Katalin Barkovits

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Heme utilization by Pseudomonas aeruginosa involves several proteins required for internalization and degradation of heme. In the following report we provide the first direct in vivo evidence for the specific degradation of extracellular heme to biliverdin (BV) by the iron-regulated HemO. Moreover, through isotopic labeling ((13)C-heme) and electrospray(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to profile cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from early-stage PD patients for disease-related metabolic changes and to determine a robust biomarker signature for early-stage PD diagnosis. METHODS By applying a non-targeted and mass spectrometry-driven approach, we investigated the CSF metabolome of 44 early-stage sporadic(More)
INTRODUCTION Myofibrillar myopathies are characterized by progressive muscle weakness and impressive abnormal protein aggregation in muscle fibers. In about 10 % of patients, the disease is caused by mutations in the MYOT gene encoding myotilin. The aim of our study was to decipher the composition of protein deposits in myotilinopathy to get new information(More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common neurodegenerative disorder, characterized by neuronal impairment leading to dramatic changes in brain. Amyloid-β peptides and tau protein are the most promising biomarkers for AD. Cerebrospinal fluid and plasma are used to determine the concentration of these species. Since the pathological processes of AD start(More)
Secondary mitochondrial dysfunction is a feature in a wide variety of human protein aggregate diseases caused by mutations in different proteins, both in the central nervous system and in striated muscle. The functional relationship between the expression of a mutated protein and mitochondrial dysfunction is largely unknown. In particular, the mechanism how(More)
Phytochromes are red/far-red light photoreceptors found in plants, cyanobacteria and heterotrophic bacteria. Biochemical analyses have established that the genes bphO and bphP (PA4116 and PA4117) of Pseudomonas aeruginosa encode both phytochrome components: BphO, a heme oxygenase that produces the linear tetrapyrrole chromophore biliverdin IXalpha, and(More)
Phosphospecific enrichment techniques and mass spectrometry (MS) are essential tools for comprehending the cellular phosphoproteome. Here, we report a fast and simple approach for low sequence-bias phosphoserine (pS) peptide capture and enrichment that is compatible with low biological or clinical sample input. The approach exploits molecularly imprinted(More)
Biomarker discovery for neurodegenerative disorders Relevance We are living in a rapidly aging population, which is associated with an increasing development of age-related diseases. Among these, neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease (PD) and Alzheimer ś disease, gain more and more attention owing to their irreversibility. Biochemical(More)
The bacterial phytochrome of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PaBphP) is an in vitro-active red/far-red light sensor histidine kinase of a two-component regulatory system. Despite solid biochemical data, its function in this heterotrophic, opportunistic pathogen is still unknown. Previous studies established that the genes encoding the two necessary phytochrome(More)
Hepatic fibrosis and cirrhosis are major health problems worldwide. Until now, highly invasive biopsy remains the diagnostic gold standard despite many disadvantages. To develop noninvasive diagnostic assays for the assessment of liver fibrosis, it is urgently necessary to identify molecules that are robustly expressed in association with the disease. We(More)