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Mutations in alpha-synuclein gene cause familial form of Parkinson disease, and deposition of wild-type alpha-synuclein as Lewy bodies occurs as a hallmark lesion of sporadic Parkinson disease and dementia with Lewy bodies, implicating alpha-synuclein in the pathogenesis of Parkinson disease and related neurodegenerative diseases. Dopamine neurons in(More)
An improved method for proteomics studies, which includes the fluorogenic derivertization of protein mixtures with 7-chloro-4-(dimethylaminoethylaminosulfonyl)-2,1,3-benzoxadiazole (DAABD-Cl), followed by HPLC isolation, enzymatic digestion and identification of the derivatized proteins by HPLC-electrospray ionization (ESI)-MS/MS with the probability-based(More)
We have previously reported a highly sensitive method for the measurement of catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) activities in rat erythrocytes with norepinephrine (NE), an endogenous native substrate, using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)-fluorescence or peroxyoxalate chemiluminescence reaction detection. Applying this method to COMT(More)
The fluorogenic derivatization reagents with a positive charge, 4-(dimethylaminoethylaminosulfonyl)-7-chloro-2,1,3-benzoxadiazole (DAABD-Cl) and 7-chloro-2,1,3-benzoxadiazole-4-sulfonylaminoethyltrimethylammonium chloride (TAABD-Cl), are proposed for use in proteomics studies. Following derivatization of protein mixtures with these reagents, a series of(More)
Glycan Atlas is a set of glycan maps over the whole body of an organism. The glycan map that includes data of glycan structure and quantity displays micro-heterogeneity of the glycans in a tissue, an organ, or cells. The two-dimensional glycan mapping is widely used for structure analysis of N-linked oligosaccharides on glycoproteins. In this study we(More)
A method to measure catechol- O-methyltransferase (COMT) activity using high performance liquid chromatography-fluorescence detection with norepinephrine (NE) as a natural substrate was optimized for both soluble (S-) and membrane-bound (MB-) COMT activities in rat brain areas, cerebral cortex, cerebellum, hippocampus, brain stem, hypophysis, and(More)
BACKGROUND Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) catalyses the inactivation of catecholamines. It is widely distnbuted in most tissues in soluble (S-COMT) and membrane-bound (MB-COMT) forms. Recently, we used a new assay for COMT activity and demonstrated that COMT plays an important role in blood pressure regulation in spontaneously hypertensive rats. In(More)
Catecholamines (CAs) are important hormones in regulating blood pressure both in centrally and peripheral sympathetic nerve endings. Production of CAs, release and inactivation are three components to regulate CAs level. We have reported that the inactivation of CAs by catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) in the liver is important in high blood pressure in(More)
We established a sensitive and simultaneous determination method of 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC) and homovanillic acid (HVA) using HPLC-fluorescence detection. This method adopted the column-switching system, which included an on-line extraction of carboxylic acids by a strong anion-exchange column followed by separation on an ODS column,(More)
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