A. Peter Snyder

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Detection and identification of pathogenic bacteria and their protein toxins play a crucial role in a proper response to natural or terrorist-caused outbreaks of infectious diseases. The recent availability of whole genome sequences of priority bacterial pathogens opens new diagnostic possibilities for identification of bacteria by retrieving their genomic(More)
A negative ion electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometric technique was developed for the analysis of glycerophospholipids. Examination of the product ion mass spectrum of the deprotonated molecular ion provided sufficient information to identify both the class of glycerophospholipid and the molecular weights of the two fatty acid moieties. This(More)
Due to the possibility of a biothreat attack on civilian or military installations, a need exists for technologies that can detect and accurately identify pathogens in a near-real-time approach. One technology potentially capable of meeting these needs is a high-throughput mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomic approach. This approach utilizes the knowledge(More)
Modern taxonomy, diagnostics, and forensics of bacteria benefit from technologies that provide data for genome-based classification and identification of strains; however, full genome sequencing is still costly, lengthy, and labor intensive. Therefore, other methods are needed to estimate genomic relatedness among strains in an economical and timely manner.(More)
A protein mass mapping approach using mass spectrometry (MS) combined with an experimentally derived protein mass database is presented for rapid and effective identification of bacterial species. A prototype mass database from the protein extracts of nine bacterial species has been created by off-line high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)(More)
Timely classification and identification of bacteria is of vital importance in many areas of public health. Mass spectrometry-based methods provide an attractive alternative to well-established microbiologic procedures. Mass spectrometry methods can be characterized by the relatively high speed of acquiring taxonomically relevant information. Gel-free mass(More)
Timely classification and identification of bacteria is of vital importance in many areas of public health. We present a mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomics approach for bacterial classification. In this method, a bacterial proteome database is derived from all potential protein coding open reading frames (ORFs) found in 170 fully sequenced bacterial(More)
Whole cell protein and outer membrane protein (OMP) extracts were compared for their ability to differentiate and delineate the correct database organism to an experimental sample and for the degree of dissimilarity to the nearest neighbor database organism strains. These extracts were isolated from pathogenic and nonpathogenic strains of Yersinia pestis(More)
A pyrolysis-gas chromatography-ion mobility spectrometry (Py-GC-IMS) briefcase system has been shown to detect and classify deliberately released bioaerosols in outdoor field scenarios. The bioaerosols included Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, MS-2 coliphage virus, and ovalbumin protein species. However, the origin and structural identities of the(More)