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See detailMass spectrometry imaging of small xenobiotics on Danio rerio : influence of molecular profiles modification as potential localization asset
Tiquet, Mathieu ULiege; Muller, Marc ULiege; De Pauw, Edwin ULiege

Poster (2017, June 02)

MALDI Mass spectrometry often fail to locate small xenobiotics present in low concentration in tissues due to ion suppression effect. This new method compare tissues of contaminated zebrafish to controles ... [more ▼]

MALDI Mass spectrometry often fail to locate small xenobiotics present in low concentration in tissues due to ion suppression effect. This new method compare tissues of contaminated zebrafish to controles with the statistical tool called receiver operating characteristic. Results cannot directly locate the xenobiotic but can indicate which tissues are affected by the contamination and thus give a hint on the biolocalization. [less ▲]

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See detailN-Glycosylation of an IgG antibody secreted by Nicotiana tabacum BY-2 cells can be modulated through co-expression of human β-1,4-galactosyltransferase
Navarre, Catherine; Smargiasso, Nicolas ULiege; Duvivier, Laurent et al

in Transgenic Research (2017), 26(3), 375-384

Nicotiana tabacum BY-2 suspension cells have several advantages that make them suitable for the production of full-size monoclonal antibodies which can be purified directly from the culture medium ... [more ▼]

Nicotiana tabacum BY-2 suspension cells have several advantages that make them suitable for the production of full-size monoclonal antibodies which can be purified directly from the culture medium. Carbohydrate characterization of an antibody (Lo-BM2) expressed in N. tabacum BY-2 cells showed that the purified Lo-BM2 displays N-glycan homogeneity with a high proportion (>70%) of the complex GnGnXF glycoform. The stable co-expression of a human β-1,4-galactosyltransferase targeted to different Golgi sub-compartments altered Lo-BM2N-glycosylation and resulted in the production of an antibody that exhibited either hybrid structures containing a low abundance of the plant epitopes (α-1,3-fucose and β-1,2-xylose), or a large amount of galactose-extended N-glycan structures. These results demonstrate the suitability of stable N-glycoengineered N. tabacum BY-2 cell lines for the production of human-like antibodies. © 2017, Springer International Publishing Switzerland. [less ▲]

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See detailGreen mamba peptide targets type-2 vasopressin receptor against polycystic kidney disease
Ciolek, Justyna; Reinfrank, Helen; Quinton, Loïc ULiege et al

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2017)

Polycystic kidney diseases (PKDs) are genetic disorders that can cause renal failure and death in children and adults. Lowering cAMP in cystic tissues through the inhibition of the type-2 vasopressin ... [more ▼]

Polycystic kidney diseases (PKDs) are genetic disorders that can cause renal failure and death in children and adults. Lowering cAMP in cystic tissues through the inhibition of the type-2 vasopressin receptor (V2R) constitutes a validated strategy to reduce disease progression. We identified a peptide from green mamba venom that exhibits nanomolar affinity for the V2R without any activity on 155 other G-protein–coupled receptors or on 15 ionic channels. Mambaquaretin-1 is a full antagonist of the V2R activation pathways studied: cAMP production, beta-arrestin interaction, and MAP kinase activity. This peptide adopts the Kunitz fold known to mostly act on potassium channels and serine proteases. Mambaquaretin-1 interacts selectively with the V2R through its first loop, in the same manner that aprotinin inhibits trypsin. Injected in mice, mambaquaretin-1 increases in a dose-dependent manner urine outflow with concomitant reduction of urine osmolality, indicating a purely aquaretic effect associated with the in vivo blockade of V2R. CD1-pcy/pcy mice, a juvenile model of PKD, daily treated with 13 μ𝝁g of mambaquaretin-1 for 99 d, developed less abundant (by 33%) and smaller (by 47%) cysts than control mice. Neither tachyphylaxis nor apparent toxicity has been noted. Mambaquaretin-1 represents a promising therapeutic agent against PKDs. [less ▲]

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See detailCoulombic driven multi-conformational aspects of oligorotaxane switches studied by ion mobility mass spectrometry and molecular dynamics
Hanozin, Emeline ULiege; Mignolet, Benoît ULiege; Morsa, Denis ULiege et al

Conference (2017, June)

Introduction Artificial Molecular Machines (AMMs), such as Mechanically Interlocked Molecules (MIMs) and foldamers, have recently raised tremendous interest due to their unique properties. Under the ... [more ▼]

Introduction Artificial Molecular Machines (AMMs), such as Mechanically Interlocked Molecules (MIMs) and foldamers, have recently raised tremendous interest due to their unique properties. Under the influence of an appropriate stimuli (pH, redox potential, light…), such molecules are able to reversibly switch between distinct conformational states. Scientists may capitalize on such exclusive properties to get a better understanding of the biomacromolecular level or to design innovative “smart” materials. At the interface between foldamers and MIMs, oligorotaxanes exhibit a spring-like folded secondary structure with remarkable mechanical and physicochemical properties. In the present study, we use ion mobility coupled with mass spectrometry (IM-MS) to probe the conformational states of differentially charged oligorotaxanes in the gas phase. Method Oligorotaxanes are donor-acceptor polymers composed of a π electron-donating dumbbell over which a discrete number of π electron-accepting tetracationic cyclophanes are threaded. The numerous intra-molecular interactions provide them a highly-stabilized rigid rod-like structure in solution. We use IM-MS as implemented in the Synapt G2 HDMS (Waters, Manchester, UK) to investigate the structure of the ionized oligorotaxanes. Our purposes are to probe (i) the different populations of stable conformers generated according to the charge state z and (ii) the reversibility of an electron-driven or thermal-driven conformational change in the gas phase implemented via an electron transfer or collisional activation process prior to the mobility separation. Our experimental observations are supported by electronic structure optimizations at the PM6 and DFT levels coupled with Born-Oppenheimer Molecular Dynamics simulations. Preliminary data Our results highlight a progressive elongation of the oligorotaxane structure with increasing charge numbers until it reaches a maximum extension state. Matching the experimental data with theoretical simulations, we find that the oligorotaxanes adopt an entropically-favored globular shape at low z. As z increases, coulombic repulsions occurring between the cyclophanes gradually outweigh the stabilizing π-stacking interactions and force the structure to elongate. This process occurs in a multistep fashion, each corresponding to a distinct group of helical-shaped conformers, before it eventually results in a fully stretched structure. On the other hand, our results also highlight that a charge reduction driven by a non-dissociative electron transfer process leads to a refolding of the structure so that it adopts a size similar to its electrospray-generated counterpart when the appropriate number of electrons is added. This observation may be imparted to the gradual decrease of the Coulomb repulsions between the cyclophanes mediated through increasing numbers of transferred electrons. These results suggests that the transition from one conformer to another is reversible so that the electrostatic balance between the cyclophanes may be used to further tune the structural state adopted by this artificial molecular switch. The second stimulus relied on collisional activation whose inelastic component provides a way to build up energy into the accessible vibrational degrees of freedom. The conformational landscapes of such-activated oligorotaxanes ions were found unchanged in term of collision cross section position but the repartition of population was altered with a promotion of the most elongated conformer, provided the absence of selective fragmentation. Altogether, these results highlight the feasibility of handling the elongation state of oligorotaxanes in the gas phase through appropriate inputs and underline its conformational reversibility properties. Novel aspect Stimuli-induced reversible conformational rearrangements of innovative AMMs studied by IM-MS and molecular dynamics in the gas phase. [less ▲]

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See detailStreptomyces from Moonmilk, an Untapped Source of New Bioactive Compounds
Martinet, Loïc ULiege; Maciejewska, Marta; Adam, Delphine ULiege et al

Poster (2017, May 24)

Moonmilk speleothems of limestone caves host a rich microbiome, among which Actinobacteria represent one of the most abundant phyla. Ancient medical texts reported that moonmilk had therapeutical ... [more ▼]

Moonmilk speleothems of limestone caves host a rich microbiome, among which Actinobacteria represent one of the most abundant phyla. Ancient medical texts reported that moonmilk had therapeutical properties, thereby suggesting that its filamentous endemic actinobacterial population might be a source of natural products useful in human treatment. In this work, a screening approach was undertaken in order to isolate cultivable Actinobacteria from moonmilk of the Grotte des Collemboles in Belgium, to evaluate their taxonomic profile, and to assess their potential in biosynthesis of antimicrobials. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that all 78 isolates were exclusively affiliated to the genus Streptomyces and clustered into 31 distinct phylotypes displaying various pigmentation patterns and morphological features. Phylotype representatives were tested for antibacterial and antifungal activities and their genomes were mined for secondary metabolite biosynthetic genes coding for non-ribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPSs), and polyketide synthases (PKS). The moonmilk Streptomyces collection was found to display strong inhibitory activities against a wide range of reference organisms, as 94, 71, and 94% of the isolates inhibited or impaired the growth of Gram-positive, Gram-negative bacteria, and fungi, respectively. Interestingly, 90% of the cave strains induced strong growth suppression against the multi-drug resistant Rasamsonia argillacea, a causative agent of invasive mycosis in cystic fibrosis and chronic granulomatous diseases. We are currently identifying molecules responsible for the observed antimicrobial activities which, next to few known bioactive compounds, also reveals many active compounds with molecular masses that do not correspond to known antibiotic deposited in web biomolecules databases such as KNapSAcK, Pubchem, Chemspider. The challenge is to increase the production yields of these unknown compounds, and purify them to further characterize their structure by NMR. Overall, our work supports the common belief that moonmilk might effectively treat various infectious diseases thanks to the presence of a highly diverse population of prolific antimicrobial producing Streptomyces, and thus may indeed constitute a promising reservoir of potentially novel active natural compounds. [less ▲]

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See detailComprehensive Ion Mobility Calibration Strategies based on Synthetic Polymers
Haler, Jean ULiege; Kune, Christopher ULiege; Chirot, Fabien et al

Conference (2017, May 09)

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See detailDie Geheimnisse der Natur
Haler, Jean ULiege; Schülke, Sophia; De Pauw, Edwin ULiege

Article for general public (2017)

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See detailDiscovery and characterization of EIIB, a new α-conotoxin from Conus ermineus venom by nAChRs affinity capture monitored by MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometry
Echterbille, Julien; Gilles, Nicolas; Araoz, Romulo et al

in Toxicon (2017), 130

Animal toxins are peptides that often bind with remarkable affinity and selectivity to membrane receptors such as nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs). The latter are, for example, targeted by α ... [more ▼]

Animal toxins are peptides that often bind with remarkable affinity and selectivity to membrane receptors such as nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs). The latter are, for example, targeted by α-conotoxins, a family of peptide toxins produced by venomous cone snails. nAChRs are implicated in numerous physiological processes explaining why the design of new pharmacological tools and the discovery of potential innovative drugs targeting these receptor channels appear so important. This work describes a methodology developed to discover new ligands of nAChRs from complex mixtures of peptides. The methodology was set up by the incubation of Torpedo marmorata electrocyte membranes rich in nAChRs with BSA tryptic digests (>100 peptides) doped by small amounts of known nAChRs ligands (α-conotoxins). Peptides that bind to the receptors were purified and analyzed by MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometry which revealed an enrichment of α-conotoxins in membrane-containing fractions. This result exhibits the binding of α-conotoxins to nAChRs. Negative controls were performed to demonstrate the specificity of the binding. The usefulness and the power of the methodology were also investigated for a discovery issue. The workflow was then applied to the screening of Conus ermineus crude venom, aiming at characterizing new nAChRs ligands from this venom, which has not been extensively investigated to date. The methodology validated our experiments by allowing us to bind two α-conotoxins (α-EI and α-EIIA) which have already been described as nAChRs ligands. Moreover, a new conotoxin, never described to date, was also captured, identified and sequenced from this venom. Classical pharmacology tests by radioligand binding using a synthetic homologue of the toxin confirm the activity of the new peptide, called α-EIIB. The Ki value of this peptide for Torpedo nicotinic receptors was measured at 2.2 ± 0.7 nM. [less ▲]

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See detailDiversity in sequences, post-translational modifications and expected pharmacological activities of toxins from four Conus species revealed by the combination of cutting-edge proteomics, transcriptomics and bioinformatics
Degueldre, Michel; Verdenaud, Marion; Garikoitz, Legarda et al

in Toxicon (2017), 130

Venomous animals have developed a huge arsenal of reticulated peptides for defense and predation. Based on various scaffolds, they represent a colossal pharmacological diversity, making them top ... [more ▼]

Venomous animals have developed a huge arsenal of reticulated peptides for defense and predation. Based on various scaffolds, they represent a colossal pharmacological diversity, making them top candidates for the development of innovative drugs. Instead of relying on the classical, low-throughput bioassay-guided approach to identify innovative bioactive peptides, this work exploits a recent paradigm to access to venom diversity. This strategy bypasses the classical approach by combining high-throughput transcriptomics, proteomics and bioinformatics cutting-edge technologies to generate reliable peptide sequences. The strategy employed to generate hundreds of reliable sequences from Conus venoms is deeply described. The study led to the discovery of (i) conotoxins that belong to known pharmacological families targeting various GPCRs or ion-gated channels, and (ii) new families of conotoxins, never described to date. It also focusses on the diversity of genes, sequences, folds, and PTM's provided by such species. [less ▲]

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See detailMilk-clotting enzymes from wild cardoon flowers: identification and technological characterization
Ben Amira, Amal; Bauwens, Julien; De Pauw, Edwin ULiege et al

Conference (2017, April 12)

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See detailOLFM4, KNG1 and Sec24C identified by proteomics and immunohistochemistry as potential markers of early colorectal cancer stages
QUESADA-CALVO, Florence ULiege; MASSOT, Charlotte ULiege; Bertrand, Virginie ULiege et al

in Clinical Proteomics (2017), 24(9),

Abstract Background: Despite recent advances in colorectal cancer (CRC) diagnosis and population screening programs, the identification of patients with preneoplastic lesions or with early CRC stages ... [more ▼]

Abstract Background: Despite recent advances in colorectal cancer (CRC) diagnosis and population screening programs, the identification of patients with preneoplastic lesions or with early CRC stages remains challenging and is important for reducing CRC incidence and increasing patient’s survival. Methods: We analysed 76 colorectal tissue samples originated from early CRC stages, normal or inflamed mucosa by label-free proteomics. The characterisation of three selected biomarker candidates was performed by immunohisto‑ chemistry on an independent set of precancerous and cancerous lesions harbouring increasing CRC stages. Results: Out of 5258 proteins identified, we obtained 561 proteins with a significant differential distribution among groups of patients and controls. KNG1, OLFM4 and Sec24C distributions were validated in tissues and showed differ‑ ent expression levels especially in the two early CRC stages compared to normal and preneoplastic tissues. Conclusion: We highlighted three proteins that require further investigations to better characterise their role in early CRC carcinogenesis and their potential as early CRC markers. [less ▲]

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See detailComprehensive Ion Mobility Calibration Strategies based on Synthetic Polymers
Haler, Jean ULiege; Kune, Christopher ULiege; Chirot, Fabien et al

Conference (2017, March 21)

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See detailInactivation of the β(1,2)-xylosyltransferase and the α(1,3)-fucosyltransferase genes in Nicotiana tabacum BY-2 cells by a multiplex CRISPR/Cas9 strategy results in glycoproteins without plant-specific glycans
Mercx, Sébastien; Smargiasso, Nicolas ULiege; Chaumont, François et al

in Frontiers in Plant Science (2017), 8

Plants or plant cells can be used to produce pharmacological glycoproteins such as antibodies or vaccines. However these proteins carry N-glycans with planttypical residues [β(1,2)-xylose and core α(1,3 ... [more ▼]

Plants or plant cells can be used to produce pharmacological glycoproteins such as antibodies or vaccines. However these proteins carry N-glycans with planttypical residues [β(1,2)-xylose and core α(1,3)-fucose], which can greatly impact the immunogenicity, allergenicity, or activity of the protein. Two enzymes are responsible for the addition of plant-specific glycans: β(1,2)-xylosyltransferase (XylT) and α(1,3)- fucosyltransferase (FucT). Our aim consisted of knocking-out two XylT genes and four FucT genes (12 alleles altogether) in Nicotiana tabacum BY-2 suspension cells using CRISPR/Cas9. Three XylT and six FucT sgRNAs were designed to target conserved regions. After transformation of N. tabacum BY-2 cells with genes coding for sgRNAs, Cas9, and a selectable marker (bar), transgenic lines were obtained and their extracellular as well as intracellular protein complements were analyzed by Western blotting using antibodies recognizing β(1,2)-xylose and α(1,3)-fucose. Three lines showed a strong reduction of β(1,2)-xylose and α(1,3)-fucose, while two lines were completely devoid of them, indicating complete gene inactivation. The absence of these carbohydrates was confirmed by mass spectrometry analysis of the extracellular proteins. PCR amplification and sequencing of the targeted region indicated small INDEL and/or deletions between the target sites. The KO lines did not show any particular morphology and grew as the wild-type. One KO line was transformed with genes encoding a human IgG2 antibody. The IgG2 expression level was as high as in a control transformant which had not been glycoengineered. The IgG glycosylation profile determined by mass spectrometry confirmed that no β(1,2)-xylose or α(1,3)-fucose were present on the glycosylation moiety and that the dominant glycoform was the GnGn structure. These data represent an important step toward humanizing the glycosylation of pharmacological proteins expressed in N. tabacum BY-2 cells. © 2017 Mercx, Smargiasso, Chaumont, De Pauw, Boutry and Navarre. [less ▲]

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See detailProteomic response of Macrobrachium rosenbergii hepatopancreas exposed to chlordecone: Identification of endocrine disruption biomarkers?
Lafontaine, Anne ULiege; Baiwir, Dominique ULiege; Joaquim-Justo, Célia ULiege et al

in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety (2017), 141

The present work is the first study investigating the impacts of chlordecone, an organochlorine insecticide, on the proteome of the decapod crustacean Macrobrachium rosenbergii, by gel-free proteomic ... [more ▼]

The present work is the first study investigating the impacts of chlordecone, an organochlorine insecticide, on the proteome of the decapod crustacean Macrobrachium rosenbergii, by gel-free proteomic analysis of the hepatopancreas protein expression variations in organisms exposed to three environmental relevant concentrations of chlordecone (i.e. 0.2, 2 and 20 μg/L). Results revealed that 62 proteins were significantly up- or down-regulated in exposed prawns compared to controls. Most of these proteins are involved in important physiological processes such as ion transport, defense mechanisms and immune system, cytoskeleton dynamics, or protein synthesis and degradation. Moreover, it appears that 6% of the deregulated protein are involved in the endocrine system and in the hormonal control of reproduction or development processes of M. rosenbergii (e.g. vitellogenin, farnesoic acid omethyltransferase). These results indicate that chlordecone is potentially an endocrine disruptor compound for decapods, as already observed in vertebrates. These protein modifications could lead to disruptions of growth and reproduction of M. rosenbergii, and therefore of the fitness population on the long-term. Besides, these disrupted proteins could be suggested as biomarkers of exposure for endocrine disruptions in invertebrates. However, further investigations are needed to complete understanding of action mechanisms of chlordecone on proteome and endocrine system of crustaceans. [less ▲]

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See detailProteomic differential distribution of 53BP1 in serrated and conventional adenomas validated by histological characterisation
QUESADA-CALVO, Florence ULiege; Merli, Angela-Maria ULiege; MASSOT, Charlotte ULiege et al

Poster (2017, February 10)

INTRODUCTION: Sessile serrated adenoma/polyp (SSA/p) is a precancerous lesion, mostly located in the right side of the colon (cecum, ascending and transverse colon). The difficulty is to visualize this ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: Sessile serrated adenoma/polyp (SSA/p) is a precancerous lesion, mostly located in the right side of the colon (cecum, ascending and transverse colon). The difficulty is to visualize this lesion during colonoscopy because of its subtle appearance. MATERIAL AND METHOD: We compared proteomes of serrated polyps (SSA/p) and conventional adenomas using residual human formalin fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) samples. FFPE-FASP method was applied on samples before label free proteomic analysis. Immunohistochemistry (IHC) characterisation of one candidate marker was performed for tissue validation on an independent set of samples including: conventional adenomas (low and high-grade dysplasia), serrated polyps (hyperplastic polyps, SSA/p and traditional serrated adenoma) and finally normal colon (taken at the margin of colorectal cancer (CRC) or of diverticular disease). RESULTS: Proteomics provided 765 proteins (out of 5992 proteins identified) significantly discriminating conventional adenomas from serrated lesions. We selected 53BP1 (Tumor suppressor p53-binding protein 1) among these for IHC validation, because of its tumor suppressor gene function and role as a mediator of DNA damage checkpoint. 53BP1 appeared significantly up-regulated in proteomes of low and high grade adenomas compared to these of normal tissue and SSA/p. 53BP1 IHC signal was located in the nucleus and the percentage of positive nucleus decreased in serrated polyps, especially in crypts and in the border epithelium, confirming part of the proteomic results. CONCLUSION: This study highlights potential marker proteins, including 53BP1 from which IHC signal was strongly decreased in some serrated polyps. The loss of 53BP1 has been associated with tumour progression and poor prognosis, while little is currently known about its involvement in precancerous CRC lesions. 53BP1 decrease of expression in the nucleus and therefore possible loss of function in some epithelial cells could reflect important changes occurring during dysplasia to neoplasia progression in serrated lesions. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of proteins discriminating inflammation induced dysplasia from simple inflammation in ulcerative colitis by laser capture microdissection and label free proteomics – a pilot study
Merli, Angela-Maria ULiege; QUESADA-CALVO, Florence ULiege; MASSOT, Charlotte ULiege et al

Conference (2017, February 09)

Chronic colonic inflammation in ulcerative colitis (UC) may induce dysplasia, which can itself progress and transform into neoplasia. Diagnosis of dysplasia in UC remains difficult particularly when ... [more ▼]

Chronic colonic inflammation in ulcerative colitis (UC) may induce dysplasia, which can itself progress and transform into neoplasia. Diagnosis of dysplasia in UC remains difficult particularly when tissue inflammation is present. The aim of this retrospective pilot study was to highlight proteins specifically associated with inflammation induced dysplasia in UC. We performed a pilot experiment on 15 Formalin-Fixed, Paraffin-Embedded (FFPE) samples isolated from 5 cases of UC patients with a Polypoïd Pedunculated dysplasia (UC-PP). We compared the proteomes of the UC-PP, the inflammatory (UC-I) and the normal (UC-NL) tissues of each patient. We performed Laser Capture Microdissection (LCM) in order to collect only epithelial cells, avoiding inflammatory infiltrating ones. Label free proteomic analysis using a 2D-nanoUPLC coupled with a hybrid Quadrupole-Orbitrap was applied, as well as differential analysis on the paired samples. Immunohistochemistry (IHC) characterisation of one of the selected proteins of interest was used for validation. Out of 985 quantified proteins, 7 were found significantly more abundant in UC-PP compared to UC-I tissues, with 6 being only detected in UC-PP using proteomics. One of these is Solute Carrier Family 12 member 2 (SLC12A2), also known as Na-K-2Cl co-transporter 1 (NKCC1), a protein involved in ionic balance, in T-cell migration promotion and in some features involved in cancer development like proliferation, migration or invasion. IHC results obtained were in correlation with proteomic results and showed that SLC12A2 was more abundant in UC-PP tissue than in UC-I and UC-NL tissues, with a signal clearly delimiting the dysplastic region from the surrounding inflammatory tissue. This pilot experiment shows a different proteomic profile in inflammation-associated dysplasia and simple inflammation. This should be replicated using other types of dysplasia in IBD. SLC12A2 could be a potential biomarker of inflammation-associated dysplasia. [less ▲]

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See detailPeptidoglycan fragments separation and identification by zwitterionic hydrophilic interaction chromatography and capillary electrophoresis coupled to mass spectrometry
Boulanger, Madeleine ULiege; Raymackers, Alice ULiege; Delvaux, Cédric ULiege et al

Poster (2017, February 08)

Bacterial peptidoglycan-derived peptides and muropeptides are soluble unique fragments acting as messengers in diverse cell-signalling events. As the bacterial peptidoglycan wall is a major target of ... [more ▼]

Bacterial peptidoglycan-derived peptides and muropeptides are soluble unique fragments acting as messengers in diverse cell-signalling events. As the bacterial peptidoglycan wall is a major target of antibiotics, bacteria have developed specific resistance mechanisms based on the detection of such fragments. In addition, the muropeptides sensing is involved in the innate immune response toward bacterial invasion and is therefore of major importance in the eukaryotes self-defence functions. In Bacillus licheniformis 749/I, the peptidoglycan dipeptide m-A2pm-D-Glu triggers beta-lactam resistance via the induction of a beta-lactamase, BlaP. This induction process relies on a complex regulation system for which the nature and the concentration of peptidoglycan fragments leading to the formation of dipeptide moiety inside the cytoplasm are unknown. In this context, the development and the validation of a reliable method to identify and quantify those cytoplasmic fragments is of major interest. Conventionally, the peptidoglycan is first digested by mutanolysin in order to generate muropeptides which are subsequently analyzed by reversed-phase liquid chromatography (RP-LC, C18). However, this technique is not effective enough to separate the peptides that, as a result, are eluted in the flow through . In this work, we developed two novel analytical separation methods, namely capillary electrophoresis (CE) and zwitterionic hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (ZIC-HILIC) both coupled to mass spectrometry (MS), aiming at overcoming the drawbacks encountered in traditional separation techniques. Both methods show great results in the identification of peptidoglycan fragments in complex samples. CE analysis lead to muropeptides and peptides separation whereas ZIC-HILIC only retains peptides. Nevertheless, the latter has been optimized and validated for the cytoplasmic peptidoglycan peptides identification and quantification. Althogether, ZIC-HILIC-MS and CE-MS have proved to be powerful analytical tools for the identification and quantification of peptidoglycan fragments in complex matrix samples. Further optimizations are still ongoing for the analysis of muropeptides, which hopefully will lead to the identification and quantification of cytoplasmic peptidoglycan fragments composition during the Bacillus licheniformis 749/I BlaP beta-lactamase induction process. [less ▲]

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