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Staphylococcus aureus is an important human pathogen frequently resistant to a wide range of antibiotics. Methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) strains are common nosocomial pathogens that pose a world-wide problem. Rapid and accurate discrimination between methicillin-sensitive S. aureus (MSSA) and methicillin-resistant S. aureus is essential for(More)
The fragmentation of peptides under laser-induced dissociation (LID) as well as high-energy collision-induced dissociation (CID) conditions has been investigated. The effect of the different fragmentation mechanisms on the formation of specific fragment ion types and the usability of the resulting spectra, e.g. for high-throughput protein identification,(More)
A new approach for the characterization of conformationally dependent epitope structures in protein antigens is described using differential chemical modification of immune complexes in combination with mass spectrometric peptide mapping analysis. Well-established methods for epitope characterization are frequently not applicable to conformationally(More)
The ancestral galectin from the sponge Geodia cydonium (GCG) is classified on a structural basis to the prototype subfamily, whereas its carbohydrate-binding specificity is related to that of the mammalian chimera-type galectin-3. This dual coordination reveals GCG as a potential precursor of the later evolved galectin subfamilies, which is reflected in the(More)
Both the generation and the analysis of proteomics data are now widespread, and high-throughput approaches are commonplace. Protocols continue to increase in complexity as methods and technologies evolve and diversify. To encourage the standardized collection, integration, storage and dissemination of proteomics data, the Human Proteome Organization's(More)
Matrilin-4 is the most recently identified member of the matrilin family of von Willebrand factor A-like domain containing extracellular matrix adapter proteins. Full-length matrilin-4 was expressed in 293-EBNA cells, purified using affinity tags, and subjected to biochemical characterization. The largest oligomeric form of recombinantly expressed(More)
We describe here a new approach for the identification of affinity-bound proteins by proteolytic generation and mass spectrometric analysis of their antibody bound epitope peptides (epitope excision). The cardiac muscle protein troponin T was chosen as a protein antigen because of its diagnostic importance in myocardial infarct, and its previously(More)
We have developed a rapid, microplate-format plasmid isolation procedure to purify sequencing-grade DNA templates for high-throughput DNA sequencing operations. A modified lysozyme/boiling method is used to produce a plasmid-containing supernatant that is then purified by iron bead capture. After binding, the beads are pelleted in a magnetic field, washed(More)
To reveal insight into the initiation of mammalian O-mannosylation in vivo, recombinant glycosylation probes containing sections of human alpha-dystroglycan (hDG) were expressed in epithelial cell lines. We demonstrate that O-mannosylation within the mucin domain of hDG occurs preferentially at Thr/Ser residues that are flanked by basic amino acids. Protein(More)