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Additionally, a laminar flow hood is available for the sterile and dust-free manipulation of electrophoresis gels. Sonya Gebczynski, SeratecFrance.

A previously identified phosphorylation site in the recognition sequence is not the substrate for this crucial kinase activity, but rather contributes importantly to the tight interaction of the kinase with the channel. Native mass spectrometry MS encompasses methods to keep noncovalent interactions of biomolecular complexes intact in the gas phase throughout the instrument and to measure the mass-to-charge ratios of supramolecular complexes directly in the mass spectrometer.

Electrospray ionization ESI in nondenaturing conditions is now an established method to characterize noncovalent systems. However, so-called native MALDI approaches have so far been based on solid chromatographe, where the rapid transition of the sample through a solid state can engender the loss of native conformations.

Here we present a new method for native MS based on liquid deposits and MALDI ionization, unambiguously detecting intact noncovalent protein complexes by direct desorption from a liquid spot for the first time.

Screening through numerous matrix solutions to observe first jasse monomeric protein, then the dimer complex, we settled on a nondenaturing binary matrix solution composed of acidic and basic organic matrices in glycerol, which is stable in vacuo. The ;hase of temporal and spatial laser irradiation patterns was found to be critical. Both a protein-protein and a protein-ligand complex could be observed free of aggregation.

The human EAG1 potassium channel belongs to the superfamily of KCNH voltage-gated potassium channels that have roles in cardiac repolarization and neuronal excitability. We determined the binding properties of CaM with each one of three previously identified binding sites BDN, BDC1, and BDC2analyzed binding to protein stretches that include more than one site, and determined the effect of neighboring globular domains on the binding properties.

The determination of the crystal structure of CaM bound to BDC2 shows the channel fragment interacting with only the C lobe of calmodulin and gazwuse an unusual bent conformation.

Based on this structure and on a functional and biochemical analysis of mutants, we propose a model for the mechanism of inhibition whereby the local conformational change induced by CaM binding at BDC2 lies at the basis of channel modulation.

Protein modifications, whether chemically induced or post-translational PTMsplay an essential role for the biological activity of proteins. Understanding biological processes and alterations thereof will rely chromatoggaphie the quantification of these modifications on individual residues. Here we present SSPaQ, a subtractive method for the parallel quantification of the extent of modification at each possible site of a protein. The method combines uniform isotopic labeling and proteolysis with MS, followed by s;ectromtrie segmentation approach, a powerful tool to refine the quantification of the degree of modification of a peptide to a segment containing a single modifiable amino ce.

The strength of this strategy resides in: The SSPaQ gazeude was applied to quantify modifications resulting from the interaction of human phosphatidyl ethanolamine binding protein 1 hPEBP1couplw metastasis suppressor gene product, with locostatin, a covalent ligand and spectormtrie compound with demonstrated activity towards hPEBP1.

Locostatin is shown to react with several residues of the protein. SSPaQ can more generally be applied to induced modification in the context of drugs that covalently bind their target protein.

With an alternate front-end protocol, it could also be applied to the quantification of protein PTMs, provided a removal tool is available for that PTM. The development of rapid, sensitive, and accurate mass spectrometric methods for measuring peptides, proteins, and even intact protein assemblies has made mass spectrometry MS an extraordinarily enabling tool for structural biology.

Here, we provide a personal perspective of the increasingly useful role that mass spectrometric techniques are exerting during the elucidation of higher order protein structures. Areas covered in this brief perspective include MS as an enabling tool for the high resolution structural biologist, for compositional analysis of endogenous protein complexes, for stoichiometry determination, as well as for integrated approaches for the structural elucidation of protein complexes.

We conclude with a vision for the future role of MS-based techniques in the development of a multi-scale molecular microscope. Due to their central role in essential physiological processes, potassium channels are common targets for animal toxins.

These toxins in turn are of great value as tools for studying channel function and as lead compounds for drug development. Here, we used a direct toxin pull-down assay with immobilised KcsA potassium channel to isolate a novel KcsA-binding toxin called Tx from eastern green mamba snake Dendroaspis angusticeps venom. Sequencing of the toxin by Edman degradation and mass spectrometry revealed a 63 amino acid residue peptide with 4 disulphide bonds that belongs to the three-finger toxin family, but with a unique modification of its disulphide-bridge scaffold.


The toxin induces a dose-dependent increase in both open probabilities and mean open times on KcsA in artificial bilayers. Thus, it unexpectedly behaves as a channel activator rather than an inhibitor. A charybdotoxin-sensitive mutant of KcsA exhibits similar susceptibility to Tx as wild-type, indicating that the binding site for Tx is distinct from that of canonical pore-blocker toxins. Based on the extracellular location of the toxin binding site far away from the intracellular pH gatewe propose that Tx increases potassium flow through KcsA by allosterically reducing inactivation of the channel.

In order to confirm the results of previous experiments concerning the chemical behaviour of organic molecules in the space environment, organic molecules amino acids and a dipeptide in pure form and embedded in meteorite powder were exposed in the AMINO experiment in the EXPOSE-R facility onboard the International Space Station.

The molecules were extracted from the sample holder and then 1 derivatized by silylation and analysed by gas chromatography coupled to a mass spectrometer GC—MS in order to quantify the rate of degradation of the compounds and 2 analysed by high-resolution mass spectrometry HRMS in order to understand the chemical reactions that occurred.

The GC—MS results confirm that resistance to irradiation is a function of the chemical nature of the exposed molecules and of the wavelengths of the UV light. They also confirm the protective effect of a coating of meteorite powder.

The most altered compounds were the dipeptides and aspartic acid while the most robust were compounds with a hydrocarbon chain.

The MS analyses document the products of reactions, such as decarboxylation and decarbonylation of aspartic acid, taking place after UV exposure.

GC-MS analysis of the fungicide residues vinclosolin and iprodion in wine.

Given the universality of chemistry in space, our results have a maswe implication for the fate of organic molecules that seeded the planets as soon as they became habitable as well as for the effects of UV radiation on exposed molecules at the surface of Mars, for example.

The function of neutrophil protease 3 PR3 is poorly understood despite of its role in autoimmune vasculitides and its possible involvement in cell apoptosis. This makes it different from its structural homologue neutrophil elastase HNE. Endogenous inhibitors of human neutrophil serine proteases preferentially inhibit HNE and to a lesser xouple PR3.

We constructed a single-residue mutant PR3 IR to investigate the S4 subsite preferences of PR3 and HNE and used the best peptide substrate sequences to develop selective phosphonate inhibitors with the structure: The combination of a prolyl residue at P4 and an aspartyl residue at P2 was totally selective for PR3.

We then synthesized N-terminally biotinylated peptidyl-phosphonates to identify PR3 in complex biological samples. These inhibitors resisted proteolytic degradation and rapidly inactivated PR3 in biological fluids such as inflammatory lung secretions and the urine of patients with bladder cancer. One of these inhibitors revealed intracellular PR3 in permeabilized neutrophils and on the surface of activated sppectromtrie.

They hardly inhibited PR3 bound to the surface of stimulated neutrophils, despite their low molecular mass, pahse that the conformation and reactivity of membrane-bound PR3 is altered. This finding is relevant for autoantibody binding and the subsequent masss of neutrophils in granulomatosis with polyangiitis formerly Wegener disease.

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These are the first inhibitors that can be used as probes to monitor, detect and control PR3 activity in a variety of inflammatory diseases. Cotyledonary somatic embryos SEs of maritime pine are routinely matured for 12 weeks before being germinated and converted to plantlets. Although regeneration success is highly dependent on SEs quality, the date of harvesting is currently determined mainly on the basis of morphological features.

This empirical method does not provide any accurate information about cuople quality with respect to storage compounds proteins, carbohydrates. We first analyzed SEs matured for 10, 12 and 14 weeks by carrying out biological dry weight, water content and biochemical measurements total protein and carbohydrate contents. No difference could be found between collection dates, suggesting that harvesting SEs after 12 weeks is appropriate. Cotyledonary SEs were then compared to various stages, from fresh to fully desiccated, in the development of cotyledonary zygotic embryos ZEs.

Specctromtrie identified profiles that were similar using hierarchical ascendant cluster analysis HCA.

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Both types of embryo exhibited similar carbohydrate and protein contents and signatures. This high level of similarity Highly expressed proteins included storage, stress-related, late embryogenesis abundant and energy metabolism proteins. By comparing overexpressed proteins in developing and cotyledonary SEs or ZEs, some 23 proteins could be identified as candidate biomarkers for the late, cotyledonary stage.


This is the first report of useful generic protein markers for monitoring embryo development in maritime pine. Our results also suggest that improvements of SEs quality may be achieved if the current maturation conditions are refined. Genomic plasticity mediated by transposable elements can have a dramatic impact on genome integrity. In order to minimize its genotoxic effects, it is tightly regulated either by intrinsic mechanisms linked to the element itself or by host-mediated mechanisms.

Using mass spectrometry, we show here for the first time that MOS1, the transposase driving the mobility of the mariner Mos1 element, is phosphorylated. We also show that the transposition activity of MOS1 is down regulated by PKA phosphorylation at S, which renders the transposase unable to promote Mos1 transposition.

One step in the transposition cycle, the assembly of the paired-end complex, is specifically inhibited. At the cellular level, we provide evidence that phosphorylation at S prevents the active transport of the transposase into the nucleus. Our data suggest that PKA phosphorylation may play a double role in the early stages of genome invasion by mariner elements. A global DNA methylation and proteomics approach was used to investigate somatic embryo maturation in hybrid larch.

Each developmental step during somatic embryogenesis was associated with a distinct and significantly different global DNA methylation level: The presence of 5-azacytidine hypo-methylating agent or hydroxyurea hyper-methylating phawe in the maturation medium altered the global DNA methylation status of the embryogenic cultures, and significantly reduced both their relative growth rate and embryogenic potential, suggesting an important role for DNA methylation in embryogenesis.

Maturation was also assessed by examining changes in the total protein profile. Storage proteins, identified as legumin- and vicilin-like, appeared at the precotyledonary stage. In the proteomic study, total soluble proteins were extracted from embryos after chromatotraphie and 8 weeks of maturation, and separated by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. This indicated that the somatic embryo was still metabolically active at 8 weeks of maturation.

This is the first report of analyses of global DNA methylation including the effects of hyper- and hypo-treatments and proteome during somatic embryogenesis in hybrid larch, and thus provides novel insights into maturation of conifer somatic embryos. Maritime pine somatic embryos require a reduction in water availability high gellan gum concentration in the spectrimtrie medium to reach the chromatogrpahie stage. This key switch, reported specifically for pine species, is not yet well understood.

To facilitate the use of somatic embryogenesis for mass propagation of conifers, we need a better understanding of embryo development. This multi-scale, integrated analysis was used to unravel early molecular and physiological events involved in somatic embryo development. Under unfavourable conditions 4Gthe glycolytic pathway was enhanced, possibly in relation to cell proliferation which may be antagonistic to somatic embryo development. Under favourable conditions 9Gsomatic embryos adapted to culture constraint by activating specific protective pathways, and ABA-mediated molecular and physiological responses promoting embryo development.

Our results suggest that on 9G, germin like protein and ubiquitin-protein ligase could be used as predictive markers of somatic embryo development whereas protein phosphatase 2C could be a biomarker for culture adaptive responses.

This is the first characterization of early molecular mechanisms involved in development of pine somatic embryos following an increase in gellan gum concentration in the maturation medium, and it is also the first report on somatic embryogenesis in conifers combining transcriptomic and proteomic datasets. Greglin is an residue serine protease inhibitor purified from the phasw of the locust Schistocerca gregaria.

Greglin is composed of two domains consisting of residues 1—20 and 21— Mass spectrometry indicates that the N-terminal domain 1—20 is post-translationally modified by phosphorylations at three sites and probably contains a glycosylation site.

The crystal structure of the region of greglin comprising residues 21—78 in complex with subtilisin was determined at 1. Greglin represents a novel member of the spectrotmrie Kazal inhibitors, as it has a unique additional C-terminal region 70—83 spectromgrie to the core of the molecule via a supplementary disulfide bond.

The stability of greglin was compared with that of an ovomucoid inhibitor. The thermostability and inhibitory specificity of greglin are discussed in light of its structure.

In particular, we propose that the C-terminal region is responsible for non-favourable interactions with the autolysis loop loop of serine proteases of the chymotrypsin family, and thus governs specificity. KCNH channels are voltage-gated potassium channels with important physiological functions.

In these channels, a C-terminal cytoplasmic region, known as the cyclic nucleotide binding homology CNB-homology domain displays strong sequence similarity to ne nucleotide binding CNB domains.