Sebastian D Friess

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Mitochondria contain a specific Ca2+ release pathway which operates when oxidized mitochondrial pyridine nucleotides are hydrolyzed. NAD+ hydrolysis and therefore Ca2+ release is possible when some vicinal thiols are cross-linked. Here we report that the thiol oxidant peroxovanadate inhibits the specific Ca2+ release pathway. In mitochondria, peroxovanadate(More)
Basic-region leucine zipper (bZIP) proteins are one of the largest transcription factor families that regulate a wide range of cellular functions. Owing to the stability of their coiled coil structure leucine zipper (LZ) domains of bZIP factors are widely employed as dimerization motifs in protein engineering studies. In the course of one such study, the(More)
Visualization of the vascular systems of organs or of small animals is important for an assessment of basic physiological conditions, especially in studies that involve genetically manipulated mice. For a detailed morphological analysis of the vascular tree, it is necessary to demonstrate the system in its entirety. In this study, we present a new(More)
A nonmetallic sample support for matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) mass spectrometry enhances the positive ion yield by 2 orders of magnitude and generally affects the charge balance in the desorption plume. We interpret the effects of the target material and of the sample preparation on MALDI mass spectra as a result of photoelectrons(More)
The mechanisms of the reduction of Cu(II) in matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI) are studied. In MALDI mass spectra, ions cationized by copper mostly contain Cu(I) even if Cu(II) salts are added to the sample. It was found that Cu(II) was reduced to Cu(I) by gas-phase charge exchange with matrix molecules, which is a(More)
Noncovalently bound complexes between basic sites of peptides/proteins and sulfonates are studied using Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization (MALDI) Mass Spectrometry. Reactive sulfonate dyes such as Cibacron Blue F3G-A are known to bind to protonated amino groups on the exterior of a protein. In this work, we examine a wide range of other sulfonates(More)
A new technique is presented for the coupling of atmospheric pressure matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (AP-MALDI) mass spectrometry with liquid delivery systems. Mass measurements of polymers and peptides are demonstrated using a co-dissolved matrix, e.g. alpha-cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid (HCCA). Improvements in terms of sensitivity are achieved(More)
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