhi, Sina; Miran Baygi, Mohammad Hossein; Azarian, Bahareh; Gooya, Ali

    2015-11-01

    Two dimensional gel electrophoresis (2DGE) is a useful method for studying proteins in a wide variety of applications including identifying post-translation modification (PTM), biomarker discovery, and protein purification. Computerized segmentation and detection of the proteins are the two main processes that are carried out on the scanned image of the gel. Due to the complexities of 2DGE images and the presence of artifacts, the segmentation and detection of protein spots in these images are non-trivial, and involve supervised and time consuming processes. This paper introduces a new spot filter for enhancing, and separating the closely overlapping spots of protein in 2DGE images based on the multi-scale eigenvalue analysis of the image Hessian. Using a Gaussian spot model, we have derived closed form equations to compute the eigen components of the image Hessian of two overlapping spots in a multi-scale fashion. Based on this analysis, we have proposed a novel filter that suppresses the overlapping area and results in a better spot separation. The performance of the proposed filter has been evaluated on the synthetic and real 2DGE images. The comparison with three conventional techniques and a commercial software package reveals the superiority and effectiveness of the proposed filter. PMID:26409228

  20. Rapid Detection of Glycogen Synthase Kinase-3 Activity in Mouse Sperm Using Fluorescent Gel Shift Electrophoresis

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    Choi, Hoseok; Choi, Bomi; Seo, Ju Tae; Lee, Kyung Jin; Gye, Myung Chan; Kim, Young-Pil

    2016-01-01

    Assaying the glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK3) activity in sperm is of great importance because it is closely implicated in sperm motility and male infertility. While a number of studies on GSK3 activity have relied on labor-intensive immunoblotting to identify phosphorylated GSK3, here we report the simple and rapid detection of GSK3 activity in mouse sperm using conventional agarose gel electrophoresis and a fluorescent peptide substrate. When a dye-tethered and prephosphorylated (primed) peptide substrate for GSK3 was employed, a distinct mobility shift in the fluorescent bands on the agarose was observed by GSK3-induced phosphorylation of the primed peptides. The GSK3 activity in mouse testes and sperm were quantifiable by gel shift assay with low sample consumption and were significantly correlated with the expression levels of GSK3 and p-GSK3. We suggest that our assay can be used for reliable and rapid detection of GSK3 activity in cells and tissue extracts. PMID:27092510

  1. Oligomeric separation of ionic and nonionic ethoxylated polymers by capillary gel electrophoresis.

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    Wallingford, R A

    1996-08-01

    Capillary gel electrophoresis (CGE) has proven itself as a superior, high-resolution technique for separating proteins, peptides, oligonucleotides, and other naturally occurring molecules. In the years since its inception, few applications of CGE to nonbiological synthetic polymers have been reported. CGE has been applied to the separation of ionic and nonionic ethoxylated surfactants and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) oligomers. Oligomer distributions of several sulfated and phosphated alkylphenol ethoxylate surfactants have been baseline resolved with CGE on commercial cross-linked polyacrylamide gel columns. Nonionic surfactants and PEG oligomers were derivatized with phthalic anhydride in order to provide charge and detectability. PEG oligomers ranging from ethylene glycol to species containing more than 120 ethylene oxide units have been resolved. A linear relationship between migration time and molecular weight was found, which indicates that the separation mechanism is not simply based on molecular size but is also influenced by the electrophoretic mobility of the oligomers. The main drawbacks of CGE include relatively long analysis times and somewhat fragile and expensive columns. PMID:21619199

  2. Immunoreactivity and two-dimensional gel-electrophoresis characterization of Egyptian cobra venom proteome.

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    Almehdar, Hussein Abduelrahman; Adel-Sadek, Mahmoud Abass; Redwan, Elrashdy Moustafa

    2015-01-01

    The first and second (two) dimensional gel electrophoresis has a broad protein resolution power. It was used to separate and identify cobra venom proteome. The importance of characterizing venom proteins contents from the Egyptian elapidae, specifically neurotoxins, is based on the need to produce effective anti-venom. About 30-55distinct protein spots were identified on silver stained two-dimensional gels. Around two-thirds of the venom proteins displayed low a molecular weight and a migration into hydrophobic side. The venoms from Naja haja and Naja nigricollus showed 45-55 spots, while Walternnesia aegyptia had less (31-37) spots. The commercial prepared polyclonal antivenom had a strong signal for anionic and cationic venom protein spots with molecular weight 20-115 kDa. However, it showed weak or non immunoreactivity toward anionic low molecular weight spots (2.5-15 kDa). These results suggest the need to change the immunization schedule to include low molecular weight toxin-proteomes as separate dose or sequester injection. PMID:25553707

  3. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis profiling of bacterial communities composition in Arabian Sea.

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    Singh, Sanjay Kumar; Ramaiah, Nagappa

    2011-05-01

    Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) was used to elucidate spatial and temporal variations in bacterial community composition (BCC) from four locations along the central west coast of India. DNA extracts from 36 water samples collected from surface, mid-depth (-10 m) and dose to bottom (-20 m) during premonsoon, postmonsoon, monsoon were analyzed by PCRfor amplifying variable region of 16S rRNAgene and subsequently through DGGE. Prominent bands were excised, cloned and sequenced indicated the preponderance of gammaproteobacteria, bacteroidetes and cyanobacteria. Non-metric dimensional scaling of the DGGE gels indicated that the spatial variations in BCC were prominent among the sampling locations. Temporal variations in the BCC appear to be influenced by monsoonal processes. The canonical correspondence analyses suggest that the concentration of chlorophyll a and nitrate are two important environmental factors for both spatial and temporal variations in BCC. Chlorophyll a seems to be impart a top-down control of BCC while nitrate, the bottom-up control. Our results also suggest that BCC can vary over a small geographic distance in highly dynamic, seasonally predisposed tropical coastal waters. PMID:22167947

  4. Culture-Independent Analysis of Probiotic Products by Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis

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    Temmerman, R.; Scheirlinck, I.; Huys, G.; Swings, J.

    2003-01-01

    In order to obtain functional and safe probiotic products for human consumption, fast and reliable quality control of these products is crucial. Currently, analysis of most probiotics is still based on culture-dependent methods involving the use of specific isolation media and identification of a limited number of isolates, which makes this approach relatively insensitive, laborious, and time-consuming. In this study, a collection of 10 probiotic products, including four dairy products, one fruit drink, and five freeze-dried products, were subjected to microbial analysis by using a culture-independent approach, and the results were compared with the results of a conventional culture-dependent analysis. The culture-independent approach involved extraction of total bacterial DNA directly from the product, PCR amplification of the V3 region of the 16S ribosomal DNA, and separation of the amplicons on a denaturing gradient gel. Digital capturing and processing of denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) band patterns allowed direct identification of the amplicons at the species level. This whole culture-independent approach can be performed in less than 30 h. Compared with culture-dependent analysis, the DGGE approach was found to have a much higher sensitivity for detection of microbial strains in probiotic products in a fast, reliable, and reproducible manner. Unfortunately, as reported in previous studies in which the culture-dependent approach was used, a rather high percentage of probiotic products suffered from incorrect labeling and yielded low bacterial counts, which may decrease their probiotic potential. PMID:12513998

  5. Stabilization of thin-layer agarose gels after isoelectric focusing with polyacrylamide enables reverse imidazole-zinc staining and facilitates two-dimensional gel electrophoresis.

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    Hellman, Jukka

    2008-09-01

    Large-pore-size agarose gels provide excellent resolving capacity for high molecular weight biomolecules. Thin-layer agarose isoelectric focusing (IEF) gels on polyester support films are especially useful for the separation of large proteins based on their pI in native conformation, but the method has suffered from the lack of detection methods compatible with agarose gels in hydrated form. Recently, an acrylamide copolymerization method was reported to enable mass-spectrometry-compatible silver staining and in-gel digestion of proteins. In this study, the method was further applied by demonstrating successful reverse imidazole-zinc staining of thin-layer agarose IEF gels copolymerized with acrylamide. The sensitivity of the reverse staining method on the composite gel at its best equaled the sensitivity of the traditional dried agarose silver staining method. Owing to the increased durability and reversible detection, the reverse-stained first-dimension gel could be conveniently prepared for the second-dimension sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis by reduction and alkylation. In addition, the micropreparative generation of tryptic peptides of Coomassie brilliant blue R-250 stained proteins in the composite gel is demonstrated. PMID:18607574

  6. The basics of 2D DIGE.

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    Beckett, Phil

    2012-01-01

    The technique of two-dimensional (2D) gel electrophoresis is a powerful tool for separating complex mixtures of proteins, but since its inception in the mid 1970s, it acquired the stigma of being a very difficult application to master and was generally used to its best effect by experts. The introduction of commercially available immobilized pH gradients in the early 1990s provided enhanced reproducibility and easier protocols, leading to a pronounced increase in popularity of the technique. However gel-to-gel variation was still difficult to control without the use of technical replicates. In the mid 1990s (at the same time as the birth of "proteomics"), the concept of multiplexing fluorescently labeled proteins for 2D gel separation was realized by Jon Minden's group and has led to the ability to design experiments to virtually eliminate gel-to-gel variation, resulting in biological replicates being used for statistical analysis with the ability to detect very small changes in relative protein abundance. This technology is referred to as 2D difference gel electrophoresis (2D DIGE). PMID:22311750

  7. Two-Dimensional Differential Gel Electrophoresis to Identify Protein Biomarkers in Amniotic Fluid of Edwards Syndrome (Trisomy 18) Pregnancies

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    Hsu, Te-Yao; Lin, Hao; Hung, Hsuan-Ning; Yang, Kuender D.; Ou, Chia-Yu; Tsai, Ching-Chang; Cheng, Hsin-Hsin; Chung, Su-Hai; Cheng, Bi-Hua; Wong, Yi-Hsun; Chou, An Kuo; Hsiao, Chang-Chun

    2016-01-01

    Background Edwards syndrome (ES) is a severe chromosomal abnormality with a prevalence of about 0.8 in 10,000 infants born alive. The aims of this study were to identify candidate proteins associated with ES pregnancies from amniotic fluid supernatant (AFS) using proteomics, and to explore the role of biological networks in the pathophysiology of ES. Methods AFS from six second trimester pregnancies with ES fetuses and six normal cases were included in this study. Fluorescence-based two-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis (2D-DIGE) and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF/MS) were used for comparative proteomic analysis. The identified proteins were further validated by Western blotting and the role of biological networks was analyzed. Results Twelve protein spots were differentially expressed by more than 1.5-fold in the AFS of the ES pregnancies. MALDI-TOF/MS identified one up-regulated protein: apolipoprotein A1 (ApoA1), and four under-regulated proteins: vitamin D binding protein (VDBP), alpha-1-antitrypsin (A1AT), insulin-like growth factor-binding protein 1 (IGFBP-1), and transthyretin (TTR). Western blot and densitometric analysis of ApoA1, A1AT, IGFBP-1, and TTR confirmed the alteration of these proteins in the amniotic fluid samples. Biological network analysis revealed that the proteins of the ES AFS were involved mainly in lipid and hormone metabolism, immune response, and cardiovascular disease. Conclusions These five proteins may be involved in the pathogenesis of ES. Further studies are needed to explore. PMID:26752631

  8. The use of biphasic linear ramped pulsed field gel electrophoresis to quantify DNA damage based on fragment size distribution

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    Lawrence, T.S.; Normolle, D.P.; Davis, M.A.; Maybaum, J.

    1993-10-20

    The development of biphasic linear pulse ramping gel electrophoresis has permitted resolution of DNA fragments from 200 Kbp to 6 Mbp in a single gel. We used this technique to measure radiation-induced DNA damage based on fragment size. Human colon cancer cells (HT29 and LS174T) and Chinese hamster ovary cells were embedded in agarose, deproteinized, irradiated with 5-80 Gy, and assessed for DNA double strand breakage using pulsed field gel electrophoresis. The frequency of DNA double strand breakage determined using a previously published method was compared to the breakage frequency calculated using the fragment size distribution. Both methods produced similar estimates for breakage frequency of approximately 5 {times} 10{sup {minus}9} breaks Gy{sup {minus}1} bp{sup {minus}1}. These findings suggest that biphasic linear pulse ramping gel electrophoresis can yield a quantitative estimate of DNA fragment distribution resulting from irradiation. The ability to quantify the distribution of DNA fragment sizes produced by irradiation should yield information concerning the mechanisms of both DNA double strand break induction and repair. 16 refs., 5 figs.

  9. A multi-channel gel electrophoresis and continuous fraction collection apparatus for high throughput protein separation and characterization

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    Choi, Megan; Nordmeyer, Robert A.; Cornell, Earl; Dong, Ming; Biggin, Mark D.; Jin, Jian

    2009-10-02

    To facilitate a direct interface between protein separation by PAGE and protein identification by mass spectrometry, we developed a multichannel system that continuously collects fractions as protein bands migrate off the bottom of gel electrophoresis columns. The device was constructed using several short linear gel columns, each of a different percent acrylamide, to achieve a separation power similar to that of a long gradient gel. A Counter Free-Flow elution technique then allows continuous and simultaneous fraction collection from multiple channels at low cost. We demonstrate that rapid, high-resolution separation of a complex protein mixture can be achieved on this system using SDS-PAGE. In a 2.5 h electrophoresis run, for example, each sample was separated and eluted into 48-96 fractions over a mass range of 10-150 kDa; sample recovery rates were 50percent or higher; each channel was loaded with up to 0.3 mg of protein in 0.4 mL; and a purified band was eluted in two to three fractions (200 L/fraction). Similar results were obtained when running native gel electrophoresis, but protein aggregation limited the loading capacity to about 50 g per channel and reduced resolution.

  10. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) approaches to study the diversity of ammonia-oxidizing bacteria.

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    Nicolaisen, Mette Haubjerg; Ramsing, Niels Birger

    2002-07-01

    Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) of PCR amplicons of the ammonia monooxygenase gene (amoA) was developed and employed to investigate the diversity of ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB) in four different habitats. The results were compared to DGGE of PCR-amplified partial 16S rDNA sequences made with primers specific for ammonia-oxidizing bacteria. Potential problems, such as primer degeneracy and multiple gene copies of the amoA gene, were investigated to evaluate and minimize their possible impact on the outcome of a DGGE analysis. amoA and 16S rDNA amplicons were cloned, and a number of clones screened by DGGE to determine the abundance of different motility types in the clone library. The abundance of clones was compared to the relative intensity of bands emerging in the band pattern produced by direct amplification of the genes from the environmental sample. Selected clones were sequenced to evaluate the specificity of the respective primers. The 16S rDNA primer pair, reported to be specific for ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB), generated several sequences that were not related to the known Nitrosospira-Nitrosomonas group and, thus, not likely to be ammonia oxidizers. However, no false positives were found among the sequences retrieved with the modified amoA primers. Some phylogenetic information could be deduced from the position of amoA bands in DGGE gels. The Nitrosomonas-like sequences were found within a denaturant range from 30% to 46%, whereas the Nitrosospira-like sequences migrated to 50% to 60% denaturant. The majority of retrieved sequences from all four habitats with high ammonia loads were Nitrosomonas-like and only few Nitrosospira-like sequences were detected. PMID:11997169

  11. GEL-STATE NMR OF BALL-MILLED WHOLE CELL WALLS IN DMSO-d6 USING 2D SOLUTION-STATE NMR SPECTROSCOPY

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    Plant cell walls were used for obtaining 2D solution-state NMR spectra without actual solubilization or structural modification. Ball-milled whole cell walls were swelled directly in the NMR tube with DMSO-d6 where they formed a gel. There are relatively few gel-state NMR studies. Most have involved...

  12. [Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis for the epidemiological analysis of yeast isolates].

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    Willinger, B; Berger, A; Li, L; Hirschl, A M; Aspck, C; Makristathis, A; Prckl, P M; Rotter, M L

    1994-01-01

    Up to now, pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) has been used successfully for the analysis of the chains of infection of multiresistant staphylococci, enterococci and other germs involved in hospitalism. The purpose of this study was to find out whether yeast isolates from mothers and those from their newborns differed in genotypes. In this investigation, 103 parturient mothers and their children were examined for colonization by yeasts in sampling the vaginal secret at delivery and by taking swabs from the oral mucosa and the anus of the children on the third day after parturition. The samples were cultured on Sabouraud glucose agar and incubated for 48 hrs at 37 degrees C. The differentiation of the isolates was done biochemically by means of the VITEK-AMS system and morphologically on rice-extract agar. Subsequently DNA-fingerprinting analysis was carried out. In 6 cases we could prove the presence of Candida spp. in the mothers as well as in their children. In all cases the strains from mother and child showed the same banding pattern. Likewise, the strains isolated out of the vaginal secretion and the vaginal epithelium of individual women were identical. The differences observed between strains isolated from various women were of low or medium degree. This shows the PFGE to be an efficient procedure to demonstrate the relation of strains derived from mothers and their newborns. PMID:7854367

  13. Prokaryotic community composition revealed by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis in the East Sea

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    Jang, Gwang Il; Choi, Dong Han

    2015-12-01

    To understand the temporal and spatial variation of the prokaryotic community in the East Sea, their composition was determined by polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE)-sequencing techniques. The investigations were conducted twice annually in 2007 and 2009 in coastal and offshore stations. Prokaryotic abundance (PA), leucine incorporation rate, and other environmental parameters were also measured. By using the DGGE approach, we obtained 283 bacterial sequences and 160 archaeal sequences. The most frequently detected bacterial phylotypes during the investigations belonged to Alphaproteobacteria, Gammaproteobacteria, and Bacteroidetes. However, their relative compositions differed in time and space. Although Alphaproteobacteria and Bacteroidetes were the dominant groups in the surface water in May 2007 and in May and October 2007, Gammaproteobacteria was dominant in mesopelagic samples. However, Gammaproteobacteria was overwhelmingly dominant in most samples in August 2009. Although Deltaproteobacteria was rarely found as a dominant bacterial group, it occupied the highest fraction in a mesopelagic sample in October 2007. Epsilonproteobacteria also showed a similar trend, although its maximal dominance was found in a mesopelagic sample in August 2009. The archaeal community was dominated overwhelmingly by members of the Euryarchaeota in most of the investigations. However, Nitrosopumilales was dominant in aphotic samples in August 2009. Further, their spatiotemporal composition at the family level changed more dynamically in the East Sea. These temporal and spatial distributions of the prokaryotic community were influenced mainly by seawater temperature and depth in the East Sea.

  14. Sensitive detection of C-reactive protein in serum by immunoprecipitation-microchip capillary gel electrophoresis.

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    Herwig, Ela; Marchetti-Deschmann, Martina; Wenz, Christian; Rfer, Andreas; Redl, Heinz; Bahrami, Soheyl; Allmaier, Gnter

    2015-06-01

    Sepsis represents a significant cause of mortality in intensive care units. Early diagnosis of sepsis is essential to increase the survival rate of patients. Among others, C-reactive protein (CRP) is commonly used as a sepsis marker. In this work we introduce immune precipitation combined with microchip capillary gel electrophoresis (IP-MCGE) for the detection and quantification of CRP in serum samples. First high-abundance proteins (HSA, IgG) are removed from serum samples using affinity spin cartridges, and then the remaining proteins are labeled with a fluorescence dye and incubated with an anti-CRP antibody, and the antigen/antibody complex is precipitated with protein G-coated magnetic beads. After precipitation the complex is eluted from the beads and loaded onto the MCGE system. CRP could be reliably detected and quantified, with a detection limit of 25 ng/?l in serum samples and 126 pg/?l in matrix-free samples. The overall sensitivity (LOQ = 75 ng/?l, R(2) = 0.9668) of the method is lower than that of some specially developed methods (e.g., immune radiometric assay) but is comparable to those of clinically accepted ELISA methods. The straightforward sample preparation (not prone to mistakes), reduced sample and reagent volumes (including the antibodies), and high throughput (10 samples/3 h) are advantages and therefore IP-MCGE bears potential for point-of-care diagnosis. PMID:25778394

  15. Bacterial community dynamics of salted and fermented shrimp based on denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis.

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    Han, Kook-Il; Kim, Yong Hyun; Hwang, Seon Gu; Jung, Eui-Gil; Patnaik, Bharat Bhusan; Han, Yeon Soo; Nam, Kung-Woo; Kim, Wan-Jong; Han, Man-Deuk

    2014-12-01

    The Korean traditional seafood jeotgal is consumed directly or as an additive in other foods to improve flavor or fermentation efficiency. Saeujot, made from salted and fermented tiny shrimp (SFS; Acetes japonicus), is the best-selling jeotgal in Korea. In this study, we reveal the microbial diversity and dynamics in naturally fermented shrimp by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE). The population fingerprints of the predominant microbiota and its succession were generated by DGGE analysis of universal V3 16S rDNA polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplicons. Overall, 17 strains were identified from sequencing of 30 DGGE bands. The DGGE profiles showed diverse bacterial populations in the sample, throughout the fermentation of SFS. Staphylococcus equorum, Halanaerobium saccharolyticum, Salimicrobium luteum, and Halomonas jeotgali were the dominant bacteria, and their levels steadily increased during the fermentation process. Certain other bacteria, such as Psychrobacter jeotgali and Halomonas alimentaria appeared during the early-fermentation process, while Alkalibacterium putridalgicola, Tetragenococcus muriaticus, and Salinicoccus jeotgali appeared during the late-fermentation process. The members of the order Bacillales were found to be predominant during the fermentation of SFS. Furthermore, S. equorum was identified as the dominant bacterial isolate by the traditional method of culturing under aerobic and facultative anaerobic conditions. We expect that this information will facilitate the design of autochthonous starter cultures for the production of SFS with desired characteristic sensory profiles and shorter ripening times. PMID:25393163

  16. Analysis of aminoacyl- and peptidyl-tRNAs by gel electrophoresis

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    Janssen, Brian D.; Diner, Elie J.; Hayes, Christopher S.

    2013-01-01

    During protein synthesis, the ribosome translates the genetic information encoded within messenger RNAs into defined amino acid sequences. Transfer RNAs (tRNAs) are crucial adaptor molecules in this process, delivering amino acid residues to the ribosome and holding the nascent peptide chain as it is assembled. Here, we present methods for the analysis of aminoacyl- and peptidyl-tRNA species isolated from Escherichia coli. These approaches utilize denaturing gel electrophoresis at acidic pH to preserve the labile ester bonds that link amino acids to tRNA. Specific aminoacyl- and peptidyl-tRNAs are detected by Northern blot hybridization using probes for tRNA isoacceptors. Small peptidyl-tRNAs can be differentiated from aminoacyl-tRNA through selective deacylation of the latter with copper sulfate. Additionally, peptidyl-tRNAs can be detected through metabolic labeling of the nascent peptide. This latter approach is amenable to pulse-chase analysis to examine peptidyl-tRNA turnover in vivo. We have applied these methods to study programmed translational arrests and the kinetics of paused ribosome turnover. PMID:22736012

  17. Rapid identification of Pseudomonas aeruginosa by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis

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    Selim, Samy; El Kholy, Iman; Hagagy, Nashwa; El Alfay, Sahar; Aziz, Mohamed Abdel

    2015-01-01

    Twenty clinical Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates recovered from patients admitted to The General Hospital in Ismailia Governorate (Egypt) were examined in this study. We analysed P. aeruginosa ATCC 9027 (as a control strain) and 19 of the isolates after digestion with SpeI restriction endonuclease. After this we conducted a pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and typed the obtained 10 unique patterns, designated as A, A1, B, B1, C, C1, D, D1, E and F. We evaluated the genetic relatedness between all strains, based on ≥87% band identity. As a result, the isolates were grouped in the 10 clusters as follows: patterns A, A1, B, B1, C contained two strains each and patterns C1, D, D1, E contained a single strain each; the five remaining strains were closely related (genomic pattern F). One isolate belonged to antibiotype ‘b’. The genotype patterns of the P. aeruginosa ATCC 9027 control strain and isolate no. 11 were closely related and had two different antibiotypes ‘d’ and ‘c’, respectively. PMID:26019629

  18. Prediction System for Rapid Identification of Salmonella Serotypes Based on Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis Fingerprints

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    Lin, Wei-Jiun; Hise, Kelley B.; Chen, Hung-Chia; Keys, Christine; Chen, James J.

    2012-01-01

    A classification model is presented for rapid identification of Salmonella serotypes based on pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) fingerprints. The classification model was developed using random forest and support vector machine algorithms and was then applied to a database of 45,923 PFGE patterns, randomly selected from all submissions to CDC PulseNet from 2005 to 2010. The patterns selected included the top 20 most frequent serotypes and 12 less frequent serotypes from various sources. The prediction accuracies for the 32 serotypes ranged from 68.8% to 99.9%, with an overall accuracy of 96.0% for the random forest classification, and ranged from 67.8% to 100.0%, with an overall accuracy of 96.1% for the support vector machine classification. The prediction system improves reliability and accuracy and provides a new tool for early and fast screening and source tracking of outbreak isolates. It is especially useful to get serotype information before the conventional methods are done. Additionally, this system also works well for isolates that are serotyped as “unknown” by conventional methods, and it is useful for a laboratory where standard serotyping is not available. PMID:22378901

  19. Characterization of protistan assemblages in the Ross Sea, Antarctica, by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis.

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    Gast, Rebecca J; Dennett, Mark R; Caron, David A

    2004-04-01

    The diversity of protistan assemblages has traditionally been studied using microscopy and morphological characterization, but these methods are often inadequate for ecological studies of these communities because most small protists inherently lack adequate taxonomic characters to facilitate their identification at the species level and many protistan species also do not preserve well. We have therefore used a culture-independent approach (denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis [DGGE]) to obtain an assessment of the genetic composition and distribution of protists within different microhabitats (seawater, meltwater or slush on sea-ice floes, and ice) of the Ross Sea, Antarctica. Samples of the same type (e.g., water) shared more of the same bands than samples of different types (e.g., ice versus water), despite being collected from different sites. These findings imply that samples from the same environment have a similar protistan species composition and that the type of microenvironment significantly influences the protistan species composition of these Antarctic assemblages. It should be noted that a large number of bands among the samples within each microhabitat were distinct, indicating the potential presence of significant genetic diversity within each microenvironment. Sequence analysis of selected DGGE bands revealed sequences that represent diatoms, dinoflagellates, ciliates, flagellates, and several unidentified eukaryotes. PMID:15066793

  20. Clinical proteomics in cancer research-promises and limitations of current two-dimensional gel electrophoresis.

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    Iwadate, Yasuo

    2008-01-01

    Cancer can be defined as a deviated protein network system toward dysregulated cellular proliferation. Alteration in the content and functional state of the proteins with many linkages may shift the equilibrium state of the protein signaling network to enhance a survival advantage of the affected cells. Searching for such hub proteins is the main purpose of the cancer proteomics. Although the progression in the vanguard proteomic technologies would largely contribute to cancer diagnosis and treatment in the future, the technology most frequently used for the analysis of clinical tissue samples is the two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2DE) combined with matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS). Accumulation of 2DE data has generated many candidate biomarkers with potential clinical value. The identified proteins are restricted to a subset of the predicted human proteome, and ubiquitously exist in all normal cells taking important roles in the basic biological functions. Although these proteins can be used as valuable prognostic markers, the low-abundance proteins which is tissue-specific and useful as diagnostic markers could not easily be found by the standard 2DE technology alone. None of the current proteomic technologies can identify the whole proteome by themselves. Adequate combinations of different approaches not only in proteomics but in immunological methods would be necessary for the tissue specific markers. PMID:18855668

  1. Proteomics with two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry analysis in cardiovascular research.

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    You, Sun-Ah; Wang, Qing K

    2006-01-01

    Proteomics is a large-scale, comprehensive study of the proteins of a cell or organism. It is a unique means of characterizing proteins that are expressed in a cell or tissue at any given time-point and of identifying any modifications that they may undergo. Thus, it is a powerful technology that can detect and identify the changes of the structure and function of proteins in response to intra- and extracellular environmental signals or disease states. As proteomics can establish a link for genes and proteins with a disease, it will play an important role in defining the molecular determinants of a disease and in identifying targets for drug discoveries and diagnostics. We have carried out the first proteomics study for coronary artery disease (CAD) and found that the expression of the ferritin light chain was significantly increased in CAD tissues. In this chapter, we use the CAD study as an example to demonstrate the procedures involved in proteomics analysis. The proteome is visualized by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis, a powerful and widely used method for proteomics, and the proteins of interest are then identified by mass spectrometry. This technique should be useful in characterizing cardiovascular diseases and in defining signaling pathways for cardiovascular development and physiology. PMID:17085802

  2. Thermal gradient gel electrophoresis analysis of bioprotection from pollutant shocks in the activated sludge microbial community

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    Eichner, C.A.; Erb, R.W.; Timmis, K.N.; Wagner-Doebler, I.

    1999-01-01

    The authors used a culture-independent approach, namely, thermal gradient gel electrophoresis (TGGE) analysis of ribosomal sequences amplified directly from community DNA, to determine changes in the structure of the microbial community following phenol shocks in the highly complex activated sludge ecosystem. Parallel experimental model sewage plants were given shock loads of chlorinated and methylated phenols and simultaneously were inoculated (i) with a genetically engineered microorganism (GEM) able to degrade the added substituted phenols or (ii) with the nonengineered parental strain. The sludge community DNA was extracted, and 16S rDNA was amplified and analyzed by TGGE. To allow quantitative analysis of TGGE banding patterns, they were normalized to an external standard. The samples were then compared with each other for similarity by using the coefficient of Dice. The Shannon index of diversity, H, was calculated for each sludge sample, which made it possible to determine changes in community diversity. The authors observed a breakdown in community structure following shock loads of phenols by a decrease in the Shannon index of diversity from 1.13 to 0.22 in the noninoculated system. Inoculation with the GEM (Pseudomonas sp. strain B13 SN45RE) effectively protected the microbial community, as indicated by the maintenance of a high diversity throughout the shock load experiment. Inoculation with the nonengineered parental strain, Pseudomonas sp. strain B13, did not protect the microbial community from being severely disturbed.

  3. Structure of virioplankton in the Charente Estuary (France): transmission electron microscopy versus pulsed field gel electrophoresis.

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    Auguet, J C; Montanié, H; Lebaron, P

    2006-02-01

    Changes in the composition of viral communities were investigated along a salinity gradient and at different times by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). Samples were collected in fresh (Charente River), estuarine (Charente Estuary), and coastal (Pertuis d'Antioche, French Atlantic coast) waters. Both methods revealed similar patterns in viral community structure with a dominance of small viral particles (capsid and genome size). Viruses with a head size below 65 nm made up 71 +/- 5% of total virus-like particles, and virus-like genomes (VLG) below 100 kb accounted for 89 +/- 9% of total VLG. Despite this apparent stability of virioplankton composition over spatial scale (salinity gradient), the occurrence of large viruses (capsid and genome size) in estuarine and seawater samples indicated the presence of viral populations specific to a geographical location. Temporal changes in the structure (capsid and genome size) of viral communities were more pronounced than those reported at the spatial scale. From January to May 2003, seasonal changes in viral abundance and bacterial production occurred concomitantly with an increase in viral genomic diversity (richness), suggesting that virioplankton composition was strongly linked to changes in microbial activity and/or in the structure of the host communities. Although PFGE and TEM yielded complementary results in the description of virioplankton structures, it seems that the use of PFGE alone should be enough for the monitoring of community changes. PMID:16463133

  4. Analysis of yeast and archaeal population dynamics in kimchi using denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis.

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    Chang, Ho-Won; Kim, Kyoung-Ho; Nam, Young-Do; Roh, Seong Woon; Kim, Min-Soo; Jeon, Che Ok; Oh, Hee-Mock; Bae, Jin-Woo

    2008-08-15

    Kimchi is a traditional Korean food that is fermented from vegetables such as Chinese cabbage and radish. Many bacteria are involved in kimchi fermentation and lactic acid bacteria are known to perform significant roles. Although kimchi fermentation presents a range of environmental conditions that could support many different archaea and yeasts, their molecular diversity within this process has not been studied. Here, we use PCR-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) targeting the 16S and 26S rRNA genes, to characterize bacterial, archaeal and yeast dynamics during various types of kimchi fermentation. The DGGE analysis of archaea expressed a change of DGGE banding patterns during kimchi fermentation, however, no significant change was observed in the yeast DGGE banding patterns during kimchi fermentation. No significant difference was indicated in the archaeal DGGE profile among different types of kimchi. In the case of yeasts, the clusters linked to the manufacturing corporation. Haloarchaea such as Halococcus spp., Natronococcus spp., Natrialba spp. and Haloterrigena spp., were detected as the predominant archaea and Lodderomyces spp., Trichosporon spp., Candida spp., Saccharomyces spp., Pichia spp., Sporisorium spp. and Kluyveromyces spp. were the most common yeasts. PMID:18562030

  5. Indirect fluorometric detection techniques on thin layer chromatography and effect of ultrasound on gel electrophoresis

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    Yinfa, Ma.

    1990-12-10

    Thin-layer chromatography (TLC) is a broadly applicable separation technique. It offers many advantages over high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), such as easily adapted for two-dimensional separation, for whole-column'' detection and for handling multiple samples, etc. However, due to its draggy development of detection techniques comparing with HPLC, TLC has not received the attention it deserves. Therefore, exploring new detection techniques is very important to the development of TLC. It is the principal of this dissertation to present a new detection method for TLC -- indirect fluorometric detection method. This detection technique is universal sensitive, nondestructive, and simple. This will be described in detail from Sections 1 through Section 5. Section 1 and 3 describe the indirect fluorometric detection of anions and nonelectrolytes in TLC. In Section 2, a detection method for cations based on fluorescence quenching of ethidium bromide is presented. In Section 4, a simple and interesting TLC experiment is designed, three different fluorescence detection principles are used for the determination of caffeine, saccharin and sodium benzoate in beverages. A laser-based indirect fluorometric detection technique in TLC is developed in Section 5. Section 6 is totally different from Sections 1 through 5. An ultrasonic effect on the separation of DNA fragments in agarose gel electrophoresis is investigated. 262 refs.

  6. A new method for HDL particle sizing by polyacrylamide gradient gel electrophoresis using whole plasma.

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    Pérusse, M; Pascot, A; Després, J P; Couillard, C; Lamarche, B

    2001-08-01

    Low plasma levels of HDL cholesterol have been associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease. HDL particles are heterogeneous with respect to size and apolipoprotein content. The objective of the present study was to develop a method to generate lipid-stainable calibrators that would allow the assessment of HDL particle size from whole plasma, using polyacrylamide gradient gel electrophoresis (PAGGE). Lipid-stainable HDL calibrators were obtained by subjecting isolated red blood cells to hemolysis either by freezing at -20 or -80 degrees C overnight or by rapid exposure to liquid nitrogen and mixing of the hemolysis products with plasma aliquots. All three methods were highly reproducible in producing Sudan black lipid-stainable HDL calibrators ranging from 75 to 200 A. The assessment of HDL particle size with these lipid-stainable HDL calibrators was also highly reproducible, with a coefficient of variation below 5.5%. These lipid-stainable HDL calibrators simplify the assessment of HDL particle size by PAGGE using whole plasma, without the need for costly, time-consuming ultracentrifugation procedures. PMID:11483636

  7. Prediction system for rapid identification of Salmonella serotypes based on pulsed-field gel electrophoresis fingerprints.

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    Zou, Wen; Lin, Wei-Jiun; Hise, Kelley B; Chen, Hung-Chia; Keys, Christine; Chen, James J

    2012-05-01

    A classification model is presented for rapid identification of Salmonella serotypes based on pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) fingerprints. The classification model was developed using random forest and support vector machine algorithms and was then applied to a database of 45,923 PFGE patterns, randomly selected from all submissions to CDC PulseNet from 2005 to 2010. The patterns selected included the top 20 most frequent serotypes and 12 less frequent serotypes from various sources. The prediction accuracies for the 32 serotypes ranged from 68.8% to 99.9%, with an overall accuracy of 96.0% for the random forest classification, and ranged from 67.8% to 100.0%, with an overall accuracy of 96.1% for the support vector machine classification. The prediction system improves reliability and accuracy and provides a new tool for early and fast screening and source tracking of outbreak isolates. It is especially useful to get serotype information before the conventional methods are done. Additionally, this system also works well for isolates that are serotyped as "unknown" by conventional methods, and it is useful for a laboratory where standard serotyping is not available. PMID:22378901

  8. [Studies on human alpha-2 macroglobulin structure and its complexes with proteases, using polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis].

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    Fine, J M; Lambin, P; Steinbuch, M

    1975-09-01

    Pure alpha2M is prepared with fresh plasma as starting material, to prevent the interaction of alpha2M from proteolytic enzymes of plasma such as thrombin, plasmin and kallikrein. During the purification steps, polybrene and aprotin are used as inhibitors and plasminogen is absorbed onto bentonite. When alpha 2M is submitted to polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAA) containing 0.1% SDS, a complete dissociation in two half-molecules of MW 380,000 occurs. When alpha2M is incubated in 1% SDS and 1% beta-mercaptoethanol as reducing agent, only one component of MW 190,000 is observed in PAA-SDS. This experiments show that the alpha2M molecule consist of two symetric halves of same MW (380,000) linked by non covalent bonds. Each two-half-molecules is made of two polypeptides chains MW 190,000 linked by disulfide bonds. Thus alpha2M molecule contains four polypeptides chains having a same MW. The same techniques were applied to the study of alaph2M proteinases complexes. Three different proteinases (plasmin, trypsin and papain) were used in these experiments. Trypsin and papain are commercialy available. Plasminogen was obtained by affinity chromatography and activated into plasmin by insoluble streptokinase fixed on PAB cellulose. PMID:59941

  9. Identification of plant viruses using one-dimensional gel electrophoresis and peptide mass fingerprints.

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    Luo, H; Wylie, S J; Jones, M G K

    2010-05-01

    A generic assay to detect and partially characterize unknown viruses from plants was developed. Proteins extracted from virus-infected and uninfected plants were separated in one dimension by SDS polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. Differentially expressed protein bands were eluted after trypsin digestion and resulting peptide fragments separated according to their mass by matrix-assisted laser-desorption ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry. Resulting peptide mass fingerprints (PMF) were compared with those in protein databases. The assay was used to identify three known viruses: the potyviruses Zucchini yellow mosaic virus and Turnip mosaic virus, and an alfamovirus Alfalfa mosaic virus. It was also used to identify a virus that manifested symptoms in wild Cakile maritima plants, tentatively identified as Pelargonium zonate spot virus (PZSV) (genus Anulavirus) by its PMF, and then confirmed by nucleotide sequencing. The detection of PZSV constitutes a first record of this virus in Australia and in this host. It is proposed that this rapid and simple assay is a useful approach for analysis of plant samples known to harbor viruses that could not be identified using antisera or nucleic acid-based assays. PMID:20170682

  10. Oenococcus oeni strain typification by combination of Multilocus Sequence Typing and Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis analysis.

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    González-Arenzana, Lucía; Santamaría, Pilar; López, Rosa; López-Alfaro, Isabel

    2014-04-01

    Oenococcus oeni is usually the main lactic acid bacteria (LAB) responsible for conducting malolactic fermentation (MLF) in wines. Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) is one of the most common methods used to identify different genotypes among the wine LAB populations. Although PFGE is a powerful typing tool, it is time-consuming and its results are not easily exchangeable between laboratories so typing methods such as Multilocus Sequence Typing (MLST) have been developed. In this study, thirty O. oeni isolates from Rioja Tempranillo wines were characterized performing SfiI and ApaI PFGE and MLST with eight housekeeping genes. Using the latter technique, six new alleles have been described for five genes. PFGE was slightly more efficient than MLST because of the number of genotypes and of the index of diversity (ID) that each technique discriminated. This has been the first time that PFGE and MLST results have been combined to shape a unique dendrogram. Thus, the combination of results from both typing methods allowed the discrimination of twenty-two PFGE-ST genotypes showing the highest ID of these research (0.947). According to these results, the future application of the combination of PFGE and MLST results could be successful for reliable O. oeni strain typification. PMID:24290654

  11. Measuring soil microbial community diversity using polar lipid fatty acid and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis data.

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    Hedrick, D B; Peacock, A; Stephen, J R; Macnaughton, S J; Brüggemann, J; White, D C

    2000-08-01

    The possibility of calculating useful microbial community diversity indices from environmental polar lipid fatty acid and 16S rDNA PCR-DGGE data was investigated. First, the behavior of the species richness, Shannon's, and Simpson's diversity indices were determined on polar lipid fatty acid profiles of 115 pure cultures, communities constructed from those profiles with different numbers of species, and constructed communities with different distributions of species. Differences in the species richness of these artificial communities was detected by all three diversity indices, but they were insensitive to the evenness of the distribution of species. Second, data from a field experiment with substrate addition to soil was used to compare the methods developed for lipid- and DNA-based diversity indices. Very good agreement was found between indices calculated from environmental polar lipid fatty acid profiles and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis profiles from matched samples (Pearson's correlation coefficient r=0.95-0.96). A method for data pre-treatment for diversity calculations is described. PMID:10958969

  12. A high-definition native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis system for the analysis of membrane complexes.

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    Ladig, Roman; Sommer, Maik S; Hahn, Alexander; Leisegang, Matthias S; Papasotiriou, Dimitrios G; Ibrahim, Mohamed; Elkehal, Rajae; Karas, Michael; Zickermann, Volker; Gutensohn, Michael; Brandt, Ulrich; Klösgen, Ralf Bernd; Schleiff, Enrico

    2011-07-01

    Native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) is an important technique for the analysis of membrane protein complexes. A major breakthrough was the development of blue native (BN-) and high resolution clear native (hrCN-) PAGE techniques. Although these techniques are very powerful, they could not be applied to all systems with the same resolution. We have developed an alternative protocol for the analysis of membrane protein complexes of plant chloroplasts and cyanobacteria, which we termed histidine- and deoxycholate-based native (HDN-) PAGE. We compared the capacity of HDN-, BN- and hrCN-PAGE to resolve the well-studied respiratory chain complexes in mitochondria of bovine heart muscle and Yarrowia lipolytica, as well as thylakoid localized complexes of Medicago sativa, Pisum sativum and Anabaena sp. PCC7120. Moreover, we determined the assembly/composition of the Anabaena sp. PCC7120 thylakoids and envelope membranes by HDN-PAGE. The analysis of isolated chloroplast envelope complexes by HDN-PAGE permitted us to resolve complexes such as the translocon of the outer envelope migrating at approximately 700 kDa or of the inner envelope of about 230 and 400 kDa with high resolution. By immunodecoration and mass spectrometry of these complexes we present new insights into the assembly/composition of these translocation machineries. The HDN-PAGE technique thus provides an important tool for future analyses of membrane complexes such as protein translocons. PMID:21418111

  13. Application of preparative disk gel electrophoresis for antigen purification from inclusion bodies.

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    Okegawa, Yuki; Koshino, Masanori; Okushima, Teruya; Motohashi, Ken

    2016-02-01

    Specific antibodies are a reliable tool to examine protein expression patterns and to determine the protein localizations within cells. Generally, recombinant proteins are used as antigens for specific antibody production. However, recombinant proteins from mammals and plants are often overexpressed as insoluble inclusion bodies in Escherichia coli. Solubilization of these inclusion bodies is desirable because soluble antigens are more suitable for injection into animals to be immunized. Furthermore, highly purified proteins are also required for specific antibody production. Plastidic acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACCase: EC 6.4.1.2) from Arabidopsis thaliana, which catalyzes the formation of malonyl-CoA from acetyl-CoA in chloroplasts, formed inclusion bodies when the recombinant protein was overexpressed in E.coli. To obtain the purified protein to use as an antigen, we applied preparative disk gel electrophoresis for protein purification from inclusion bodies. This method is suitable for antigen preparation from inclusion bodies because the purified protein is recovered as a soluble fraction in electrode running buffer containing 0.1% sodium dodecyl sulfate that can be directly injected into immune animals, and it can be used for large-scale antigen preparation (several tens of milligrams). PMID:26494602

  14. Identification of diabetes- and obesity-associated proteomic changes in human spermatozoa by difference gel electrophoresis.

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    Kriegel, Thomas M; Heidenreich, Falk; Kettner, Karina; Pursche, Theresia; Hoflack, Bernard; Grunewald, Sonja; Poenicke, Kerstin; Glander, Hans-Juergen; Paasch, Uwe

    2009-11-01

    Difference gel electrophoresis (DIGE) of fluorescently labelled human sperm proteins was used to identify diabetes- and obesity-associated changes of the sperm proteome. Semen samples from type 1 diabetics, non-diabetic obese individuals and a reference group of clinically healthy fertile donors were evaluated in a comparative study. The adaptation of a general protein extraction procedure to the solubilization of proteins from isolated progressively motile human spermatozoa resulted in the detection of approximately 2700 fluorescent protein spots in the DIGE images. Comparison of the patients' sperm proteomes with those of the reference group allowed the identification of 20 spots containing proteins that were present in the sperm lysates at significantly increased or decreased concentrations. In detail, eight of these spots were apparently related to type 1 diabetes while 12 spots were apparently related to obesity. Tryptic digestion of the spot proteins and mass spectrometric analysis of the corresponding peptides identified seven sperm proteins apparently associated with type 1 diabetes and nine sperm proteins apparently associated with obesity, three of which existing in multiple molecular forms. The established proteomic approach is expected to function as a non-invasive experimental tool in the diagnosis of male infertility and in monitoring any fertility-restoring therapy. PMID:20021714

  15. Differentiation of Erwinia amylovora strains by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis.

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    Zhang, Y; Geider, K

    1997-01-01

    Erwinia amylovora strains, isolated from several host plants in various geographic regions during different years, were analyzed by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) after digestion of the DNA from lysed, agar-embedded cells with rare-cutting restriction enzymes. The banding patterns obtained with enzyme XbaI digests revealed significant differences among strains from different areas. North American strains E9 and Ea-Rb, a Rubus strain, were highly divergent from other E. amylovora strains. French strains were different from central European and English strains. E. amylovora strains from central Europe and New Zealand had identical PFGE patters, as had strains from Egypt, Greece, and Turkey. PFGE of genomic DNA from American and English strains gave rise to dissimilar patterns. Patterns of some American strains resembled those from strains isolated in other parts of the world. The restriction fragment length polymorphisms observed by PFGE analysis can be used to group strains and may give hints about the course of distribution of the plant disease. From the sizes of the restriction fragments obtained, a molecular mass of approximately 4.5 Mb was calculated for the genome of E. amylovora. PMID:9361429

  16. Reproducibility of an Integrated Quantitation Method Coupling 2D GeLC-MS/MS with the emPAI for Comparative Proteomics

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    In 2D gel mapping, most protein spots consist of multiple proteins posing a significant challenge for the proper interpretation of gel-based comparative experiments. Previously we introduced an approach integrating 2-D difference gel electrophoresis and LC-MS/MS analysis with the exponentially modif...

  17. The determination of similarities in amino acid composition among proteins separated by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis.

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    Cabral, F; Gottesman, M M

    1978-12-01

    A simple and rapid procedure has been developed to determine similarities in amino acid composition among cellular proteins separated by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. Cells in tissue culture are simultaneously labeled with two different amino acids each tagged with a different radioisotope. The proteins are then separated on two-dimensional gels and their location on the gels determined by Coomassie-blue staining or autoradiography. Elution of the protein from the appropriate region of the gel followed by liquid scintillation counting yields an isotope ratio which reflects the ratio of the two amino acids in the protein. Examples of the use of this technique in analyzing mutant proteins, proteins altered by carbamylation, and cell proteins with similar amino acid composition (e.g., actin and tubulin) are given. PMID:9762142

  18. Yielding in a strongly aggregated colloidal gel: 2D simulations and theory

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    Roy, Saikat; Tirumkudulu, Mahesh

    2015-11-01

    We investigated the micro-structural details and the mechanical response under uniaxial compression of the strongly aggregating gel starting from low to high packing fraction.The numerical simulations account for short-range inter-particle attractions, normal and tangential deformation at particle contacts,sliding and rolling friction, and preparation history. It is observed that in the absence of rolling resistance(RR),the average coordination number varies only slightly with compaction whereas it is significant in the presence of RR. The particle contact distribution is isotropic throughout the consolidation process. In both cases, the yield strain is constant with the volume fraction. The modulus values are very similar at different attraction, and with and without RR implying that the elastic modulus does not scale with attraction.The modulus was found to be a weak function of the preparation history. The increase in yield stress with volume fraction is a consequence of the increased elastic modulus of the network. However, the yield stress scales similarly both with and without RR. The power law exponent of 5.4 is in good agreement with previous simulation results. A micromechanical theory is also proposed to describe the stress versus strain relation for the gelled network.

  19. EXAFS analysis of a human Cu,Zn SOD isoform focused using non-denaturing gel electrophoresis

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    Chevreux, Sylviane; Solari, Pier Lorenzo; Roudeau, Stéphane; Deves, Guillaume; Alliot, Isabelle; Testemale, Denis; Hazemann, Jean Louis; Ortega, Richard

    2009-11-01

    Isoelectric point isoforms of a metalloprotein, copper-zinc superoxide dismutase (CuZnSOD), separated on electrophoresis gels were analyzed using X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy. Mutations of this protein are involved in familial cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The toxicity of mutants could be relied to defects in the metallation state. Our purpose is to establish analytical protocols to study metallation state of protein isoforms such as those from CuZnSOD. We previously highlighted differences in the copper oxidation state between CuZnSOD isoforms using XANES. Here, we present the first results for EXAFS analyses performed at Cu and Zn K-edge on the majoritary expressed isoform of human CuZnSOD separated on electrophoresis gels.

  20. Thermal denaturation of double-stranded nucleic acids: prediction of temperatures critical for gradient gel electrophoresis and polymerase chain reaction.

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    Steger, G

    1994-07-25

    A program is described which calculates the thermal stability and the denaturation behaviour of double-stranded DNAs and RNAs up to a length of 1000 base pairs. The algorithm is based on recursive generation of conditional and a priori probabilities for base stacking. Output of the program may be compared directly to experimental results; thus the program may be used to optimize the nucleic acid fragments, the primers and the experimental conditions prior to experiments like polymerase chain reactions, temperature-gradient gel electrophoresis, denaturing-gradient gel electrophoresis and hybridizations. The program is available in three versions; the first version runs interactively on VAXstations producing graphics output directly, the second is implemented as part of the HUSAR package at GENIUSnet, the third runs on any computer producing text output which serves as input to available graphics programs. PMID:8052531

  1. Determination of genome sizes of Rickettsia spp. within the spotted fever group, using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis.

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    Roux, V; Drancourt, M; Raoult, D

    1992-11-01

    The chromosome lengths of six spotted fever group Rickettsia species (Rickettsia rickettsii, R. conorii, R. rhipicephali, R. sibirica, R. australis, and R. akari) were estimated by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. The genome size of R. rickettsii was about 2,100 kb, but the chromosome lengths of the five other species were, surprisingly, much lower and ranged between 1,200 and 1,300 kb. PMID:1331027

  2. Direct calculation of the sizes of DNA fragments separated by gel electrophoresis using programmes written for a pocket calculator.

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    Gough, E J; Gough, N M

    1984-01-01

    In order to facilitate the direct computation of the sizes of DNA fragments separated by gel electrophoresis, we have written and evaluated programmes for the Hewlett-Packard 41C programmable calculator. The sizes estimated for DNA fragments of known length using some of these programmes were found to be more accurate than the estimates obtained by conventional graphical procedures. These programmes should be adaptable to other programmable calculators. Images PMID:6320110

  3. Case study of the use of pulsed field gel electrophoresis in the detection of a food-borne outbreak.

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    De Lappe, Niall; Cormican, Martin

    2015-01-01

    In early July 2008, a cluster of six Salmonella Agona was identified in the Republic of Ireland. A dispersed, common source outbreak was suspected. Later in July a further case was identified and the Health Protection Agency in the UK indicated that they had 32 cases of S. Agona since Feb 2008. This chapter discusses how pulsed field gel electrophoresis was used to help confirm an outbreak and to trace the source of the outbreak. PMID:25862046

  4. Multicolour hybrid nanoprobes of molecular beacon conjugated quantum dots: FRET and gel electrophoresis assisted target DNA detection

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    Kim, Joong Hyun; Chaudhary, Sumit; Ozkan, Mihrimah

    2007-05-01

    We have developed multicolour hybrid DNA probes employing green, yellow and orange colour quantum dot conjugated molecular beacons with black hole quencher 2. Optical and electrophoretic characterization revealed fluorescent energy transfer that follows the FRET mechanism with single nucleotide discrimination. Target DNA identification was observed to be highly sensitive up to 8 ng in gel electrophoresis. Comparison with the conventional organic dye SYBR Gold™ showed that our hybrid nanoprobes exhibit more stable performance with less background signal.

  5. Manual 768 or 384 well microplate gel ‘dry’ electrophoresis for PCR checking and SNP genotyping

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    Gaunt, Tom R.; Hinks, Lesley J.; Rassoulian, Hamid; Day, Ian N. M.

    2003-01-01

    Electrophoresis continues to be a mainstay in molecular genetic laboratories for checking, sizing and separating both PCR products, nucleic acids derived from in vivo or in vitro sources and nucleic acid–protein complexes. Many genomic and genetic applications demand high throughput, such as the checking of amplification products from many loci, from many clones, from many cell lines or from many individuals at once. These applications include microarray resource development and expression analysis, genome mapping, library and DNA bank screening, mutagenesis experiments and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping. PCR hardware compatible with industry standard 96 and 384 well microplates is commonplace. We have previously described a simple system for submerged horizontal 96 and 192 well polyacrylamide or agarose microplate array diagonal gel electrophoresis (MADGE) which is microplate compatible and suitable for PCR checking, SNP typing (restriction fragment length polymorphism or amplification refractory mutation system), microsatellite sizing and identification of unknown mutations. By substantial redesign of format and operations, we have derived an efficient ‘dry’ gel system that enables direct 96 pin manual transfer from PCR or other reactions in microplates, into 768 or 384 well gels. Combined with direct electrode contact in clamshell electrophoresis boxes which plug directly to contacts in a powered stacking frame and using 5–10 min electrophoresis times, it would be possible (given a sufficient supply of PCRs for examination) for 1 million gel tracks to be run per day for a minimal hardware investment and at minimal reagent costs. Applications of this system for PCR checking and SNP genotyping are illustrated. PMID:12711693

  6. Two-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis analysis of Streptococcus uberis in response to mutagenesis-inducing ciprofloxacin challenge.

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    Poutanen, Marjo; Varhimo, Emilia; Kalkkinen, Nisse; Sukura, Antti; Varmanen, Pekka; Savijoki, Kirsi

    2009-01-01

    In Streptococcus uberis, the fluoroquinolone antibiotic ciprofloxacin induces a mutagenic response that is distinct from the SOS paradigm. Two-dimensional differential gel electrophoresis was employed to investigate the effect of ciprofloxacin exposure on the proteome of S. uberis. Twenty-four protein spots exhibiting differential expression (p < 0.05) were identified as enzymes with potential role in oxidative stress, NADH generation and nucleotide biosynthesis. We suggest that these metabolic changes provide S. uberis means to stimulate mutagenesis and adaptation. PMID:19032024

  7. Adapting capillary gel electrophoresis as a sensitive, high-throughput method to accelerate characterization of nucleic acid metabolic enzymes.

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    Greenough, Lucia; Schermerhorn, Kelly M; Mazzola, Laurie; Bybee, Joanna; Rivizzigno, Danielle; Cantin, Elizabeth; Slatko, Barton E; Gardner, Andrew F

    2016-01-29

    Detailed biochemical characterization of nucleic acid enzymes is fundamental to understanding nucleic acid metabolism, genome replication and repair. We report the development of a rapid, high-throughput fluorescence capillary gel electrophoresis method as an alternative to traditional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis to characterize nucleic acid metabolic enzymes. The principles of assay design described here can be applied to nearly any enzyme system that acts on a fluorescently labeled oligonucleotide substrate. Herein, we describe several assays using this core capillary gel electrophoresis methodology to accelerate study of nucleic acid enzymes. First, assays were designed to examine DNA polymerase activities including nucleotide incorporation kinetics, strand displacement synthesis and 3'-5' exonuclease activity. Next, DNA repair activities of DNA ligase, flap endonuclease and RNase H2 were monitored. In addition, a multicolor assay that uses four different fluorescently labeled substrates in a single reaction was implemented to characterize GAN nuclease specificity. Finally, a dual-color fluorescence assay to monitor coupled enzyme reactions during Okazaki fragment maturation is described. These assays serve as a template to guide further technical development for enzyme characterization or nucleoside and non-nucleoside inhibitor screening in a high-throughput manner. PMID:26365239

  8. Adapting capillary gel electrophoresis as a sensitive, high-throughput method to accelerate characterization of nucleic acid metabolic enzymes

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    Greenough, Lucia; Schermerhorn, Kelly M.; Mazzola, Laurie; Bybee, Joanna; Rivizzigno, Danielle; Cantin, Elizabeth; Slatko, Barton E.; Gardner, Andrew F.

    2016-01-01

    Detailed biochemical characterization of nucleic acid enzymes is fundamental to understanding nucleic acid metabolism, genome replication and repair. We report the development of a rapid, high-throughput fluorescence capillary gel electrophoresis method as an alternative to traditional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis to characterize nucleic acid metabolic enzymes. The principles of assay design described here can be applied to nearly any enzyme system that acts on a fluorescently labeled oligonucleotide substrate. Herein, we describe several assays using this core capillary gel electrophoresis methodology to accelerate study of nucleic acid enzymes. First, assays were designed to examine DNA polymerase activities including nucleotide incorporation kinetics, strand displacement synthesis and 3′-5′ exonuclease activity. Next, DNA repair activities of DNA ligase, flap endonuclease and RNase H2 were monitored. In addition, a multicolor assay that uses four different fluorescently labeled substrates in a single reaction was implemented to characterize GAN nuclease specificity. Finally, a dual-color fluorescence assay to monitor coupled enzyme reactions during Okazaki fragment maturation is described. These assays serve as a template to guide further technical development for enzyme characterization or nucleoside and non-nucleoside inhibitor screening in a high-throughput manner. PMID:26365239

  9. Determination of the Genetic Diversity of Different Bioluminescent Bacteria by Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE)

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    Ersoy Omeroglu, Esra

    2015-01-01

    Background: There are 4 different genera (i.e. Vibrio, Aliivibrio, Photobacterium, and Shewanella) in the new classification of bioluminescent bacteria. The mechanism of bioluminescence has yet to be fully elucidated. Therefore, the determination of physiological and genetic characteristics of bioluminescent bacteria isolated from different sources is very important. Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) has the highest discriminatory power among the different molecular typing methods for the investigation of the clonal relationships between bacteria. For the PFGE analysis of bioluminescent bacteria, the NotI-HF™ is the method of choice among the restriction enzymes. Objectives: The present study aimed to determine genetic relatedness via PFGE in 41 bioluminescent bacteria (belonging to 10 different species) isolated and identified from various marine sources. Materials and Methods: Different bioluminescent bacteria (i.e. Vibrio gigantis, V. azureus, V. harveyi, V. lentus, V. crassostreae, V. orientalis, Aliivibrio logei, A. fischeri, Shewanella woodyi, and Photobacterium kishitanii) were analyzed by PFGE using the NotI-HF™ restriction enzyme. The whole DNA of the strains embedded into the agarose plugs was digested with enzyme at 37°C for 30 minutes. CHEF-Mapper PFGE system was used for electrophoresis and band profile of the strains for the NotI-HF™ restriction enzyme were analyzed by Bio-Profil-1D++ software (Vilber Lourmat) at 10% homology coefficient. Results: Although all experiments were performed three times, four of forty-one bioluminescent strains (V. gigantis E-16, H-16 and S3W46 strains and A. fischeri E-4 strain) could not be typed by PFGE technique with NotI-HF™ enzyme. While only two strains (V. crassostreae H-12 and H-19 strains) were exhibiting same band pattern profiles (100% genome homology), thirty-six different PFGE band patterns were obtained. Pattern homologies changed between 66% - 92%, 73% - 83% and 49% - 100% for V. gigantis, V. harveyi and other strains, respectively. Conclusions: The obtained results revealed that there has been a high rate of genetic diversity in bioluminescent strains isolated from Gulf of Izmir and V. lentus and V. crassostreae strains could be also bioluminescent for the first report. At the same time, PFGE analysis of bioluminescent bacteria including four different genera and ten different species were shown for the first time by this study. It is considered that data acquired by this study will contribute evolution and mechanism of bioluminescence to further works to be done. PMID:26421141

  10. Proteomic analysis of plasma from cows affected with milk fever using two-dimensional differential in-gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry.

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    Xia, C; Zhang, H Y; Wu, L; Xu, C; Zheng, J S; Yan, Y J; Yang, L J; Shu, S

    2012-10-01

    Milk fever is an important metabolic disorder of dairy cows after calving, and is characterized by hypocalcemia, tetany, lateral recumbency, and eventual coma. To date, there have been many reports about the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of milk fever, but the plasma protein profile in milk fever has not been reported. The aim of our study was to investigate novel pathophysiological changes in the plasma proteome of cows affected with milk fever. Plasma samples were collected from eight Holstein cows with milk fever (T), and eight control Holstein cows without milk fever (C), at an intensive Holstein dairy farm in Heilongjiang province, China. Samples were analyzed by fluorescence two-dimensional (2D) differential in-gel electrophoresis (DIGE), followed by in-gel digestion, and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS) for peptide mass fingerprinting of selected protein spots. Eight of the 23 differential protein spots in the plasma of T and C cows were isolated and identified by 2D-DIGE and MALDI-TOF-MS. The protein spots represented five unique proteins, and had significant alterations in spot volume as determined by DeCyder differential in-gel analysis (DIA) software. The upregulated proteins were identified as serpin peptidase inhibitor (angiotensin), which regulates blood pressure and maintains fluid and electrolyte homeostasis, and endopin 2B which is involved in neural regulation. The downregulated proteins were serum albumin, which acts as a transport protein, fibrinogen beta chain which is involved in blood coagulation, and IgG heavy-chain C-region (IgG-C(H)) which participates in the immune response. In conclusion, we were able to use proteomic technologies to identify several novel plasma proteins in cows affected with milk fever. These findings may reveal new pathophysiological changes that occur in cows with milk fever. PMID:22119234

  11. Detection of antimicrobial (poly)peptides with Acid urea polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis followed by Western immunoblot.

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    Porter, Edith; Valore, Erika V; Anouseyan, Rabin; Salzman, Nita H

    2015-01-01

    Antimicrobial (poly)peptides (AMPs) are ancient key effector molecules of innate host defense and have been identified in mammals, insects, plants, and even fungi (Nakatsuji and Gallo, J Invest Dermatol, 132: 887-895, 2012). They exhibit a cationic net charge at physiological pH and are rich in hydrophobic amino acids (Dufourc et al., Curr Protein Pept Sci, 13: 620-631, 2012). Their mode of action has been best investigated in bacteria. When assuming secondary structure the cationic and hydrophobic amino acids are sequestered creating a bipartitioned molecule in which the cationic amino acids mediate initial electrostatic interaction with the negatively charged bacterial surface and the hydrophobic amino acids mediate embedding into the bacterial membranes followed by a multitude of effects interfering with bacterial viability (Nicolas, FEBS J, 276: 6483-6496, 2009; Padovan et al., Curr Protein Pept Sci, 11: 210-219, 2010). However, immunomodulatory, antitumor, and other effects have been added to the ever increasing list of AMP functions (Pushpanathan et al., Int J Pept, 2013: 675391, 2013). Several classes of AMPs have been distinguished based on structure, namely anti-parallel beta-sheet, alpha-helical, circular, as well as disulfide bridge connectivity (Bond and Khalid, Protein Pept Lett, 17: 1313-1327, 2010). Many of the AMPs undergo posttranslational modification including further proteolysis. Biochemical analysis at the protein level is of great interest for a wide range of scientists and important when studying host-pathogen interaction, for example Salmonella invasion of the small intestine. Acid-urea polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (AU-PAGE) followed by Western immunoblotting is an important tool for the identification and quantification of cationic AMPs. The protocol for these procedures outlined here describes, in detail, the necessary steps; including pouring the AU-gels, preparing the test samples, performing the electrophoretic separation and protein transfer to the membrane, and conducting the immunodetection using an alkaline phosphatase/NBT/BCIP system. A standard SDS-PAGE in comparison with AU-PAGE and the corresponding Western immunoblot are depicted in Fig. 1. PMID:25253251

  12. Meta-Analysis of Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis Fingerprints Based on a Constructed Salmonella Database

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    Zou, Wen; Chen, Hung-Chia; Hise, Kelley B.; Tang, Hailin; Foley, Steven L.; Meehan, Joe; Lin, Wei-Jiun; Nayak, Rajesh; Xu, Joshua; Fang, Hong; Chen, James J.

    2013-01-01

    A database was constructed consisting of 45,923 Salmonella pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) patterns. The patterns, randomly selected from all submissions to CDC PulseNet during 2005 to 2010, included the 20 most frequent serotypes and 12 less frequent serotypes. Meta-analysis was applied to all of the PFGE patterns in the database. In the range of 20 to 1100 kb, serotype Enteritidis averaged the fewest bands at 12 bands and Paratyphi A the most with 19, with most serotypes in the 13−15 range among the 32 serptypes. The 10 most frequent bands for each of the 32 serotypes were sorted and distinguished, and the results were in concordance with those from distance matrix and two-way hierarchical cluster analyses of the patterns in the database. The hierarchical cluster analysis divided the 32 serotypes into three major groups according to dissimilarity measures, and revealed for the first time the similarities among the PFGE patterns of serotype Saintpaul to serotypes Typhimurium, Typhimurium var. 5-, and I 4,[5],12:i:-; of serotype Hadar to serotype Infantis; and of serotype Muenchen to serotype Newport. The results of the meta-analysis indicated that the pattern similarities/dissimilarities determined the serotype discrimination of PFGE method, and that the possible PFGE markers may have utility for serotype identification. The presence of distinct, serotype specific patterns may provide useful information to aid in the distribution of serotypes in the population and potentially reduce the need for laborious analyses, such as traditional serotyping. PMID:23516614

  13. Fluorescence amplified fragment length polymorphism compared to pulsed field gel electrophoresis for Listeria monocytogenes subtyping

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    2013-01-01

    Background Listeriosis is a severe infection which mainly affects pregnant women, neonates and immuno-compromised adults. ANSES’s Laboratory for Food safety has been the European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) for L. monocytogenes in the food chain since 2006. Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) is routinely used in the EURL for the surveillance of L. monocytogenes isolated from foods, animals and the environment. One of the main EURL activities is to evaluate alternative molecular subtyping methods to PFGE, and integrate their use within the National Reference Laboratories (NRL) network. Since 2008, the United Kingdom (UK)-NRL for L. monocytogenes at the Health Protection Agency (HPA), London, has used fluorescent Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (fAFLP) for the routine surveillance of L. monocytogenes isolated from human clinical cases, food and food processing environments in the UK. This study compares fAFLP with PFGE for subtyping L. monocytogenes. Results A panel of 109 L. monocytogenes isolates from either human cases of listeriosis, foods, food processing environments and animals were used for the comparative evaluation. Among these, 2 strains were tested from duplicate culture by both methods. The panel also included field isolates, isolates associated with outbreaks or sporadic cases and reference strains. The two strains tested in duplicate displayed the same fAFLP and PFGE types. Strains known to be epidemiologically associated with one another were found to have unique PFGE and fAFLP types. FAFLP and PFGE divided the strains into 76 and 82 distinct profiles, or types, respectively. The discriminatory index calculated was 0.993 and 0.996 for fAFLP and PFGE, respectively. Conclusions The discriminatory ability of fAFLP was similar to that of PFGE for the subtyping of L. monocytogenes isolates. As a less labour intensive technique fAFLP may be a better method to use than PFGE in investigating outbreaks of human listeriosis and tracking the source of contamination in food processing facilities in real time. PMID:23347599

  14. Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis Diversity of Human and Bovine Clinical Salmonella Isolates

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    Soyer, Yeşim; Alcaine, Samuel D.; Schoonmaker-Bopp, Dainna J.; Root, Timothy P.; Warnick, Lorin D.; McDonough, Patrick L.; Dumas, Nellie B.; Gröhn, Yrjo T.

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) characterization of 335 temporally and spatially matched clinical, bovine, and human Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica isolates revealed 167 XbaI PFGE patterns. These isolates were previously classified into 51 serotypes and 73 sequence types, as determined by multilocus sequence typing. Discriminatory power of PFGE (Simpson's index, D = 0.991) was considerably higher than that of multilocus sequence typing (D = 0.920) or serotyping (D = 0.913). Although 128 PFGE types each only represented a single isolate, 8 PFGE types represented >4 isolates, including (i) three serotype Enteritidis and Heidelberg patterns that were only identified among human isolates, (ii) two PFGE patterns (each representing serotypes Bardo and Newport) that were significantly more common among bovine isolates as compared with human isolates; (iii) two PFGE types that each includes two serotypes (4,5,12:i:- and Typhimurium; Thompson and 1,7:-:1,5); and (iv) one PFGE type that includes eight Typhimurium isolates from humans and cattle. Characterization of isolates collected over multiple farm visits indicated that given specific PFGE types persisted over time on 11 farms. On an additional seven farms, isolates with a given sequence type represented multiple PFGE type, which typically only differed by <3 bands, suggesting PFGE type diversification during strain persistence. Sixteen PFGE types were isolated from 2 or more farms, including two widely distributed serotype Newport-associated PFGE types each found on 10 farms. In six instances two or three human isolates collected in the same county in the same or consecutive months represented the same subtypes, suggesting small human case clusters. PFGE-based characterization and surveillance of human and animal isolates can provide improved understanding of Salmonella diversity and epidemiology, including identification of possible host-associated and common, widely distributed PFGE types. PMID:20180633

  15. Highly sensitive detection of S-nitrosylated proteins by capillary gel electrophoresis with laser induced fluorescence.

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    Wang, Siyang; Circu, Magdalena L; Zhou, Hu; Figeys, Daniel; Aw, Tak Y; Feng, June

    2011-09-23

    S-nitrosylated proteins are biomarkers of oxidative damage in aging and Alzheimer's disease (AD). Here, we report a new method for detecting and quantifying nitrosylated proteins by capillary gel electrophoresis with laser induced fluorescence detection (CGE-LIF). Dylight 488 maleimide was used to specifically label thiol group (SH) after switching the S-nitrosothiol (S-NO) to SH in cysteine using the "fluorescence switch" assay. In vitro nitrosylation model-BSA subjected to S-nitrosoglutathione (GSNO) optimized the labeling reactions and characterized the response of the LIF detector. The method proves to be highly sensitive, detecting 1.3 picomolar (pM) concentration of nitrosothiols in nanograms of proteins, which is the lowest limit of detection of nitrosothiols reported to date. We further demonstrated the direct application of this method in monitoring protein nitrosylation damage in MQ mediated human colon adenocarcinoma cells. The nitrosothiol amounts in MQ treated and untreated cells are 14.8±0.2 and 10.4±0.5 pmol/mg of proteins, respectively. We also depicted nitrosylated protein electrophoretic profiles of brain cerebrum of 5-month-old AD transgenic (Tg) mice model. In Tg mice brain, 15.5±0.4 pmol of nitrosothiols/mg of proteins was quantified while wild type contained 11.7±0.3 pmol/mg proteins. The methodology is validated to quantify low levels of S-nitrosylated protein in complex protein mixtures from both physiological and pathological conditions. PMID:21820121

  16. Application of pulsed field gel electrophoresis to the 1993 epidemic of whooping cough in the UK.

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    Syedabubakar, S. N.; Matthews, R. C.; Preston, N. W.; Owen, D.; Hillier, V.

    1995-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to DNA fingerprint the majority (64%) of isolates received at the Pertussis Reference Laboratory during the 1993 whooping cough epidemic by pulsed field gel electrophoresis of Xba I-generated restriction digests. Two DNA restriction patterns, types 1 and 3, predominated (40% and 23%, respectively, of 180 isolates) but type 2, identified in a previous study was notably absent. Twenty-one new DNA types occurred (24% of isolates), some being atypical as bands 155-230 kb were no longer conserved, but there was no statistically significant difference in their incidence in the upswing (June-September) compared to the downswing (October-December) phase of the epidemic. There was a relatively high proportion of new types, compared to type 1, at the peak (September). About 50% of isolates received were from the North Western Region, where 44% of isolates were DNA type 1. Whereas only 1 out of 10 isolates from Scotland were of this type, suggesting some geographic variation. Statistically significant findings included a higher proportion of isolates from female patients (P < 0.01), most marked in the 12-24 months age group (P < 0.05); a higher proportion of infants under 12 months requiring hospital admission compared to older children (P < 0.05); and a greater number of isolates from unvaccinated children (P < 0.01). Analysis of serotype according to four age groups (under 3 months, 3-12 months, 12-24 months and above 2 years) showed statistically significant differences (P < 0.05) with a noticeably lower proportion (38%) of serotype 1,3 in 3-12 months age group and higher prevalence (74%) of serotype 1,3 in the 12-24 months age group. There was no correlation between DNA type and serotype. Images Fig. 2 PMID:7641824

  17. Efficient subtyping of pathogenic Yersinia enterocolitica strains by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis.

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    Najdenski, H; Iteman, I; Carniel, E

    1994-01-01

    Yersinia enterocolitica is an enteropathogen that has recently and rapidly expanded over the world. There is a close correlation between the biotypes, serotypes, and phage types of the strains, making it virtually impossible to distinguish isolates of the same serotype with the classical phenotypic markers. In the present study, pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) was used to compare the NotI genomic profile (i.e., pulsotype) of 20 strains each of serotypes O:3, O:9, and O:5. Eleven, 12, and 18 different pulsotypes were obtained, respectively, indicating that this technique is very efficient for subtyping pathogenic isolates of Y. enterocolitica. Within strains of serotype O:5, PFGE differentiated two subgroups that corresponded to two biotypes (biotypes 1A and 3). Comparison of the pulsotypes of three strains of biotype 3 and serotype O:3 (referred to as 3/O:3) with those of strains 4/O:3 and 3/O:5 suggested that the pulsotype is closer to the biotype than to the serotype. The pulsotypes of five pairs of strains isolated from the same patient or siblings were also analyzed. In four pairs, the two strains displayed identical pulsotypes, indicating that PFGE might be a powerful epidemiological tool. In the fifth pair, one restriction fragment differed, suggesting that genomic polymorphism may occur in vivo in Y. enterocolitica. Finally, the in vitro genomic stabilities of one strain each of Y. enterocolitica O:3, O:9, and O:5 were investigated. The pulsotypes of 10 isolated colonies were identical within each strain, indicating that in vitro, the genome of Y. enterocolitica is much more stable than that of Y. pestis. Images PMID:7883877

  18. Multilocus sequence typing scheme versus pulsed-field gel electrophoresis for typing Mycobacterium abscessus isolates.

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    Machado, Gabriel Esquitini; Matsumoto, Cristianne Kayoko; Chimara, Erica; Duarte, Rafael da Silva; de Freitas, Denise; Palaci, Moises; Hadad, David Jamil; Lima, Karla Valéria Batista; Lopes, Maria Luiza; Ramos, Jesus Pais; Campos, Carlos Eduardo; Caldas, Paulo César; Heym, Beate; Leão, Sylvia Cardoso

    2014-08-01

    Outbreaks of infections by rapidly growing mycobacteria following invasive procedures, such as ophthalmological, laparoscopic, arthroscopic, plastic, and cardiac surgeries, mesotherapy, and vaccination, have been detected in Brazil since 1998. Members of the Mycobacterium chelonae-Mycobacterium abscessus group have caused most of these outbreaks. As part of an epidemiological investigation, the isolates were typed by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). In this project, we performed a large-scale comparison of PFGE profiles with the results of a recently developed multilocus sequence typing (MLST) scheme for M. abscessus. Ninety-three isolates were analyzed, with 40 M. abscessus subsp. abscessus isolates, 47 M. abscessus subsp. bolletii isolates, and six isolates with no assigned subspecies. Forty-five isolates were obtained during five outbreaks, and 48 were sporadic isolates that were not associated with outbreaks. For MLST, seven housekeeping genes (argH, cya, glpK, gnd, murC, pta, and purH) were sequenced, and each isolate was assigned a sequence type (ST) from the combination of obtained alleles. The PFGE patterns of DraI-digested DNA were compared with the MLST results. All isolates were analyzable by both methods. Isolates from monoclonal outbreaks showed unique STs and indistinguishable or very similar PFGE patterns. Thirty-three STs and 49 unique PFGE patterns were identified among the 93 isolates. The Simpson's index of diversity values for MLST and PFGE were 0.69 and 0.93, respectively, for M. abscessus subsp. abscessus and 0.96 and 0.97, respectively, for M. abscessus subsp. bolletii. In conclusion, the MLST scheme showed 100% typeability and grouped monoclonal outbreak isolates in agreement with PFGE, but it was less discriminative than PFGE for M. abscessus. PMID:24899019

  19. Multilocus Sequence Typing Scheme versus Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis for Typing Mycobacterium abscessus Isolates

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    Machado, Gabriel Esquitini; Matsumoto, Cristianne Kayoko; Chimara, Erica; Duarte, Rafael da Silva; de Freitas, Denise; Palaci, Moises; Hadad, David Jamil; Lima, Karla Valéria Batista; Lopes, Maria Luiza; Ramos, Jesus Pais; Campos, Carlos Eduardo; Caldas, Paulo César; Heym, Beate

    2014-01-01

    Outbreaks of infections by rapidly growing mycobacteria following invasive procedures, such as ophthalmological, laparoscopic, arthroscopic, plastic, and cardiac surgeries, mesotherapy, and vaccination, have been detected in Brazil since 1998. Members of the Mycobacterium chelonae-Mycobacterium abscessus group have caused most of these outbreaks. As part of an epidemiological investigation, the isolates were typed by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). In this project, we performed a large-scale comparison of PFGE profiles with the results of a recently developed multilocus sequence typing (MLST) scheme for M. abscessus. Ninety-three isolates were analyzed, with 40 M. abscessus subsp. abscessus isolates, 47 M. abscessus subsp. bolletii isolates, and six isolates with no assigned subspecies. Forty-five isolates were obtained during five outbreaks, and 48 were sporadic isolates that were not associated with outbreaks. For MLST, seven housekeeping genes (argH, cya, glpK, gnd, murC, pta, and purH) were sequenced, and each isolate was assigned a sequence type (ST) from the combination of obtained alleles. The PFGE patterns of DraI-digested DNA were compared with the MLST results. All isolates were analyzable by both methods. Isolates from monoclonal outbreaks showed unique STs and indistinguishable or very similar PFGE patterns. Thirty-three STs and 49 unique PFGE patterns were identified among the 93 isolates. The Simpson's index of diversity values for MLST and PFGE were 0.69 and 0.93, respectively, for M. abscessus subsp. abscessus and 0.96 and 0.97, respectively, for M. abscessus subsp. bolletii. In conclusion, the MLST scheme showed 100% typeability and grouped monoclonal outbreak isolates in agreement with PFGE, but it was less discriminative than PFGE for M. abscessus. PMID:24899019

  20. Subpopulations of liver coated vesicles resolved by preparative agarose gel electrophoresis

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    Kedersha, N.L.; Hill, D.F.; Kronquist, K.E.; Rome, L.H.

    1986-01-01

    Rat liver clathrin coated vesicles (CVs) were separated into several distinct subpopulations using non-sieving concentrations of agarose, which allowed the separation of species differing primarily in surface charge. Using preparative agarose electrophoresis, the CVs were recovered and analyzed for differences in morphology, coat protein composition, and stripped vesicle protein composition. Coat proteins from difference populations appeared identical on SDS PAGE, and triskelions stripped from the different populations showed the same mobility on the agarose gel, suggesting that the mobility differences observed in intact CVs were due to differences in the surface charge of underlying vesicles rather than to variations in their clathrin coats. Stripped CVs exhibited considerable heterogeneity when analyzed by Western blotting: the fast-migrating population was enriched in the mannose 6-phosphate receptor, secretory acetyl-choline esterase, and an M/sub r/ 195,000 glycoprotein. The slow-migrating population of CVs was enriched in the asialoglycoprotein receptor, and it appeared to contain all detectable concanavalin A-binding polypeptides as well as the bulk of detectable WGA-binding proteins. When CVs were prepared from /sup 125/I-asialoorosomucoid-perfused rat liver, ligand was found in the slow-migrating CVs, suggesting that these were endocytic in origin. Morphological differences were also observed: the fast-migrating population was enriched in smaller CVs, whereas the slow-migrating population exhibited an enrichment in larger CVs. As liver consists largely of hepatocytes, these subpopulations appear to originate from the same cell type and probably represent CVs of different intracellular origin and destination.

  1. Characterization of Mannheimia haemolytica in beef calves via nasopharyngeal culture and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis.

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    Capik, Sarah F; White, Brad J; Lubbers, Brian V; Apley, Michael D; Mosier, Derek A; Larson, Robert L; Murray, Robert W

    2015-09-01

    Mannheimia haemolytica is a major bacterial component of bovine respiratory disease (BRD); unfortunately, very little is known about M. haemolytica transmission dynamics among cattle. Identifying potential variation in M. haemolytica populations over time and induction of nasopharyngeal colonization and subsequent shedding are 2 areas where knowledge is lacking. In our study, 2 separate loads of 20 mixed-origin, male calves were purchased through an order buyer on different dates. Deep nasopharyngeal cultures (NPC) were performed on all calves on arrival and, if M. haemolytica-negative, a second screening culture was obtained. Calves that were negative on 2 initial NPCs (NEG; n = 4) were subsequently challenged with a previously isolated field strain of M. haemolytica in both the upper and lower respiratory tract, individually housed, and then monitored for M. haemolytica shedding via NPCs at 0.5, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 days postchallenge. Naturally M. haemolytica-positive calves (2 per load) were kept for additional daily cultures (POS; n = 4). Individual calf M. haemolytica status for both the POS and NEG groups was inconsistent between study days. Additionally, pulsed-field gel electrophoresis performed on isolates from the positive cultures showed that the NEG calves did not shed the M. haemolytica challenge strain, but rather 2 distinct clusters of M. haemolytica were shared among POS and NEG calves regardless of their initial status. Although sample sizes were small, these findings illustrate how variable the results of a single nasopharyngeal swab can be and the challenges of using an individual culture to truly represent animal M. haemolytica status. PMID:26330399

  2. Gradient polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis in presence of sodium dodecyl sulfate: a practical approach to muscle contractile and regulatory proteins.

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    Sobieszek, A

    1994-01-01

    Two gradient systems for polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) in the presence of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) are described, with emphasis on improvements accumulated over two decades of studies on contractile proteins and regulatory enzymes from smooth muscle. The first "big slab" system utilizes 18 x 20 x 0.1 cm3 gels and a 10-18% acrylamide gradient, optimized for a high resolution of 10 to 500 kDa polypeptides. Eight (or more) gels are cast simultaneously with a gradient formation from "bottom to top" and 20% glycerol is added to the 18% acrylamide solution. The second "minislab" system represents an improved version of the system of Matsudaira and Burgess (Anal. Biochem. 1978, 87, 386-396), with 8 x 10 x 0.05 cm3 gels and 5-15% or 9-18% acrylamide gradient ranges. They are cast from "top to bottom" in 28-piece batches also with the addition of glycerol for improved gradient formation. Both types of gels can also be cast individually using a specially designed pestle-type gradient maker. For gel destaining, a convenient continuous hydrodynamic destainer is also described. PMID:7859701

  3. Detection of sequence variation in parasite ribosomal DNA by electrophoresis in agarose gels supplemented with a DNA-intercalating agent.

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    Zhu, X Q; Chilton, N B; Gasser, R B

    1998-05-01

    This study evaluated the use of a commercially available DNA intercalating agent (Resolver Gold) in agarose gels for the direct detection of sequence variation in ribosomal DNA (rDNA). This agent binds preferentially to AT sequence motifs in DNA. Regions of nuclear rDNA, known to provide genetic markers for the identification of species of parasitic ascarid nematodes (order Ascaridida), were amplified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and subjected to electrophoresis in standard agarose gels versus gels supplemented with Resolver Gold. Individual taxa examined could not be distinguished reliably based on the size of their amplicons in standard agarose gels, whereas they could be readily delineated based on mobility using Resolver Gold-supplemented gels. The latter was achieved because of differences (approximately 0.1-8.2%) in the AT content of the fragments among different taxa, which were associated with significant interspecific differences (approximately 11-39%) in the rDNA sequences employed. There was a tendency for fragments with higher AT content to migrate slower in supplemented agarose gels compared with those of lower AT content. The results indicate the usefulness of this electrophoretic approach to rapidly screen for sequence variability within or among PCR-amplified rDNA fragments of similar sizes but differing AT contents. Although evaluated on rDNA of parasites, the approach has potential to be applied to a range of genes of different groups of infectious organisms. PMID:9629896

  4. Identification of proteins from two-dimensional gel electrophoresis of human erythroleukemia cells using capillary high performance liquid chromatography/electrospray-ion trap-reflectron time-of-flight mass spectrometry with two-dimensional topographic map analysis of in-gel tryptic digest products.

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    Chen, Y; Jin, X; Misek, D; Hinderer, R; Hanash, S M; Lubman, D M

    1999-01-01

    Protein spots from two-dimensional (2-D) gel electrophoresis of a human erythroleukemia cell line have been identified by analysis of the in-gel tryptic digests using capillary high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) separation with on-line detection using electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). This is performed using an electrospray/ion trap storage/reflectron time-of-flight mass spectrometer system (ESI-IT-reTOFMS). A 2-D topographic mapping display developed to process the on-line data acquired with this TOF system has been used to obtain mass identification of each peptide, even though the capillary HPLC only provides limited separation capability of the tryptic peptide mixtures studied herein. Using this method, a substantial fraction of the protein sequence can be covered and identified using the tryptic map. It is demonstrated that by entering the cell species, the approximate MW and pI range as determined by 2-D gel electrophoresis, and the tryptic peptide map into the database a unique match for identification of the protein generally results. It is also demonstrated that a much improved coverage of the protein sequence is obtained by this method relative to matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS). PMID:10487937

  5. Comparison of liver mitochondrial proteins derived from newborn cloned calves and from cloned adult cattle by two-dimensional differential gel electrophoresis.

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    Takeda, Kumiko; Tasai, Mariko; Akagi, Satoshi; Watanabe, Shinya; Oe, Mika; Chikuni, Koichi; Ohnishi-Kameyama, Mayumi; Hanada, Hirofumi; Nakamura, Yoshiaki; Tagami, Takahiro; Nirasawa, Keijiro

    2011-04-01

    Aberrant reprogramming of donor somatic cell nuclei may result in many severe problems in animal cloning. The inability to establish functional interactions between donor nucleus and recipient mitochondria is also likely responsible for such a developmental deficiency. However, detailed knowledge of protein expression during somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) in cattle is lacking. In the present study, variations in mitochondrial protein levels between SCNT-derived and control cattle, and from calves derived by artificial insemination were investigated. Mitochondrial fractions were prepared from frozen liver samples and subjected to two-dimensional (2-D) fluorescence differential gel electrophoresis (DIGE) using CyDye™ dyes. Protein expression changes were confirmed with a volume ratio greater than 2.0 (P < 0.05). 2D-DIGE analysis revealed differential expression of three proteins for SCNT cattle (n = 4) and seven proteins for SCNT calves (n = 6) compared to controls (P < 0.05). Different protein patterning was observed among SCNT animals even if animals were generated from the same donor cell source. No differences were detected in two of the SCNT cattle. Moreover, there was no novel protein identified in any of the SCNT cattle or calves. In conclusion, variation in mitochondrial protein expression concentrations was observed in non-viable, neonatal SCNT calves and among SCNT individuals. This result implicates mitochondrial-related gene expression in early developmental loss of SCNT embryos. Comparative proteomic analysis represents an important tool for further studies on SCNT animals. PMID:21387454

  6. Fluorescence microscopy and computer simulation studies of the mechanisms of reorientation of DNA molecules undergoing pulsed-field gel electrophoresis

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    Bustamante, Carlos J.; Smith, Steven B.; Gurrieri, Sergio

    1990-08-01

    The mechanisms of reorientation of individual DNA molecules undergoing Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) have been studied using T2 DNA molecules labeled with acridine orange and visualized with a fluorescence microscope. It is shown that molecules undergoing PFGE and conventional electrophoresis often get trapped in hook conformations (narrow U-shapes) that play an important role in determining the mobility of the molecules. It is found that the mechanism of formation of hooks require the previous generation of a kink (in which parts of the molecule double up inside a pore). Computer simulation experiments are presented to clarify the role of hook and kink formation in the size-dependent separation observed in PFGE experiments.

  7. Purification and staining of intact yeast DNA chromosomes and real-time observation of their migration during gel electrophoresis.

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    Gurrieri, S; Bustamante, C

    1997-01-01

    In the past few years, fluorescence microscopy has been used successfully to characterize the motion of intermediate-size DNA molecules (50-500 kbp) during steady- and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. However, experimental difficulties had prevented the application of this technique to the direct observation of longer DNA chromosomes (1-2 Mbp). In the present study a particular procedure was followed for the purification and staining of chromosomal yeast DNA to protect it from shear forces. Also, a new highly fluorescent DNA-labelling dye, YOYO-1, was employed to improve brightness and contrast. Finally, the motion of such long DNA molecules (1-2 Mbp) was characterized under steady-field electrophoresis conditions. An accurate description of the molecular mechanisms of motion of such long molecules should provide the basis for a detailed analysis of the mechanisms responsible for DNA trapping. PMID:9337860

  8. Molecular Typing of Vibrio cholerae O1 Isolates from Thailand by Pulsed-field Gel Electrophoresis

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    Tapchaisri, Pramuan; Na-Ubol, Mathukorn; Tiyasuttipan, Watcharee; Chaiyaroj, Sansanee C.; Yamasaki, Shinji; Wongsaroj, Thitima; Hayashi, Hideo; Nair, G. Balakrish; Chongsa-Nguan, Manas; Kurazono, Hisao; Chaicumpa, Wanpen

    2008-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to genotypically characterize Vibrio cholerae strains isolated from cholera patients in various provinces of Thailand. Two hundred and forty V. cholerae O1 strains, isolated from patients with cholera during two outbreaks, i.e. March 1999April 2000 and December 2001February 2002, in Thailand, were genotypically characterized by NotI digestion and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). In total, 17 PFGE banding patterns were found and grouped into four Dice-coefficient clusters (PF-I to PF-IV). The patterns of V. cholerae O1, El Tor reference strains from Australia, Peru, Romania, and the United States were different from the patterns of reference isolates from Asian countries, such as Bangladesh, India, and Thailand, indicating a close genetic relationship or clonal origin of the isolates in the same geographical region. The Asian reference strains, regardless of their biotypes and serogroups (classical O1, El Tor O1, O139, or O151), showed a genetic resemblance, but had different patterns from the strains collected during the two outbreaks in Thailand. Of 200 Ogawa strains collected during the first outbreak in Thailand, two patterns (clones)PF-I and PF-IIpredominated, while other isolates caused sporadic cases and were grouped together as pattern PF-III. PF-II also predominated during the second outbreak, but none of the 40 isolates (39 Inaba and 1 Ogawa) of the second outbreak had the pattern PF-I; a minority showed a new patternPF-IV, and others caused single cases, but were not groupable. In summary, this study documented the sustained appearance of the pathogenic V. cholerae O1 clone PF-II, the disappearance of clones PF-I and PF-III, and the emergence of new pathogenic clones during the two outbreaks of cholera. Data of the study on molecular characteristics of indigenous V. cholerae clinical isolates have public-health implications, not only for epidemic tracing of existing strains but also for the recognition of strains with new genotypes that may emerge in the future. PMID:18637531

  9. Investigating the fermentation of cocoa by correlating denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis profiles and near infrared spectra.

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    Nielsen, Dennis S; Snitkjaer, Pia; van den Berg, Frans

    2008-07-15

    Raw cocoa has an astringent, unpleasant taste and flavour, and has to be fermented, dried and roasted in order to obtain the characteristic cocoa flavour and taste. During the fermentation microbial activity outside the cocoa beans induces biochemical and physical changes inside the beans. The process is complex involving activity of several different groups of microorganisms which bring about numerous biochemical and physical changes inside the beans. Due to the complexity of these processes no thorough investigations of the interactions between the microbial activities on the outside of the beans and the chemical processes inside the beans have been carried out previously. Recently it has been shown that Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DGGE) offers an efficient tool for monitoring the microbiological changes taking place during the fermentation of cocoa. Near Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy has previously been used to determine various components in cocoa beans, offering a rapid alternative compared to traditional analytical methods for obtaining knowledge about changes in the chemical composition of the cocoa beans during fermentation. During a number of cocoa fermentations bean samples were taken with 24 h intervals to be dried and analysed by NIR. Cocoa pulp samples taken simultaneously during the same fermentations have previously been characterised using DGGE [Nielsen, D.S., Teniola, O.D., Ban-Koffi, L., Owusu, M., Andersson, T., Holzapfel, W.H. (2007). The microbiology of Ghanaian cocoa fermentations analysed using culture dependent and culture-independent methods. International Journal of Food Microbiology 114, 168-186.]. Here we report the first study where microbiological changes during the fermentation determined using DGGE are correlated to changes inside the beans determined by NIR using multivariate data analysis. Following data pre-processing (baseline correction followed by Co-shift correction or Correlation Optimised Warping) the DGGE spectra were analysed using Principal Component Analysis (PCA). A clear grouping according to fermentation time was seen demonstrating the microbial succession taking place during the fermentation. Subsequently the DGGE spectra were correlated to the NIR spectra using Partial Least Squares regression models (PLS2). Correlations of 0.87 (bacterial derived DGGE spectra) and 0.81 (yeast derived DGGE spectra) were obtained indicating the relationship between the microbial activities in the pulp and the (bio)chemical changes inside the beans. By comparing the X-block loadings of the PLS2 models and the DGGE spectra it was possible to directly link several microbial species with changes in the NIR spectra and consequently also with changes inside the beans. PMID:18499292

  10. Investigating the fermentation of cocoa by correlating denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis profiles and near infrared spectra.

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    Nielsen DS; Snitkjaer P; van den Berg F

    2008-07-15

    Raw cocoa has an astringent, unpleasant taste and flavour, and has to be fermented, dried and roasted in order to obtain the characteristic cocoa flavour and taste. During the fermentation microbial activity outside the cocoa beans induces biochemical and physical changes inside the beans. The process is complex involving activity of several different groups of microorganisms which bring about numerous biochemical and physical changes inside the beans. Due to the complexity of these processes no thorough investigations of the interactions between the microbial activities on the outside of the beans and the chemical processes inside the beans have been carried out previously. Recently it has been shown that Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DGGE) offers an efficient tool for monitoring the microbiological changes taking place during the fermentation of cocoa. Near Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy has previously been used to determine various components in cocoa beans, offering a rapid alternative compared to traditional analytical methods for obtaining knowledge about changes in the chemical composition of the cocoa beans during fermentation. During a number of cocoa fermentations bean samples were taken with 24 h intervals to be dried and analysed by NIR. Cocoa pulp samples taken simultaneously during the same fermentations have previously been characterised using DGGE [Nielsen, D.S., Teniola, O.D., Ban-Koffi, L., Owusu, M., Andersson, T., Holzapfel, W.H. (2007). The microbiology of Ghanaian cocoa fermentations analysed using culture dependent and culture-independent methods. International Journal of Food Microbiology 114, 168-186.]. Here we report the first study where microbiological changes during the fermentation determined using DGGE are correlated to changes inside the beans determined by NIR using multivariate data analysis. Following data pre-processing (baseline correction followed by Co-shift correction or Correlation Optimised Warping) the DGGE spectra were analysed using Principal Component Analysis (PCA). A clear grouping according to fermentation time was seen demonstrating the microbial succession taking place during the fermentation. Subsequently the DGGE spectra were correlated to the NIR spectra using Partial Least Squares regression models (PLS2). Correlations of 0.87 (bacterial derived DGGE spectra) and 0.81 (yeast derived DGGE spectra) were obtained indicating the relationship between the microbial activities in the pulp and the (bio)chemical changes inside the beans. By comparing the X-block loadings of the PLS2 models and the DGGE spectra it was possible to directly link several microbial species with changes in the NIR spectra and consequently also with changes inside the beans.

  11. Single-cell gel electrophoresis assays with human-derived hepatoma (Hep G2) cells.

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    Uhl, M; Helma, C; Knasmller, S

    1999-05-17

    The purpose of the present study was the development of a protocol for detecting chemically-induced DNA damage, using the alkaline single-cell gel electrophoresis (SCGE) assay with human-derived, metabolically competent hepatoma (Hep G2) cells. Previous studies indicated that Hep G2 cells have retained the activities of certain phase I and phase II enzymes and reflect the metabolism of genotoxins in mammals better than other in vitro models which require addition of exogenous activation mixtures. The optimal trypsin concentration for the removal of the cells from the plates were found to be 0.1%. Dimethylsulfoxide, at concentrations up to 2%, was an appropriate solvent for water-insoluble compounds. To determine the optimal exposure periods for mutagen treatment, the time kinetics of comet formation was investigated with genotoxic chemicals representing various classes of promutagens namely benzo[a]pyrene (B[a]P), 2-amino-3-methylimidazo[4,5-f]quinoline (IQ), and N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) and with N-nitrosomethylurea (NMU). All compounds caused a statistically significant induction in DNA damage. With the promutagens, comet formation increased gradually as a function of the exposure duration, and reached maximum values between 20-24 h. With NMU, comet induction maximized already after a short exposure (1 h) and remained at a constant level for up to 24 h. Based on these results, the Hep G2/SCGE assay appears to be a suitable approach for investigating DNA damaging potential of chemicals. Further experiments with IQ and B[a]P showed that the assays are highly reproducible. Comparisons of the present results with those from earlier experiments in which other endpoints (induction of sister chromatid exchanges, micronuclei and chromosomal aberrations) were measured in Hep G2 cells, indicated that the sensitivity of the SCGE assays is more or less identical. Since the SCGE assay is less time consuming than other genotoxicity assays we anticipate that it might be a suitable approach to investigate DNA damaging effects of chemicals in the human-derived, metabolically competent cell line. PMID:10333535

  12. Mapping genomic organization by field inversion and two-dimensional gel electrophoresis: application to the murine T-cell receptor gamma gene family.

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    Woolf, T; Lai, E; Kronenberg, M; Hood, L

    1988-01-01

    A new two-dimensional gel electrophoresis technique has been developed for the mapping of multigene families. Resolution in the first dimension is based on the generation of large size DNA fragments by infrequently-cutting restriction enzymes, and separation of these fragments by field inversion gel (FIG) electrophoresis. A second restriction enzyme digestion is then carried out with the separated DNA fragments in the agarose gel. Standard gel electrophoresis in the second dimension allows one to estimate the number of hybridizing genes contained in each large DNA fragment. We have also developed a novel method to increase the separation, resolution and hybridization signal in the second dimension by condensing the bands from the first dimension into spots. As an example, we have applied these techniques to determine the organization of the murine T-cell receptor gamma locus. The murine gamma gene family was found to be contained on two DNA fragments encompassing 195 kilobases of DNA. The two-dimensional gel electrophoresis method is particularly useful in the analysis of the organization of multigenic families where single copy probes are not readily available, and should extend the potential usefulness of field inversion gel electrophoresis in gene mapping. Images PMID:3375073

  13. Directionality of replication fork movement determined by two-dimensional native-native DNA agarose gel electrophoresis.

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    Ivessa, Andreas S

    2013-01-01

    The analysis of replication intermediates by the neutral-neutral two-dimensional agarose gel technique allows determining the chromosomal positions where DNA replication initiates, whether replication forks pause or stall at specific sites, or whether two DNA molecules undergo DNA recombination events. This technique does not, however, immediately tell in which direction replication forks migrate through the DNA region under investigation. Here, we describe the procedure to determine the direction of replication fork progression by carrying out a restriction enzyme digest of DNA imbedded in agarose after the completion of the first dimension of a 2D gel. PMID:23913286

  14. Titanium Dioxide Photocatalytic Polymerization of Acrylamide for Gel Electrophoresis (TIPPAGE) of Proteins and Structural Identification by Mass Spectrometry.

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    Zhang, Wenyang; Yuan, Zhiwei; Huang, Lulu; Kang, Jie; Jiang, Ruowei; Zhong, Hongying

    2016-01-01

    Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) coupled with mass spectrometry has been well established for separating, identifying and quantifying protein mixtures from cell lines, tissues or other biological samples. The copolymerization process of acrylamide and bis-acrylamide is the key to mastering this powerful technique. In general, this is a vinyl addition reaction initiated by free radical-generating reagents such as ammonium persulfate (APS) and tetramethylethylenediamine (TEMED) under basic pH and degassing experimental condition. We report herein a photocatalytic polymerization approach that is based on photo-generated hydroxyl radicals with nanoparticles of titanium dioxide. It was shown that the polymerization process is greatly accelerated in acidic condition when ultraviolet light shots on the gel solution containing TiO2 nanoparticles without degassing. This feature makes it very useful in preparing Triton X-100 acid urea (TAU) gel that has been developed for separating basic proteins such as histones and variants in acidic experimental condition. Additionally, the presence of titanium dioxide in the gel not only improves mechanistic property of gels but also changes the migration pattern of different proteins that have different affinities to titanium dioxide. PMID:26865351

  15. Titanium Dioxide Photocatalytic Polymerization of Acrylamide for Gel Electrophoresis (TIPPAGE) of Proteins and Structural Identification by Mass Spectrometry

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    Zhang, Wenyang; Yuan, Zhiwei; Huang, Lulu; Kang, Jie; Jiang, Ruowei; Zhong, Hongying

    2016-01-01

    Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) coupled with mass spectrometry has been well established for separating, identifying and quantifying protein mixtures from cell lines, tissues or other biological samples. The copolymerization process of acrylamide and bis-acrylamide is the key to mastering this powerful technique. In general, this is a vinyl addition reaction initiated by free radical-generating reagents such as ammonium persulfate (APS) and tetramethylethylenediamine (TEMED) under basic pH and degassing experimental condition. We report herein a photocatalytic polymerization approach that is based on photo-generated hydroxyl radicals with nanoparticles of titanium dioxide. It was shown that the polymerization process is greatly accelerated in acidic condition when ultraviolet light shots on the gel solution containing TiO2 nanoparticles without degassing. This feature makes it very useful in preparing Triton X-100 acid urea (TAU) gel that has been developed for separating basic proteins such as histones and variants in acidic experimental condition. Additionally, the presence of titanium dioxide in the gel not only improves mechanistic property of gels but also changes the migration pattern of different proteins that have different affinities to titanium dioxide. PMID:26865351

  16. Titanium Dioxide Photocatalytic Polymerization of Acrylamide for Gel Electrophoresis (TIPPAGE) of Proteins and Structural Identification by Mass Spectrometry

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    Zhang, Wenyang; Yuan, Zhiwei; Huang, Lulu; Kang, Jie; Jiang, Ruowei; Zhong, Hongying

    2016-02-01

    Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) coupled with mass spectrometry has been well established for separating, identifying and quantifying protein mixtures from cell lines, tissues or other biological samples. The copolymerization process of acrylamide and bis-acrylamide is the key to mastering this powerful technique. In general, this is a vinyl addition reaction initiated by free radical-generating reagents such as ammonium persulfate (APS) and tetramethylethylenediamine (TEMED) under basic pH and degassing experimental condition. We report herein a photocatalytic polymerization approach that is based on photo-generated hydroxyl radicals with nanoparticles of titanium dioxide. It was shown that the polymerization process is greatly accelerated in acidic condition when ultraviolet light shots on the gel solution containing TiO2 nanoparticles without degassing. This feature makes it very useful in preparing Triton X-100 acid urea (TAU) gel that has been developed for separating basic proteins such as histones and variants in acidic experimental condition. Additionally, the presence of titanium dioxide in the gel not only improves mechanistic property of gels but also changes the migration pattern of different proteins that have different affinities to titanium dioxide.

  17. Estimation of circular DNA size using gamma-irradiation and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis

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    Beverley, S.M. )

    1989-02-15

    A method is described for estimating the size of large circular DNAs found within complex chromosomal DNA preparations. DNAs are treated with low levels of gamma-irradiation, sufficient to introduce a single double-stranded break per circle, and the resulting linear DNA is sized by pulsed-field electrophoresis and blot hybridization. The method is fast, reproducible, and very conveniently applied to the agarose-enclosed chromosomal DNA preparations commonly used in pulsed field electrophoresis.

  18. A pulsed-field gel electrophoresis map in the ataxia-telangiectasia region of chromosome 11q22. 3

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    Uhrhammer, N.; Huo, Y.; Gatti, R.A. ); Concannon, P. ); Nakamura, Yusuke )

    1994-03-15

    The authors interest in isolating the gene(s) for ataxia-telangiectasia has prompted construction of a physical map of chromosome 11q22.3 using markers localized to this region by linkage analysis and/or hybrid cell panels. Twenty-two markers have been analyzed by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. Nine of these markers form an [approximately]2-Mb long-range contiguous map. An average distance of 200 kb between probes in this map should facilitate the isolation of new cDNAs, anonymous probes, and YACs in an orderly way. 15 refs., 2 figs.

  19. Anomalous electrophoretic behavior of a chitinase isoform from grape berries and wine in glycol chitin-containing sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis gels.

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    Vincenzi, Simone; Curioni, Andrea

    2005-01-01

    An anomalous electrophoretic behavior of a chitinase isoform present in both grape (Vitis vinifera L.) berries and wine was observed in glycol chitin-containing sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) gels. A progressive shift of the relative molecular mass M(r) of the enzyme (from approximately 30,500 up to approximately 57,700) with increasing glycol chitin concentration in the gels up to 0.1% was revealed when samples were electrophoresed under nonreducing conditions, whereas the presence of glycol chitin had no effects when samples were reduced before SDS-PAGE separation. The M(r) of other grape and wine chitinase isoforms as well as that of the chitinase from pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) fruit was unaffected by the presence of the substrate in the gel under both reducing and nonreducing conditions. Since the enzymes were inactive during the electrophoretic separation, it is likely that the retarding effect of glycol chitin observed specifically for the unreduced chitinase band from grape and wine was due to an interaction between the substrate and a chitin-binding domain different from the catalytic site, such as that typical of class I and class IV chitinases. PMID:15624140

  20. GelScape: a web-based server for interactively annotating, manipulating, comparing and archiving 1D and 2D gel images.

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    Young, Nelson; Chang, Zhan; Wishart, David S

    2004-04-12

    GelScape is a web-based tool that permits facile, interactive annotation, comparison, manipulation and storage of protein gel images. It uses Java applet-servlet technology to allow rapid, remote image handling and image processing in a platform-independent manner. It supports many of the features found in commercial, stand-alone gel analysis software including spot annotation, spot integration, gel warping, image resizing, HTML image mapping, image overlaying as well as the storage of gel image and gel annotation data in compliance with Federated Gel Database requirements. PMID:14764570

  1. Quantifying clustered DNA damage induction and repair by gel electrophoresis, electronic imaging and number average length analysis

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    Sutherland, Betsy M.; Georgakilas, Alexandros G.; Bennett, Paula V.; Laval, Jacques; Sutherland, John C.; Gewirtz, A. M. (Principal Investigator)

    2003-01-01

    Assessing DNA damage induction, repair and consequences of such damages requires measurement of specific DNA lesions by methods that are independent of biological responses to such lesions. Lesions affecting one DNA strand (altered bases, abasic sites, single strand breaks (SSB)) as well as damages affecting both strands (clustered damages, double strand breaks) can be quantified by direct measurement of DNA using gel electrophoresis, gel imaging and number average length analysis. Damage frequencies as low as a few sites per gigabase pair (10(9)bp) can be quantified by this approach in about 50ng of non-radioactive DNA, and single molecule methods may allow such measurements in DNA from single cells. This review presents the theoretical basis, biochemical requirements and practical aspects of this approach, and shows examples of their applications in identification and quantitation of complex clustered damages.

  2. Towards design and comparison of World Wide Web-accessible myocardial two-dimensional gel electrophoresis protein databases.

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    Pleissner, K P; Sander, S; Oswald, H; Regitz-Zagrosek, V; Fleck, E

    1997-01-01

    In addition to the recently published HEART-2DPAGE--a myocardial World Wide Web-accessible 2-DE gel protein database--the usage and installation of software tools are described with regard to the hard- and software environments. Further, access to the HEART-2DPAGE from other two-dimensional electrophoresis (2-DE) databases using name or accession code of a protein is now available. Moreover, database images, published in the myocardial HSC-2DPAGE and HEART-2DPAGE databases are compared. Using the warping tool of the common image processing system Khoros the database images are matched and added in order to visualize the effects of warping. The application of such image processing tools is aimed at improving the comparability of protein spot patterns of different gel images available through the net. PMID:9150927

  3. A New Standard-Based Polynomial Interpolation (SBPIn) Method to Address Gel-to-Gel Variability for the Comparison of Multiple Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis Profile Matrices

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    Valentín-Vargas, Alexis; Chorover, Jon; Maier, Raina M.

    2013-01-01

    The Standard-Based Polynomial Interpolation (SBPIn) method is a new simple three-step protocol proposed to address common gel-to-gel variations for the comparison of sample profiles across multiple DGGE gels. The advantages of this method include no requirement for additional software or modification of the standard DGGE protocol. PMID:23234884

  4. Improvements in allelic discrimination of microsatellite markers using denaturing polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

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    Symons, R C; Marshall, V M; Foote, S J

    2000-08-01

    Poor resolution, retarded progress of DNA through gels, and variable sizing of DNA fragments between and within gels hinder accurate genotyping of some simple sequence length polymorphism (SSLP) markers with the Perkin Elmer Applied Biosystems 377 Sequenator. These problems are similar to renaturation related problems observed in DNA sequencing gels. PCR products especially susceptible to these problems are shown to have higher melting temperatures (T(m)) than others. Gels containing increased concentrations of denaturants allow greater accuracy in allelic discrimination. This is especially beneficial where quantification is necessary. PMID:10920238

  5. Proteomic analysis of tomato (Lycopersicum esculentum var. cerasifarm) expressing the HBsAg gene by 2-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis.

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    Guo, Bin; He, Wei; Wu, Daochang; Che, Delu; Fan, Penghui; Xu, Lingling; Wei, Yahui

    2013-12-01

    In a previous study, an HBsAg gene-bearing transgenic tomato line was made available and it exhibited notable physiological alterations compared with the non-transgenic tomato (control). In particular, leaves of the transgenic plants were fleshy and dark. We hypothesized that a change in leaf proteins of the transgenic plants account for the observed phenotypes. In this study, total protein content in leaves of the transgenic plants was analyzed by 2-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis. A total number of 700 protein spots were detected on silver-stained gels, of which 368 protein spots were matched between the control and sample gels. Among these matched proteins, the expression levels of 122 proteins in the transgenic plants were upregulated while those of the rest were downregulated. In addition, 25 abundant proteins (value ratio > 2.0) on silver-stained gels were analyzed by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry. Sixteen differentially expressed proteins were identified, of which 13 were predicted to be involved in cell division, energy metabolism, protein synthesis and processing. The possible roles of these proteins in the transgenic tomato strain have been discussed. Taken together, our data indicate that significant alterations in protein expression occur in transgenic tomatoes bearing the HBsAg gene. Our findings will help broaden our knowledge of the mechanism by which exogenously expressed genes lead to phenotypic alterations in transgenic plants. PMID:24057504

  6. Histochemical staining and quantification of plant mitochondrial respiratory chain complexes using blue-native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

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    Sabar, Mohammed; Balk, Janneke; Leaver, Christopher J

    2005-12-01

    Our knowledge of the respiratory chain and associated defects depends on the study of the multisubunit protein complexes in the inner mitochondrial membrane. Functional analysis of the plant mitochondrial respiratory chain has been successfully achieved by a combination of blue-native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (BN-PAGE) for separation of the protein complexes, and in-gel histochemical staining of the enzyme activities. We have optimized this powerful technique by determining linear ranges of amount of protein and enzyme activity for each respiratory complex. Time courses of the in-gel enzyme activities were also performed to determine optimal reaction times. Using the in-gel activity staining method we have previously shown decreased activity of complex V (F(1)F(0)-ATPase) in male-sterile sunflowers (Sabar et al., 2003). Here we have identified unique supercomplexes comprising complex IV (cytochrome c oxidase) in sunflower mitochondria. This method therefore represents a reliable tool for the diagnosis of respiratory dysfunction. In addition, the wider application of BN-PAGE in combination with enzyme activity staining is discussed. PMID:16297078

  7. A Chip-Capillary Hybrid Device for Automated Transfer of Sample Pre-Separated by Capillary Isoelectric Focusing to Parallel Capillary Gel Electrophoresis for Two-Dimensional Protein Separation

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    Lu, Joann J.; Wang, Shili; Li, Guanbin; Wang, Wei; Pu, Qiaosheng; Liu, Shaorong

    2012-01-01

    In this report, we introduce a chip-capillary hybrid device to integrate capillary isoelectric focusing (CIEF) with parallel capillary sodium dodecyl sulfate – polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) or capillary gel electrophoresis (CGE) toward automating two-dimensional (2D) protein separations. The hybrid device consists of three chips that are butted together. The middle chip can be moved between two positions to re-route the fluidic paths, which enables the performance of CIEF and injection of proteins partially resolved by CIEF to CGE capillaries for parallel CGE separations in a continuous and automated fashion. Capillaries are attached to the other two chips to facilitate CIEF and CGE separations and to extend the effective lengths of CGE columns. Specifically, we illustrate the working principle of the hybrid device, develop protocols for producing and preparing the hybrid device, and demonstrate the feasibility of using this hybrid device for automated injection of CIEF-separated sample to parallel CGE for 2D protein separations. Potentials and problems associated with the hybrid device are also discussed. PMID:22830584

  8. Apolipoprotein distribution in human lipoproteins separated by polyacrylamide gradient gel electrophoresis.

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    Vézina, C A; Milne, R W; Weech, P K; Marcel, Y L

    1988-05-01

    The heterogeneity of serum lipoproteins (excluding very low density (VLDL) and intermediate density (IDL) lipoproteins) and that of lipoproteins secreted by HepG2 cells has been studied by immunoblot analysis of the apolipoprotein composition of the particles separated by polyacrylamide gradient gel electrophoresis (GGE) under nondenaturing conditions. The reactions of antibodies to apoA-I, apoA-II, apoE, apoB, apoD, and apoA-IV have revealed discrete bands of particles which differ widely in size and apolipoprotein composition. GGE of native serum lipoproteins demonstrated that apoA-II is present in lipoproteins of limited size heterogeneity (apparent molecular mass 345,000 to 305,000) and that apoB is present in low density lipoproteins (LDL) and absent from all smaller or denser lipoproteins. In contrast, serum apoA-I, E, D, and A-IV are present in very heterogeneous particles. Serum apoA-I is present mainly in particles of 305 to 130 kDa where it is associated with apoA-II, and in decreasing order of immunoreactivity in particles of 130-90 kDa, 56 kDa, 815-345 kDa, and finally within the size range of LDL, all regions where there is little detectable apoA-II. Serum apoE is present in three defined fractions, one within the size range of LDL, one containing heterogeneous particles between 640 and 345 kDa, and one defined fraction at 96 kDa. Serum apoD is also present in three defined fractions, one comigrating with LDL, one containing heterogeneous particles between 390 and 150 kDa, and one band on the migration front. Most of serum apoA-IV is contained in a band comigrating with albumin. GGE of centrifugally prepared LDL shows the presence of apoB, apoE, and apoD, but not that of apoA-I. However, the particles containing apoA-I, which, in serum, migrated within the LDL size range and as bands of 815 to 345 kDa, were recovered upon centrifugation in the d greater than 1.21 g/ml fraction. GGE of high density lipoproteins (HDL) indicated that most of apoA-I, A-II, and A-IV were present in lipoproteins of the same apparent molecular mass (390-152 kDa). ApoD tended to be associated with large HDL, and this was also significant for HDL apoE, which is present in lipoproteins ranging from 640 to 275 kDa. GGE of very high density lipoproteins (VHDL) presented some striking features, one of which was the occurrence of apolipoproteins in very discrete bands of different molecular mass. ApoA-II was bimodally distributed at 250-175 kDa and 175-136 kDa, the latter fraction also containing apoA-I.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS) PMID:3411236

  9. Identification of actinomycete communities in Antarctic soil from Barrientos Island using PCR-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis.

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    Learn-Han, L; Yoke-Kqueen, C; Shiran, M S; Vui-Ling, C M W; Nurul-Syakima, A M; Son, R; Andrade, H M

    2012-01-01

    The diversity of specific bacteria taxa, such as the actinomycetes, has not been reported from the Antarctic island of Barrientos. The diversity of actinomycetes was estimated with two different strategies that use PCR-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis. First, a PCR was applied, using a group-specific primer that allows selective amplification of actinomycete sequences. Second, a nested-PCR approach was used that allows the estimation of the relative abundance of actinomycetes within the bacterial community. Molecular identification, which was based on 16S rDNA sequence analysis, revealed eight genera of actinomycetes, Actinobacterium, Actinomyces, an uncultured Actinomycete, Streptomyces, Leifsonia, Frankineae, Rhodococcus, and Mycobacterium. The uncultured Actinomyces sp and Rhodococcus sp appear to be the prominent genera of actinomycetes in Barrientos Island soil. PCR-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis patterns were used to look for correlations between actinomycete abundance and environmental characteristics, such as type of rookery and vegetation. There was a significant positive correlation between type of rookery and abundance of actinomycetes; soil samples collected from active chinstrap penguin rookeries had the highest actinomycete abundance. Vegetation type, such as moss, which could provide a microhabitat for bacteria, did not correlate significantly with actinomycete abundance. PMID:22370930

  10. Analysis of steric partition behavior of molecules in membranes using statistical physics. Application to gel chromatography and electrophoresis.

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    Schnitzer, J E

    1988-01-01

    The principles of statistical physics are used to formulate general expressions for the steric partition behavior of molecules in both random and ordered membrane structures that may be applied to any shape of the solute and/or the volume-excluding element of the membrane. These expressions fully define partitioning in terms of the volume excluded to point molecules and to finite-sized molecules. The mean effective exclusion volume for a molecule is calculated as a function of a global interaction energy, which varies with position, conformation, and orientation of the molecule. It allows consideration of electrostatic and other nonsteric factors. To test the model, specific partition functions are derived for several simple geometries describing the membrane and solute. Frequently, the derived expressions agree with past analyses; however, a new expression describing partitioning within an random network of fibers is derived. It agrees with past results only in the limit of low exclusion volumes. With greater volume exclusions, past results greatly overestimate the partition function. It is applied to gel electrophoresis and chromatography and survives testing with available experimental data. Unlike past analyses, it predicts nonlinear Ferguson plots for agarose gel electrophoresis. In addition, an analytical expression predicting the minimum radius of a sphere excluded from a random fiber matrix is derived, tested, and found to agree with experimental data. PMID:3148335

  11. Isolation of soluble proteins from an industrial strain Streptomyces avermitilis in complex culture medium for two-dimensional gel electrophoresis.

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    Yin, Peng; Wang, Yong-Hong; Zhang, Si-Liang; Chu, Ju; Zhuang, Ying-Ping; Wang, Mei-Long; Zhou, Jin

    2008-05-01

    Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) is a core proteomic technique to study protein expression and function in living organisms. Although 2-DE has been extensively used for the investigation of bacteria, yeast, animal and plant tissue cells, the isolation of proteins from the organisms and elimination of salt, nucleotide, polysaccharide, lipids and other contaminations from the samples often limit its application. In this study, the protocol for protein isolation from cells of Streptomyces avermitilis cultivated in partially insoluble complex medium was investigated. The goal was to make the obtained extraction samples suitable for the two-dimensional electrophoresis, thus make the further proteome analysis possible. Compared to non-denatured procedure, the denatured one, precipitating with 10% TCA in acetone, efficiently eliminated the interference substances from the cell lysate. Thiourea in the rehydration solution enhanced the resolubilization of protein pellets but led to heavy horizontal streaking in the 2-DE gels. High protein loading amount improved the resolution of some low abundance proteins but did not adapt to the high abundance proteins. And it was also important to collect cells at appropriate culture time according to the analysis target. With the optimized protein extraction protocol, the protein expression patterns of S. avermitilis during the onset of avermectin production in complex medium were analyzed. PMID:18378344

  12. Resolution-enhanced native acidic gel electrophoresis: a method for resolving, sizing, and quantifying prion protein oligomers.

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    Ladner, Carol L; Wishart, David S

    2012-07-01

    The formation of β-sheet-rich prion protein (PrP(β)) oligomers from native or cellular PrP(c) is thought to be a key step in the development of prion diseases. To assist in this characterization process we have developed a rapid and remarkably high resolution gel electrophoresis technique called RENAGE (resolution-enhanced native acidic gel electrophoresis) for separating, sizing, and quantifying oligomeric PrP(β) complexes. PrP(β) oligomers formed via either urea/salt or acid conversion can be resolved by RENAGE into a clear set of oligomeric bands differing by just one subunit. Calibration of the size of the PrP(β) oligomer bands was made possible with a cross-linked mouse PrP(90-232) ladder (1- to 11-mer) generated using ruthenium bipyridyl-based photoinduced cross-linking of unmodified proteins (PICUP). This PrP PICUP ladder allowed the size and abundance of PrP(β) oligomers formed from urea/salt and acid conversion to be determined. This distribution consists of 7-, 8-, 9-, 10-, and 11-mers, with the most abundant species being the 8-mer. The high-resolution separation afforded by RENAGE has allowed us to investigate distinctive size and population changes in PrP(β) oligomers formed under various conversion conditions, with various construct lengths, from various species or in the presence of anti-prion compounds. PMID:22490465

  13. Genotypic identification and phylogenetic analysis of the spotted fever group rickettsiae by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis.

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    Roux, V; Raoult, D

    1993-01-01

    Using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, we studied the chromosomes of spotted fever group rickettsiae. We digested the DNA of 16 species currently known to belong to this group with SmaI, EagI, and BssHII. The genome size of 13 rickettsiae was between 1,200 and 1,300 kb. "Rickettsia massiliae" and "R. helvetica" genome sizes were 1,370 and 1,397 kb, respectively, and that of R. bellii was 1,660 kb. It was possible to obtain distinctive patterns for each species, but in R. conorii, 10 isolates exhibited the same profiles, showing that pulsed-field gel electrophoresis is a good interspecies identification tool. We achieved a phylogenetic analysis of these bacteria by using the Dice coefficient and UPGMA and Package Philip programming. We established a dendrogram of the genetic relationships between the different species showing the existence of a cluster in the spotted fever group rickettsiae including R. conorii, R. rickettsii, R. parkeri, R. sibirica, "R. africae," "R. slovaca," Thai tick typhus rickettsia, and Israeli tick typhus rickettsia. We located three genes previously cloned and sequenced (genes encoding the R. rickettsii surface proteins of 120 and 190 kDa and the R. prowazekii citrate synthase gene), using Southern hybridization. The genes encoding citrate synthase and the surface protein of 190 kDa were usually located on the same band, and it is hypothesized that they are relatively close on the chromosome. Images PMID:8393009

  14. Proteomic analysis of carbonylated proteins in two-dimensional gel electrophoresis using avidin-fluorescein affinity staining.

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    Yoo, Byoung-Sam; Regnier, Fred E

    2004-05-01

    A method for detecting carbonylated proteins in two-dimensional electrophoresis (2-DE) was developed using biotinylation and avidin-fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) affinity staining. The method was used to examine oxidatively modified proteins associated with oxidative stress. Carbonyl formation in proteins was first examined in a model system by subjecting bovine serum albumin (BSA) and ribonuclease A (RNase A) to metal-catalyzed oxidation (MCO). Carbonyl group formation was found to occur at multiple sites along with a small amount of polypeptide chain cleavage. In vivo studies were conducted in yeast cell cultures using 5 mM hydrogen peroxide to induce oxidative stress. Biotinylation of yeast protein was accomplished during extraction at 4 degrees C in a lysis buffer containing 5 mM biotin-hydrazide. Biotin-hydrazide forms a Schiff base with a carbonyl group on an oxidized protein that is subsequently reduced before electrophoresis. Proteins were separated by either 2-DE or sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE). Biotinylated species were detected using avidin-FITC affinity staining. Detection sensitivity with biotinylated proteins was five times higher than achieved by silver staining. The limit of detection with avidin-FITC staining approached 0.64 pmol of protein-associated carbonyls. Twenty carbonylated proteins were identified in the proteome of yeast following oxidative stress with hydrogen peroxide. Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) analysis of tryptic peptides was used to identify peptides extracted from gels. Aconitase, heat shock protein SSA1 and SSC1, pyruvate decarboxylase isozyme 1, pyruvate kinase 1, enolase 1 and 2, phosphoglycerate kinase, fructose-bisphosphate aldorase, and glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase were among the major targets of oxidative stress. PMID:15174056

  15. Combining two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and metabolomic data in support of dry-season survival in the two main species of the malarial mosquito Anopheles gambiae.

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    Hidalgo, K; Mouline, K; Mamai, W; Foucreau, N; Dabiré, K R; Bouchereau, A; Simard, F; Renault, D

    2015-12-01

    In dry savannahs of West-Africa, the malarial mosquitoes of the Anopheles gambiae sensu stricto complex annually survive the harsh desiccating conditions of the dry season. However, the physiological and biochemical mechanisms underlying how these mosquitoes survive such desiccating conditions are still undefined, and controversial. In this context, we provide the first work examining both proteomic and metabolomic changes in the two molecular forms of A. gambiae s.s (M and S forms) experimentally exposed to the rainy and dry season conditions as they experience in the field. Protein abundances of the mosquitoes were measured using a two-dimensional fluorescence difference gel electrophoresis (2D DIGE) coupled with a matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation-time of flight (MALDI-TOF) and tandem mass spectrometry (MS) for protein identification. These assays were conducted by Applied Biomics (http://www.appliedbiomics.com, Applied Biomics, Inc. Hayward, CA, USA), and the mass spectrometry proteomics data have been deposited to the ProteomeXchange Consortium (http://proteomecentral.proteomexchange.org) via the PRIDE partner repository with the dataset identifier PXD000294. The metabolomic analysis was conducted using both Acquity UPLC(®) system (for amino acid identification), and a gas-chromatography-mass spectrometry platform (for sugars identification). Metabolomic fingerprintings were assessed in the University of Rennes 1, UMR CNRS 6553 EcoBio (France). A detailed interpretation of the obtained data can be found in Hidalgo et al. (2014) [1] (Journal of Insect Physiology (2014)). PMID:26543889

  16. Combining two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and metabolomic data in support of dry-season survival in the two main species of the malarial mosquito Anopheles gambiae☆

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    Hidalgo, K.; Mouline, K.; Mamai, W.; Foucreau, N.; Dabiré, K.R.; Bouchereau, A.; Simard, F.; Renault, D.

    2015-01-01

    In dry savannahs of West-Africa, the malarial mosquitoes of the Anopheles gambiae sensu stricto complex annually survive the harsh desiccating conditions of the dry season. However, the physiological and biochemical mechanisms underlying how these mosquitoes survive such desiccating conditions are still undefined, and controversial. In this context, we provide the first work examining both proteomic and metabolomic changes in the two molecular forms of A. gambiae s.s (M and S forms) experimentally exposed to the rainy and dry season conditions as they experience in the field. Protein abundances of the mosquitoes were measured using a two-dimensional fluorescence difference gel electrophoresis (2D DIGE) coupled with a matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation-time of flight (MALDI-TOF) and tandem mass spectrometry (MS) for protein identification. These assays were conducted by Applied Biomics (http://www.appliedbiomics.com, Applied Biomics, Inc. Hayward, CA, USA), and the mass spectrometry proteomics data have been deposited to the ProteomeXchange Consortium (http://proteomecentral.proteomexchange.org) via the PRIDE partner repository with the dataset identifier PXD000294. The metabolomic analysis was conducted using both Acquity UPLC® system (for amino acid identification), and a gas-chromatography-mass spectrometry platform (for sugars identification). Metabolomic fingerprintings were assessed in the University of Rennes 1, UMR CNRS 6553 EcoBio (France). A detailed interpretation of the obtained data can be found in Hidalgo et al. (2014) [1] (Journal of Insect Physiology (2014)). PMID:26543889

  17. Analysis of Streptomyces coelicolor membrane proteome using two-dimensional native/native and native/sodium dodecyl sulfate gel electrophoresis.

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    Li, Fuhou; Liang, Jingdan; Wang, Weixia; Zhou, Xiufen; Deng, Zixin; Wang, Zhijun

    2014-11-15

    Analysis of the oligomeric state of a protein may provide insights into its physiological functions. Because membrane proteins are considered to be the workhorses of energy generation and polypeptide and nutrient transportation, in this study we characterized the membrane-associated proteome of Streptomyces coelicolor by two-dimensional (2D) blue native/sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE), high-resolution clear native/native PAGE, and native/SDS-PAGE. A total of 77 proteins were identified, and 20 proteins belonging to 15 complexes were characterized. Moreover, the resolution of high-resolution clear native/SDS-PAGE is much higher than that of blue native/SDS-PAGE. OBP (SCO5477) and BldKB (SCO5113) were identified as the main protein spots from the membrane fractions of S. coelicolor M145, suggesting that these two proteins are involved in extracellular peptide transportation. These two transporters exhibited multiple oligomeric states in the native PAGE system, which may suggest their multiple physiological functions in the development of S. coelicolor. PMID:25150108

  18. Protein electrophoresis in agarose gels for separating high molecular weight proteins.

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    Greaser, Marion L; Warren, Chad M

    2012-01-01

    Very large proteins (subunit sizes >200 kDa) are difficult to electrophoretically separate on polyacrylamide gels. A SDS vertical agarose gel system has been developed that has vastly improved resolving power for very large proteins. Proteins with molecular masses between 200 and 4,000 kDa can be clearly separated. Inclusion of a reducing agent in the upper reservoir buffer has been found to be a key technical procedure for obtaining optimum resolution. PMID:22585481

  19. Immunochemical characterization of Mycobacterium leprae antigens by the SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis immunoperoxidase technique (SGIP) using patients' sera.

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    Klatser, P R; van Rens, M M; Eggelte, T A

    1984-01-01

    In this study the SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis immunoperoxidase (SGIP) assay was used for characterizing the antigenic components of Mycobacterium leprae using patients' sera. This technique involved the separation of mycobacterial sonicates on SDS-polyacrylamide gels, longitudinal sectioning of the gels, incubation with patients' sera and visualization of the antigen-antibody complexes by the indirect immunoperoxidase technique. A number of antigens present in M. leprae sonicates were recognized by leprosy patients' sera, some of which were seen in other mycobacteria as well. Antibody binding to a 33 kD antigen, present in both M. leprae and BCG sonicates, was reduced only in the latter after 6 months of multiple drug treatment of one patient. It is suggested that this is a common mycobacterial antigen with one or more M. leprae specific determinants. Several antigens were identified only in M. leprae sonicates, only by leprosy patients: a 12, 22, 28, 36, 41 and 86 kD component. These antigens lost their antigenicity after trypsin treatment, but were heat stable. Such M. leprae specific antigens may be useful for immunodiagnosis. Images Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3 Fig. 4 PMID:6378452

  20. Immunoproteomic and two-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis analysis of Arabidopsis dehydration response element-binding protein 1A (DREB1A)-transgenic potato.

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    Nakamura, Rika; Satoh, Rie; Nakamura, Ryosuke; Shimazaki, Takayoshi; Kasuga, Mie; Yamaguchi-Shinozaki, Kazuko; Kikuchi, Akira; Watanabe, Kazuo N; Teshima, Reiko

    2010-01-01

    To produce crops that are more tolerant to stresses such as heat, cold, and salt, transgenic plants have been produced those express stress-associated proteins. In this study, we used immunoproteomic and two-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis (2D-DIGE) methods to investigate the allergenicity of transgenic potatoes expressing Arabidopsis DREB1A (dehydration responsive element-binding protein 1A), driven by the rd29A promoter or the 35S promoter. Immunoproteomic analysis using sera from potato-allergic patients revealed several immunoglobulin E (IgE)-binding protein spots. The patterns of protein binding were almost the same between transgenic and non-transgenic potatoes. The IgE-binding proteins in potato were identified as patatin precursors, a segment of serine protease inhibitor 2, and proteinase inhibitor II by matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization-time of flight (MALDI-TOF) MS/MS. 2D-DIGE analysis revealed several differences in protein expression between non-transgenic potato and transgenic potato; those showing increased expression in transgenic potatoes were identified as precursors of patatin, a major potato allergen, and those showing decreased expression in transgenic potatoes were identified as lipoxygenase and glycogen (starch) synthase. These results suggested that transgenic potatoes may express slightly higher levels of allergens, but their IgE-binding patterns were almost the same as those of control potatoes. Further research on changes in protein expressions in response to environmental factors is required to confirm whether the differences observed in this study are due to gene transfection, rather than environmental factors. PMID:20686241

  1. 2D-electrophoresis and multiplex immunoassay proteomic analysis of different body fluids and cellular components reveal known and novel markers for extended fasting

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    2011-01-01

    Background Proteomic technologies applied for profiling human biofluids and blood cells are considered to reveal new biomarkers of exposure or provide insights into novel mechanisms of adaptation. Methods Both a non-targeted (classical 2D-electrophoresis combined with mass spectrometry) as well as a targeted proteomic approach (multiplex immunoassay) were applied to investigate how fasting for 36 h, as compared to 12 h, affects the proteome of platelets, peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC), plasma, urine and saliva collected from ten healthy volunteers. Results Between-subject variability was highest in the plasma proteome and lowest in the PBMC proteome. Random Forests analysis performed on the entire dataset revealed that changes in the level of the RhoGDI2 protein in PBMC and plasma ApoA4 levels were the two most obvious biomarkers of an extended fasting. Random Forests (RF) analysis of the multiplex immunoassay data revealed leptin and MMP-3 as biomarkers for extended fasting. However, high between-subject variability may have masked the extended fasting effects in the proteome of the biofluids and blood cells. Conclusions Identification of significantly changed proteins in biofluids and blood cells using a non-targeted approach, together with the outcome of targeted analysis revealed both known and novel markers for a 36 h fasting period, including the cellular proteins RhoGDI2 and CLIC1, and plasma proteins ApoA4, leptin and MMP-3. The PBMC proteome exhibited the lowest between-subject variability and therefore these cells appear to represent the best biosamples for biomarker discovery in human nutrigenomics. PMID:21439033

  2. High-throughput genotyping of CRISPR/Cas9-mediated mutants using fluorescent PCR-capillary gel electrophoresis

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    Ramlee, Muhammad Khairul; Yan, Tingdong; Cheung, Alice M. S.; Chuah, Charles T. H.; Li, Shang

    2015-01-01

    Recent advances in the engineering of sequence-specific synthetic nucleases provide enormous opportunities for genetic manipulation of gene expression in order to study their cellular function in vivo. However, current genotyping methods to detect these programmable nuclease-induced insertion/deletion (indel) mutations in targeted human cells are not compatible for high-throughput screening of knockout clones due to inherent limitations and high cost. Here, we describe an efficient method of genotyping clonal CRISPR/Cas9-mediated mutants in a high-throughput manner involving the use of a direct lysis buffer to extract crude genomic DNA straight from cells in culture, and fluorescent PCR coupled with capillary gel electrophoresis. This technique also allows for genotyping of multiplexed gene targeting in a single clone. Overall, this time- and cost-saving technique is able to circumvent the limitations of current genotyping methods and support high-throughput screening of nuclease-induced mutants. PMID:26498861

  3. Phenotypic and genotypic (pulsed-field gel electrophoresis) characteristics of enterotoxin-A-producing Staphylococcus aureus strains.

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    Gouloumès, C; Bes, M; Renaud, F; Lina, B; Reverdy, M E; Brun, Y; Fleurette, J

    1996-05-01

    The phenotypic (antibiotype, serotype, phagetype) and genotypic (SmaI restriction patterns using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis) characters of 162 Staphylococcus aureus epidemiologically unrelated strains were studied. Eighty-two of the isolates produced enterotoxin-A (SEA+), while 80 produced none (SEA-). None of the phenotypic characters observed were characteristic of SEA+ strains. On the other hand, the electrophoretic profiles revealed a non-random distribution of the SEA+ strains (p < 0.01 in groups PI and PIII, and p < 0.03 in group PII). It can therefore reasonably be assumed that the enterotoxin-A-producing strains did not constitute a single clone, but rather, seemed to belong to strains derived from at least three clones with distinct genetic organization. PMID:8763613

  4. A Proposal for Source Tracking of Fecal Pollution in Recreational Waters by Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis

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    Furukawa, Takashi; Suzuki, Yoshihiro

    2013-01-01

    This study aimed to identify specific river sources of fecal contamination by applying pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) to environmental water samples from a recreational beach in Japan. The genotypes of all Enterococcus faecium and Enterococcus faecalis strains used as indicators of fecal pollution on the recreational beach and rivers were analyzed by PFGE, and the PFGE profiles of the strains were classified at a 0.9 similarity level using dendrogram analysis. PFGE types of E. faecium isolated from Sakai River or urban drainage were classified in the same cluster. Therefore, the probable sources of fecal pollution on the recreational beach were Sakai River and urban drainage. The approaches for microbial source tracking employed in this study used PFGE with Enterococcus species as an indicator can be a potential tool to specify the source(s) of fecal pollution and contribute to improved public health in coastal environments. PMID:24256972

  5. A novel approach to pseudopodia proteomics: excimer laser etching, two-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis, and confocal imaging

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    Mimae, Takahiro; Ito, Akihiko; Hagiyama, Man; Nakanishi, Jun; Hosokawa, Yoichiroh; Okada, Morihito; Murakami, Yoshinori; Kondo, Tadashi

    2014-01-01

    Pseudopodia are actin-rich ventral cellular protrusions shown to facilitate the migration and metastasis of tumor cells. Here, we present a novel approach to perform pseudopodia proteomics. Tumor cells growing on porous membranes extend pseudopodia into the membrane pores. In our method, cell bodies are removed by horizontal ablation at the basal cell surface with the excimer laser while pseudopodia are left in the membrane pores. For protein expression profiling, whole cell and pseudopodia proteins are extracted with a lysis buffer, labeled with highly sensitive fluorescent dyes, and separated by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. Proteins with unique expression patterns in pseudopodia are identified by mass spectrometry. The effects of the identified proteins on pseudopodia formation are evaluated by measuring the pseudopodia length in cancer cells with genetically modified expression of target proteins using confocal imaging. This protocol allows global identification of pseudopodia proteins and evaluation of their functional significance in pseudopodia formation within one month. PMID:25309719

  6. Investigating Freshwater Periphyton Community Response to Uranium with Phospholipid Fatty Acid and Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis Analyses

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    Small, Jack A.; Bunn, Amoret L.; McKinstry, Craig A.; Peacock, A. D.; Miracle, Ann L.

    2008-04-01

    Periphyton communities can be used as monitors of ecosystem health and as indicators of contamination in lotic systems. Measures of biomass, community structure and genetic diversity were used to investigate impacts of uranium exposure on periphyton. Laboratory exposures of periphyton in river water amended with uranium were performed for 5 days, followed by 2 days of uranium depuration in unamended river water. Productivity as measured by biomass was not affected by concentrations up to 100 µg L-1 uranium. Phospholipid fatty acid (PLFA) profiles and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) banding patterns found no changes in community or genetic structure related to uranium exposure. We suggest that the periphyton community as a whole is not impacted by exposures of uranium up to a dose of 100 µg L-1. These findings have significance for the assessment and prediction of uranium impacts on aquatic ecosystems.

  7. Changes in Predominance of Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis Profiles of Bordetella pertussis Isolates, United States, 2000–2012

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    Skoff, Tami H.; Jawahir, Selina; Tondella, M. Lucia

    2016-01-01

    To clarify the characteristics of circulating Bordetella pertussis isolates, we used pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) to analyze 5,262 isolates collected in the United States during 2000–2012. We found 199 PFGE profiles; 5 profiles accounted for 72% of isolates. The most common profile, CDC013, accounted for 35%–46% of isolates tested from 2000–2009; however, the proportion of isolates of this profile rapidly decreased in 2010. Profile CDC237, first seen in 2009, increased rapidly and accounted for 29% of 2012 isolates. No location bias was observed among profiles during 2000–2010, but differences were observed among isolates from different states during 2012. Predominant profiles match those observed in recent European PFGE studies. PFGE profile changes are concurrent with other recent molecular changes in B. pertussis and may be contributing to the reemergence of pertussis in the United States. Continued PFGE monitoring is critical for understanding the changing epidemiology of pertussis. PMID:26886905

  8. Changes in Predominance of Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis Profiles of Bordetella pertussis Isolates, United States, 2000-2012.

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    Cassiday, Pamela K; Skoff, Tami H; Jawahir, Selina; Tondella, M Lucia

    2016-03-01

    To clarify the characteristics of circulating Bordetella pertussis isolates, we used pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) to analyze 5,262 isolates collected in the United States during 2000-2012. We found 199 PFGE profiles; 5 profiles accounted for 72% of isolates. The most common profile, CDC013, accounted for 35%-46% of isolates tested from 2000-2009; however, the proportion of isolates of this profile rapidly decreased in 2010. Profile CDC237, first seen in 2009, increased rapidly and accounted for 29% of 2012 isolates. No location bias was observed among profiles during 2000-2010, but differences were observed among isolates from different states during 2012. Predominant profiles match those observed in recent European PFGE studies. PFGE profile changes are concurrent with other recent molecular changes in B. pertussis and may be contributing to the reemergence of pertussis in the United States. Continued PFGE monitoring is critical for understanding the changing epidemiology of pertussis. PMID:26886905

  9. Sizing and mapping of the genome of Campylobacter coli strain UA417R using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis.

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    Yan, W; Taylor, D E

    1991-05-15

    Agarose-immobilized chromosomal DNA from the nalidixic-acid-resistant Campylobacter coli strain UA417 and its streptomycin-resistant (StrR) derivative, UA417R, were digested with the restriction enzymes SalI (GTCGAC) and SmaI (CCCGGG). The sizes of the resulting fragments were determined using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. The two genomes showed similar restriction patterns of seven and 13 fragments for the two respective enzymes and the total genome size was determined to be approx. 1.7 Mb. Analysis of partial digestion fragments, as well as Southern-blot hybridization, were used to construct a physical map of the C. coli UA417R genome. Natural transformation studies using DNA fragments extracted from UA417R, as well as the erythromycin-resistant (EryR) C. coli strain UA585, were used to locate the StrR and EryR resistance markers on the genomic map. PMID:1676383

  10. Quantitation of yeast total proteins in sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis sample buffer for uniform loading.

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    Sheen, Hyukho

    2016-04-01

    Proteins in sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) sample buffer are difficult to quantitate due to SDS and reducing agents being in the buffer. Although acetone precipitation has long been used to clean up proteins from detergents and salts, previous studies showed that protein recovery from acetone precipitation varies from 50 to 100% depending on the samples tested. Here, this article shows that acetone precipitates proteins highly efficiently from SDS-PAGE sample buffer and that quantitative recovery is achieved in 5 min at room temperature. Moreover, precipitated proteins are resolubilized with urea/guanidine, rather than with SDS. Thus, the resolubilized samples are readily quantifiable with Bradford reagent without using SDS-compatible assays. PMID:26796977

  11. A fluorescent natural product for ultra sensitive detection of proteins in one-dimensional and two-dimensional gel electrophoresis.

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    Mackintosh, James A; Choi, Hung-Yoon; Bae, Soo-Han; Veal, Duncan A; Bell, Philip J; Ferrari, Belinda C; Van Dyk, Derek D; Verrills, Nicole M; Paik, Young-Ki; Karuso, Peter

    2003-12-01

    Lightning Fast is a sensitive fluorescence-based stain for detecting proteins in one-dimensional and two-dimensional polyacrylamide electrophoresis gels. It contains the fluorophore epicocconone from the fungus Epicoccum nigrum that interacts noncovalently with sodium dodecyl sulfate and protein. Stained proteins can be excited optimally by near-ultraviolet light of about 395 nm or with visible light of about 520 nm. The stain can be excited using a range of sources used in image analysis systems including UVA (ca. 365 nm) and UVB (ca. 302 nm) transilluminators; Xenon-arc lamps; 488 nm and 457 nm Argon-ion lasers; 473 nm and 532 nm neodymium: yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) solid-state lasers; 543 nm helium-neon lasers, and emerging violet, blue and green diode lasers. Maximum fluorescence emission of the dye is at approximately 610 nm. The limit of detection in one-dimensional gels stained with Lightning Fast protein gel stain is less than 100 pg of protein, rivaling the current limits of matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS). Lightning Fast was found to be considerably more sensitive than SYPRO Ruby, SYPRO Orange, silver and Coomassie Brilliant Blue G-250 in matched experiments. Staining takes as little as 3.5 h and stained proteins displayed quantitative linearity over more than four orders of magnitude, thereby allowing visualization of entire proteomes. Lightning Fast protein gel staining is compatible with subsequent peptide mass fingerprinting using MALDI-MS and Edman-based sequencing chemistry. PMID:14673778

  12. Identification of velvet antler by random amplified polymorphism DNA combined with non-gel sieving capillary electrophoresis.

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    Yuan, Guangxin; Sun, Jiyan; Li, Hongyu; Fu, Guilian; Xu, Guangyu; Li, Mingcheng; Zhang, Lihua; Fan, Xintian

    2016-01-01

    Mitochondrial DNA of velvet antler was amplified with random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) technique and the PCR products were detected with non-gel sieving capillary electrophoresis to establish a RAPD-HPCE method used for identifying the authenticity of velvet antler or it counterfeits. Factors that could affect the PCR amplification and capillary electrophoresis were optimized. Under the optimized conditions, namely, 20 mmol L(-1) NaH2PO4-Na2HPO4-2 mmol L(-1) EDTA buffer solution [0.8% (W/V) HPMC, 15 mmol L(-1) TBAP and pH 7.3], -10 kV injection voltage and -8 kV separation voltage, Cervus nippon Temminck antler, Cervus elaphus Linnaeus antler, Rangifer tarandus antler, Cervus canadensis antler and Elaphurus davidianus antler were analyzed. The analysis on the similarity of obtained elctrophoretograms showed that there were significant differences in similarities of different velvet antlers, which could be used for the quick identification of the authenticity of velvet antler samples. It can be found that the technique of RAPD combined with HPCE is advantageous in rich polymorphism, high detection rate, simple and convenient performance, high efficiency, rapidness and sensitivity, indicating that it should be suitable for the quick identification of the authenticity of velvet antler samples. PMID:25103424

  13. Assessing the stability of cystatin/cysteine proteinase complexes using mildly-denaturing gelatin-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

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    Michaud, D; Cantin, L; Raworth, D A; Vrain, T C

    1996-01-01

    A method for assessing the stability of cystatin/cysteine proteinase complexes using mildly-denaturing gelatin-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (gelatin-PAGE) is described. As suggested by the use of well-known cystatins (human stefins A and B, and oryzacystatins I and II) and the plant cysteine proteinase papain, the ability of cystatin/cysteine proteinase complexes to remain stable during electrophoresis is associated with the degree of affinity between the enzyme and the inhibitor (and inversely associated with the Ki values), at least with the disulfide bond-lacking cystatins. Complexes with Ki values > or = 10(-8) M (weak interactions) are partly or completely dissociated under the conditions used, while those with lower Ki values (strong interactions) remain stable. As shown by the differential effects of two plant cystatins, oryzacystatins I and II, against a cysteine proteinase present in crude (complex) extracts from a plant pest -- the two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae Koch), the gelatin-PAGE procedure is suitable for studying the ability of cystatins to form highly stable complexes with cysteine proteinases, without the need for prior purification steps. Considering the well-recognized potential of proteinase inhibitors for pest and pathogen control, this analytical approach will be useful for rapidly assessing the respective potential of various cystatins for protection of plants, animals, and humans. PMID:8907521

  14. Amino Acid Composition, Molecular Weight Distribution and Gel Electrophoresis of Walnut (Juglans regia L.) Proteins and Protein Fractionations

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    Mao, Xiaoying; Hua, Yufei; Chen, Guogang

    2014-01-01

    As a by-product of oil production, walnut proteins are considered as an additional source of plant protein for human food. To make full use of the protein resource, a comprehensive understanding of composition and characteristics of walnut proteins are required. Walnut proteins have been fractionated and characterized in this study. Amino acid composition, molecular weight distribution and gel electrophoresis of walnut proteins and protein fractionations were analyzed. The proteins were sequentially separated into four fractions according to their solubility. Glutelin was the main component of the protein extract. The content of glutelin, albumin, globulin and prolamin was about 72.06%, 7.54%, 15.67% and 4.73% respectively. Glutelin, albumin and globulin have a balanced content of essential amino acids, except for methionine, with respect to the FAO pattern recommended for adults. SDS-PAGE patterns of albumin, globulin and glutelin showed several polypeptides with molecular weights 14.4 to 66.2 kDa. The pattern of walnut proteins in two-dimension electrophoresis (2-DE) showed that the isoelectric point was mainly in the range of 4.8–6.8. The results of size exclusion chromatogram indicated molecular weight of the major components of walnut proteins were between 3.54 and 81.76 kDa. PMID:24473146

  15. Pulsed field gel electrophoresis: a review of application and interpretation in the molecular epidemiology of infectious disease.

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    Goering, Richard V

    2010-10-01

    Over the years, approaches to the epidemiological analysis of infectious disease have undergone a remarkable evolutionary transition moving from phenotypic to molecular in nature. As discussed here, the quest for a clearer comparison of genomic relatedness between bacterial clinical isolates has involved four generations of molecular iteration. First generation plasmid analysis gave way to a second generation use of restriction enzymes and probes. This was followed by third generation pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and PCR-based methods with movement now to fourth-generation DNA sequence-based approaches. Remarkably, despite (or perhaps because of) its more than 20-year history as a typing method, PFGE has demonstrated exceptional staying power. The reasons for this endurance as well as the pros and cons of PFGE use are examined in this review. In broad context the history and technology behind PFGE are considered. Issues commonly influencing the quality of PFGE data and its analysis are discussed. Specifics regarding the mechanics of DNA preparation, restriction-enzyme digestion, and proper conditions for electrophoresis are detailed and, most importantly for any approach to epidemiological assessment, issues regarding the analysis and interpretation of PFGE data are explored. PMID:20692376

  16. Analysis of Genomic Diversity among Helicobacter pylori Strains Isolated from Iranian Children by Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis

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    Falsafi, Tahereh; Sotoudeh, Nazli; Feizabadi, Mohammad-Mehdi; Mahjoub, Fatemeh

    2014-01-01

    Objective: Presence of genomic diversity among Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) strains have been suggested by numerous investigators. Little is known about diversity of H. pylori strains isolated from Iranian children and their association with virulence of the strains. Our purpose was to assess the degree of genomic diversity among H. pylori strains isolated from Iranian-children, on the basis of vacA genotype, cagA status of the strains, sex, age as well as the pathological status of the patients. Methods: Genomic DNA from 44 unrelated H. pylori strains isolated during 1997–2009, was examined by pulse-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). Pathological status of the patients was performed according to the modified Sydney-system and genotype/status of vacA/cagA genes was determined by PCR. PFGE was performed using XbaI restriction-endonuclease and the field inversion-gel electrophoresis system. Findings: No significant relationship was observed between the patterns of PFGE and the cagA/vacA status/genotype. Also no relationship was observed between age, sex, and pathological status of the children and the PFGE patterns of their isolates. Similar conclusion was obtained by Total Lab software. However, more relationship was observed between the strains isolated in the close period (1997–2009, 2001–2003, 2005–2007, and 2007–2009) and more difference was observed among those obtained in the distant periods (1997 and 2009). Conclusion: H. pylori strains isolated from children in Iran are extremely diverse and this diversity is not related to their virulence characteristics. Occurrence of this extreme diversity may be related to adaptation of H. pylori strains to variable living conditions during transmission between various host individuals. PMID:26019775

  17. Structural organization of the human glucocorticoid receptor determined by one- and two-dimensional gel electrophoresis of proteolytic receptor fragments

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    Smith, A.C.; Harmon, J.M.

    1987-01-27

    The structural organization of the steroid-binding protein of the IM-9 cell glucocorticoid receptor was investigated by using one- and two-dimensional gel electrophoresis of proteolytic receptor fragments. One-dimensional sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) of receptor fragments isolated after trypsin digestion of immunopurified (/sup 3/H)dexamethasone 21-mesylate ((/sup 3/H)DM-) labeled receptor revealed the presence of a stable 26.5-kilodalton (kDa) steroid-containing non-DNA-binding fragment, derived from a larger, less stable, 29-kDa fragment. The 26.5-kDa tryptic fragment appeared to be completely contained within a 41-kDa, steroid-containing, DNA-binding species isolated after chymotrypsin digestion of the intact protein. Two-dimensional electrophoretic analysis of the (/sup 3/H)DM-labeled tryptic fragments resolved two 26.5-kDa and two 29-kDa components. This was the same number of isoforms seen in the intact protein, indicating that the charge heterogeneity of the steroid-binding protein is the result of modification within the steroid-containing, non-DNA-binding, 26.5-kDa tryptic fragment. Two-dimensional analysis of the 41-kDa (/sup 3/H)DM-labeled chymotryptic species revealed a pattern of isoforms more complex than that seen either in the intact protein or in the steroid-containing tryptic fragments. These results suggest that the 41-kDa (/sup 3/H)DM-labeled species resolved by one-dimensional SDS-PAGE after chymotrypsin digestion may be composed of several distinct proteolytic fragments.

  18. Use of quantitative two-dimensional gel electrophoresis to analyze changes in alveolar macrophage proteins in humans exposed to ozone

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    Devlin, R.B.; Koren, H.S.

    1989-06-24

    Acute exposure of humans to 0.4 ppm ozone is known to cause production of components which mediate inflammation and damage in the lung. The contribution of alveolar macrophages to this process is not well understood. In addition, ozone may cause more extensive cellular changes than those currently measured by enzymatic or immunological methods. Therefore the authors have used molecular techniques to measure changes in the total spectrum of alveolar macrophage proteins in humans exposed to ozone. In the study, eight human volunteers were exposed once to 0.4 ppm and once to filtered air for 2 hours with intermittent exercise. Eighteen hours later bronchoalveolar lavage was performed and alveolar macrophages were isolated. Changes in proteins made by these cells after air or ozone exposure were analyzed by high resolution two-dimensional gel electrophoresis, using computerized densitometry to quantify changes in individual proteins. Of the nearly 900 proteins analyzed, 23 (2.6%) were synthesized at a significantly increased rate following ozone exposure while 71 (8.1%) were synthesized at a significantly reduced rate. These results indicate that exposure of humans to ozone causes extensive changes in the spectrum of macrophage proteins being produced. Quantitative two-dimensional gel electrophoresis is a highly sensitive technique which may reveal much more information about the in vivo effects of a pollutant than has previously been available. Furthermore the ability to survey large numbers of macrophage proteins after exposure to various inhaled pollutants may allow a better understanding of the mechanisms of action of these agents, as well as provide new biomarkers of pollutant exposure.

  19. Protein synthesis within dendrites: ionic and neurotransmitter modulation of synthesis of particular polypeptides characterized by gel electrophoresis.

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    Leski, M L; Steward, O

    1996-06-01

    This study evaluates whether physiological variables differentially affect the local synthesis of protein constituents of synapses in subcellular fractions containing pinched-off dendrites (synaptodendrosomes). Synaptodendrosomes were pulse-labeled in a medium containing 35S-methionine with 3 or 25 mM KCl and in the presence or absence of 0.5 mM EGTA or 10 microM glutamate. Synaptodendrosomes were then subfractionated to prepare synaptic plasma membranes and synaptic junctional complexes. The protein constituents of the synaptic plasma membrane and synaptic junctional complex fractions that were locally synthesized were identified using SDS-PAGE and two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and the extent of labeling of individual bands was analyzed using a Phosphorimager. Analysis of incorporation into individual bands resolved by SDS-PAGE revealed that depolarizing conditions (25 mM KCl) increased the extent of labeling of different bands to a different extent (ranging from 10-70% increases in labeling). Addition of 0.5 mM EGTA decreased the extent of labeling of the same group of bands in both 3 mM KCl and 25 mM KCl conditions. Addition of 10 microM glutamate reduced incorporation especially in the synaptodendrosomes incubated in 25 mM KCl. Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis analyses revealed that the labeled spots that showed differential labeling under the different conditions did not correspond to the most prominent Coomassie-stained spots. These results indicate that the proteins that are synthesized in synaptodendrosomes and regulated by physiological variables are not amongst the more abundant protein constituents of the fractions. Taken together, these results are consistent with the idea that protein synthesis within dendrites may be regulated by synaptic activity. PMID:8829140

  20. Identification of new and known polymorphisms in glycoprotein IIb and IIIa genes by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis.

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    Negrier, C; Grenier, C; Attali, O; Dechavanne, M; Vinciguerra, C

    1998-01-01

    Glycoprotein IIb and IIIa contain antigenic determinants involved in the potential production of allo- or autoantibodies directed against platelets, that may result in severe thrombocytopenia. Most of these epitopes appear to be supported by single nucleotide substitutions. We have used denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) to identify sequence variations within the promoter and the coding regions of the glycoprotein IIb and glycoprotein IIIa genes. Using genomic DNA from 60 unrelated normal individuals, we have amplified short domains that encompass the coding sequences and the exon-intron boundaries of both genes that were further separated according to their melting behaviour during the denaturant electrophoretic migration. Only the fragments with an abnormal migration pattern were sequenced. We confirmed the sensitivity of this method by recognizing both previously described Human Platelet Antigen polymorphisms and mutations affecting either the glycoprotein IIb or the glycoprotein IIIa genes in thrombasthenic patients. We also identified four other polymorphisms. Two were located in the glycoprotein IIb gene, involving intron 21 (C<-->G at nucleotide 10480) and first codon of exon 30 (codon GTC<-->GTT coding for residue Val 990), and two in the glycoprotein IIIa gene (exon 6 CCC<-->CCT coding for residue Pro 268; intron 14 C<--> T at position 37126). The screening of the GPIIIa promoter also revealed three different polymorphisms located at position-468 (A/T polymorphism), -425 (A/C polymorphism) and-400 (A/C polymorphism), which could influence the expression of the complex at the cell surface. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis appears to be a sensitive and specific technique for identifying polymorphisms and mutations in the GPIIb and GPIIIa genes. PMID:16793721

  1. A method for staining and stabilizing peroxidase activity in polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

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    Shimoni, M; Reuveni, R

    1988-11-15

    A procedure was developed for a rapid double staining of peroxidase and other proteins in the same polyacrylamide gels using guaiacol and Coomassie blue. The distinguishable colored bands of peroxidase isozymes and proteins are stable for at least 8 months. PMID:2469356

  2. Electrophoresis Gel Quantification with a Flatbed Scanner and Versatile Lighting from a Screen Scavenged from a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) Monitor

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    Yeung, Brendan; Ng, Tuck Wah; Tan, Han Yen; Liew, Oi Wah

    2012-01-01

    The use of different types of stains in the quantification of proteins separated on gels using electrophoresis offers the capability of deriving good outcomes in terms of linear dynamic range, sensitivity, and compatibility with specific proteins. An inexpensive, simple, and versatile lighting system based on liquid crystal display backlighting is

  3. Quantification of DNA by Agarose Gel Electrophoresis and Analysis of the Topoisomers of Plasmid and M13 DNA Following Treatment with a Restriction Endonuclease or DNA Topoisomerase I

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    Tweedie, John W.; Stowell, Kathryn M.

    2005-01-01

    A two-session laboratory exercise for advanced undergraduate students in biochemistry and molecular biology is described. The first session introduces students to DNA quantification by ultraviolet absorbance and agarose gel electrophoresis followed by ethidium bromide staining. The second session involves treatment of various topological forms of…

  4. Electrophoresis Gel Quantification with a Flatbed Scanner and Versatile Lighting from a Screen Scavenged from a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) Monitor

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    Yeung, Brendan; Ng, Tuck Wah; Tan, Han Yen; Liew, Oi Wah

    2012-01-01

    The use of different types of stains in the quantification of proteins separated on gels using electrophoresis offers the capability of deriving good outcomes in terms of linear dynamic range, sensitivity, and compatibility with specific proteins. An inexpensive, simple, and versatile lighting system based on liquid crystal display backlighting is…

  5. USE OF PULSED-FIELD GEL ELECTROPHORESIS TO CHARACTERIZE THE HETEROGENEITY AND CLONALITY OF SALMONELLA ISOLATES OBTAINED FROM THE CARCASS AND FECES OF SWINE AT SLAUGHTER

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    In a previous study, Salmonella were recovered from swine at a collaborating processing plant over a two month period in the spring of 2000. In the present study, molecular subtyping by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) was performed on the 581 confirmed Salmonella isolates from the 84 Salmon...

  6. Quantification of DNA by Agarose Gel Electrophoresis and Analysis of the Topoisomers of Plasmid and M13 DNA Following Treatment with a Restriction Endonuclease or DNA Topoisomerase I

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    Tweedie, John W.; Stowell, Kathryn M.

    2005-01-01

    A two-session laboratory exercise for advanced undergraduate students in biochemistry and molecular biology is described. The first session introduces students to DNA quantification by ultraviolet absorbance and agarose gel electrophoresis followed by ethidium bromide staining. The second session involves treatment of various topological forms of

  7. A comparison of non-typhoidal Salmonella from humans and food animals using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis and antimicrobial susceptibility patterns

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    Salmonellosis is one of the most important foodborne diseases affecting humans. To characterize the relationship between Salmonella causing human infections and their food animal reservoirs, we compared pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and antimicrobial susceptibility patterns of non-typhoida...

  8. Proteomics analysis in mature seed of four peanut cultivars using two-dimensional gel electrophoresis reveals distinct differential expression of storage, anti-nutritive, and allergenic proteins

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    Protein profiles of total seed proteins isolated from mature seeds of four peanut cultivars, New Mexico Valencia C (NM Valencia C), Tamspan 90, Georgia Green, and NC-7, were studied using two-dimensional gel electrophoresis coupled with nano electrospray ionization liquid chromatography tandem mass ...

  9. Genotyping Campylobacter jejuni by comparative genome indexing: an evaluation with pulsed-field gel electrophoresis and flaA SVR sequencing

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    Aims: Comparative genome indexing (CGI) using whole-genome DNA microarrays was evaluated as a means of genotying Campylobacter jejuni relative to two standard methods, pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and flaA short variable region sequencing (flaA SVR typing). Methods and Results: Thirty-six...

  10. A comparison of BOX-PCR and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis to determine genetic relatedness of enterococci from different environments

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    Aims: The genetic relatedness of enterococci from poultry litter to enterococci from nearby surface water and groundwater in the Lower Fraser Valley regions of British Columbia, Canada was determined. Methods and Results: BOX-PCR and Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) were used to subtype en...

  11. Analysis of mutant SOD1 electrophoretic mobility by Blue Native gel electrophoresis; evidence for soluble multimeric assemblies.

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    Brown, Hilda H; Borchelt, David R

    2014-01-01

    Mutations in superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) cause familial forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (fALS). Disease causing mutations have diverse consequences on the activity and half-life of the protein, ranging from complete inactivity and short half-life to full activity and long-half-life. Uniformly, disease causing mutations induce the protein to misfold and aggregate and such aggregation tendencies are readily visualized by over-expression of the proteins in cultured cells. In the present study we have investigated the potential of using immunoblotting of proteins separated by Blue-Native gel electrophoresis (BNGE) as a means to identify soluble multimeric forms of mutant protein. We find that over-expressed wild-type human SOD1 (hSOD1) is generally not prone to form soluble high molecular weight entities that can be separated by BNGE. For ALS mutant SOD1, we observe that for all mutants examined (A4V, G37R, G85R, G93A, and L126Z), immunoblots of BN-gels separating protein solubilized by digitonin demonstrated varied amounts of high molecular weight immunoreactive entities. These entities lacked reactivity to ubiquitin and were partially dissociated by reducing agents. With the exception of the G93A mutant, these entities were not reactive to the C4F6 conformational antibody. Collectively, these data demonstrate that BNGE can be used to assess the formation of soluble multimeric assemblies of mutant SOD1. PMID:25121776

  12. Analysis of Mutant SOD1 Electrophoretic Mobility by Blue Native Gel Electrophoresis; Evidence for Soluble Multimeric Assemblies

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    Brown, Hilda H.; Borchelt, David R.

    2014-01-01

    Mutations in superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) cause familial forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (fALS). Disease causing mutations have diverse consequences on the activity and half-life of the protein, ranging from complete inactivity and short half-life to full activity and long-half-life. Uniformly, disease causing mutations induce the protein to misfold and aggregate and such aggregation tendencies are readily visualized by over-expression of the proteins in cultured cells. In the present study we have investigated the potential of using immunoblotting of proteins separated by Blue-Native gel electrophoresis (BNGE) as a means to identify soluble multimeric forms of mutant protein. We find that over-expressed wild-type human SOD1 (hSOD1) is generally not prone to form soluble high molecular weight entities that can be separated by BNGE. For ALS mutant SOD1, we observe that for all mutants examined (A4V, G37R, G85R, G93A, and L126Z), immunoblots of BN-gels separating protein solubilized by digitonin demonstrated varied amounts of high molecular weight immunoreactive entities. These entities lacked reactivity to ubiquitin and were partially dissociated by reducing agents. With the exception of the G93A mutant, these entities were not reactive to the C4F6 conformational antibody. Collectively, these data demonstrate that BNGE can be used to assess the formation of soluble multimeric assemblies of mutant SOD1. PMID:25121776

  13. Isoelectric point-based prefractionation of proteins from crude biological samples prior to two-dimensional gel electrophoresis.

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    Sahab, Ziad J; Suh, Yewseok; Sang, Qing-Xiang Amy

    2005-01-01

    Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) is used to compare the protein profiles of different crude biological samples. Narrow pH range Immobilized pH Gradient (IPG) strips were designed to increase the resolution of these separations. To take full advantage of IPG strips, the ideal sample should be composed primarily of proteins that have isoelectric point (pI) values within the pH range of the IPG strip. Prefractionation of cell lysates from a human prostate cancer cell line cultured in the presence or absence of epigallocatechin-3-gallate was achieved in fewer than 30 min using an anion-exchange resin and two expressly designed buffers. The procedure was carried out in a centrifuge tube and standard instrumentation was used. The cell lysates were prefractionated into two fractions: proteins with pI values above 7 and between 4 and 7, respectively. The fractions were then analyzed by 2-DE, selecting appropriate pH ranges for the IPG strips, and the gels were compared with those of unprefractionated cell lysates. Protein loading capacity was optimized and resolution and visualization of the less abundant and differentially expressed proteins were greatly improved. PMID:16335975

  14. Ternary complex formation by vaccinia virus RNA polymerase at an early viral promoter: analysis by native gel electrophoresis.

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    Hagler, J; Shuman, S

    1992-01-01

    We have resolved, by native gel electrophoresis, two intermediates in the transcription of a vaccinia virus early gene by the virus-encoded RNA polymerase. Polymerase holoenzyme containing the vaccinia virus early transcription factor (VETF) forms a complex of VETF bound to the promoter as the first step in a pathway leading to establishment of a committed ternary elongation complex. Formation of the VETF-DNA complex is stimulated by magnesium but is uninfluenced by nucleoside triphosphates. A stable binary complex of RNA polymerase bound to DNA is not detected. Assembly of a gel-stable polymerase-DNA complex depends on conditions permissive for RNA synthesis. Nucleotide omission experiments suggest that at least a tetrameric RNA must be made before a ternary complex is stabilized. RNA analysis indicates that complexes containing nascent transcripts 20 nucleotides long are stable and active. Ternary complex formation requires hydrolyzable ATP. This is consistent with an essential role for the ATPase activity of VETF at a step subsequent to DNA binding, as proposed by Broyles (S. S. Broyles, J. Biol. Chem. 266:15545-15548, 1991). The ternary complex, once formed, is resistant to dissociation by competitor DNA, as well as by salt, Sarkosyl, and heparin. The effects of these inhibitory agents on transcription complex formation suggest that they target different steps in the assembly pathway. Images PMID:1373199

  15. Rapid detection of common Chinese glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) mutations by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE).

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    Lam, V M; Huang, W; Lam, S T; Yeung, C Y; Johnson, P H

    1996-03-01

    We describe here the use of denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) to detect the most common Chinese glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) variants, which are the single point mutations: G-->T at nt 1376, G-->A at 1388 both in exon 12 and A-->G at nt 95 in exon 02. In each case, the mutant allele resolves well from the normal allele(s). The distinct heteroduplex bands are characteristic of a particular genotype suggesting that this feature is very useful for identifying all heterozygous carriers for this and other X-linked diseases. When the analysis is extended to other exons, DGGE scans the gene and coupled with direct sequencing, it leads to the identification of new G6PD variation(s). With this approach, we identified a mutation in exon 9 which had not been reported in Hong Kong. Since DGGE can rapidly screen many unknown samples in one gel, this approach could be used to diagnose these G6PD mutations and to identify the at-risk for counselling. PMID:8740837

  16. Gel polymerization in detergents: conversion efficiency of methylene blue vs. persulfate catalysis, as investigated by capillary zone electrophoresis.

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    Caglio, S; Chiari, M; Righetti, P G

    1994-02-01

    Four types of detergents are commonly used in biochemical analysis of proteins and polypeptides: neutral, e.g., Triton X-100, Nonidet P-40; anionic, typically sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS); cationic, e.g., cetyltrimethylammonium bromide CTAB), and zwitterionic, e.g., sulfobetaine 3-12 and 3[(3-cholamido-propyl) dimethyl-ammonio]-1-propane sulfonate (CHAPS). These detergents are utilized not only in the protein solubilization step, but also in the polyacrylamide gel matrix in which subsequent electrophoretic separation is carried out. The conversion efficiency of monomers into the growing polymer, in the presence of the four types of detergents, was assessed by capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) in a micellar system comprising 100 mM SDS, by extracting unreacted monomers from the gel phase and quantifying the peaks separated by CZE. Two different catalyst systems were evaluated: the standard persulfate-N,N,N',N'-tetramethylethylenediamine (TEMED) couple and a mixture comprising methylene blue in presence of the redox couple sodium toluene sulfinate and diphenyliodonium chloride. In the chemically initiated system (persulfate), there was a strong inhibition of polymerization, decreasing in the following order: CTAB > sulfobetaine 3-12 > SDS > CHAPS > Triton X-100 (e.g., in 10 mM CTAB 100% inhibition was experienced). On the contrary, in photopolymerization (as driven by methylene blue) good conversion of monomers into the growing polymer (> 95%) was always obtained, independent of the nature of the detergent present in the polymerization step.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:8026435

  17. Size-fractionation of the small chromosomes of Trypanozoon and Nannomonas trypanosomes by pulsed field gradient gel electrophoresis.

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    Gibson, W C; Borst, P

    1986-02-01

    We have compared the molecular karyotypes of trypanosomes from different subgroups within subgenus Trypanozoon by pulsed field gradient (PFG) gel electrophoresis. Although the overall karyotype was similar, there was much variation in the size of chromosomes between different stocks. Two of three stocks of Trypanosoma (Trypanozoon) brucei gambiense had remarkably small mini-chromosomes: 25-50 kilobase pairs compared to 50-150 kilobase pairs for the mini-chromosomes of other Trypanozoon stocks. The relative amount of DNA in the mini-chromosomal fraction of different stocks correlated well with the amount of 177 base pair satellite DNA monomer per microgram nuclear DNA. Hybridisation of Southern blots of pulsed field gradient gels with a number of gene probes showed that the loci for tubulin and phosphoglycerate kinase in Trypanozoon probably lie on the same chromosome, together with some variant surface glycoprotein genes; the genes for triose phosphate isomerase and glyceraldehyde phosphate dehydrogenase are separately located both with respect to each other and the above housekeeping genes. Therefore, there are at minimum three pairs of chromosomes carrying housekeeping genes in Trypanozoon. In some stocks the chromosomes carrying the tubulin and phosphoglycerate kinase genes are split into two bands, suggesting that homologous chromosomes may differ substantially in size in trypanosomes. One Trypanosoma (Nannomonas) congolense stock examined had a similar pattern of chromosome distribution to that of Trypanozoon, but with very small mini-chromosomes (25-50 kilobase pairs.) PMID:3960051

  18. Centrifuge-blotting of proteins after separation by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

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    Hermansen, L F; Pedersen, O; Sletten, K

    1993-12-01

    A protein transfer method which allows elution and immobilization of polypeptides onto a polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) membrane has been developed. The protein band in a gel is eluted by centrifugation. The centrifuge-blotting procedure involves the following steps: (i) visualization of the protein in a sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS)-polyacrylamide gel with 1 M KCl, (ii) excision of the protein band and equilibration for 15 min in a solution of 0.05% SDS/5% methanol/0.02% dithiothreitol in distilled water, (iii) placing the gel piece in direct contact with the PVDF membrane in the receptacle, (iv) centrifugation at 3000 g for 1 h. A 10 kDa cut-off dialysis membrane is placed beneath the PVDF membrane to retain nonimmobilized protein. The N-terminal sequence of the immobilized protein on the PVDF membrane was determined. For proteins with a molecular mass less than 30 kDa, an overall yield between 10%-30% has been obtained. PMID:8137793

  19. Application of fluorescence two-dimensional difference in-gel electrophoresis as a proteomic biomarker discovery tool in muscular dystrophy research.

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    Carberry, Steven; Zweyer, Margit; Swandulla, Dieter; Ohlendieck, Kay

    2013-01-01

    In this article, we illustrate the application of difference in-gel electrophoresis for the proteomic analysis of dystrophic skeletal muscle. The mdx diaphragm was used as a tissue model of dystrophinopathy. Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis is a widely employed protein separation method in proteomic investigations. Although two-dimensional gels usually underestimate the cellular presence of very high molecular mass proteins, integral membrane proteins and low copy number proteins, this method is extremely powerful in the comprehensive analysis of contractile proteins, metabolic enzymes, structural proteins and molecular chaperones. This gives rise to two-dimensional gel electrophoretic separation as the method of choice for studying contractile tissues in health and disease. For comparative studies, fluorescence difference in-gel electrophoresis has been shown to provide an excellent biomarker discovery tool. Since aged diaphragm fibres from the mdx mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy closely resemble the human pathology, we have carried out a mass spectrometry-based comparison of the naturally aged diaphragm versus the senescent dystrophic diaphragm. The proteomic comparison of wild type versus mdx diaphragm resulted in the identification of 84 altered protein species. Novel molecular insights into dystrophic changes suggest increased cellular stress, impaired calcium buffering, cytostructural alterations and disturbances of mitochondrial metabolism in dystrophin-deficient muscle tissue. PMID:24833232

  20. Application of Fluorescence Two-Dimensional Difference In-Gel Electrophoresis as a Proteomic Biomarker Discovery Tool in Muscular Dystrophy Research

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    Carberry, Steven; Zweyer, Margit; Swandulla, Dieter; Ohlendieck, Kay

    2013-01-01

    In this article, we illustrate the application of difference in-gel electrophoresis for the proteomic analysis of dystrophic skeletal muscle. The mdx diaphragm was used as a tissue model of dystrophinopathy. Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis is a widely employed protein separation method in proteomic investigations. Although two-dimensional gels usually underestimate the cellular presence of very high molecular mass proteins, integral membrane proteins and low copy number proteins, this method is extremely powerful in the comprehensive analysis of contractile proteins, metabolic enzymes, structural proteins and molecular chaperones. This gives rise to two-dimensional gel electrophoretic separation as the method of choice for studying contractile tissues in health and disease. For comparative studies, fluorescence difference in-gel electrophoresis has been shown to provide an excellent biomarker discovery tool. Since aged diaphragm fibres from the mdx mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy closely resemble the human pathology, we have carried out a mass spectrometry-based comparison of the naturally aged diaphragm versus the senescent dystrophic diaphragm. The proteomic comparison of wild type versus mdx diaphragm resulted in the identification of 84 altered protein species. Novel molecular insights into dystrophic changes suggest increased cellular stress, impaired calcium buffering, cytostructural alterations and disturbances of mitochondrial metabolism in dystrophin-deficient muscle tissue. PMID:24833232

  1. Efficient method of protein extraction from Theobroma cacao L. roots for two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry analyses.

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    Bertolde, F Z; Almeida, A-A F; Silva, F A C; Oliveira, T M; Pirovani, C P

    2014-01-01

    Theobroma cacao is a woody and recalcitrant plant with a very high level of interfering compounds. Standard protocols for protein extraction were proposed for various types of samples, but the presence of interfering compounds in many samples prevented the isolation of proteins suitable for two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE). An efficient method to extract root proteins for 2-DE was established to overcome these problems. The main features of this protocol are: i) precipitation with trichloroacetic acid/acetone overnight to prepare the acetone dry powder (ADP), ii) several additional steps of sonication in the ADP preparation and extractions with dense sodium dodecyl sulfate and phenol, and iii) adding two stages of phenol extractions. Proteins were extracted from roots using this new protocol (Method B) and a protocol described in the literature for T. cacao leaves and meristems (Method A). Using these methods, we obtained a protein yield of about 0.7 and 2.5 mg per 1.0 g lyophilized root, and a total of 60 and 400 spots could be separated, respectively. Through Method B, it was possible to isolate high-quality protein and a high yield of roots from T. cacao for high-quality 2-DE gels. To demonstrate the quality of the extracted proteins from roots of T. cacao using Method B, several protein spots were cut from the 2-DE gels, analyzed by tandem mass spectrometry, and identified. Method B was further tested on Citrus roots, with a protein yield of about 2.7 mg per 1.0 g lyophilized root and 800 detected spots. PMID:25062492

  2. An Economical Electrophoresis Apparatus

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    Andrews, I. M.

    1975-01-01

    Describes the production of an electrophoresis apparatus from commonly discarded articles. Outlines paper and gel electrophoresis and its application to the separation of amino acids and intestinal enzymes. (GS)

  3. Biochemical Identification of the Two Races of Radopholus similis by Starch Gel Electrophoresis.

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    Huettel, R N; Dickson, D W; Kaplan, D T

    1983-07-01

    Analysis of genetic variation between the banana and the citrus races of Radopholus similis by starch gel eleclrophoresis demonstrated that 7 of 16 enzyme-encoding loci could be used for their diagnostic separation. The two races are closely related arid share approximately 75% of the enzymes evaluated. The level of dissimilarities o1 inherited bands indicates that no gene flow occurs between the races. Aldolase, alpha + beta esterase, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, isocitrate dehydrogenase, lactate dehydrogenase, malate dehydrogenase, and phosphoglucose isomerase are diagnostic markers of the races. PMID:19295814

  4. Three-dimensional electrophoresis for quantitative profiling of complex proteomes.

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    Mauro, Sergio; Colignon, Bertrand; Dieu, Marc; Delaive, Edouard; Raes, Martine

    2015-01-01

    Quantitative 2D-gel-dependent proteomics became feasible with 2D fluorescence difference gel electrophoresis (2D-DIGE), and this technique has gained wide acceptance because it has eliminated the gel to gel variations and greatly facilitated the quantitative comparisons across gels for many different experimental conditions. However, the co-migration of several proteins in the same spot is still a major limitation which detracts from the accuracy of comparative quantification and prevents unambiguous post-translational modifications (PTMs) detection.A protocol based on traditional polyacrylamide gel IEF sample fractionation, and followed by two consecutive SDS-PAGE electrophoreses alleviates co-migration limitations. The use of two different buffer systems for SDS-PAGE is central to the proposed approach. PMID:25820738

  5. Identification of stable plant cystatin/nematode proteinase complexes using mildly denaturing gelatin/polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

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    Michaud, D; Cantin, L; Bonadé-Bottino, M; Jouanin, L; Vrain, T C

    1996-08-01

    The biochemical interactions between two cystatins from rice seeds, oryzacystatin I (OCI) and oryzacystatin II (OCII), and the cysteine proteinases from three plant parasitic nematodes, Meloidogyne hapla, M. incognita and M. javanica, were assessed using standard protease assays and mildly denaturing gelatin/polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (gelatin/PAGE). Activity detected in extracts of preparasitic second-stage larvae (J2) from M. hapla was optimal at pH 5.5 and was inhibited in vitro by the cysteine proteinase inhibitors trans-epoxysuccinyl-L-leucylamido-(4-guanidino) butane, hen egg cystatin, OCI, and OCII. As demonstrated by class-specific activity staining, all the activity measured between pH 3.5 and pH 7.5 was accounted for by a major proteinase form, Mhp1, and two minor forms, Mhp2 and Mhp3. Mhps were also detected in extracts and excretions of parasitic J2 and adult females, indicating their continuous expression throughout development of M. hapla, and their possible involvement in the extracellular degradation of proteins. Interestingly, the two plant cysteine proteinase inhibitors OCI and OCII showed different degrees of affinity for the major proteinase form, Mhp1. Both inhibitors almost completely inactivated this proteinase in native conditions but, unlike OCII, OCI conserved a high affinity for Mhp1 during mildly denaturing gelatin/PAGE, showing the differential stabilities of the OCI/Mhp1 and OCII/Mhp1 complexes. In contrast to Mhp1, the major cysteine proteinases detected in the two closely related species M. incognita and M. javanica were strongly inhibited by OCII, while the inhibition of OCI was partly prevented during electrophoresis. This species-related efficiency of plant cystatins against nematode cysteine proteinases could have practical implications when planning their use to control nematodes of the genus Meloidogyne. PMID:8874065

  6. DNA double-strand breaks measured in individual cells subjected to gel electrophoresis

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    Olive, P.L.; Wlodek, D.; Banath, J.P. )

    1991-09-01

    Microscopic examination of individual mammalian cells embedded in agarose, subjected to electrophoresis, and stained with a fluorescent DNA-binding dye provides a novel way of measuring DNA damage and more importantly, of assessing heterogeneity in DNA damage within a mixed population of cells. With this method, DNA double-strand breaks can be detected in populations of cells exposed to X-ray doses as low as 5 Gy. The radiation dose-response relationship for initial formation of double-strand breaks was identical for cell lines irradiated in G1, regardless of their sensitivity to killing by ionizing radiation. However, for cells irradiated in S phase, DNA migration was significantly reduced. For Chinese hamster V79 cells, Chinese hamster ovary cells, WiDr human colon carcinoma cells, and L5178Y-R mouse lymphoblastoid cells, S-phase DNA appeared to be about 3 times less sensitive to X-ray damage than DNA from other phases of the cell cycle. However, for the very radiosensitive L5178Y-S cells, the migration of replicating DNA was reduced only slightly. For Chinese hamster V79 and Chinese hamster ovary cells, damage was repaired at a similar rate in all cells of the population, and 85% of the breaks were rejoined within 2 h after irradiation. The radiosensitive L5178Y-S cells repaired damage more slowly than V79 or Chinese hamster ovary cells; 2 h after exposure to 50 Gy, approximately 50% of the damage was still present.

  7. Prediction of protein-DNA complex mobility in gel-free capillary electrophoresis.

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    Bao, Jiayin; Krylova, Svetlana M; Cherney, Leonid T; Hale, Robert L; Belyanskaya, Svetlana L; Chiu, Cynthia H; Arico-Muendel, Christopher C; Krylov, Sergey N

    2015-02-17

    Selection of protein binders from highly diverse combinatorial libraries of DNA-encoded small molecules is a highly promising approach for discovery of small-molecule drug leads. Methods of kinetic capillary electrophoresis provide the high efficiency of partitioning required for such selection but require the knowledge of electrophoretic mobility of the protein-ligand complex. Here we present a theoretical approach for an accurate estimate of the electrophoretic mobility of such complexes. The model is based on a theory of the thin double layer and corresponding expressions used for the mobilities of a rod-like short oligonucleotide and a sphere-like globular protein. The model uses empirical values of mobilities of free protein, free ligand, and electroosmotic flow. The model was tested with a streptavidin-dsDNA complex linked through biotin (small molecule). The deviation of the prediction from the experimental mobility did not exceed 4%, thus confirming that not only is the model adequate but it is also accurate. This model will facilitate reliable use of KCE methods for selection of drug leads from libraries of DNA-encoded small molecules. PMID:25582319

  8. [Analysis of bacterial diversity of kefir grains by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis and 16S rDNA sequencing].

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    Wang, Yin-Yu; Li, Hui-Rong; Jia, Shi-Fang; Wu, Zheng-Jun; Guo, Ben-Heng

    2006-04-01

    Kefir is an acidic, mildly alcoholic dairy beverage produced by the fermentation of milk with a grain-like starter culture. These grains usually contain a relatively stable and specific balance of microbes that exist in a complex symbiotic relationship. Kefir grains can be considered a probiotic source as it presents anti-bacterial, anti-mycotic, anti-neoplasic and immunomodulatory properties. The microorganisms in Kefir grains are currently identified by traditional methods such as growth on selective media, morphological and biochemical characteristics. However, the microorganisms that isolate by these methods can not revert to Kefir grains which indicate that there are some other bacteria that are not isolate from it. In this study, PCR-based Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis(DGGE) and sequence analysis of 16S ribosomal RNA gene (16S rDNA) clone libraries was used for the rapid and accurate identification of microorganisms from Kefir grains. The PCR primers were designed from conserved nucleotide sequences on region V3 of 16S rDNA with GC rich clamp at the 5'-end. PCR was performed using the primers and genomic DNAs of Kefir grains bacteria. The generated region V3 of 16S rDNA fragments were separated by denaturing gel, and the dominant 16S rDNA bands were cloned, sequenced and subjected to an online similarity search. Research has shown that regions V3 of 16S rDNAs have eight evident bands on the DGGE gel. The sequence analysis of these eight bands has indicated that they belong to different four genera, among them three sequences are similar to Sphingobacterium sp. whose similarities with database sequences are over 98%, three sequences are similar to Lactobacillus sp. whose similarities with database sequences are over 96%, the other two sequence are similar to Enterobacter sp., and Acinetobacter sp. whose similarities with database sequences are over 99% respectively. Although the DGGE method may have a lower sensitivity than the ordinary PCR methods, because when universal bacterial PCR primers are used, only the dominant microbiota of an ecosystem will be visualized on a DGGE gel, producing complex banding patterns. However, it could visualize the bacterial qualitative compositions and reveal the major species of the Kefir grains. Among them Sphingobacterium can be found in Kefir grains as the predominant flora which is reported for the first time. PCR-based DGGE and sequence analysis of 16S rDNA proved to be a valuable culture-independent approach for the rapid and specific identification of the microbial species present in microecosystem and probiotic products. PMID:16736598

  9. Analysis of human HPRT deletion mutations with X-linked probes and pulsed field gel electrophoresis

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    Nicklas, J.A.; Lippert, M.J.; Hunter, T.C.; O'Neil, J.P.; Albertini, R.J. )

    1991-01-01

    Because the human hprt gene is used in numerous mutation studies, it is important to fully characterize this gene. Therefore, the authors laboratory has undertaken to map the region around the hprt gene at band q26 of the human X chromosome. Utilizing hprt mutant T-cell clones isolated using the hprt clonal assay, which have deletions of all of part of the hprt gene, the authors have ordered 5 anonymous probes previously known to map in Xq26. Results suggest that this region include between 460 kb and 18 Mb of DNA, which is at least 10 times the size of the hprt gene itself (43 kb). Pulsed field gel analysis of the region is underway to determine the exact distances between each of the anonymous probes and hprt and to determine deletion sizes in the mutant T-cell clones.

  10. Single-based resolution for oligodeoxynucleotides and their phosphorothioate modifications by replaceable capillary gel electrophoresis.

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    Chen, Rong; Luo, Xuefang; Di, Xin; Li, Ying; Sun, Yuqing; Hu, Yuzhu

    2006-11-01

    A replaceable capillary gel electrophoretic (replaceable CGE) method was developed for the separation of two sets of model compounds of single-stranded oligodeoxynucleotide mixtures (18-20 mers), phosphodiester oligodeoxynucleotides (PO-ODNs) and their phosphorothioate modifications (PS-ODNs), with equal sequences differing in a single base. Polyethylene glycol (PEG) 35000 was chosen as the sieving matrix. It was confirmed that PEG polymer solution less influenced resolutions of the PS-ODNs compared with those of the PO-ODNs, while acetonitrile used as an additive in the system improved the separation significantly. It was also noticed that the effect of temperature on separation was much larger than that of denaturant urea. PMID:16809077

  11. Nanorods of Various Oxides and Hierarchically Structured Mesoporous Silica by Sol-Gel Electrophoresis

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    Limmer, Steven J.; Hubler, Timothy L.; Cao, Guozhong

    2003-01-02

    In this paper, we report the template-based growth of nanorods of oxides and hierarchically structured mesoporous silica, formed by means of a combination of sol-gel processing and elecrophoretic deposition. Both single metal oxides (TiO2) and complex oxides (Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3) have been grown by this method. This method has also been applied to the growth of nanorods of mesoporous silica having an ordered pore structure, where the pores are aligned parallel to the long axis of the nanorod. Uniformly sized nanorods of about 125-200 nm in diameter and 10 um in length were grown over large areas with near unidirectional alignment. Appropriate sol preparation yielded the desired stoichiometric chemical composition and crystal structure of the oxide nanorods, with a heat treatment (500-700 C for 15-30 min) for crystallization, densification and any necessary pyrolysis.

  12. Proteomic analysis of peach fruit mesocarp softening and chilling injury using difference gel electrophoresis (DIGE)

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    2010-01-01

    Background Peach fruit undergoes a rapid softening process that involves a number of metabolic changes. Storing fruit at low temperatures has been widely used to extend its postharvest life. However, this leads to undesired changes, such as mealiness and browning, which affect the quality of the fruit. In this study, a 2-D DIGE approach was designed to screen for differentially accumulated proteins in peach fruit during normal softening as well as under conditions that led to fruit chilling injury. Results The analysis allowed us to identify 43 spots -representing about 18% of the total number analyzed- that show statistically significant changes. Thirty-nine of the proteins could be identified by mass spectrometry. Some of the proteins that changed during postharvest had been related to peach fruit ripening and cold stress in the past. However, we identified other proteins that had not been linked to these processes. A graphical display of the relationship between the differentially accumulated proteins was obtained using pairwise average-linkage cluster analysis and principal component analysis. Proteins such as endopolygalacturonase, catalase, NADP-dependent isocitrate dehydrogenase, pectin methylesterase and dehydrins were found to be very important for distinguishing between healthy and chill injured fruit. A categorization of the differentially accumulated proteins was performed using Gene Ontology annotation. The results showed that the 'response to stress', 'cellular homeostasis', 'metabolism of carbohydrates' and 'amino acid metabolism' biological processes were affected the most during the postharvest. Conclusions Using a comparative proteomic approach with 2-D DIGE allowed us to identify proteins that showed stage-specific changes in their accumulation pattern. Several proteins that are related to response to stress, cellular homeostasis, cellular component organization and carbohydrate metabolism were detected as being differentially accumulated. Finally, a significant proportion of the proteins identified had not been associated with softening, cold storage or chilling injury-altered fruit before; thus, comparative proteomics has proven to be a valuable tool for understanding fruit softening and postharvest. PMID:20082721

  13. A Bayesian filtering approach to incorporate 2D/3D time-lapse confocal images for tracking angiogenic sprouting cells interacting with the gel matrix.

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    Ong, Lee-Ling S; Dauwels, Justin; Ang, Marcelo H; Asada, H Harry

    2014-01-01

    We present a new approach to incorporating information from heterogeneous images of migrating cells in 3D gel. We study 3D angiogenic sprouting, where cells burrow into the gel matrix, communicate with other cells and create vascular networks. We combine time-lapse fluorescent images of stained cell nuclei and transmitted light images of the background gel to track cell trajectories. The nuclei images are sampled less frequently due to photo toxicity. Hence, 3D cell tracking can be performed more reliably when 2D sprout profiles, extracted from gel matrix images, are effectively incorporated. We employ a Bayesian filtering approach to optimally combine the two heterogeneous images with different sampling rates. We construct stochastic models to predict cell locations and sprout profiles and condition the likelihood of nuclei location by the sprout profile. The conditional distribution is non-Gaussian and the cell dynamics is non-linear. To jointly update cell and sprout estimates, we use a Rao-Blackwell particle filter. Simulation and experimental results show accurate tracking of multiple cells along with sprout formation, demonstrating synergistic effects of incorporating the two types of images. PMID:24239653

  14. Electrophoresis. [in microgravity environment

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    Bier, M.

    1977-01-01

    Ground-based techniques for electrophoresis take account of the need either to circumvent the effects of gravity to prevent convection, or to use gravity for fluid stabilization through artificial density gradients. The microgravity environments of orbiting spacecraft provides a new alternative for electrophoresis by avoiding the need for either of these two approaches. The paper presents some theoretical considerations concerning electrophoresis, examines certain experimental techniques (zone and high density gel electrophoresis, isoelectric focusing and isotachophoresis), and examines the electrophoresis of living cells.

  15. Application of Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis for Study of Genetic Diversity in Mycobacterium tuberculosis Strains Isolated From Tuberculosis Patients

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    Khosravi, Azar Dokht; Vatani, Shideh; Feizabadi, Mohammad Mehdi; Abasi Montazeri, Effat; Jolodar, Abbas

    2014-01-01

    Background: Mycobacterium tuberculosis genotyping can effectively improve tuberculosis (TB) control programs by controlling disease transmission. Pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) is a particularly powerful tool for determination of clonal identity of bacteria providing information for understanding and controlling the spread of disease. Objectives: The aim of present study was to investigate the genetic diversity of M. tuberculosis strains in Khuzestan province by the PFGE technique. Patients and Methods: In total, 80 M. tuberculosis positive cultures were obtained from tuberculosis patients. PFGE was performed on 60 PCR-confirmed isolates by using DraI and XbaI restriction enzymes according to standard protocols. Plugs containing digested DNA were then loaded on agarose gels and run using contour-clamped homogenous electric fields. Results: Fifty distinct DNA banding patterns were obtained by digestion of DNA with DraI and 38 DNA banding patterns by digestion with XbaI restriction enzymes. The patterns comprised of 17 different clusters in which cluster I was the major one, containing six strains. Three clusters contained three strains each and the 13 remaining clusters comprised of two strains each. Digestion with DraI yielded 15-20 DNA fragments with 50-485 kb size, while digestion by XbaI produced DNA fragments with a size smaller than 50-242 kb. Conclusions: Despite the ability of PFGE for study of genetic diversity of many mycobacterial species and it being considered as a robust and useful tool, in this study we only found a 15% epidemiological relationship amongst the isolates. Thus, for higher discrimination of genotypic clusters among M. tuberculosis clinical isolates, the application of more sophisticated complementary techniques is required. PMID:25147723

  16. A multifaceted analysis of viperid snake venoms by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis: an approach to understanding venom proteomics.

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    Serrano, Solange M T; Shannon, John D; Wang, Deyu; Camargo, Antonio C M; Fox, Jay W

    2005-02-01

    The complexity of Viperid venoms has long been appreciated by investigators in the fields of toxinology and medicine. However, it is only recently that the depth of that complexity has become somewhat quantitatively and qualitatively appreciated. With the resurgence of two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) and the advances in mass spectrometry virtually all venom components can be visualized and identified given sufficient effort and resources. Here we present the use of 2-DE for examining venom complexity as well as demonstrating interesting approaches to selectively delineate subpopulations of venom proteins based on particular characteristics of the proteins such as antibody cross-reactivity or enzymatic activities. 2-DE comparisons between venoms from different species of the same genus (Bothrops) of snake clearly demonstrated both the similarity as well as the apparent diversity among these venoms. Using liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry we were able to identify regions of the two-dimensional gels from each venom in which certain classes of proteins were found. 2-DE was also used to compare venoms from Crotalus atrox and Bothrops jararaca. For these venoms a variety of staining/detection protocols was utilized to compare and contrast the venoms. Specifically, we used various stains to visualize subpopulations of the venom proteomes of these snakes, including Coomassie, Silver, Sypro Ruby and Pro-Q-Emerald. Using specific antibodies in Western blot analyses of 2-DE of the venoms we have examined subpopulations of proteins in these venoms including the serine proteinase proteome, the metalloproteinase proteome, and the phospholipases A2 proteome. A functional assessment of the gelatinolytic activity of these venoms was also performed by zymography. These approaches have given rise to a more thorough understanding of venom complexity and the toxins comprising these venoms and provide insights to investigators who wish to focus on these venom subpopulations of proteins in future studies. PMID:15627971

  17. Detection of seminal fluid proteins in the bed bug, Cimex lectularius, using two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry.

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    Reinhardt, K; Wong, C H; Georgiou, A S

    2009-03-01

    The global increase of the human parasite, the common bed bug Cimex lectularius, calls for specific pest control target sites. The bed bug is also a model species for sexual conflict theory which suggests that seminal fluids may be highly diverse. The species has a highly unusual sperm biology and seminal proteins may have unique functions. One-dimensional PAGE gels showed 40-50% band sharing between C. lectularius and another cimicid species, Afrocimex constrictus. However, adult, sexually rested C. lectularius males were found to store 5-7 microg of seminal protein and with only 60 microg of protein we obtained informative 2-D PAGE gels. These showed 79% shared protein spots between 2 laboratory populations, and more than half of the shared protein spots were detected in the mated female. Further analysis using liquid chromatography electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry revealed that 26.5% of the proteins had matches among arthropods in databases and 14.5% matched Drosophila proteins. These included ubiquitous proteins but also those more closely associated with reproduction such as moj 29, ubiquitin, the stress-related elongation factor EF-1 alpha, a protein disulfide isomerase and an antioxidant, Peroxiredoxin 6. PMID:19091156

  18. Isolation and sequence analysis of proteins from mouse forebrain using two-dimensional gel electrophoresis coupled to high-pressure liquid extrusion.

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    DeWald, D B; Pearson, J D

    1989-08-01

    This report presents a technique for recovery of mouse forebrain proteins from two-dimensional sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gels for subsequent primary structure determination. Proteins were visualized by Coomassie staining or salt precipitation and manually cut out of the gel. Excised spots were minced and loaded into an empty precolumn of a reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography system. Purified protein was extruded from a gel matrix by pressurized liquid, then separated from gel contaminants by reversed-phase gradient elution, and finally collected in siliconized tubes or on polybrene-coated filter disks for gas-phase sequencing. Several mouse and rat forebrain proteins were purified by this method and sequenced. Three previously unidentified mouse brain proteins with molecular weights of 4,000, 12,000, and 18,500 were partially sequenced and three hemoglobin fragments were structurally identified and mapped. Ribonuclease A, myoglobin, adrenocorticotropin, and bovine somatotropin were also subjected to two-dimensional (2-D) analysis and partially sequenced. Recovery values of 27-95% were obtained for extruded 14C-labeled ribonuclease, carbonic anhydrase, and bovine serum albumin out of sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoretic gels. Losses resulting from the multiple handling steps of a 2-D gel separation process were also investigated. Recoveries of 12-17%, as determined by sequencing signals, were achieved. These latter recovery values reflect overall losses incurred in gel-focusing, gel-sizing, staining, destaining, high-pressure liquid extrusion, and N-terminal blockage. This work demonstrates that an array of protein spots can be systematically identified or defined by partial sequencing after high-pressure liquid extrusion from a 2-D gel matrix.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:2817364

  19. Texture analysis in gel electrophoresis images using an integrative kernel-based approach.

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    Fernandez-Lozano, Carlos; Seoane, Jose A; Gestal, Marcos; Gaunt, Tom R; Dorado, Julian; Pazos, Alejandro; Campbell, Colin

    2016-01-01

    Texture information could be used in proteomics to improve the quality of the image analysis of proteins separated on a gel. In order to evaluate the best technique to identify relevant textures, we use several different kernel-based machine learning techniques to classify proteins in 2-DE images into spot and noise. We evaluate the classification accuracy of each of these techniques with proteins extracted from ten 2-DE images of different types of tissues and different experimental conditions. We found that the best classification model was FSMKL, a data integration method using multiple kernel learning, which achieved AUROC values above 95% while using a reduced number of features. This technique allows us to increment the interpretability of the complex combinations of textures and to weight the importance of each particular feature in the final model. In particular the Inverse Difference Moment exhibited the highest discriminating power. A higher value can be associated with an homogeneous structure as this feature describes the homogeneity; the larger the value, the more symmetric. The final model is performed by the combination of different groups of textural features. Here we demonstrated the feasibility of combining different groups of textures in 2-DE image analysis for spot detection. PMID:26758643

  20. Texture analysis in gel electrophoresis images using an integrative kernel-based approach

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    Fernandez-Lozano, Carlos; Seoane, Jose A.; Gestal, Marcos; Gaunt, Tom R.; Dorado, Julian; Pazos, Alejandro; Campbell, Colin

    2016-01-01

    Texture information could be used in proteomics to improve the quality of the image analysis of proteins separated on a gel. In order to evaluate the best technique to identify relevant textures, we use several different kernel-based machine learning techniques to classify proteins in 2-DE images into spot and noise. We evaluate the classification accuracy of each of these techniques with proteins extracted from ten 2-DE images of different types of tissues and different experimental conditions. We found that the best classification model was FSMKL, a data integration method using multiple kernel learning, which achieved AUROC values above 95% while using a reduced number of features. This technique allows us to increment the interpretability of the complex combinations of textures and to weight the importance of each particular feature in the final model. In particular the Inverse Difference Moment exhibited the highest discriminating power. A higher value can be associated with an homogeneous structure as this feature describes the homogeneity; the larger the value, the more symmetric. The final model is performed by the combination of different groups of textural features. Here we demonstrated the feasibility of combining different groups of textures in 2-DE image analysis for spot detection. PMID:26758643

  1. Disease proteomics of endocrine disorders revealed by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry.

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    Oh-Ishi, Masamichi; Kodera, Yoshio; Furudate, Sen-Ichi; Maeda, Tadakazu

    2008-03-01

    Endocrine disorders such as dwarfism and diabetes show abnormalities in many different organs even if a certain hormone is the primary cause of the disease. One of the aims of proteomics is to elucidate an abnormal hormone network underlying dysfunction in the disease through quantitative and qualitative proteome analyses of various organs. In a comprehensive study of the rdw rat with hereditary dwarfism, we found the accumulation of ER proteins in the rdw thyroid. Contrary to the initial notion that the dwarfism of the rat was caused by genetic mutations related to pituitary hormones, the primary cause is a missense mutation in the thyroglobulin gene. To understand at the protein level cellular damage caused by oxidative stress, we developed a proteomic method and applied to detecting protein carbonyls in various organs of a diabetes model OLETF rat. The method would provide a means toward clarifying a comprehensive view of oxidative modifications of proteins in diabetes. We review 2-DE-based disease proteomics of endocrine disorders in general, with particular attention paid to our proteome projects by a 2-DE method with an agarose IEF gel in the first dimension (agarose 2-DE) and LC-MS/MS. PMID:21136837

  2. Optimized PCR-Temporal Temperature Gel Electrophoresis compared to cultivation to assess diversity of gut microbiota in neonates.

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    Roudière, Laurent; Jacquot, Aurélien; Marchandin, Hélène; Aujoulat, Fabien; Devine, Raymonde; Zorgniotti, Isabelle; Jean-Pierre, Hélène; Picaud, Jean-Charles; Jumas-Bilak, Estelle

    2009-11-01

    Temporal Temperature Gel Electrophoresis of amplified 16S rRNA gene sequences (16S rDNA PCR-TTGE) constitutes a culture-independent molecular method used to study bacterial communities. All the technical steps are crucial for quality and exhaustiveness of the results obtained by such approach. Careful optimization of the protocols used is ideally needed for each ecosystem studied. We present here the strategy used to construct an optimized protocol for a 16S rDNA PCR-TTGE-based analysis of gut microflora in neonates. Improvement of the different steps, i.e. total DNA extraction, amplification in terms of efficiency and reduction of heteroduplex formation, TTGE migration conditions and bacterial identification from TTGE patterns, was performed. The optimized protocol was used for the subsequent analysis of 14 stool samples comparatively to a culture-based method. We showed that a specifically designed ladder representative of the diversity of the studied microflora is a useful tool for the identification of bacterial taxa despite biases inherent to 16S rRNA genes, including intra-genomic heterogeneity. Cultivation and PCR-TTGE gave congruent results but cultivation was more efficient for the detection of minor populations whereas PCR-TTGE gave a more complete description of the major populations. Finally, we demonstrated the reliability, the detection sensitivity and the convenience of the optimized 16S rDNA PCR-TTGE method compared with cultural approaches for studying the premature neonate gut microbiota. PMID:19686785

  3. Identification of the bacterial biodiversity in koumiss by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis and species-specific polymerase chain reaction.

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    Hao, Y; Zhao, L; Zhang, H; Zhai, Z; Huang, Y; Liu, X; Zhang, L

    2010-05-01

    Bacterial biodiversity in traditional koumiss fermented milk was studied by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE). Target DNA bands were identified according to the reference species ladder, constructed in this study. Comigrating bands present in the DGGE profiles were resolved by species-specific PCR. The results revealed a novel bacterial profile and extensive bacterial biodiversity in koumiss. The dominant lactic acid bacteria included Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus helveticus, Lactobacillus fermentum, and Lactobacillus kefiranofaciens. Frequently encountered bacterial species were Enterococcus faecalis, Lactococcus lactis, Lactobacillus paracasei, Lactobacillus kitasatonis, and Lactobacillus kefiri. Leuconostoc mesenteroides, Streptococcus thermophilus, Lactobacillus buchneri, and Lactobacillus jensenii were occasionally found in this product. In addition, L. buchneri, L. jensenii, and L. kitasatonis, which were never previously isolated by culture-dependent methods, were identified for the first time in the Xinjiang koumiss. Furthermore, conventional cultivation was performed by plating samples on M17, de Man-Rogosa-Sharpe, Halligan-Pearce, and Kenner fecal media. The results revealed that lactobacilli were the dominant species in the koumiss ecosystem, which was consistent with the results obtained by the DGGE analysis. This is the first systematic study of the microbial composition in koumiss, and our findings will be helpful in selecting appropriate strains for the manufacture of this product at the industrial level. PMID:20412906

  4. Application of temperature gradient gel electrophoresis to the study of yeast diversity in the estuary of the Tagus river, Portugal.

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    Gadanho, Mário; Sampaio, José Paulo

    2004-12-01

    Temperature gradient gel electrophoresis (TGGE) was employed for the assessment of yeast diversity in the estuary of the Tagus river (Portugal). The molecular detection of yeasts was carried out directly from water samples and, in parallel, a cultivation approach by means of an enrichment step was employed. A nested PCR was employed to obtain a fungal amplicon containing the D2 domain of the 26S rRNA gene. For identification the TGGE bands were extracted, re-amplified, and sequenced. Fourteen fungal taxa were detected and all except one were yeasts. Most yeast sequences corresponded to members of the Ascomycota and only three belonged to the Basidiomycota. Five yeasts (four ascomycetes and one basidiomycete) could not be identified to the species level due to the uniqueness of their sequences. The number of species detected after enrichment was higher than the number of taxa found using the direct detection method. This suggests that some yeast populations are present in densities that are below the detection threshold of the method. With respect to the analysis of the yeast community structure, our results indicate that the dominant populations belong to Debaryomyces hansenii, Rhodotorula mucilaginosa, Cryptococcus longus, and to an uncultured basidiomycetous yeast phylogenetically close to Cr. longus. The combined analysis of direct detection and cultivation approaches indicates a similar community structure at the two sampled sites since nine species were present at both localities. PMID:15556087

  5. Transmission of Campylobacter spp. in a poultry slaughterhouse and genetic characterisation of the isolates by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis.

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    Posch, J; Feierl, G; Wuest, G; Sixl, W; Schmidt, S; Haas, Du; Reinthaler, F F; Marth, E

    2006-06-01

    1. Contamination of retail products with Campylobacter spp. during the slaughter of poultry is a well-known problem of product hygiene. Mechanical evisceration often leads to intestinal rupture and discharge of gut contents, which can contain zoonotic and human pathogens. Processes along the slaughter line cause aerosols and airborne droplets, containing bacterial loads. 2. To estimate the possible transmission routes of intestinal Campylobacter, 36 measurements of the bioaerosol (Andersen sampler and SKC BioSampler), 30 cloacal (of three flocks), 10 equipment and 4 sedimentation samples were tested for the presence of Campylobacter species. 3. The results imply that, in addition to contaminated equipment, which was Campylobacter-positive in 80% of cases, aerosols with peak values of 4.0 x 10(4) (test series 1) and 1.4 x 10(4) (test series 2) CFU/m3 also provide a potential vector for horizontal transmission. 4. To explore the genetic similarities of isolates from different origins, 18 isolates recovered from air, 26 cloacal, 8 equipment and 4 sedimentation isolates were analysed by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), using the restriction enzymes Sma I and Sal I. The similarity of cloacal isolates with isolates from equipment, air and sediment, suggest that the contamination is of intestinal origin. 5. There were direct links between Campylobacter-positive flocks and the presence of the same strains in the aerosol of the slaughter hall. Air as a potential source for microbial transmission must be taken into account. PMID:16787852

  6. Genotypic characterization of Salmonella by multilocus sequence typing, pulsed-field gel electrophoresis and amplified fragment length polymorphism.

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    Torpdahl, Mia; Skov, Marianne N; Sandvang, Dorthe; Baggesen, Dorte L

    2005-11-01

    Molecular typing is an important tool in surveillance and outbreak investigations of human Salmonella infections. In this study, three molecular typing methods were used to investigate the discriminatory ability, reproducibility and the genetic relationship between 110 Salmonella enterica subspecies enterica isolates. A total of 25 serotypes were investigated that had been isolated from humans or veterinary sources in Denmark between 1995 and 2001. All isolates were genotyped by multilocus sequence typing (MLST), pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP). When making genetic trees, all three methods resulted in similar clustering that often corresponded with serotype, although some serotypes displayed more diversity than others. Of the three techniques, MLST was the easiest to interpret and compare between laboratories. Unfortunately the seven housekeeping genes used in this MLST scheme lacked diversity and the ability to discriminate between isolates were higher with both PFGE and AFLP. The discriminatory power of AFLP and PFGE were similar but PFGE fingerprints were both easier to reproduce, interpret and less time-consuming to analyze when compared to AFLP. PFGE is the therefore the preferred molecular typing method for surveillance and outbreak investigations, whereas AFLP is most useful for local outbreak investigations. PMID:16226640

  7. Temporal and spatial distribution of Cronobacter isolates in a milk powder processing plant determined by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis.

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    Hein, Ingeborg; Gadzov, Boris; Schoder, Dagmar; Foissy, Helmut; Malorny, Burkhard; Wagner, Martin

    2009-03-01

    A milk powder processing line was sampled for the presence of Enterobacteriaceae and the opportunistic neonatal pathogen Cronobacter at six different sampling sites during an 11-month period. The highest number of Enterobacteriaceae-positive samples was recovered from the raw milk concentrate before pasteurization (78.2%) and from nonproduct samples of the processing line (86.5%), which included swabs from the drying tower and screw conveyers, swabs from the explosion chamber, waste water after the automated cleaning-in-place procedure, air filter cut-outs, and floor samples underneath the outlet of the packaging machine. The prepackaged and packaged final product was contaminated at a rate of 6.6% and 7.1%, respectively. The prevalence of Cronobacter in the prefinal product and the prepackaged and packaged final product was 14.3%, 3.8%, and 2.1%, respectively. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) analysis of 133 Cronobacter isolates yielded 40 different PFGE profiles. Long-term persistence in the processing line of some of these PFGE profiles was observed. Comparison of the PFGE profiles recovered at different sampling sites revealed the supply air as a potential source for extrinsic Cronobacter contamination. In addition, recovery of the same PFGE profiles before and after CIP events followed by heat treatment indicated the inefficiency of these hygiene measures to completely eliminate Cronobacter from all areas of the processing line. This information provides an essential basis for developing control and prevention strategies concerning this opportunistic pathogen. PMID:19245339

  8. Monitoring of the microbial communities involved in the soy sauce manufacturing process by PCR-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis.

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    Tanaka, Yasushi; Watanabe, Jun; Mogi, Yoshinobu

    2012-08-01

    Soy sauce is a traditional seasoning produced through the fermentation of soybeans and wheat using microbes. In this study, the microbial communities involved in the soy sauce manufacturing process were analyzed by PCR-Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (PCR-DGGE). The bacterial DGGE profile indicated that the bacterial microbes in the koji were Weissella cibaria (Weissella confusa, Weissella kimchii, Weissella salipiscis, Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus iners, or Streptococcus thermophilus), Staphylococcus gallinarum (or Staphylococcus xylosus), and Staphylococcus kloosii. In addition to these bacteria, Tetragenococcus halophilus was also detected in the mash during lactic acid fermentation. The fungal DGGE profile indicated that the fungal microbes in the koji were not only Aspergillus oryzae but also several yeasts. In the mash, Zygosaccharomyces rouxii appeared in the early fermentation stage, Candida etchellsii (or Candida nodaensis) and Candida versatilis were detected at the middle fermentation stage, and Candida etchellsii was detected at the mature fermentation stage. These results suggest that the microbial communities present during the soy sauce manufacturing process change drastically throughout its production. This is the first report to reveal the microbial communities involved in the soy sauce manufacturing process using a culture-independent method. PMID:22475947

  9. Analysis of microbial diversity on deli slicers using polymerase chain reaction and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis technologies.

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    Koo, O K; Mertz, A W; Akins, E L; Sirsat, S A; Neal, J A; Morawicki, R; Crandall, P G; Ricke, S C

    2013-02-01

    Cross-contamination of pathogenic and spoilage bacteria from food-contact surfaces to food products is a serious public health issue. Bacteria may survive and attach to food-contact surfaces by residual food components and/or background bacteria which may subsequently transfer to other food products. Deli slicers, generally used for slicing ready-to-eat products, can serve as potential sources for considerable bacterial transfer. The objective of this study was to assess the extent and distribution of microbial diversity of deli slicers by identification of pathogenic and background bacteria. Slicer-swab samples were collected from restaurants in Arkansas and Texas in the United States. Ten surface areas for each slicer were swabbed using sterile sponges. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) was applied to investigate the fingerprint of samples, and each band was further identified by sequence analysis. Pseudomonads were identified as the dominant bacteria followed by Enterobacteriaceae family, and lactic acid bacteria such as Lactococcus lactis and Streptococcus thermophilus were also found. Bacterial distribution was similar for all surface areas, while the blade guard exhibited the greatest diversity. This study provides a profile of the microbial ecology of slicers using DGGE to develop more specific sanitation practices and to reduce cross-contamination during slicing. PMID:23121623

  10. Fate of a metal-resistant inoculum in contaminated and pristine soils assessed by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis

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    Stephen, J.R.; Chang, Y.J.; MacNaughton, S.J.; Leung, K.T.; Flemming, C.A. . Center for Environmental Biotechnology); Whitaker, S.L.; Hicks, C.L. ); White, D.C. . Center for Environmental Biotechnology Oak Ridge National Lab., TN . Environmental Sciences Div.)

    1999-06-01

    Cesium, cadmium, cobalt, and strontium are four contaminants frequently found in soils at biotoxic levels. Introduction of certain nongenetically modified bacteria has been frequently suggested as a method for the immobilization of heavy metal contaminants in soil, thereby reducing runoff and bioavailability. In this study, the authors have used the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) to track the survival of the five bacterial species added to soil microcosms with and without the addition of a mixture of these metals. The PCR primers targeted conserved regions of the 165 rDNA molecular present in all bacteria. The reaction products were shown to reflect the relative abundance of the bacteria both in mixtures of pure cultures and against a background of all the eubacterial species present in the soil following inoculation. Three of the species (Pseudomonas aeruginosa FRD-1, Shewanella putrifaciens 200, and Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough) decreased rapidly following inoculation into both soils. The proportion of Alcaligenes eutrophus CH34 remained at a constant level throughout the 8-week experiment in both soil treatments. Sphingomonas aromaticivorans B0695 showed toxic metal-dependent survival in that its relative abundance dropped rapidly in pristine soil but remained at approximately inoculation levels throughout the experiment in contaminated microcosms.

  11. Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis and Barcoded Pyrosequencing Reveal Unprecedented Archaeal Diversity in Mangrove Sediment and Rhizosphere Samples

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    Pires, Ana C. C.; Cleary, Daniel F. R.; Almeida, Adelaide; Cunha, Ângela; Dealtry, Simone; Mendonça-Hagler, Leda C. S.; Smalla, Kornelia

    2012-01-01

    Mangroves are complex ecosystems that regulate nutrient and sediment fluxes to the open sea. The importance of bacteria and fungi in regulating nutrient cycles has led to an interest in their diversity and composition in mangroves. However, very few studies have assessed Archaea in mangroves, and virtually nothing is known about whether mangrove rhizospheres affect archaeal diversity and composition. Here, we studied the diversity and composition of Archaea in mangrove bulk sediment and the rhizospheres of two mangrove trees, Rhizophora mangle and Laguncularia racemosa, using denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) and pyrosequencing of archaeal 16S rRNA genes with a nested-amplification approach. DGGE profiles revealed significant structural differences between bulk sediment and rhizosphere samples, suggesting that roots of both mangrove species influence the sediment archaeal community. Nearly all of the detected sequences obtained with pyrosequencing were identified as Archaea, but most were unclassified at the level of phylum or below. Archaeal richness was, furthermore, the highest in the L. racemosa rhizosphere, intermediate in bulk sediment, and the lowest in the R. mangle rhizosphere. This study shows that rhizosphere microhabitats of R. mangle and L. racemosa, common plants in subtropical mangroves located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, hosted distinct archaeal assemblages. PMID:22660713

  12. Yeast involved in fermentation of Coffea arabica in East Africa determined by genotyping and by direct denaturating gradient gel electrophoresis.

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    Masoud, Wafa; Cesar, Lene Bjørg; Jespersen, Lene; Jakobsen, Mogens

    2004-05-01

    Samples of Coffea arabica were collected during the different stages of the fermentation from two production sites in Tanzania. The yeasts community was identified by genotyping using ITS-PCR and sequence analysis of the D1/D2 domain of the 26S rRNA gene. For confirmation, denaturating gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) of PCR-amplified 26S rRNA gene was performed to detect yeast directly from coffee samples without cultivation. Yeast counts were in the range 4.0 x 10(4) - 5.0 x 10(7) CFU/g with an increase during fermentation. Three yeasts species were dominant. The predominant yeast found during fermentation and drying was Pichia kluyveri. Pichia anomala was found in high numbers during drying of coffee beans. Hanseniaspora uvarum was the predominant yeast during fermentation but decreased during drying. Kluyveromyces marxianus, Candida pseudointermedia, Issatchenkia orientalis, Pichia ohmeri and Torulaspora delbrueckii occurred in concentrations of 10(3) CFU/g or below in coffee samples. Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Candida xestobii were not isolated by cultivation, but by the DGGE technique. A good agreement was found between the sequence analysis of the D1/D2 domain of the 26S rRNA gene and sequencing of the DGGE bands. PMID:15164358

  13. Identification of bacteria infecting Ixodes ricinus ticks by 16S rDNA amplification and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis.

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    Tveten, Ann-Kristin; Sjstad, Knut K

    2011-10-01

    Ticks harbor a complex microbial population, which they acquire while feeding on a variety of mammalians and birds. Zoonotic diseases transferred by ticks are an increasing problem and have become a burden to the community. 16S rDNA amplification and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) enables detection of the broad spectrum of bacteria that settles in the ticks. Profiling the complete microbial population in ticks may provide a better understanding of the ticks' potential to harbor and disperse pathogens. Separation of pathogenic species by DGGE is based on variation in %GC content within the 16S rDNA genetic region. Sequencing of these fragments allows identification of bacterial species. Present study identified some well-known tick-infecting bacteria, such as members of genus Borrelia, Rickettsiales, and Pseudomonas, but also less described tick-infecting bacteria such as Rhodococcus erythropolis, Spiroplasma spp., and an endosymbiont of the microarthropod Folsomia candida. This is the first report of Segniliparus rugosus-infected Ixodes ricinus ticks. Also, it is the first report of several of these pathogens in the Norwegian tick population. PMID:21923264

  14. Lactic acid bacteria dynamics during spontaneous fermentation of cocoa beans verified by culture-independent denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis.

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    Santos, T F; Santana, L K A; Santos, A C F; Silva, G S; Romano, C C; Dias, J C T; Rezende, R P

    2011-01-01

    Cocoa is naturally fermented in the field before the cocoa seeds are removed for processing. We assessed the dynamics of lactic acid bacteria during cocoa fermentation in Bahia, Brazil. During five days of fermentation, temperature and pH were measured and beans were collected for genomic DNA extraction every 12 h. The DNA was used as a template for amplification with Lac1-Lac2 and Lac3-Lac2 for denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis analyses. pH values ranged from 3.34 to 4.98, while the temperature varied from 23° to 50°C. Lac1-Lac2 primers permitted detection of 11 operational taxonomic units. Twenty-eight operational taxonomic units were obtained with the primer pair Lac3-Lac2. It was observed that there were variations between the numbers of operational taxonomic units throughout the process, probably because of changes in pH and temperature. The greatest similarity in amplified samples was obtained with the primers Lac3-Lac2. PMID:22095596

  15. High-throughput glycosylation analysis of therapeutic immunoglobulin G by capillary gel electrophoresis using a DNA analyzer

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    Reusch, Dietmar; Haberger, Markus; Kailich, Tobias; Heidenreich, Anna-Katharina; Kampe, Michael; Bulau, Patrick; Wuhrer, Manfred

    2014-01-01

    The Fc glycosylation of therapeutic antibodies is crucial for their effector functions and their behavior in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. To monitor the Fc glycosylation in bioprocess development and characterization, high-throughput techniques for glycosylation analysis are needed. Here, we describe the development of a largely automated high-throughput glycosylation profiling method with multiplexing capillary-gel-electrophoresis (CGE) with laser induced fluorescence (LIF) detection using a DNA analyzer. After PNGaseF digestion, the released glycans were labeled with 9-aminopyrene-1,3,6-trisulfonic acid (APTS) in 96-well plates, which was followed by the simultaneous analysis of up to 48 samples. The peak assignment was conducted by HILIC-UPLC-MS/MS of the APTS-labeled glycans combined with peak fractionation and subsequent CGE-LIF analysis of the MS-characterized fractions. Quantitative data evaluation of the various IgG glycans was performed automatically using an in-house developed software solution. The excellent method accuracy and repeatability of the test system was verified by comparison with two UPLC-based methods for glycan analysis. Finally, the practical value of the developed method was demonstrated by analyzing the antibody glycosylation profiles from fermentation broths after small scale protein A purification. PMID:24135630

  16. Comparison of pulsed-field gel electrophoresis and enterobacterial repetitive intergenic consensus PCR and biochemical tests to characterize Lactococcus garvieae.

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    Ture, M; Altinok, I; Capkin, E

    2015-01-01

    Biochemical test, pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and enterobacterial repetitive intergenic consensus sequence PCR (ERIC-PCR) were used to compare 42 strains of Lactococcus garvieae isolated from different regions of Turkey, Italy, France and Spain. Twenty biotypes of L. garvieae were formed based on 54 biochemical tests. ERIC-PCR of genomic DNA from different L. garvieae strains resulted in amplification of multiple fragments of DNA in sizes ranging between 200 and 5000 bp with various band intensities. After cutting DNA with ApaI restriction enzyme and running on the PFGE, 1122 resolvable bands ranging from 2 to 194 kb were observed. Turkish isolates were grouped into two clusters, and only A58 (Italy) strain was connected with Turkish isolates. Similarities between Turkish, Spanish, Italian and French isolates were <50% except 216-6 Rize strain. In Turkey, first lactococcosis occurred in Mugla, and then, it has been spread all over the country. Based on ERIC-PCR, Spanish and Italian strains of L. garvieae were related to Mugla strains. Therefore, after comparing PFGE profiles, ERIC-PCR profiles and phenotypic characteristics of 42 strains of L. garvieae, there were no relationships found between these three typing methods. PFGE method was more discriminative than the other methods. PMID:25664362

  17. Intraspecific characterization of Vibrio tapetis strains by use of pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, ribotyping, and plasmid profiling.

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    Castro, D; Romalde, J L; Vila, J; Magariños, B; Luque, A; Borrego, J J

    1997-01-01

    A total of twenty-two strains of Vibrio tapetis, the causative agent of brown ring disease affecting cultured clams, were compared and evaluated in an investigation of strain heterogeneity using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), ribotyping, and plasmid profile analysis. A total of 90.9% of V. tapetis strains tested by using NotI showed the same PFGE pattern, consisting of 15 bands. In contrast, the V. tapetis strains showed a low degree of similarity with six reference Vibrio species tested. All V. tapetis strains harbored a large plasmid of 74.5 kb. This plasmid was not detected in any of the other Vibrio species. In addition, endonuclease restriction analysis of the plasmid content of the strains using EcoRI and HindIII clearly showed that all the strains of V. tapetis possessed the same cleavage pattern. The three enzymes used for ribotyping, PvuII, SmaI, and SalI, yielded patterns with 8 to 12 bands ranging in size from 2 to 23 kb. The application of the SalI and SmaI endonuclease rendered the separation of the strains tested in two ribotypes, while all the V. tapetis strains belonged to the same ribotype when the enzyme PvuII was used. PMID:9097443

  18. A pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) map of twelve loci on chromosome 11q11-q13

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    Petty, E.M.; Bale, A.E. ); Arnold, A. ); Marx, S.J. )

    1993-02-01

    We report a pulsed-field gel electrophoresis map of 12 loci on proximal human chromosome 11q. Linkage studies have shown that this region of chromosome 11 contains the genes for familial atopic disease (APY) and multiple endocrine neoplasia type I (MEN1) (4). A physical map containing polymorphic loci will aid in the isolation of these disease genes. The map reported here has two noncontiguous groups of loci accounting for 8 of the 12 loci evaluated. One group spans a maximum distance of 1600 kb and included D11S146, BCL1, PRAD1, INT2, and HSTF1. The other group includes FTY1, C1NH, and COX8. TCN1, PGA, and PYGM did not yield any comigrating fragments and could not be physically linked on this PFGE map. These data enhance previously published physical maps of proximal 11q by refining the localization of and distances between markers in the BCL1 region. Additionally, new information about the locations and physical relationships between FTH1, C1NH, and COX 8 is presented. 14 refs., 3 figs.

  19. Use of pulsed-field gel electrophoresis to investigate a pseudo-outbreak of Bacillus cereus in a pediatric unit.

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    Liu, P Y; Ke, S C; Chen, S L

    1997-01-01

    Bacillus cereus is a well-known cause of food poisoning. It also causes rare systemic infections, usually in immunocompromised patients. Dissemination of this species in hospitals had been reported. Most of these episodes were pseudo-outbreaks and were usually secondary to equipment or environmental contamination. We report here on the use of pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) to analyze a pseudo-outbreak of B. cereus in a pediatric unit. Different restriction endonucleases had been tested, and SmaI was found to give the best result for PFGE. Among the 26 clinical isolates of B. cereus and the type strain of the species, 15 distinct PFGE patterns were distinguished. PFGE after DNA macrorestriction with SmaI could clearly differentiate between the epidemiologically related isolates and the unrelated isolates. Because the same epidemic strain of B. cereus was isolated from the settle plates which were exposed near the outlet of the ventilation system, the source of this pseudo-outbreak was suspected to be the unit's air filtration system. This is one of the first reports of the application of PFGE to the study of B. cereus, and this method is useful for epidemiological investigation. PMID:9163476

  20. Monitoring the Bacterial Population Dynamics in Sourdough Fermentation Processes by Using PCR-Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis

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    Meroth, Christiane B.; Walter, Jens; Hertel, Christian; Brandt, Markus J.; Hammes, Walter P.

    2003-01-01

    Four sourdoughs (A to D) were produced under practical conditions by using a starter mixture of three commercially available sourdough starters and a baker's yeast constitutively containing various species of lactic acid bacteria (LAB). The sourdoughs were continuously propagated until the composition of the LAB flora remained stable. Two LAB-specific PCR-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) systems were established and used to monitor the development of the microflora. Depending on the prevailing ecological conditions in the different sourdough fermentations, only a few Lactobacillus species were found to be competitive and became dominant. In sourdough A (traditional process with rye flour), Lactobacillus sanfranciscensis and a new species, L. mindensis, were detected. In rye flour sourdoughs B and C, which differed in the process temperature, exclusively L. crispatus and L. pontis became the predominant species in sourdough B and L. crispatus, L. panis, and L. frumenti became the predominant species in sourdough C. On the other hand, in sourdough D (corresponding to sourdough C but produced with rye bran), L. johnsonii and L. reuteri were found. The results of PCR-DGGE were consistent with those obtained by culturing, except for sourdough B, in which L. fermentum was also detected. Isolates of the species L. sanfranciscensis and L. fermentum were shown by randomly amplified polymorphic DNA-PCR analysis to originate from the commercial starters and the baker's yeast, respectively. PMID:12514030

  1. Epidemiological analysis of Salmonella enterica Enteritidis isolates in Japan by phage-typing and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis.

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    Terajima, J; Nakamura, A; Watanabe, H

    1998-06-01

    Salmonella enterica serotype Enteritidis isolates of phage types (PTs) PT1, PT4, PT13a and PT22 derived from sporadic cases and outbreaks of food poisoning in Japan during 1994 and 1995 were analysed by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). While PT1 strains from 5 different outbreaks showed 14 PFGE patterns, 5 PFGE patterns were observed among PT4 isolates from 5 different outbreaks and 6 independent isolates from imported chicken. Interestingly, 8 out of 9 PT4 strains associated with foreign travel to Southeast Asia were indistinguishable in PFGE pattern from 5 independent isolates of imported chicken from England. Although both PT13a and PT22 were first reported in Japan in 1994, PT22 showed various PFGE patterns compared to PT13a which had the same pattern within an outbreak, unlike PT1. These results could indicate that multiple clonal lines of PT1 and PT22 had already spread while relatively fewer clonal lines of PT4 and PT13a might exist in Japan. PMID:9692599

  2. A gel electrophoresis study of the competitive effects of monovalent counterion on the extent of divalent counterions binding to DNA.

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    Li, A Z; Huang, H; Re, X; Qi, L J; Marx, K A

    1998-01-01

    The behavior of alkaline earth metal cations (Mg2+ and Ca2+) and transition metal cations (Zn2+ and Cu2+) interacting with lambda-DNA-HindIII fragments ranging from 2,027 to 23,130 bp in Tris-borate-EDTA buffer solutions was investigated. The divalent counterions competed with Tris+ and Na+ for binding to polyion DNA, and the competition binding situations were investigated by measuring the reduction of the DNA mobility, by pulsed- or constant-field gel electrophoresis. The interaction of Mg2+ with DNA was intensively studied over a wide range of Mg2+ concentrations. In addition, we examined the competition binding as a function of ionic strength and DNA size. To compare valence effects, we studied Co(NH3)6(3+) interaction with DNA fragments under conditions similar to that of Mg2+. At relatively low Mg2+ concentration, the normalized titration curves of DNA mobility were well fit by Manning's two-variable counterion condensation (CC) theory. The agreement between the predicted value (total charge neutralization fraction theta) from Manning's CC theory and the data based on our measured DNA electrophoretic mobility reduction was consistent under our experimental conditions. In contrast to alkaline earth metal cations (Mg2+ and Ca2+), different binding behaviors were observed for the transition metal cations (Zn2+ and Cu2+). These differences highlight the usefulness of our reduced DNA electrophoretic mobility measurement approach to describing cation interactions with polyelectrolyte DNA. PMID:9533707

  3. Triton X-114 cloud point extraction to subfractionate blood plasma proteins for two-dimensional gel electrophoresis.

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    Jessen, Flemming; Wulff, Tune

    2015-09-15

    A simple and reproducible procedure for enrichment of a plasma protein subfraction suitable for two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (2DE) was developed, using a Triton X-114-based cloud point extraction (CPE). Appropriate conditions for such a CPE procedure were found by SDS-PAGE to be a plasma protein concentration of about 10mg/ml in 3% (w/v) Triton X-114. 2DE of proteins obtained by CPE of 400 μl of human plasma revealed about 200 spots constituting a spot pattern very different from the pattern of total plasma. The CPE procedure only had a limited contribution to the technical variation. Identification of about 60 spots, representing only 22 proteins, revealed that several proteins in the obtained subfraction were present in more isoforms or modifications. Among these were apolipoproteins (A-1, D, E, L1, and M), haptoglobin-related protein, phosphatidylcholine-sterol acyltransferase, serum amyloid A, and serum paraoxonase/arylesterase 1, which are proteins of a hydrophobic nature, as in plasma they relate to lipoprotein particles. Thus, Triton X-114-based CPE is a simple plasma prefractionation tool, attractive for detailed 2DE studies of hydrophobic plasma proteins and their isoforms or modifications. PMID:26080275

  4. Genetic diversity analysis of faba bean (Vicia faba L.) germplasms using sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

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    Hou, W W; Zhang, X J; Shi, J B; Liu, Y J

    2015-01-01

    To investigate genetic diversity and relationships of 101 faba bean (Vicia faba L.), landraces and varieties from different provinces of China and abroad were analyzed by sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS)-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE). A total of 2625 unambiguous and stable bands from 101 germplasms were detected, and 36 different bands were classified according to the electrophoretic mobility patterns of the proteins as determined by the SDS-PAGE analysis, of which 16 were polymorphic. Besides the common bands, the protein bands of 92, 75, 62, 40, 34, 17, and 13 kDa presented the highest frequencies of 92.08, 90.10, 99.01, 95.05, 95.05, 98.02, and 95.05%, respectively. The other 29 polymorphic protein bands showed higher polymorphism with 16.09 polymorphic bands in average. The genetic similarity of the 101 genotypes tested varied from 0.6111 to 0.9722, with an average of 0.7122. Cluster analysis divided the 101 genotypes into six major clusters, which was consistent with the systematic classification of faba bean done in previous studies. The overall results indicated that SDS-PAGE was a useful tool for genetic diversity analysis and laid a solid foundation for future faba bean breeding. PMID:26535710

  5. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis and barcoded pyrosequencing reveal unprecedented archaeal diversity in mangrove sediment and rhizosphere samples.

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    Pires, Ana C C; Cleary, Daniel F R; Almeida, Adelaide; Cunha, Angela; Dealtry, Simone; Mendonça-Hagler, Leda C S; Smalla, Kornelia; Gomes, Newton C M

    2012-08-01

    Mangroves are complex ecosystems that regulate nutrient and sediment fluxes to the open sea. The importance of bacteria and fungi in regulating nutrient cycles has led to an interest in their diversity and composition in mangroves. However, very few studies have assessed Archaea in mangroves, and virtually nothing is known about whether mangrove rhizospheres affect archaeal diversity and composition. Here, we studied the diversity and composition of Archaea in mangrove bulk sediment and the rhizospheres of two mangrove trees, Rhizophora mangle and Laguncularia racemosa, using denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) and pyrosequencing of archaeal 16S rRNA genes with a nested-amplification approach. DGGE profiles revealed significant structural differences between bulk sediment and rhizosphere samples, suggesting that roots of both mangrove species influence the sediment archaeal community. Nearly all of the detected sequences obtained with pyrosequencing were identified as Archaea, but most were unclassified at the level of phylum or below. Archaeal richness was, furthermore, the highest in the L. racemosa rhizosphere, intermediate in bulk sediment, and the lowest in the R. mangle rhizosphere. This study shows that rhizosphere microhabitats of R. mangle and L. racemosa, common plants in subtropical mangroves located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, hosted distinct archaeal assemblages. PMID:22660713

  6. High-throughput glycosylation analysis of therapeutic immunoglobulin G by capillary gel electrophoresis using a DNA analyzer.

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    Reusch, Dietmar; Haberger, Markus; Kailich, Tobias; Heidenreich, Anna-Katharina; Kampe, Michael; Bulau, Patrick; Wuhrer, Manfred

    2014-01-01

    The Fc glycosylation of therapeutic antibodies is crucial for their effector functions and their behavior in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. To monitor the Fc glycosylation in bioprocess development and characterization,high-throughput techniques for glycosylation analysis are needed. Here, we describe the development of a largely automated high-throughput glycosylation profiling method with multiplexing capillary-gel-electrophoresis (CGE) with laser induced fluorescence (LIF) detection using a DNA analyzer. After PNGaseF digestion, the released glycans were labeled with 9-aminopyrene-1,3,6-trisulfonic acid (APTS) in 96-well plates, which was followed by the simultaneous analysis of up to 48 samples. The peak assignment was conducted by HILIC-UPLC-MS/MS of the APTS-labeled glycans combined with peak fractionation and subsequent CGE-LIF analysis of the MS-characterized fractions. Quantitative data evaluation of the various IgG glycans was performed automatically using an in-house developed software solution. The excellent method accuracy and repeatability of the test system was verified by comparison with two UPLC-based methods for glycan analysis. Finally, the practical value of the developed method was demonstrated by analyzing the antibody glycosylation profiles from fermentation broths after small scale protein A purification. PMID:24135630

  7. Variations among Japanese of the factor IX gene (F9) detected by PCR-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis

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    Satoh, Chiyoko; Takahashi, Norio; Asakawa, Junichi; Hiyama, Keiko; Kodaira, Meiko )

    1993-01-01

    In the course of feasibility studies to examine the efficiencies and practicalities of various techniques for screening for genetic variations, the human coagulation factor IX (F9) genes of 63 Japanese families were examined by PCR-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (PCR-DGGE). Four target sequences with lengths of 983-2,891 bp from the F9 genes of 126 unrelated individuals from Hiroshima and their 100 children were amplified by PCR, digested with restriction enzymes to approximately 500-bp fragments, and examined by DGGE - a total of 6,724 bp being examined per individual. GC-rich sequences (GC-clamps) of 40 bp were attached to both ends of the target sequences, as far as was feasible. Eleven types of new nucleotide substitutions were detected in the population, none of which produced RFLPs or caused hemophilia B. By examining two target sequences in a single lane, approximately 8,000 bp in a diploid individual could be examined. This approach is very effective for the detection of variations in DNA and is applicable to large-scale population studies. 46 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  8. Phylogenetic diversity of nitrogen-fixing bacteria in mangrove sediments assessed by PCR-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis.

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    Zhang, Yanying; Dong, Junde; Yang, Zhihao; Zhang, Si; Wang, Youshao

    2008-07-01

    Culture-independent PCR-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) was employed to assess the composition of diazotroph species from the sediments of three mangrove ecosystem sites in Sanya, Hainan Island, China. A strategy of removing humic acids prior to DNA extraction was conducted, then total community DNA was extracted using the soil DNA kit successfully for nifH PCR amplification, which simplified the current procedure and resulted in good DGGE profiles. The results revealed a novel nitrogen-fixing bacterial profile and fundamental diazotrophic biodiversity in mangrove sediments, as reflected by the numerous bands present DGGE patterns. Canonical correspondence analysis (CCA) revealed that the sediments organic carbon concentration and available soil potassium accounted for a significant amount of the variability in the nitrogen-fixing bacterial community composition. The predominant DGGE bands were sequenced, yielding 31 different nifH sequences, which were used in phylogenetic reconstructions. Most sequences were from Proteobacteria, e.g. alpha, gamma, beta, delta-subdivisions, and characterized by sequences of members of genera Azotobacter, Desulfuromonas, Sphingomonas, Geobacter, Pseudomonas, Bradyrhizobium and Derxia. These results significantly expand our knowledge of the nitrogen-fixing bacterial diversity of the mangrove environment. PMID:18347779

  9. Expressed immunoglobulin repertoire of LPS-stimulated splenocytes of unimmunized mice as studied by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis.

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    Nezlin, R; Lefkovits, I

    1998-12-01

    The repertoire of isolated immunoglobulin polypeptide chains synthesized by LPS-stimulated splenic B cells from unimmunized 6 weeks old mice was studied by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. These B cells formed mainly mu heavy chains, while only a small amount of gamma chains was detected on two-dimensional electrophoregrams. The number and character of spots corresponding to each class and type of H and L chains were analyzed. Most of the detected 52 spots, which corresponded to L chains, were well resolved with clearly defined round boundaries. Six of them belonged to two isotypes of lambda chains and the rest to the kappa chain. About 25 clusters corresponded to mu chains. They had different appearance from those of L chains and their characteristic elliptic form with prolonged vertical axes indicated the presence of several H chain variants of slightly different length (due probably to the length variations of CDR3 and carbohydrate heterogeneity) in each cluster. The limited number of spots both of H and L chains is explained as being due to restrictions in the expressed repertoire of preimmune splenic B cells, which have no somatic mutations in the immunoglobulin genes. The concept of macrorepertoire (referring to the relatively small number of detected molecular species) and microrepertoire (describing the mutationally altered molecules) is introduced. PMID:10395198

  10. Evaluation of genotoxicity of the acute gamma radiation on earthworm Eisenia fetida using single cell gel electrophoresis technique (Comet assay).

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    Sowmithra, K; Shetty, N J; Jha, S K; Chaubey, R C

    2015-12-01

    Earthworms (Eisenia fetida) most suitable biological indicators of radioactive pollution. Radiation-induced lesions in DNA can be considered to be molecular markers for early effects of ionizing radiation. Gamma radiation produces a wide spectrum of DNA. Some of these lesions, i.e., DNA strand breaks and alkali labile sites can be detected by the single-cell gel electrophoresis (SCGE) or comet assay by measuring the migration of DNA from immobilized nuclear DNA. E. fetida were exposed to different doses of gamma radiation, i.e., 1, 5, 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50Gy, and comet assay was performed for all the doses along with control at 1, 3 and 5h post irradiation to evaluate the genotoxicity of gamma radiation in this organism. The DNA damage was measured as percentage of comet tail DNA. A significant increase in DNA damage was observed in samples exposed to 5Gy and above, and the increase in DNA damage was dose dependent i.e., DNA damage was increased with increased doses of radiation. The highest DNA damage was noticed at 1h post irradiation and gradually decreased with time, i.e., at 3 and 5h post irradiation. The present study reveals that gamma radiation induces DNA damage in E. fetida and the comet assay is a sensitive and rapid method for its detection to detect genotoxicity of gamma radiation. PMID:26653984

  11. Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DGGE) as a Powerful Novel Alternative for Differentiation of Epizootic ISA Virus Variants

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    Carmona, Marisela; Sepúlveda, Dagoberto; Cárdenas, Constanza; Nilo, Luis; Marshall, Sergio H.

    2012-01-01

    Infectious Salmon Anemia is a devastating disease critically affecting world-wide salmon production. Chile has been particularly stricken by this disease which in all cases has been directly related with its causative agent, a novel orthomyxovirus which presents specific and distinctive infective features. Among these, two molecular markers have been directly associated with pathogenicity in two of the eight RNA sub genomic coding units of the virus: an insertion hot spot region present in viral segment 5 and a Highly Polymorphic Region (HPR) located in viral segment 6. Here we report the successful adaptation of a PCR-dependent denaturing gel electrophoresis technique (DGGE), which enables differentiation of selected reported HPR epizootic variants detected in Chile. At the same time, the technique allows us to distinguish one nucleotide differences in sequences associated with the intriguing, and still not well-understood, insertion events which tend to occur on RNA Segment 5. Thus, the versatility of the technique opens new opportunities for improved understanding of the complex biology of all ISA variants as well as possible applications to other highly variable pathogens. PMID:22624020

  12. Application of the denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) technique as an efficient diagnostic tool for ciliate communities in soil.

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    Jousset, Alexandre; Lara, Enrique; Nikolausz, Marcell; Harms, Hauke; Chatzinotas, Antonis

    2010-02-01

    Ciliates (or Ciliophora) are ubiquitous organisms which can be widely used as bioindicators in ecosystems exposed to anthropogenic and industrial influences. The evaluation of the environmental impact on soil ciliate communities with methods relying on morphology-based identification may be hampered by the large number of samples usually required for a statistically supported, reliable conclusion. Cultivation-independent molecular-biological diagnostic tools are a promising alternative to greatly simplify and accelerate such studies. In this present work a ciliate-specific fingerprint method based on the amplification of a phylogenetic marker gene (i.e. the 18S ribosomal RNA gene) with subsequent analysis by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) was developed and used to monitor community shifts in a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) polluted soil. The semi-nested approach generated ciliate-specific amplification products from all soil samples and allowed to distinguish community profiles from a PAH-polluted and a non-polluted control soil. Subsequent sequence analysis of excised bands provided evidence that polluted soil samples are dominated by organisms belonging to the class Colpodea. The general DGGE approach presented in this study might thus in principle serve as a fast and reproducible diagnostic tool, complementing and facilitating future ecological and ecotoxicological monitoring of ciliates in polluted habitats. PMID:19896703

  13. Application of the denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) technique as an efficient diagnostic tool for ciliate communities in soil.

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    Jousset A; Lara E; Nikolausz M; Harms H; Chatzinotas A

    2010-02-01

    Ciliates (or Ciliophora) are ubiquitous organisms which can be widely used as bioindicators in ecosystems exposed to anthropogenic and industrial influences. The evaluation of the environmental impact on soil ciliate communities with methods relying on morphology-based identification may be hampered by the large number of samples usually required for a statistically supported, reliable conclusion. Cultivation-independent molecular-biological diagnostic tools are a promising alternative to greatly simplify and accelerate such studies. In this present work a ciliate-specific fingerprint method based on the amplification of a phylogenetic marker gene (i.e. the 18S ribosomal RNA gene) with subsequent analysis by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) was developed and used to monitor community shifts in a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) polluted soil. The semi-nested approach generated ciliate-specific amplification products from all soil samples and allowed to distinguish community profiles from a PAH-polluted and a non-polluted control soil. Subsequent sequence analysis of excised bands provided evidence that polluted soil samples are dominated by organisms belonging to the class Colpodea. The general DGGE approach presented in this study might thus in principle serve as a fast and reproducible diagnostic tool, complementing and facilitating future ecological and ecotoxicological monitoring of ciliates in polluted habitats.

  14. Single-cell gel electrophoresis assay of nasal epithelium and leukocytes from asthmatic and nonasthmatic subjects in Mexico City.

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    Fortoul, Teresa Imelda; Valverde, Mahara; Lpez, Maria del Carmen; Bizarro, Patricia; Lpez, Irma; Snchez, Ivonne; Coln-Barenque, Laura; Avila-Costa, Maria Rosa; Rojas, Emilio; Ostrosky-Shejet, Patricia

    2003-06-01

    The prevalence of asthma--a chronic inflammatory respiratory disease--is increasing worldwide. One hypothesis suggests that this trend is related to enhanced exposure to air pollutants. Chronic inflammation generates oxidative stress, and cells involved in an allergic reaction are capable of producing reactive oxygen species that may predispose asthmatics to increased deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) damage. The authors estimated DNA strand breaks by use of single-cell gel electrophoresis assay on 2 different cell types (i.e., nasal epithelial cells and leukocytes) sampled from asthmatic and nonasthmatic medical students in Mexico City. The authors found that asthmatic subjects had more DNA breaks in their nasal epithelial cells than did their nonasthmatic counterparts. In contrast, asthmatic subjects had less damage in their leukocytes than did nonasthmatic individuals. These findings suggest that the hyperreactivity of the nasal epithelium prevents systemic effects from air pollutants, as reflected by less DNA injury to leukocytes of the asthmatic group. Asthmatic's nasal epithelial cells were more sensitive to DNA damage than were those of nonasthmatics--perhaps as a consequence of increased fragility induced either by air pollution or by a chronic inflammatory response. PMID:14992309

  15. Detection of rotavirus by a latex agglutination test, Rotalex: comparison with electron microscopy, immunofluorescence, polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, and enzyme linked immunosorbent assay.

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    Moosai, R B; Alcock, R; Bell, T M; Laidler, F R; Peiris, J S; Wyn-Jones, A P; Madeley, C R

    1985-01-01

    A commercially available latex agglutination test, Rotalex (Orion Diagnostics, Finland), for detecting rotaviruses was evaluated in comparison with four other tests (electron microscopy, immunofluorescence, polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, and enzyme linked immunosorbent assay) routinely used in our laboratories. Although Rotalex was the least complex method, it showed lack of specificity and sensitivity when carried out according to the manufacturer's instructions. Four basic modifications of Rotalex are described. These include the use of Hank's balanced salt solution, increasing the incubation time to 20 min, reading the agglutination result by an experienced observer, and the use of 50 mm square glass plates. The modified procedure gave results which were comparable with those obtained by electron microscopy, immunofluorescence, polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, and enzyme linked immunosorbent assay. The latter techniques, when used to detect rotavirus, all gave similar results. PMID:2989342

  16. High-resolution separation and accurate size determination in pulsed-field gel electrophoresis of DNA. 3. Effect of electrical field shape

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    Cantor, C.R.; Gaal, A.; Smith, C.L. )

    1988-12-27

    The resolution of pulsed-field gel electrophoresis is dramatically affected by the number and configuration of the electrodes used, because these alter the shape of the applied electrical fields. Here the authors present calculations and experiments on the effect of electrode position in one of the most commonly used pulsed-field gel electrophoresis configurations. The goal was to explore which aspects of the electrical field shape correlate with improved electrophoretic resolution. The most critical variable appears to be the angle between the alternate electrical fields. The most effective electrode configuration yield angles of more than 110{degree}. A continually increasing angle between the fields produces band sharpening that greatly enhances the resolution.

  17. Dosimetric verification for intensity-modulated arc therapy plans by use of 2D diode array, radiochromic film and radiosensitive polymer gel.

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    Hayashi, Naoki; Malmin, Ryan L; Watanabe, Yoichi

    2014-05-01

    Several tools are used for the dosimetric verification of intensity-modulated arc therapy (IMAT) treatment delivery. However, limited information is available for composite on-line evaluation of these tools. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the dosimetric verification of IMAT treatment plans using a 2D diode array detector (2D array), radiochromic film (RCF) and radiosensitive polymer gel dosimeter (RPGD). The specific verification plans were created for IMAT for two prostate cancer patients by use of the clinical treatment plans. Accordingly, the IMAT deliveries were performed with the 2D array on a gantry-mounting device, RCF in a cylindrical acrylic phantom, and the RPGD in two cylindrical phantoms. After the irradiation, the planar dose distributions from the 2D array and the RCFs, and the 3D dose distributions from the RPGD measurements were compared with the calculated dose distributions using the gamma analysis method (3% dose difference and 3-mm distance-to-agreement criterion), dose-dependent dose difference diagrams, dose difference histograms, and isodose distributions. The gamma passing rates of 2D array, RCFs and RPGD for one patient were 99.5%, 96.5% and 93.7%, respectively; the corresponding values for the second patient were 97.5%, 92.6% and 92.9%. Mean percentage differences between the RPGD measured and calculated doses in 3D volumes containing PTVs were -0.29 7.1% and 0.97 7.6% for the two patients, respectively. In conclusion, IMAT prostate plans can be delivered with high accuracy, although the 3D measurements indicated less satisfactory agreement with the treatment plans, mainly due to the dosimetric inaccuracy in low-dose regions of the RPGD measurements. PMID:24449714

  18. Direct observation of DNA chain orientation and relaxation by electric birefringence: Implications for the mechanism of separation during pulsed-field gel electrophoresis

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    Sturm, Jean; Weill, Gilbert

    1989-03-01

    Electric birefringence studies on DNA's of lengths N trapped in an agarose gel show a dynamic behavior which is more complex than predicted by the biased reptation theory: An N3 dependence of the two longest relaxation times is observed as expected, but a third short time, of large amplitude, varies as N1.5, suggesting that it is due to the Zimm-Rouse time of the chains. Moreover, the orientation under low electric field E varies as E-1. Thus, successive elongations and retractions of the primitive path may play a major role in the separation of large DNA's by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis.

  19. Simulating Electrophoresis.

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    Moertel, Cheryl; Frutiger, Bruce

    1996-01-01

    Describes a DNA fingerprinting simulation that uses vegetable food coloring and plastic food containers instead of DNA and expensive gel electrophoresis chambers. Allows students to decipher unknown combinations of dyes in a method similar to that used to decipher samples of DNA in DNA fingerprint techniques. (JRH)

  20. Tumor-tracking radiotherapy of moving targets; verification using 3D polymer gel, 2D ion-chamber array and biplanar diode array

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    Ceberg, Sofie; Falk, Marianne; Rosenschöld, Per Munck Af; Cattell, Herbert; Gustafsson, Helen; Keall, Paul; Korreman, Stine S.; Medin, Joakim; Nordström, Fredrik; Persson, Gitte; Sawant, Amit; Svatos, Michelle; Zimmerman, Jens; Bäck, Sven ÅJ

    2010-11-01

    The aim of this study was to carry out a dosimetric verification of a dynamic multileaf collimator (DMLC)-based tumor-tracking delivery during respiratory-like motion. The advantage of tumor-tracking radiation delivery is the ability to allow a tighter margin around the target by continuously following and adapting the dose delivery to its motion. However, there are geometric and dosimetric uncertainties associated with beam delivery system constraints and output variations, and several investigations have to be accomplished before a clinical integration of this tracking technique. Two types of delivery were investigated in this study I) a single beam perpendicular to a target with a one dimensional motion parallel to the MLC moving direction, and II) an intensity modulated arc delivery (RapidArc®) with a target motion diagonal to the MLC moving direction. The feasibility study (I) was made using an 2D ionisation chamber array and a true 3D polymer gel. The arc delivery (II) was verified using polymer gel and a biplanar diode array. Good agreement in absorbed dose was found between delivery to a static target and to a moving target with DMLC tracking using all three detector systems. However, due to the limited spatial resolution of the 2D array a detailed comparison was not possible. The RapidArc® plan delivery was successfully verified using the biplanar diode array and true 3D polymer gel, and both detector systems could verify that the DMLC-based tumor-tracking delivery system has a very good ability to account for respiratory target motion.

  1. In vitro cytotoxcity and interaction of new steroidal oxadiazinanones with calf thymus DNA using molecular docking, gel electrophoresis and spectroscopic techniques.

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    Dar, Ayaz Mahmood; Ishrat, Urfi; Yaseen, Zahid; Shamsuzzaman; Gatoo, Manzoor Ahmad

    2015-07-01

    Herein we report synthesis of new steroidal oxadiazinanones from steroidal ketones. After characterization by spectral and analytical data, the interaction studies of compounds (4-6) with DNA were carried out by UV-vis, fluorescence spectroscopy and gel electrophoresis. The compounds bind to DNA preferentially through electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions with Kb; 1.810(4) M(-1), 2.210(4) M(-1) and 2.610(4) M(-1), respectively, indicating the higher binding affinity of compound 6 towards DNA. Gel electrophoresis showed the concentration dependent cleavage activity of compound 6 alone or in presence of Cu (II) causes the nicking of supercoiled pBR322 and it seems to follow the mechanistic pathway involving generation of hydroxyl radicals that are responsible for initiating DNA strand scission. Molecular simulations suggest that compounds binds through minor groove of DNA. MTT assay depicted promising anticancer activity of compound 5 and 6 particularly against HL-60 and MCF-7. The apoptotic degradation of DNA was analyzed by agarose gel electrophoresis and visualized by ethidium bromide staining (comet assay). The results revealed that compound 6 has better prospectus to act as cancer chemotherapeutic candidate which warrants further in vivo anticancer investigations. PMID:26005047

  2. Analysis of high density lipoproteins by a modified gradient gel electrophoresis method.

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    Li, Z; McNamara, J R; Ordovas, J M; Schaefer, E J

    1994-09-01

    A high resolution electrophoretic method has been developed to separate plasma high density lipoprotein (HDL) particles by size using 4-30% polyacrylamide agarose (PAA) gradient gels, Sudan black B staining, and laser densitometry. Fourteen distinct HDL bands were observed with HDL-1 being designated as the largest particle and HDL-14 as the smallest particle. HDL-1 was similar in size to ferritin (Stokes diameter 12.2 nm), HDL-8 to catalase (9.2 nm), and HDL-13 to lactate dehydrogenase (8.1 nm). HDL-1 to HDL-7 were found within the density range of HDL2b (d 1.063-1.10 g/ml), HDL-8 to HDL-10 within HDL2a (d 1.10-1.125 g/ml), and HDL-11 to HDL-14 within HDL3 (d 1.125-1.21 g/ml). On immunoblotting, apolipoprotein A-I (apoA-I) was found in all HDL bands examined, being most prominent in HDL-6, 11, and 12. ApoA-II was not detected in HDL bands 1-5, but was present in all other HDL bands and was most prominent in HDL-9. ApoE was detected mainly in HDL bands 1-7, and was observed in only trace amounts in other bands. Lp A-I isolated by immunoaffinity column chromatography from the plasma of five subjects contained five subspecies (HDL-5, 6, and 11-13), while Lp A-I/A-II also had five subspecies (HDL-8, 9, and 11-13) in these subjects. In normal subjects (n = 57) four or five HDL bands were generally observed, with HDL-9, 11, and 12 being the most frequently observed. Mean HDL particle score (method of sizing based on scanning densitometry, where low score indicates large size and high score indicates small size) was significantly correlated (P < 0.001) with the concentrations of HDL cholesterol (r = -0.796), HDL free cholesterol (r = -0.780), HDL cholesteryl ester (r = -0.683), HDL phospholipid (r = -0.663), HDL apoA-I (r = -0.577), and HDL protein (r = -0.459), but not with HDL triglyceride (r = 0.069). In addition, HDL particle score was significantly correlated (P < 0.05) with HDL total mass (r = -0.649), HDL free cholesterol content (% of total mass, r = -0.608), HDL triglyceride content (r = 0.415), HDL phospholipid content (r = -0.359), and HDL protein content (r = 0.295), but not with HDL cholesteryl ester content (r = -0.219) or HDL apoA-I content (r = 0.183).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS) PMID:7806982

  3. Universal method for synthesis of artificial gel antibodies by the imprinting approach combined with a unique electrophoresis technique for detection of minute structural differences of proteins, viruses, and cells (bacteria). III: gel antibodies against cells (bacteria).

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    Bacskay, Ivett; Taktsy, Anik; Vgvri, Akos; Elfwing, Anders; Ballagi-Pordny, Andrs; Kilr, Ferenc; Hjertn, Stellan

    2006-12-01

    Artificial antibodies in the form of gel granules were synthesized from the monomers acrylamide and N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide by the imprinting method in the presence of Echerichia coli bacteria as template. The electrophoretic migration velocities of the gel antibodies (i) saturated with the antigen (Escherichia coli MRE-600), (ii) freed of the antigen, and (iii) resaturated with bacteria, were determinated by electrophoresis in a rotating narrow-bore tube of 245 mm length and the 2.5 and 9.6 mm inner and outer diameters, respectively. Removal of bacteria from the gel antibodies was made by treatment with enzymes, followed by washing with SDS and buffer. Gel granules becoming charged by adsorption of bacteria move in an electrical field. We obtained a significant selectivity of gel antibodies for E. coli MRE-600, since the granules did not interact with Lactococcus lactis; and when E. coli BL21 bacteria were added to the gels selective for E. coli MRE-600, a significant difference in the migration rate of the complexes formed with the two strains was observed indicating the ability of differentiation between the two strains. The gel antibodies can be used repeatedly. The new imprinting method for the synthesis of artificial gel antibodies against bioparticles described herein, and the classical electrophoretic analysis technique employed, thus represent - when combined - a new approach to distinguish between different types and strains of bacteria. The application area can certainly be extended to cover other classes of cells. PMID:17136716

  4. Non-denaturating isoelectric focusing gel electrophoresis for uranium-protein complexes quantitative analysis with LA-ICP MS.

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    Xu, Ming; Frelon, Sandrine; Simon, Olivier; Lobinski, Ryszard; Mounicou, Sandra

    2014-02-01

    A non-denaturating isoelectric focusing (ND-IEF) gel electrophoresis protocol has been developed to study and identify uranium (U)-protein complexes with laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP MS) and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). The ND-IEF-LA-ICP MS methodology set-up was initiated using in vitro U-protein complex standards (i.e., U-bovine serum albumin and U-transferrin) allowing the assessment of U recovery to 64.4 ± 0.4 %. This methodology enabled the quantification of U-protein complexes at 9.03 ± 0.23, 15.27 ± 0.36, and 177.31 ± 25.51 nmol U L(-1) in digestive gland cytosols of the crayfish, Procambarus clarkii, exposed respectively to 0, 0.12, and 2.5 μmol of waterborne depleted U L(-1) during 10 days. ND-IEF-LA-ICP MS limit of detection was 19.3 pmol U L(-1). Elemental ICP MS signals obtained both in ND-IEF electropherograms and in size exclusion chromatograms of in vivo U-protein complexes revealed interactions between U- and Fe- and Cu-proteins. Moreover, three proteins (hemocyanin, pseudohemocyanin-2, and arginine kinase) out of 42 were identified as potential uranium targets in waterborne-exposed crayfish cytosols by microbore reversed phase chromatography coupled to molecular mass spectrometry (µRPC-ESI-MS/MS) after ND-IEF separation. PMID:23665639

  5. Epidemiological study of E. coli O157:H7 isolated in Northern Ireland using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE)

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    Watabe, Miyuki; Hogg, Graham M; Millar, B Cherie; Crothers, Lester; Rooney, Paul J; Loughrey, Anne; Goldsmith, Colin E; McMahon, M Ann S; McDowell, David A; Moore, John E

    2008-01-01

    In Northern Ireland over the last 7 years, there is a mean of 41.9 laboratory reports per annum of human gastrointestinal infection (range 19-54) caused by Escherichia coli O157:H7. In the preceding years 1992-1996, reports were 5.4 per annum, whereas in 1997-2000, reports increased from 30 to 54 per annum. This high level has continued on an annual basis to date. The aim of this study was therefore to retrospectively examine this period of exponential increase in reports to help ascertain the genetic relatedness of strains employing pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), as no data on the molecular epidemiology of E. coli O157:H7 in Northern Ireland has yet been published. Clinical isolates (n=84) were PFGE typed employing Xba I digestion and resulting band profiles demonstrated the presence of 13, 9 and 16 clonal types, for 1997, 1998 and 1999, respectively. In 1998, five clonal types remained from 1997 with the introduction of 4 new clonal types, whereas in 1999, 10 new clonal types were observed, accounting for over half (58%) of the E. coli O157 isolates for that year. These data suggest that, unlike gastrointestinal infections due to thermophilic campylobacters, there was considerable genetic evolution of PFGE clonal types of E. coli O157, through the displacement and emergence of genotypes. Further studies are now required to find the environmental reservoirs of these common clonal types of clinical E. coli O157:H7 in Northern Ireland to help define sources and routes of transmission of this infection locally. PMID:18956798

  6. Assessment of Genotypic Diversity of Antibiotic-Producing Pseudomonas Species in the Rhizosphere by Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis

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    Bergsma-Vlami, M.; Prins, M. E.; Staats, M.; Raaijmakers, J. M.

    2005-01-01

    The genotypic diversity of antibiotic-producing Pseudomonas spp. provides an enormous resource for identifying strains that are highly rhizosphere competent and superior for biological control of plant diseases. In this study, a simple and rapid method was developed to determine the presence and genotypic diversity of 2,4-diacetylphloroglucinol (DAPG)-producing Pseudomonas strains in rhizosphere samples. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) of 350-bp fragments of phlD, a key gene involved in DAPG biosynthesis, allowed discrimination between genotypically different phlD+ reference strains and indigenous isolates. DGGE analysis of the phlD fragments provided a level of discrimination between phlD+ genotypes that was higher than the level obtained by currently used techniques and enabled detection of specific phlD+ genotypes directly in rhizosphere samples with a detection limit of approximately 5 × 103 CFU/g of root. DGGE also allowed simultaneous detection of multiple phlD+ genotypes present in mixtures in rhizosphere samples. DGGE analysis of 184 indigenous phlD+ isolates obtained from the rhizospheres of wheat, sugar beet, and potato plants resulted in the identification of seven phlD+ genotypes, five of which were not described previously based on sequence and phylogenetic analyses. Subsequent bioassays demonstrated that eight genotypically different phlD+ genotypes differed substantially in the ability to colonize the rhizosphere of sugar beet seedlings. Collectively, these results demonstrated that DGGE analysis of the phlD gene allows identification of new genotypic groups of specific antibiotic-producing Pseudomonas with different abilities to colonize the rhizosphere of sugar beet seedlings. PMID:15691958

  7. Genotoxicity of chlorpyrifos in freshwater fish Labeo rohita using Alkaline Single-cell Gel Electrophoresis (Comet) assay.

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    Ismail, Muhammad; Khan, Qaiser Mahmood; Ali, Rahat; Ali, Tayyaba; Mobeen, Ameena

    2014-10-01

    Chlorpyrifos is a widely used insecticide of organophosphate group, which causes severe toxicological effects in non target aquatic organisms especially in fish. In the present study the genotoxic effects of sublethal concentrations of chlorpyrifos were observed in the erythrocytes and gill cells of Labeo rohita (commonly known as rohu) using the Alkaline Single-Cell Gel Electrophoresis (Comet) assay. Effects of chlorpyrifos on the behavior of the fish were also investigated. The 96 h LC50 value of chlorpyrifos, estimated by Trimmed Spearman-Karber (TSK) in static bioassay, was found to be 442.8 µg/L. On the basis of LC50 value, the fish were exposed to three sublethal concentrations of chlorpyrifos (SL-I ∼221.4 µg/L, SL- II ∼110.7 µg/L and SL-III ∼73.8 µg/L) for 96 h. Blood and gill samples were collected at every 24 h and were subjected to the Comet assay. The observed DNA damage was concentration dependent and time dependent and those levels of DNA damage in between the tested concentrations and times were significantly different (p < 0.01). It was also found that the gill cells are more sensitive to chlorpyrifos, though; it revealed more DNA damage as compared to the erythrocytes of fish. Fish exposed to different concentrations of chlorpyrifos showed different neurotoxic behavioral responses. It was concluded that chlorpyrifos is a genotoxic and neurotoxic insecticide causing DNA damage and neurotoxic effects in Labeo rohita. PMID:24524247

  8. Evaluation of the taxonomic utility of six-enzyme pulsed-field gel electrophoresis in reconstructing Salmonella subspecies phylogeny.

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    Trujillo, Socrates; Keys, Christine E; Brown, Eric W

    2011-01-01

    Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) remains an important tool in the molecular epidemiological evaluation of strains emerging from disease outbreak clusters. Recent studies of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella Enteritidis have noted marked improvements in the discriminatory power of PFGE when combining band profiles from up to six restriction enzyme datasets into a single concatenated analysis. This approach has provided more accurate assignments of genetic relationships among closely related strains and allowed effective phylogenetic inference of host and geographical reservoirs. Although this approach enhances epidemiological congruence among closely related strains, it remains unclear to what extent six-enzyme PFGE pattern similarity reiterates evolutionary relatedness among more distantly related Salmonella strains (i.e., serovar or subspecies levels). Here, taxonomic accuracy of six-enzyme PFGE is tested phylogenetically across two distinct Salmonella enterica populations-Salmonella reference collection B (SARB), representing the breadth of taxonomic diversity of S. enterica subspecies I only, and Salmonella reference collection C (SARC), comprising the seven disparate subspecies of S. enterica plus S. bongori. Cladistic analysis of SAR strains revealed substantial polyphyly between the two strain collections such that numerous SARB strains clustered more closely with diverged SARC subspecies rather than with other members of subspecies I. Also, in several cases, SARC sibling strains from the same subspecies were evolutionary obscured-broken into distant locales on the most parsimonious six-enzyme trees. Genetic diversity among SARB and SARC strains was comparable at 45% and 47%, respectively, while congruence testing revealed discordance among individual enzyme datasets. While six-enzyme PFGE is effective in ascertaining accurate genetic relationships for more closely related strains (e.g., strains within the same serovar), reconstitution of evolutionarily meaningful strain groupings may be elusive for Salmonella at the serovar level and above. Thus, caution is warranted when applying PFGE with a limited number of enzymes as the primary phylogenetic marker in these instances. PMID:20959148

  9. Comparative two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of the salivary proteome of children with autism spectrum disorder

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    Ngounou Wetie, Armand G; Wormwood, Kelly L; Charette, Laci; Ryan, Jeanne P; Woods, Alisa G; Darie, Costel C

    2015-01-01

    In the last decades, prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been on the rise. However, clear aetiology is still elusive and improvements in early diagnosis are needed. To uncover possible biomarkers present in ASD, we used two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and nanoliquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (nanoLC-MS/MS), to compare salivary proteome profiling of children with ASD and controls. A total of 889 spots were compared and only those spots with a fold change ≥1.7 and a P-value <0.05 or a fold change of ≥3.0 between ASD cases and controls were analysed by nanoLC-MS/MS. Alpha-amylase, CREB-binding protein, p532, Transferrin, Zn alpha2 glycoprotein, Zymogen granule protein 16, cystatin D and plasminogen were down-regulated in ASD. Increased expression of proto-oncogene Frequently rearranged in advanced T-cell lymphomas 1 (FRAT1), Kinesin family member 14, Integrin alpha6 subunit, growth hormone regulated TBC protein 1, parotid secretory protein, Prolactin-inducible protein precursor, Mucin-16, Ca binding protein migration inhibitory factor-related protein 14 (MRP14) was observed in individuals with ASD. Many of the identified proteins have previously been linked to ASD or were proposed as risk factors of ASD at the genetic level. Some others are involved in pathological pathways implicated in ASD causality such as oxidative stress, lipid and cholesterol metabolism, immune system disturbances and inflammation. These data could contribute to protein signatures for ASD presence, risk and subtypes, and advance understanding of ASD cause as well as provide novel treatment targets for ASD. PMID:26290361

  10. Association of Streptomyces community composition determined by PCR-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis with indoor mold status

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    Johansson, Elisabet; Reponen, Tiina; Meller, Jarek; Vesper, Stephen; Yadav, Jagjit

    2014-01-01

    Both Streptomyces species and mold species have previously been isolated from moisture-damaged building materials; however, an association between these two groups of microorganisms in indoor environments is not clear. In this study we used a culture-independent method, PCR denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (PCR-DGGE) to investigate the composition of the Streptomyces community in house dust. Twenty-three dust samples each from two sets of homes categorized as high-mold and low-mold based on mold specific quantitative PCR-analysis were used in the study. Taxonomic identification of prominent bands was performed by cloning and sequencing. Associations between DGGE amplicon band intensities and home mold status were assessed using univariate analyses, as well as multivariate recursive partitioning (decision trees) to test the predictive value of combinations of bands intensities. In the final classification tree, a combination of two bands was significantly associated with mold status of the home (p = 0.001). The sequence corresponding to one of the bands in the final decision tree matched a group of Streptomyces species that included S. coelicolor and S. sampsonii, both of which have been isolated from moisture-damaged buildings previously. The closest match for the majority of sequences corresponding to a second band consisted of a group of Streptomyces species that included S. hygroscopicus, an important producer of antibiotics and immunosuppressors. Taken together, the study showed that DGGE can be a useful tool for identifying bacterial species that may be more prevalent in mold-damaged buildings. PMID:25331035

  11. Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis-based analysis provides global insights into the cotton ovule and fiber proteomes.

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    Jin, Xiang; Wang, Limin; He, Liping; Feng, Weiqiang; Wang, Xuchu

    2016-02-01

    Proteomic analysis of upland cotton was performed to profile the global detectable proteomes of ovules and fibers using two-dimensional electrophoresis (2DE). A total of 1,203 independent protein spots were collected from representative 2DE gels, which were digested with trypsin and identified by matrix-assisted laser desorption and ionization-time-offlight/ time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF/TOF) mass spectrometry. The mass spectrometry or tandem mass spectrometry (MS or MS/MS) data were then searched against a local database constructed from Gossypium hirsutum genome sequences, resulting in successful identification of 975 protein spots (411 for ovules and 564 for fibers). Functional annotation analysis of the 975 identified proteins revealed that ovule-specific proteins were mainly enriched in functions related to fatty acid elongation, sulfur amino acid metabolism and post-replication repair, while fiber-specific proteins were enriched in functions related to root hair elongation, galactose metabolism and D-xylose metabolic processes. Further annotation analysis of the most abundant protein spots showed that 28.96% of the total proteins in the ovule were mainly located in the Golgi apparatus, endoplasmic reticulum, mitochondrion and ribosome, whereas in fibers, 27.02% of the total proteins were located in the cytoskeleton, nuclear envelope and cell wall. Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) analyses of the ovule-specific protein spots P61, P93 and P198 and fiber-specific protein spots 230, 477 and 511 were performed to validate the proteomics data. Protein-protein interaction network analyses revealed very different network cluster patterns between ovules and fibers. This work provides the largest protein identification dataset of 2DE-detectable proteins in cotton ovules and fibers and indicates potentially important roles of tissue-specific proteins, thus providing insights into the cotton ovule and fiber proteomes on a global scale. PMID:26803300

  12. Comparative two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of the salivary proteome of children with autism spectrum disorder.

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    Ngounou Wetie, Armand G; Wormwood, Kelly L; Charette, Laci; Ryan, Jeanne P; Woods, Alisa G; Darie, Costel C

    2015-11-01

    In the last decades, prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been on the rise. However, clear aetiology is still elusive and improvements in early diagnosis are needed. To uncover possible biomarkers present in ASD, we used two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and nanoliquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (nanoLC-MS/MS), to compare salivary proteome profiling of children with ASD and controls. A total of 889 spots were compared and only those spots with a fold change ≥1.7 and a P-value <0.05 or a fold change of ≥3.0 between ASD cases and controls were analysed by nanoLC-MS/MS. Alpha-amylase, CREB-binding protein, p532, Transferrin, Zn alpha2 glycoprotein, Zymogen granule protein 16, cystatin D and plasminogen were down-regulated in ASD. Increased expression of proto-oncogene Frequently rearranged in advanced T-cell lymphomas 1 (FRAT1), Kinesin family member 14, Integrin alpha6 subunit, growth hormone regulated TBC protein 1, parotid secretory protein, Prolactin-inducible protein precursor, Mucin-16, Ca binding protein migration inhibitory factor-related protein 14 (MRP14) was observed in individuals with ASD. Many of the identified proteins have previously been linked to ASD or were proposed as risk factors of ASD at the genetic level. Some others are involved in pathological pathways implicated in ASD causality such as oxidative stress, lipid and cholesterol metabolism, immune system disturbances and inflammation. These data could contribute to protein signatures for ASD presence, risk and subtypes, and advance understanding of ASD cause as well as provide novel treatment targets for ASD. PMID:26290361

  13. Chromosome geometry and intraspecific genetic polymorphism in Gram-positive bacteria revealed by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis.

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    Leblond, P; Decaris, B

    1998-04-01

    Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) proved to be a powerful approach to study bacterial genomics. The genome structure and genetic polymorphism of Gram-positive bacteria from the high G+C (Streptomyces) and low G+C (Streptococcus) groups have been studied. PFGE allowed the estimation of the size of their genome at about 8 Mbp and 1.8 Mbp, respectively, and to get an insight into their chromosome geometry. Thus, physical mapping of the genome of wild-type Streptomyces ambofaciens strains revealed the linearity of the 8 Mbp chromosomal DNA and its typical invertron structure, while the 1.8 Mbp chromosome of Streptococcus thermophilus was shown to be circular. These findings disproved the long-standing idea of universality of bacterial chromosome circularity. In addition, strains belonging to the species S. ambofaciens and S. thermophilus allowed us to characterize the genetic polymorphism at the intraspecific level. Within the S. thermophilus species, comparison of the physical maps showed a relative conservation of gene order as well as restriction sites along the chromosome. In contrast, variable loci were characterized that revealed localized genome rearrangements. The most spectacular of these corresponded to horizontal gene transfer events of sequences. In S. ambofaciens, the physical maps of three isolates pointed to the conservation of the genetic organization. However, a strong polymorphism was observed in the terminal regions of the linear chromosomal DNA. Previous PFGE studies in S. ambofaciens gave proof of a high structural instability of a limited region of the chromosome called unstable region (i.e., DNA rearrangements such as deletions and amplifications). These intraclonal rearrangements create an impressive intraspecific polymorphism of genome size and shape (linear or circular). In both organisms, the DNA rearrangements are restricted to particular regions of the chromosome. PMID:9588806

  14. Protein composition of wheat gluten polymer fractions determined by quantitative two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and tandem mass spectrometry

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    2014-01-01

    Background Certain wheat gluten proteins form large protein polymers that are extractable in 0.5% SDS only after sonication. Although there is a strong relationship between the amounts of these polymers in the flour and bread-making quality, the protein components of these polymers have not been thoroughly investigated. Results Flour proteins from the US bread wheat Butte 86 were extracted in 0.5% SDS using a two-step procedure with and without sonication. Proteins were further separated by size exclusion chromatography (SEC) into monomeric and polymeric fractions and analyzed by quantitative two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE). When proteins in select 2-DE spots were identified by tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS), overlapping spots from the different protein fractions often yielded different identifications. Most high-molecular-weight glutenin subunits (HMW-GS) and low-molecular-weight glutenin subunits (LMW-GS) partitioned into the polymer fractions, while most gliadins were found in the monomer fractions. The exceptions were alpha, gamma and omega gliadins containing odd numbers of cysteine residues. These proteins were detected in all fractions, but comprised the largest proportion of the SDS-extractable polymer fraction. Several types of non-gluten proteins also were found in the polymer fractions, including serpins, triticins and globulins. All three types were found in the largest proportions in the SDS-extractable polymer fraction. Conclusions This is the first study to report the accumulation of gliadins containing odd numbers of cysteine residues in the SDS-extractable glutenin polymer fraction, supporting the hypothesis that these gliadins serve as chain terminators of the polymer chains. These data make it possible to formulate hypotheses about how protein composition influences polymer size and structure and provide a foundation for future experiments aimed at determining how environment affects glutenin polymer distribution. In addition, the analysis revealed additional layers of complexity to the wheat flour proteome that should be considered when evaluating quantitative 2-DE data. PMID:24517725

  15. Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis characterization of Listeria monocytogenes isolates from cheese manufacturing plants in São Paulo, Brazil.

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    Barancelli, Giovana V; Camargo, Tarsila M; Gagliardi, Natália G; Porto, Ernani; Souza, Roberto A; Campioni, Fabio; Falcão, Juliana P; Hofer, Ernesto; Cruz, Adriano G; Oliveira, Carlos A F

    2014-03-01

    This study aimed to evaluate the occurrence of Listeria monocytogenes in cheese and in the environment of three small-scale dairy plants (A, B, C) located in the Northern region state of São Paulo, Brazil, and to characterize the isolates using conventional serotyping and PFGE. A total of 393 samples were collected and analyzed from October 2008 to September 2009. From these, 136 came from dairy plant A, where only L. seeligeri was isolated. In dairy plant B, 136 samples were analyzed, and L. innocua, L. seeligeri and L. welshimeri were isolated together with L. monocytogenes. In dairy plant C, 121 samples were analyzed, and L. monocytogenes and L. innocua were isolated. Cheese from dairy plants B and C were contaminated with Listeria spp, with L. innocua being found in Minas frescal cheese from both dairy plants, and L. innocua and L. monocytogenes in Prato cheese from dairy plant C. A total of 85 L. monocytogenes isolates were classified in 3 serotypes: 1/2b, 1/2c, and 4b, with predominance of serotype 4b in both dairy plants. The 85 isolates found in the dairy plants were characterized by genomic macrorestriction using ApaI and AscI with Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE). Macrorestriction yielded 30 different pulsotypes. The presence of indistinguishable profiles repeatedly isolated during a 12-month period indicated the persistence of L. monocytogenes in dairy plants B and C, which were more than 100 km away from each other. Brine used in dairy plant C contained more than one L. monocytogenes lineage. The routes of contamination were identified in plants B and C, and highlighted the importance of using molecular techniques and serotyping to track L. monocytogenes sources of contamination, distribution, and routes of contamination in dairy plants, and to develop improved control strategies for L. monocytogenes in dairy plants and dairy products. PMID:24412413

  16. Epidemiologic analysis of sporadic Salmonella typhi isolates and those from outbreaks by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis.

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    Thong, K L; Cheong, Y M; Puthucheary, S; Koh, C L; Pang, T

    1994-01-01

    Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) was used to compare and analyze 158 isolates of Salmonella typhi from five well-defined outbreaks of typhoid fever in Malaysia and also isolates involved in sporadic cases of typhoid fever occurring during the same period. Digestion of chromosomal DNAs from these S. typhi isolates with the restriction endonucleases XbaI (5'-TCTAGA-3'), SpeI (5'-ACTAGT-3'), and AvrII (5'-CCTAGG-3') and then PFGE produced restriction endonuclease analysis (REA) patterns consisting of 11 to 24 DNA fragments ranging in size from 20 to 630 kbp. Analysis of the REA patterns generated by PFGE after digestion with XbaI and SpeI indicated that the S. typhi isolates obtained from sporadic cases of infection were much more heterogeneous (at least 13 different REA patterns were detected; Dice coefficient, between 0.73 and 1.0) than those obtained during outbreaks of typhoid fever. The clonal nature and the close genetic identities of isolates from outbreaks in Alor Setar, Penang, Kota Kinabalu, Johor Bahru, and Kota Bahru were suggested by the fact that only a limited number of REA patterns, which mostly differed by only a single band, were detected (one to four patterns; Dice coefficient, between 0.82 and 1.0), although a different pattern was associated with each of these outbreaks. Comparison of REA patterns with ribotyping for 18 S. typhi isolates involved in sporadic cases of infection showed a good correlation, in that 72% of the isolates were in the same group. There was no clear correlation of phage types with a specific REA pattern. We conclude that PFGE of s. typhi chromosomal DNA digested with infrequently cutting restriction endonucleases is a useful method for comparing and differentiating S. typhi isolates for epidemiological purposes. Images PMID:7914202

  17. Comparison of multilocus sequence typing and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis for Salmonella spp. identification in surface water

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    Kuo, Chun Wei; Hao Huang, Kuan; Hsu, Bing Mu; Tsai, Hsien Lung; Tseng, Shao Feng; Kao, Po Min; Shen, Shu Min; Chou Chiu, Yi; Chen, Jung Sheng

    2013-04-01

    Salmonella is one of the most important pathogens of waterborne diseases with outbreaks from contaminated water reported worldwide. In addition, Salmonella spp. can survive for long periods in aquatic environments. To realize genotypes and serovars of Salmonella in aquatic environments, we isolated the Salmonella strains by selective culture plates to identify the serovars of Salmonella by serological assay, and identify the genotypes by Multilocus sequence typing (MLST) based on the sequence data from University College Cork (UCC), respectively. The results show that 36 stream water samples (30.1%) and 18 drinking water samples (23.3%) were confirmed the existence of Salmonella using culture method combined PCR specific invA gene amplification. In this study, 24 cultured isolates of Salmonella from water samples were classified to fifteen Salmonella enterica serovars. In addition, we construct phylogenetic analysis using phylogenetic tree and Minimum spanning tree (MST) method to analyze the relationship of clinical, environmental, and geographical data. Phylogenetic tree showed that four main clusters and our strains can be distributed in all. The genotypes of isolates from stream water are more biodiversity while comparing the Salmonella strains genotypes from drinking water sources. According to MST data, we can found the positive correlation between serovars and genotypes of Salmonella. Previous studies revealed that the result of Pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) method can predict the serovars of Salmonella strain. Hence, we used the MLST data combined phylogenetic analysis to identify the serovars of Salmonella strain and achieved effectiveness. While using the geographical data combined phylogenetic analysis, the result showed that the dominant strains were existed in whole stream area in rainy season. Keywords: Salmonella spp., MLST, phylogenetic analysis, PFGE

  18. Analysis of Herpesvirus sylvilagus-induced proteins in infected rabbit kidney cells by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis.

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    Cohrs, R; Rouhandeh, H

    1987-01-01

    Two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis showed that structural virus proteins (VP) were first synthesized in the following time course: VP9 and VP16 during the pulse-labeling period 2-4 h postinfection; VP5 (the major capsid protein), VP23, VP25, and VP39 during the pulse-labeling period 4-6 h postinfection, VP10 and VP41 during the pulse-labeling period 6-8 h postinfection, and VP12 and VP34 during the pulse-labeling period 8-10 h postinfection. Once synthesis began, all of the virus-induced structural proteins, except VP23, were synthesized during the remainder of the one-step virus growth cycle. Synthesis of a nonstructural 45-kilodalton (Kd) virus-induced protein complex began 4-6 h postinfection and continued for the next 20 h. The complex was resolved into two sets of spots, designated the A and B series. The A series consisted of 7 species of proteins with a molecular weight of 45 Kd ranging in isoelectric points from 6.16 to 5.90. The B series consisted of 4 species having a molecular weight of 43.5 Kd and an isoelectric point identical to the homologous protein in the A series. One immediate-early virus-induced protein (VIP115) was identified. Early events in virus infection include selective inhibition of the host protein hgl, glycosylation, and the synthesis of the 45- and 48-Kd virus-induced glycoprotein complexes. The D/E virus-induced protein doublet is synthesized from the infecting virus genome, but its glycosylation is dependent on viral DNA replication. PMID:3449475

  19. Diversity and dynamics of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in cheese as determined by PCR denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis.

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    Flórez, Ana Belén; Mayo, Baltasar

    2015-12-01

    This work reports the composition and succession of tetracycline- and erythromycin-resistant bacterial communities in a model cheese, monitored by polymerase chain reaction denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (PCR-DGGE). Bacterial 16S rRNA genes were examined using this technique to detect structural changes in the cheese microbiota over manufacturing and ripening. Total bacterial genomic DNA, used as a template, was extracted from cultivable bacteria grown without and with tetracycline or erythromycin (both at 25 μg ml(-1)) on a non-selective medium used for enumeration of total and viable cells (Plate Count agar with Milk; PCA-M), and from those grown on selective and/or differential agar media used for counting various bacterial groups; i.e., lactic acid bacteria (de Man, Rogosa and Sharpe agar; MRSA), micrococci and staphylococci (Baird-Parker agar; BPA), and enterobacteria (Violet Red Bile Glucose agar; VRBGA). Large numbers of tetracycline- and erythromycin-resistant bacteria were detected in cheese samples at all stages of ripening. Counts of antibiotic-resistant bacteria varied widely depending on the microbial group and the point of sampling. In general, resistant bacteria were 0.5-1.0 Log10 units fewer in number than the corresponding susceptible bacteria. The PCR-DGGE profiles obtained with DNA isolated from the plates for total bacteria and the different bacterial groups suggested Escherichia coli, Lactococcus lactis, Enterococcus faecalis and Staphylococcus spp. as the microbial types resistant to both antibiotics tested. This study shows the suitability of the PCR-DGGE technique for rapidly identifying and tracking antibiotic resistant populations in cheese and, by extension, in other foods. PMID:26241491

  20. Microscale 2D separation systems for proteomic analysis

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    Xu, Xin; Liu, Ke; Fan, Z. Hugh

    2012-01-01

    Microscale 2D separation systems have been implemented in capillaries and microfabricated channels. They offer advantages of faster analysis, higher separation efficiency and less sample consumption than the conventional methods, such as liquid chromatography (LC) in a column and slab gel electrophoresis. In this article, we review their recent advancement, focusing on three types of platforms, including 2D capillary electrophoresis (CE), CE coupling with capillary LC, and microfluidic devices. A variety of CE and LC modes have been employed to construct 2D separation systems via sophistically designed interfaces. Coupling of different separation modes has also been realized in a number of microfluidic devices. These separation systems have been applied for the proteomic analysis of various biological samples, ranging from a single cell to tumor tissues. PMID:22462786

  1. A quantitative analysis of 2-D gels identifies proteins in which labeling is increased following long-term sensitization in Aplysia

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    Castellucci, V.F.; Kennedy, T.E.; Kandel, E.R.; Goelet, P. )

    1988-06-01

    Long-term memory for sensitization of the gill- and siphon-withdrawal reflex in Aplysia, produced by 4 days of training, is associated with increased synaptic efficacy of the connection between the sensory and motor neurons. This training is also accompanied by neuronal growth; there is an increase in the number of synaptic varicosities per sensory neuron and in the number of active zones. Such structural changes may be due to changes in the rates of synthesis of certain proteins. We have searched for proteins in which the rates of ({sup 35}S)methionine labeling are altered during the maintenance phase of long-term memory for sensitization by using computer-assisted quantitative 2-D gel analysis. This method has allowed us to detect 4 proteins in which labeling is altered after 4 days of sensitization training.

  2. High-resolution separation and accurate size determination in pulsed-field gel electrophoresis of DNA. 4. Influence of DNA topology

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    Mathew, M.K.; Hui, Chofat; Smith, C.L.; Cantor, C.R. )

    1988-12-27

    Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis is a powerful technique for the fractionation of linear DNA molecules with sizes above 50 kilobase pairs (kb). Here it is demonstrated that this technique is also effective for separating smaller DNAs including linear, circular, and supercoiled species. The mobilities of linear DNAs larger than 8 kb can be modulated by pulse times between 0.1 and 100 s. The mobility of supercoiled DNA molecules up to 16 kb is generally unaffected by these pulse times except that 10-s pulse times cause a small but distinct increase in the mobility. The general insensitivity of small supercoiled DNAs to pulse time presumably occurs because these species reorient so rapidly that they spend most of their time undergoing conventional electrophoresis. However, the mobilities of larger supercoiled DNAs are affected by pulse times of less than 1 s, and at 0.1 s the molecules are better resolved by pulsed electrophoresis than by ordinary electrophoresis. The mobility of 3-19 kb nicked and relaxed circular DNA molecules is also affected by pulse time but in a complex way.

  3. Affinity gel electrophoresis of nucleic acids. Specific base- and shape-selective separation of DNA and RNA on polyacrylamide-nucleobase conjugated gel.

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    Yashima, E; Suehiro, N; Miyauchi, N; Akashi, M

    1993-11-12

    Two types of affinity gels consisting of cross-linked polyacrylamide and affinity ligands possessing nucleic acid bases were prepared. One type of gel was polyacrylamide-poly(vinylnucleobase) conjugated gel, where the poly(vinylnucleobase) such as poly(9-vinyladenine) (PVAd) bearing a nucleobase in the side-chain was entrapped in the gel matrix. The other type of gel, in which a nucleobase such as adenine is chemically bonded to polyacrylamide gel, was prepared by copolymerization of acrylamide, cross-linker and 9-vinyladenine. These affinity gels, especially the former, demonstrated characteristic nucleobase- and shape-selective separation of nucleic acids. The gels showed high affinity for single-stranded DNA and both single- and double-stranded polynucleotides and could separate a double-stranded DNA in mixtures of double-stranded DNA and polynucleotides. The electrophoretic mobilities of poly(uridylic acid) and poly(inosinic acid) were selectively retarded even in the presence of 7 M urea. The electrophoretic behaviours of nucleic acids on the polyacrylamide-PVAd conjugated gels were compared with those on the agarose-PVAd conjugated gel. The effects of urea, temperature and concentration of PVAd were also examined. The polyacrylamide-PVAd conjugated gel served to elucidate interactions between PVAd and nucleic acids that could not be detected by usual spectroscopic methods. PMID:7506105

  4. Internal amino acid sequence analysis of proteins separated by one- or two-dimensional gel electrophoresis after in situ protease digestion on nitrocellulose.

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    Aebersold, R H; Leavitt, J; Saavedra, R A; Hood, L E; Kent, S B

    1987-01-01

    We have developed a general two-step method for obtaining peptide fragments for sequence analysis from picomole quantities of proteins separated by gel electrophoresis. After separation by one- or two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, proteins are electrophoretically transferred (electroblotted) onto nitrocellulose, the protein-containing regions are detected by reversible staining and are cut out, and each protein is digested in situ by proteolytic enzymes such as trypsin or staphylococcal V-8 protease. The resulting peptide fragments are separated by narrow-bore reverse-phase HPLC, collected, and sequenced in a gas-phase sequenator. Excellent peptide recoveries and the absence of extraneous contaminants in the separation of the peptide fragment mixture allow the generation of extensive internal sequence information from picomole amounts of protein. The method thus overcomes the problem of obtaining amino acid sequence data from N-terminally blocked proteins and provides multiple, independent stretches of sequence that can be used to generate oligonucleotide probes for molecular cloning and/or used to search sequence data bases for related proteins. This method has been successfully applied to the routine amino acid sequence analysis of a wide range of proteins isolated from one- and two-dimensional polyacrylamide gels. Images PMID:3313383

  5. High-resolution separation and accurate size determination in pulsed-field gel electrophoresis of DNA. 1. DNA size standards and the effect of agarose and temperature

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    Mathew, M.K.; Smith, C.L.; Cantor, C.R. )

    1988-12-27

    Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PGF) subjects DNA alternately to two electrical fields to resolve DNA ranging from 10,000 base pairs (10 kb) to 10,000 kb in size. The separations are quite sensitive to a variety of experimental variables. This makes it critical to have a wide range of reliable size standards. A technique is described for preparing mixtures of bacteriophage DNA oligomers that span a size range from monomer to more than 30-mer. The relationship between size and mobility of oligomers of different bacteriophage DNA monomers is generally self-consistent. Thus, these samples can serve as primary length standards for DNAs ranging from 10 kb to more than 1,500 kb. They have been used to estimate the size of the chromosomal DNAs from various Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains and to test the effect of gel concentration and temperature on PFG. DNA resolution during PFG is slightly improved in agarose gels with small pore sizes, in contrast to continuous electrophoresis where the opposite is observed. PFG mobility is surprisingly sensitive to changes in the running temperature.

  6. Metabolic activation of herbicide products by Vicia faba detected in human peripheral lymphocytes using alkaline single cell gel electrophoresis.

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    Calderón-Segura, María Elena; Gómez-Arroyo, Sandra; Molina-Alvarez, Bertha; Villalobos-Pietrini, Rafael; Calderón-Ezquerro, Carmen; Cortés-Eslava, Josefina; Valencia-Quintana, Pedro Rafael; López-González, Lucina; Zúñiga-Reyes, Rubén; Sánchez-Rincón, José

    2007-09-01

    Ametryn and metribuzin S-triazines derivatives and EPTC thiocarbamate are herbicides used extensively in Mexican agriculture, for example in crops such as corn, sugar cane, tomato, wheat, and beans. The present study evaluated the DNA damage and cytotoxic effects of three herbicides after metabolism by Vicia faba roots in human peripheral lymphocytes using akaline single cell gel electrophoresis. Three parameters were scored as indicators of DNA damage: tail length, percentage of cells with DNA damage (with comet), and level DNA damage. The lymphocytes were treated for 2 h with 0.5-5.0 microg/ml ametryn or metribuzin and 1.5-10 microg/ml EPTC. Lymphocytes also were coincubated for 2 h with 20 microl V. faba roots extracts that had been treated for 4 h with 50-500 mg/l of the two triazines or with the thiocarbamate herbicide or with ethanol (3600 mg/l), as positive control. The lymphocytes treated with three pesticides without in vivo metabolic activation by V. faba root did not show significant differences in the mean values between genotoxic parameters compared with negative control. But when human cells were exposed to three herbicides after they had been metabolized the frequency of cell comet, tail length and level DNA damage all increased. At highest concentrations of the three herbicides produced severe DNA damage compared with S10 fraction and negative control. The linear regression analysis of the tail length values of three herbicides indicated that there was genotoxic effect concentration-response relationship with ametryn and ametribuzin but no EPTC. The ethanol induced major increase DNA damage compared with S10 fraction and the three pesticides. There were not effects in cell viability with treatment EPTC and metribuzin whether or not it had been metabolized. High concentrations of ametryn alone and after it had been metabolized decreased cell viability compared with the negative control. The results demonstrated that the three herbicides needed to be activated by the V. faba root metabolism to produce DNA damage in human peripheral lymphocyte. The alkaline comet technique is a rapid and sensitive assay, to quickly evaluate DNA damage the metabolic activation of herbicide products by V. faba root in human cells in vitro. PMID:17482794

  7. Shigella sonnei biotype g carrying class 2 integrons in southern Italy: a retrospective typing study by pulsed field gel electrophoresis

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    Mammina, Caterina; Aleo, Aurora; Romani, Cristina; Nastasi, Antonino

    2006-01-01

    Background Emergence and global dissemination of multiresistant strains of enteric pathogens is a very concerning problem from both epidemiological and Public Health points of view. Shigella sonnei is the serogroup of Shigella most frequently responsible for sporadic and epidemic enteritis in developed countries. The dissemination is associated most often to human to human transmission, but foodborne episodes have also been described. In recent years the circulation of multiresistant strains of S. sonnei biotype g carrying a class 2 integron has been reported in many countries worldwide. In southern Italy a strain with similar properties has been responsible for a large community outbreak occurred in 2003 in Palermo, Sicily. The objective of this study was to date the emergence of the biotype g strain carrying the class 2 integron in southern Italy and to evaluate the genetic heterogeneity of biotype g S. sonnei isolated throughout an extended interval of time. Methods A total of 31 clinical isolates of S. sonnei biotype g identified in southern Italy during the years 1971–2000 were studied. The strains were identified at the serogroup level, characterized by biochemical tests and submitted to antimicrobial susceptibility testing. Molecular typing was performed by pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) after digestion of DNA by XbaI. Carriage of class 2 integrons was investigated by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) with specific primers and confirmed by restriction endonuclease analysis of amplicons. Results The 15 isolates of S. sonnei biotype g identified in the decade 1971–1980 showed highly heterogeneous drug resistance profiles and pulsotypes. None of the isolates was simultaneous resistant to streptomycin and trimethoprim and none was class 2 integron positive. On the contrary, this resistance phenotype and class 2 integron carriage were very common among the 16 strains of biotype g identified in the following two decades. Moreover, all the more recent isolates, but one, showed closely related pulsotypes. Conclusion Although our findings refer to a limited geographic area, they provide a snapshot of integron acquisition by an enteric pathogen responsible for several outbreaks in the years 2001–2003 in Italy. Molecular typing, indeed, suggests that the emergence of biotype g class 2 integron carrying S. sonnei in southern Italy should be backdated to at least the late 1980s. In the following decades, the circulation of biotype g appears to be sustained by multiresistant highly related strains. Similar trend are described in several countries, but the questions about mechanism of emergence and worldwide spread of this pathogen remain open. PMID:16846516

  8. Recent advances in preparative electrophoresis

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    Mosher, Richard A.; Thormann, Wolfgang; Egen, Ned B.; Couasnon, Pascal; Sammons, David W.

    1987-01-01

    Various approaches for preparative electrophoresis, and three new instruments for preparative electrophoresis are discussed. Consideration is given to isoelectric focusing, isotachophoresis, and zone electrophoresis, three gel-based electrophoresis methods. The design, functions, and performance of the Elphor VaP 21 device of Hannig (1982), the shear-stabilized BIOSTREAM separator of Thompson (1983), and the recycling isoelectric focusing device are described.

  9. Induction of DNA double-strand breaks by restriction enzymes in X-ray-sensitive mutant Chinese hamster ovary cells measured by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis

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    Kinashi, Yuko; Nagasawa, Hatsumi; Little, J.B.; Okayasu, Ryuichi; Iliakis, G.E.

    1995-02-01

    This investigation was designed to determine whether the cytotoxic effects of different restriction endonucleases are related to the number and type of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) they produce. Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) K1 and xrs-5 cells, a radiosensitive mutant of CHO K1, were exposed to restriction endonucleases HaeIII, HinfI, PvuII and BamHI by electroporation. These enzymes represent both blunt and sticky end cutters with differing recognition sequence lengths. The number of DSBs was measured by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). Two forms of PFGE were employed: asymmetric field-inversion gel electrophoresis (AFIGE) for measuring the kinetics of DNA breaks by enzyme digestion and clamped homogeneous gel electrophoresis (CHEF) for examining the size distributions of damaged DNA. The amount of DNA damage induced by exposure to all four restriction enzymes was significantly greater in xrs-5 compared to CHO K1 cells, consistent with the reported DSB repair deficiency in these cells. Since restriction endonucleases produce DSBs alone as opposed to the various types of DNA damage induced by X rays, these results confirm that the repair defect in this mutant involves the rejoining of DSBs. Although the cutting frequency was directly related to the length of the recognition sequence for four restriction enzymes, there was no simple correlation between the cytotoxic effect and the amount of DNA damage produced by each enzyme in either cell line. This finding suggests that the type or nature of the cutting sequence itself may play a role in restriction enzyme-induced cell killing. 32 refs., 6 figs., 3 tabs.

  10. Simplification and improvement of protein detection in two-dimensional electrophoresis gels with SERVA HPE™ lightning red.

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    Griebel, Anja; Obermaier, Christian; Westermeier, Reiner; Moche, Martin; Büttner, Knut

    2013-07-01

    A new fluorescent amino-reactive dye has been tested for both labelling proteins prior to electrophoretic separations and between the two steps of two-dimensional electrophoresis. A series of experiments showed, that the labelling of lysines with this dye is compatible with all standard additives used for sample preparation, including reducing substances and carrier ampholytes. Using this dye for pre-labelling considerably simplifies the electrophoresis and detection workflow and provides highly sensitive and quantitative visualisation of proteins. PMID:23786184

  11. Salmonella Cerro isolated over the past twenty years from various sources in the US represent a single predominant pulsed-field gel electrophoresis type.

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    Hoelzer, K; Cummings, K J; Wright, E M; Rodriguez-Rivera, L D; Roof, S E; Switt, A I Moreno; Dumas, N; Root, T; Schoonmaker-Bopp, D J; Grohn, Y T; Siler, J D; Warnick, L D; Hancock, D D; Davis, M A; Wiedmann, M

    2011-06-01

    Salmonella Cerro prevalence in US dairy cattle has increased significantly during the past decade. Comparison of 237 Salmonella isolates collected from various human and animal sources between 1986 and 2009 using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, antimicrobial resistance typing, and spvA screening, showed very limited genetic diversity, indicating clonality of this serotype. Improved subtyping methods are clearly needed to analyze the potential emergence of this serotype. Our results thus emphasize the critical importance of population-based pathogen surveillance for the detection and characterization of potentially emerging pathogens, and caution to critically evaluate the adequacy of diagnostic tests for a given study population and diagnostic application. PMID:21349663

  12. Salmonella Cerro isolated over the past twenty years from various sources in the US represent a single predominant Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis type

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    Hoelzer, K.; Cummings, K.J.; Wright, E.M.; Rodriguez-Rivera, L.D.; Roof, S.E.; Moreno Switt, A.I.; Dumas, N; Root, T.; Schoonmaker-Bopp, D.J.; Grohn, Y.T.; Siler, J.D.; Warnick, L.D.; Hancock, D.D.; Davis, M.A.; Wiedmann, M.

    2011-01-01

    Salmonella Cerro prevalence in US dairy cattle has increased significantly during the past decade. Comparison of 237 Salmonella isolates collected from various human and animal sources between 1986 and 2009 using pulsed- field gel electrophoresis, antimicrobial resistance typing, and spvA screening, showed very limited genetic diversity, indicating clonality of this serotype. Improved subtyping methods are clearly needed to analyze the potential emergence of this serotype. Our results thus emphasize the critical importance of population-based pathogen surveillance for the detection and characterization of potentially emerging pathogens, and caution to critically evaluate the adequacy of diagnostic tests for a given study population and diagnostic application. PMID:21349663

  13. A subtle calculation method for nanoparticle’s molar extinction coefficient: The gift from discrete protein-nanoparticle system on agarose gel electrophoresis

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    Zhong, Ruibo; Yuan, Ming; Gao, Haiyang; Bai, Zhijun; Guo, Jun; Zhao, Xinmin; Zhang, Feng

    2016-03-01

    Discrete biomolecule-nanoparticle (NP) conjugates play paramount roles in nanofabrication, in which the key is to get the precise molar extinction coefficient of NPs. By making best use of the gift from a specific separation phenomenon of agarose gel electrophoresis (GE), amphiphilic polymer coated NP with exact number of bovine serum albumin (BSA) proteins can be extracted and further experimentally employed to precisely calculate the molar extinction coefficient of the NPs. This method could further benefit the evaluation and extraction of any other dual-component NP-containing bio-conjugates.

  14. Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis Analysis of More than One Clinical Isolate of Campylobacter spp. from Each of 49 Patients in New Zealand

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    Robson, Beth; Lin, Susan; Scholes, Paula; On, Stephen

    2012-01-01

    Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) analysis demonstrated that while 76% of patients had only one genotype of campylobacter, 10% carried two different but related genotypes (Dice coefficients > 0.78), and 14% carried at least two unrelated genotypes (Dice coefficients < 0.65). This supports the clustering of Campylobacter isolates with similar PFGE patterns, highlights the need to analyze multiple isolates from both sources and patients, and confirms that caution should be exercised before epidemiological links between patients or sources are dismissed. PMID:22116155

  15. Emergence of a mutL mutation causing multilocus sequence typing-pulsed-field gel electrophoresis discrepancy among Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates from a cystic fibrosis patient.

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    García-Castillo, María; Máiz, Luis; Morosini, María-Isabel; Rodríguez-Baños, Mercedes; Suarez, Lucrecia; Fernández-Olmos, Ana; Baquero, Fernando; Cantón, Rafael; del Campo, Rosa

    2012-05-01

    A multilocus sequence type (MLST) shift (from ST242 to ST996) was detected in Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates with a uniform pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) pattern obtained from a chronically colonized patient. MLST mutational change involved the mutL gene with the consequent emergence of a hypermutable phenotype. This observation challenges the required neutrality of mutL as an appropriate marker in MLST and alerts researchers to the limitations of MLST-only-based population studies in chronic infections under constant antibiotic selective pressure. PMID:22322352

  16. Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate-Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis Protein Banding Patterns among Rhizobium leguminosarum biovar phaseoli Strains Isolated from the Mexican Bean Phaseolus coccineus

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    Arredondo-Peter, R.; Escamilla, E.

    1993-01-01

    Several rhizobial strains were isolated from Phaseolus coccineus root nodules and were determined to be Rhizobium leguminosarum biovar phaseoli strains after reinfection of the same host plant. These strains were characterized by cultural procedures (growth on different carbon sources and intrinsic antibiotic resistance) and electrophoretic procedures (sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of total proteins). Our results showed that these rhizobia are very similar to each other, especially in their electrophoretic protein banding patterns, suggesting that they might belong to isolated populations. Images PMID:16349098

  17. Two Electrophoresis Experiments for Freshmen in the Health Professions.

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    Brabson, G. Dana; Waugh, David S.

    1986-01-01

    Describes procedures involved with paper electrophoresis separation of amino acids, gel electrophoresis separation of DNA, and design of an electrophoresis tank. Describes experiments using paper (amino acids) and gel (deoxyribonucleic acid fragments). Provides material lists, procedures, and discussion. (JM)

  18. Solution-state 2D NMR of ball-milled plant cell wall gels in DMSO-d6/pyridine-d5†

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    Ralph, John

    2014-01-01

    NMR fingerprinting of the components of finely divided plant cell walls swelled in DMSO has been recently described. Cell wall gels, produced directly in the NMR tube with perdeutero-dimethylsulfoxide, allowed the acquisition of well resolved/dispersed 2D 13C–1H correlated solution-state NMR spectra of the entire array of wall polymers, without the need for component fractionation. That is, without actual solubilization, and without apparent structural modification beyond that inflicted by the ball milling and ultrasonication steps, satisfactorily interpretable spectra can be acquired that reveal compositional and structural details regarding the polysaccharide and lignin components in the wall. Here, the profiling method has been improved by using a mixture of perdeuterated DMSO and pyridine (4:1, v/v). Adding pyridine provided not only easier sample handling because of the better mobility compared to the DMSO-d6-only system but also considerably elevated intensities and improved resolution of the NMR spectra due to the enhanced swelling of the cell walls. This modification therefore provides a more rapid method for comparative structural evaluation of plant cell walls than is currently available. We examined loblolly pine (Pinus taeda, a gymnosperm), aspen (Populus tremuloides, an angiosperm), kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus, an herbaceous plant), and corn (Zea mays L., a grass, i.e., from the Poaceae family). In principle, lignin composition (notably, the syringyl : guaiacyl : p-hydroxyphenyl ratio) can be quantified without the need for lignin isolation. Correlations for p-coumarate units in the corn sample are readily seen, and a variety of the ferulate correlations are also well resolved; ferulates are important components responsible for cell wall cross-linking in grasses. Polysaccharide anomeric correlations were tentatively assigned for each plant sample based on standard samples and various literature data. With the new potential for chemometric analysis using the 2D NMR fingerprint, this gel-state method may provide the basis for an attractive approach to providing a secondary screen for selecting biomass lines and for optimizing biomass processing and conversion efficiencies. PMID:20090974

  19. Differential Single Nucleotide Polymorphism-Based Analysis of an Outbreak Caused by Salmonella enterica Serovar Manhattan Reveals Epidemiological Details Missed by Standard Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis

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    Scaltriti, Erika; Sassera, Davide; Comandatore, Francesco; Morganti, Marina; Mandalari, Carmen; Gaiarsa, Stefano; Bandi, Claudio; Zehender, Gianguglielmo; Bolzoni, Luca; Casadei, Gabriele

    2015-01-01

    We retrospectively analyzed a rare Salmonella enterica serovar Manhattan outbreak that occurred in Italy in 2009 to evaluate the potential of new genomic tools based on differential single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) analysis in comparison with the gold standard genotyping method, pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. A total of 39 isolates were analyzed from patients (n = 15) and food, feed, animal, and environmental sources (n = 24), resulting in five different pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) profiles. Isolates epidemiologically related to the outbreak clustered within the same pulsotype, SXB_BS.0003, without any further differentiation. Thirty-three isolates were considered for genomic analysis based on different sets of SNPs, core, synonymous, nonsynonymous, as well as SNPs in different codon positions, by Bayesian and maximum likelihood algorithms. Trees generated from core and nonsynonymous SNPs, as well as SNPs at the second and first plus second codon positions detailed four distinct groups of isolates within the outbreak pulsotype, discriminating outbreak-related isolates of human and food origins. Conversely, the trees derived from synonymous and third-codon-position SNPs clustered food and human isolates together, indicating that all outbreak-related isolates constituted a single clone, which was in line with the epidemiological evidence. Further experiments are in place to extend this approach within our regional enteropathogen surveillance system. PMID:25653407

  20. Lipovitellin-phosvitin crystals with orthorhombic features: thin-section electron microscopy, gel electrophoresis, and microanalysis in teleost and amphibian yolk platelets and a comparison with other vertebrates

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    Lange, R.H.; Richter, H.P.; Riehl, R.; Zierold, K.; Trandaburu, T.; Magdowski, G.

    1983-05-01

    Yolk-platelet crystals in the teleosts Pelvicachromis pulcher and Noemacheilus barbatulus and the amphibians Xenopus laevis, Rana temporaria, R. esculenta, and Triturus sp. have been studied by electron diffraction and imaging using a standardized processing (glutaraldehyde-osmium tetroxide fixation, glutaraldehyde-urea embedding, thin-section staining), by X-ray microanalysis, and sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of their constituents. The crystal lattice is orthorhombic having. Crystal images in the three axial projections point to the presence of space group P212121 (or an approximation of it since the lipovitellin dimers cannot be fully equivalent in some cases), to differences between the phosvitins of the two teleosts, and to a highly unusual stain exclusion from large crystal constituents interpreted as representing lipovitellin dimers. Microanalysis in ultrathin cryosections and other preparations revealed K and Cl to be the prominent ions in the crystals (and in the superficial layer of the platelet). Gel electrophoresis (including data of cyclostomes) showed considerable molecular variations despite a closely similar crystal architecture, emphasizing a physiological significance of the architecture, which may have remained conserved for nearly 400 million years according to paleontologic views.