Alina D. Zamfir

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Hybrid chondroitin/dermatan sulfate (CS/DS) glycosaminoglycan chains, derived from decorin secreted by human skin fibroblasts, were shown to interact with FGF-2, as did oligosaccharides derived therefrom by chondroitin B lyase digestion. In a first attempt to identify the biologically active sequence, a novel protocol for structural analysis of(More)
A protocol for negative ion nanoelectrospray ionization Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (-)nanoESI-FTICR MS, investigation of complex biological mixtures consisting of sialylated or sulfated glycosphingolipids (GSL) expressing high heterogeneity in the ceramide portion is described. Different instrumental and solvent conditions(More)
BACKGROUND Advanced glycation end-products have been involved in the pathogenesis of proximal tubule dysfunction which characterizes diabetic tubulopathy. METHODS A total of 76 Type 2 diabetes mellitus patients and 28 healthy controls were evaluated concerning a potential association of glycated peptides with proximal tubule dysfunction by assessing urine(More)
Levansucrases are bacterial extracellular enzymes that act on sucrose producing b-2,6-linked fructans of varied chain length. We summarize here our up-to-date results on (i) novel methods for the production of heterologous levansucrase proteins in Escherichia coli, (ii) biochemical characterization of the levansucrases encoded in the genome of a tomato and(More)
BACKGROUND Adults with chronic idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) in whom standard-dose corticosteroids and splenectomy have failed or who have contraindications to these therapies often require further treatment for life-threatening thrombocytopenia or bleeding. We studied whether danazol, an attenuated androgen, is useful in this setting. METHODS(More)
This review highlights recent developments in glycosylation analysis by modern MS in combination with CE based preseparation. Focused on CE-MS strategies aimed for glycotyping, the review addresses the detailed glycoform analysis of glycoproteins, glycopeptides, and proteoglycans. Glycoform analysis in the context of modern glycoproteomics is briefly(More)
A systematic study for the optimization and implementation of high-performance capillary electrophoresis (HPCE) in conjunction with negative ion electrospray ionization-quadrupole time of flight-tandem mass spectrometry (ESI-QTOF-MS/MS) for the analysis of complex glycolipids is described. The performance of the capillary electrophoresis (CE) and off-line(More)
An analytical approach based on high-performance capillary electrophoresis (CE) in conjunction with electrospray ionization quadrupole time-of-flight tandem mass spectrometry (ESI-QTOF-MS/MS) has been developed for providing the basis to obtain new insights into the domain structure of the glycosaminoglycan (GAG) moiety of proteoglycans. The feasibility and(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES This prospective, randomized, and multicentered study was undertaken to evaluate the success rate of coracoid infraclavicular nerve block performed with a nerve stimulator when either 1 or 3 motor responses were sought. METHODS Eighty patients who presented for elbow, forearm, or wrist surgery were randomly allocated to one of(More)
Idiosyncratic drug-induced agranulocytosis is a potential adverse event of most drugs, rare but life-threatening. Its annual incidence does not exceed 10 cases per million population in Europe and has remained stable over the past two decades. Its pathogenesis is poorly understood. The principal drugs associated with it are antithyroid drugs, antibiotics(More)