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Natural peptides displaying agonist activity on the orphan G protein-coupled receptor GPR54 were isolated from human placenta. These 54-, 14,- and 13-amino acid peptides, with a common RF-amide C terminus, derive from the product of KiSS-1, a metastasis suppressor gene for melanoma cells, and were therefore designated kisspeptins. They bound with low(More)
Dendritic cells (DCs) and macrophages are professional antigen-presenting cells (APCs) that play key roles in both innate and adaptive immunity. ChemR23 is an orphan G protein-coupled receptor related to chemokine receptors, which is expressed specifically in these cell types. Here we present the characterization of chemerin, a novel chemoattractant(More)
This paper reports the use of an experimental matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation (MALDI) ion source fitted to a quadrupole time-of-flight (Q-Tof) mass spectrometer for the analysis of carbohydrates, particularly the N-linked glycans from glycoproteins. Earlier work on the Q-Tof instrument, using electrospray ionisation, gave excellent MS/MS(More)
A study has been undertaken to evaluate the usefulness of MALDI Q-TOF data for protein identification. The comparison of MS data of protein digests obtained on a conventional MALDI TOF instrument to the MS data from the MALDI Q-TOF reveal peptide patterns with similar intensity ratios. However, comparison of MS/MS Q-TOF data produced by nanoelectrospray(More)
Attempts at protein profiling in the alkaline pH region using isoelectric focusing have often proved difficult, greatly limiting the scope of proteome analysis. We investigated several parameters using custom pH 8-11 immobilized pH gradients to separate a Caulobacter crescentus membrane preparation. These included sample application, quenching endoosomotic(More)
Characterization of the major human milk fat globular membrane proteins was carried out using proteomic techniques comprising two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, followed by in situ PNGase F and trypsin digestion. Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization quadrupole time-of-flight and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry identified(More)
This paper reports the use of a quadrupole time-of-flight (Q-TOF) mass spectrometer fitted with a matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) ion source for the analysis of neutral and acidic glycosphingolipids. All compounds gave strong [M + Na]+ ions with 2,5-dihydroxybenzoic acid as the matrix, with no loss of sensitivity with increasing mass as(More)
N-Linked oligosaccharide mixtures released from a number of standard glycoproteins were derivatised with 3-acetylamino-6-acetylaminoacridine (AA-Ac) using reductive amination. Analysis of these mixtures using an experimental matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation (MALDI) hybrid quadrupole orthogonal acceleration time-of-flight (Q-TOF) mass spectrometer(More)
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