Daniel A. Plymire

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Protein N-myristoylation is a 14-carbon fatty-acid modification that is conserved across eukaryotic species and occurs on nearly 1% of the cellular proteome. The ability of the myristoyl group to facilitate dynamic protein-protein and protein-membrane interactions (known as the myristoyl switch) makes it an essential feature of many signal transduction(More)
Pregnant women who develop preeclampsia exhibit higher circulating levels of the soluble VEGF receptor-1 (sFlt-1). Recent findings suggest that soluble Flt-1 may contribute to the pathogenesis of preeclampsia by binding and neutralizing vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGF) and placental growth factor (PlGF). Existing literature identifies sFlt-1 as a(More)
Circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) may contribute to vascular endothelial cell homeostasis, and low levels of these cells are predictive of cardiovascular disease. We hypothesized that circulating EPCs increase in number during uncomplicated pregnancy but are reduced in women with preeclampsia. Peripheral blood was obtained from pregnant women(More)
Coupling immunoassays on self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) to matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry (MS) provides improved assay selectivity compared with traditional photometric detection techniques. We show that thin-layer-transfer (TLT) of α-cyano-4-hydroxycinnaminic acid (CHCA) MALDI matrix via vacuum(More)
The compatibility of superficially porous (SP) resin for label-free intact protein analysis with online capillary LC/MS is demonstrated to give improved chromatographic resolution, sensitivity, and reproducibility. The robustness of the platform was measured against several samples of varying complexity and sample loading amount. The results indicate that(More)
Preeclampsia is a heterogeneous syndrome affecting 3% to 5% of all pregnancies. An imbalance of the antiangiogenic and proangiogenic factors, soluble receptor fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 and placental growth factor (PGF), is thought to contribute to the pathophysiology of preeclampsia. Maternal plasma PGF and soluble receptor fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 were(More)
Immunoassays are widely used in biochemical/clinical laboratories owing to their simplicity, speed, and sensitivity. We combined self-assembled monolayer-based immunoassays with MALDI-TOF MS to show that high-fidelity surface preparations with a novel matrix deposition/crystallization technique permits quantitative analysis of monolayer-bound antigens at(More)
Preeclampsia is a heterogeneous syndrome affecting 3% to 5% of all pregnancies. An imbalance of the antiangiogenic and proangiogenic factors, soluble receptor fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 and placental growth factor (PGF), is thought to contribute to the pathophysiology of preeclampsia. Maternal plasma PGF and soluble receptor fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 were(More)
We report novel ligand binding assay (LBA) surface modalities that permit plasma protease catalytic efficiency (kcat/km) determination by MALDI-TOF MS without the use of liquid chromatography or internal standards such as chemical or metalized labels. Two model LBAs were constructed on planar self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) and used to evaluate the(More)
Immunoassays are employed in academia and the healthcare and biotech industries for high-throughput, quantitative screens of biomolecules. We have developed monolayer-based immunoassays for MALDI-TOF MS. To improve parallelization, we adapted the workflow to photolithography-generated arrays. Our work shows Parylene-C coatings provide excellent "solvent(More)