Simin D. Maleknia

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This review describes mass spectrometry-based strategies and investigations to determine protein structure, folding dynamics, and protein-protein interactions in solution through the use of radical reagents. The radicals are generated in high flux within microseconds from synchrotron radiation and discharge sources, and react with proteins on time scales(More)
A method is described for the rapid identification of biogenic, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted by plants, including the analysis of the temperature dependence of those emissions. Direct analysis in real time (DART) enabled ionization of VOCs from stem and leaf of several eucalyptus species including E. cinerea, E. citriodora, E. nicholii and E.(More)
A new approach is described to probe the structure of proteins through their reactivity with oxygen-containing radicals. Radical-induced oxidative modification of proteins is achieved within an electrospray ion source using oxygen as a reactive nebulizer gas at high needle voltages. This method facilitates the rapid oxidation of proteins as the molecules(More)
A new approach is reported that combines synchrotron radiolysis and mass spectrometry to probe the surface of proteins. Hydroxyl radicals produced upon the radiolysis of protein solutions with synchrotron light for several milliseconds result in the reaction of amino acid side chains. This results in the formation of stable oxidation products where the(More)
A new approach is reported that combines synchrotron radiolysis and mass spectrometry to probe the structure of proteins. Hydroxyl radicals produced upon the radiolysis of protein solutions using synchrotron light modify amino acid side-chains on millisecond timescales. This results in the formation of stable oxidation products where the level of oxidation(More)
Radiolysis of peptide and protein solutions with high-energy X-ray beams induces stable, covalent modifications of amino acid residues that are useful for synchrotron protein footprinting. A series of 5-14 amino acid residue peptides of varied sequences were selected to study their synchrotron radiolysis chemistry. Radiolyzed peptide products were detected(More)
A high throughput method for species identification and classification through chemometric processing of direct analysis in real time (DART) mass spectrometry-derived fingerprint signatures has been developed. The method entails introduction of samples to the open air space between the DART ion source and the mass spectrometer inlet, with the entire(More)
Radiolysis of water by synchrotron X-rays generates oxygen-containing radicals that undergo reactions with solvent accessible sites of macromolecules inducing stable covalent modifications or cleavage on millisecond time scales. The extent and site of these reactions are determined by gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry analysis. These data are used(More)
The calcium-dependent interaction of calmodulin and melittin is studied through the application of a radical probe approach in which solutions of the protein and peptide and protein alone are subjected to high fluxes of hydroxyl and other oxygen radicals on millisecond timescales. These radicals are generated by an electrical discharge within an(More)
The role of amino acid side chain oxidation in the formation of amyloid assemblies has been investigated. Chemical oxidation of amino acid side chains has been used as a facile method of introducing mutations on protein structures. Oxidation promotes changes within tertiary contacts that enable identification of residues and interactions critical in(More)