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    Keywords: CANCER ; tumor ; CELL ; Germany ; human ; SYSTEM ; SYSTEMS ; DISEASE ; liver ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; SAMPLE ; SAMPLES ; MOLECULES ; TISSUE ; TISSUES ; BIOLOGY ; MOLECULE ; IDENTIFICATION ; MEMBRANE ; INSTABILITY ; ELECTROPHORESIS ; pancreatic cancer ; SECTIONS ; molecular biology ; pancreas ; PANCREATIC-CANCER ; EXTRACTION ; SEPARATION ; USA ; protein fractionation ; CELL-CELL ; EFFECTOR MOLECULE ; ISLETS ; protein extraction
    Abstract: Proteins are the major class of effector molecules in cellular systems. For the identification of functional differences between normal and diseased tissues, a reliable analysis of their protein content is essential. Reproducible isolation and fractionation of intact proteins are important in this respect, but their complexity in structure and concentration, their close interaction, and their instability represent major challenges. For protein isolation in tissues, the breakdown of cell-cell and cell-matrix connections within a tissue without affecting protein quality is a critical factor. We compared different processes for a compartmental protein preparation from pancreatic tissue, one of the most challenging tissues for protein isolation because of its high protease content. Success of the different procedures varied greatly. Based on a scheme of tissue-slicing and subsequent cell isolation, we established a reliable workflow for the fractional extraction of cytosolic proteins, membrane and organelle proteins, nuclear proteins, and cytoskeletal filaments. The tissue slices also allow for a representative confirmation of individual samples' cellular status by histochemical processes, and a proper separation or mixing of cellular material from across a tumor if required
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 19450236
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    Keywords: brain ; COMBINATION ; Germany ; GENERATION ; SYSTEM ; liver ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; HEART ; COMPLEX ; COMPLEXES ; MECHANISM ; RAT ; PHOSPHORYLATION ; TARGET ; RAT-LIVER ; SUBUNIT ; MEMBRANE ; STRESS ; MODULATION ; MITOCHONDRIA ; OXYGEN ; antioxidants ; PROTEOMICS ; reactive oxygen species ; glutathione-S-transferase ; GENE-EXPRESSION PROFILE ; ageing ; GEL-ELECTROPHORESIS ; assembly ; proteome ; REACTIVE OXYGEN ; ROS ; CALORIE RESTRICTION ; SHORT-TERM ; COMPLEX-I ; MEMBRANE-PROTEINS ; CYTOCHROME-C-OXIDASE ; DIGE ; Species ; ROS PRODUCTION ; SHIFT ; RESPIRATORY-CHAIN
    Abstract: Mitochondria being the major source and target of reactive oxygen species (ROS) play a crucial role during ageing. We analyzed ageing and calorie restriction (CR)-induced changes in abundance of rat liver mitochondrial proteins to understand key aspects behind the age-retarding mechanism of CR. The combination of blue-native (BN) gel system with fluorescence Difference Gel Electrophoresis (DIGE) facilitated an efficient analysis of soluble and membrane proteins, existing as monomers or multi-protein assemblies. Changes in abundance of specific key subunits of respiratory chain complexes I, IV and V, critical for activity and/or assembly of the complexes were identified. CR lowered complex I assembly and complex IV activity, which is discussed as a molecular mechanism to minimize ROS production at mitochondria. Notably, the antioxidant system was found to be least affected. The GSH:GSSG couple could be depicted as a rapid mean to handle the fluctuations in ROS levels led by reversible metabolic shifts. We evaluated the relative significance of ROS generation against quenching. We also observed parallel and unidirectional changes as effect of ageing and CR, in subunits of ATP synthase, cytochrome P450 and glutathione S-transferase. This is the first report on such 'putatively hormetic' ageing-analogous effects of CR, besides the age-retarding ones
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 19894137
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    Keywords: brain ; CANCER ; CELLS ; ENDOTHELIAL-CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; tumor ; CELL ; Germany ; LUNG-CANCER ; SYSTEM ; DISEASE ; PROTEIN ; TISSUE ; MICE ; PATIENT ; ANTIGEN ; T-CELL ; T-CELLS ; BONE-MARROW ; MEMORY ; RECOGNITION ; MOUSE ; IDENTIFICATION ; LYMPHOMA ; EFFICACY ; MELANOMA ; MASS-SPECTROMETRY ; HEAD ; NECK ; EPITOPE ; IMMUNOTHERAPY ; IMMUNOGENICITY ; CANCER PATIENTS ; CALCIUM-BINDING PROTEINS ; TUMOR-ASSOCIATED ANTIGENS ; NECK-CANCER ; brain tumor ; head and neck cancer ; endothelial cells ; proteome ; EGFR ; SEPARATION ; EXPRESSION PROFILES ; Type ; HEAD-AND-NECK
    Abstract: Identifying the antigens that have the potential to trigger endogenous antitumor responses in an individual cancer patient is likely to enhance the efficacy of cancer immunotherapy, but current methodologies do not efficiently identify such antigens. This study describes what we believe to be a new method of comprehensively identifying candidate tissue antigens that spontaneously cause T cell responses in disease situations. We used the newly developed automated, two-dimensional chromatography system PF2D to fractionate the proteome of human tumor tissues and tested protein fractions for recognition by preexisting tumor-specific CD4(+) Th cells and CTLs. Applying this method using mice transgenic for a TCR that recognizes an OVA peptide presented by MHC class I, we demonstrated efficient separation, processing, and cross-presentation to CD8(+) T cells by DCs of OVA expressed by the OVA-transfected mouse lymphoma RMA-OVA. Applying this method to human tumor tissues, we identified MUC1 and EGFR as tumor-associated antigens selectively recognized by T cells in patients with head and neck cancer. Finally, in an exemplary patient with a malignant brain tumor, we detected CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cell responses against two novel antigens, transthyretin and calgranulin B/S100A9, which were expressed in tumor and endothelial cells. The immunogenicity of these antigens was confirmed in 4 of 10 other brain tumor patients. This fast and inexpensive method therefore appears suitable for identifying candidate T cell antigens in various disease situations, such as autoimmune and malignant diseases, without being restricted to expression by a certain cell type or HLA allele
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 20458140
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    Keywords: brain ; RECEPTOR ; CELLS ; Germany ; NETWORKS ; SYSTEM ; TOOL ; DISTINCT ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; TRANSDUCTION ; COMPLEX ; MESSENGER-RNA ; RAT ; signal transduction ; MEMBRANE ; SIGNAL-TRANSDUCTION ; mass spectrometry ; MASS-SPECTROMETRY ; CHROMATOGRAPHY ; PROTEOMIC ANALYSIS ; glutathione-S-transferase ; BINDING PROTEIN ; signaling ; molecular ; NEURONS ; analysis ; cilia ; ENGLAND ; XENOBIOTIC-METABOLIZING ENZYMES ; affinity chromatography ; calcium-calmodulin ; CHEMOSENSORY CILIA ; NUCLEOTIDE-GATED CHANNEL ; olfaction ; olfactory receptor neurons ; PHOSPHOLIPID-BINDING ; SENSORY NEURONS
    Abstract: The olfactory neuroepithelium represents a unique interface between the brain and the external environment. Olfactory function comprises a distinct set of molecular tasks: sensory signal transduction, cytoprotection and adult neurogenesis. A multitude of biochemical studies has revealed the central role of Ca2+ signaling in the function of olfactory receptor neurons (ORNs). We set out to establish Ca2+-dependent signaling networks in ORN cilia by proteomic analysis. We subjected a ciliary membrane preparation to Ca2+/calmodulin-affinity chromatography using mild detergent conditions in order to maintain functional protein complexes involved in olfactory Ca2+ signaling. Thus, calmodulin serves as a valuable tool to gain access to novel Ca2+-regulated protein complexes. Tandem mass spectrometry (nanoscale liquid-chromatography-electrospray injection) identified 123 distinct proteins. Ninety-seven proteins (79%) could be assigned to specific olfactory functions, including 32 to sensory signal transduction and 40 to cytoprotection. We point out novel perspectives for research on the Ca2+-signaling networks in the olfactory system of the rat. (C) 2007 IBRO. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 18155848
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    Keywords: EXPRESSION ; Germany ; MODEL ; INFORMATION ; SYSTEM ; GENE ; GENE-EXPRESSION ; GENOME ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; RESOLUTION ; MECHANISM ; FAMILY ; DOMAIN ; mechanisms ; TOLERANCE ; CYCLE ; SEQUENCE ; IDENTIFICATION ; gene expression ; HEAT-SHOCK ; mass spectrometry ; SPECTROMETRY ; DATABASE ; MASS-SPECTROMETRY ; PROJECT ; PROTEOMICS ; PROTEIN IDENTIFICATION ; ARABIDOPSIS-THALIANA ; HIGH-RESOLUTION ; ANNOTATION ; SCIENCE ; LIFE ; MOLECULAR-MECHANISMS ; GLUTATHIONE S-TRANSFERASES ; Genetic ; protein extraction ; MILNESIUM-TARDIGRADUM ; RICHTERSIUS-CORONIFER ; ARTEMIA-FRANCISCANA ; DESICCATION TOLERANCE ; EST ; Sequence information ; Molecular mechanisms ; BRINE SHRIMP ; TREHALOSE
    Abstract: Background: Tardigrades are small, multicellular invertebrates which are able to survive times of unfavourable environmental conditions using their well-known capability to undergo cryptobiosis at any stage of their life cycle. Milnesium tardigradum has become a powerful model system for the analysis of cryptobiosis. While some genetic information is already available for Milnesium tardigradum the proteome is still to be discovered. Principal Findings: Here we present to the best of our knowledge the first comprehensive study of Milnesium tardigradum on the protein level. To establish a proteome reference map we developed optimized protocols for protein extraction from tardigrades in the active state and for separation of proteins by high resolution two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. Since only limited sequence information of M. tardigradum on the genome and gene expression level is available to date in public databases we initiated in parallel a tardigrade EST sequencing project to allow for protein identification by electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry. 271 out of 606 analyzed protein spots could be identified by searching against the publicly available NCBInr database as well as our newly established tardigrade protein database corresponding to 144 unique proteins. Another 150 spots could be identified in the tardigrade clustered EST database corresponding to 36 unique contigs and ESTs. Proteins with annotated function were further categorized in more detail by their molecular function, biological process and cellular component. For the proteins of unknown function more information could be obtained by performing a protein domain annotation analysis. Our results include proteins like protein member of different heat shock protein families and LEA group 3, which might play important roles in surviving extreme conditions. Conclusions: The proteome reference map of Milnesium tardigradum provides the basis for further studies in order to identify and characterize the biochemical mechanisms of tolerance to extreme desiccation. The optimized proteomics workflow will enable application of sensitive quantification techniques to detect differences in protein expression, which are characteristic of the active and anhydrobiotic states of tardigrades
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 20224743
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