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See detailDisulfide bond assignment and folding characterization of peptide toxins by Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry
Echterbille, Julien ULg; Quinton, Loïc ULg; Rosu, Frédéric ULg et al

Poster (2011)

Introduction Animal venoms are mainly composed of peptide toxins, which are highly structured by several disulfide bridges. Disulfide bridges are a key feature as (i) they increase the toxins efficiency ... [more ▼]

Introduction Animal venoms are mainly composed of peptide toxins, which are highly structured by several disulfide bridges. Disulfide bridges are a key feature as (i) they increase the toxins efficiency by lowering their immunogenicity; (ii) they provide the adequate conformation for high affinity binding to the biological receptor. The sequencing and the determination of the cysteine pairing is still challenging and therefore an important step in their structure analysis and the understanding of their interactions with receptors. In this work, we present a new strategy to sequence structured toxins and assign S-S bridges using ion mobility resolved MS/MS. Methods The method relies on the analysis of partially reduced multiple-disulfide peptide. The mixture of the different forms is resolved by ion mobility, followed by MS/MS acquisition on each mobility separated species. The proof of concept has been successfully conducted on α-CnI, a toxin purified from the venom of Conus consors marine snail. The toxin sequence is GRCCHPACGKYYSC-NH2. It contains four cysteines linked together with two disulfide bridges. α-CnI was partially reduced by a small excess of tris(carboxyethyl)phosphine (10:1) at 56°C during 30min. The resulting mixture was purified by ZipTip C18 micro columns before analysis by infusion nanoESI-Synapt-G2. Fragmentation was performed after the mobility cell, to obtain specific fragments of each species. Mobilograms and mass spectra were analyzed using MassLynx (v4.1) and Driftscope (v2.1) from Waters. Preliminary data Partial reduction of a-CnI was performed in order to obtain a mixture of oxidized (the two disulfides are formed), reduced (the two disulfides have been reduced) and partially reduced forms (only one of the two disulfides has been reduced). The arrival time distribution of triply charged ions reveals the presence of 4 different species, characterized by a different relative cross sections in the gas-phase. The charge state of the ions influences the ion mobility separation. Mass matching allows identifying the species: the first mobility (the most compact structure) was identified to be the oxidized folded toxin (M=1541.58 Da). The latest peak, corresponding to the larger cross-section, was identified as the fully reduced toxin (M=1545.6 Da). The second and the third mobility peaks were attributed to the two partially reduced forms in which only one disulfide bridge was reduced (M=1543.59 Da). The change in ion mobility depends on which S-S bridge is reduced. Ion mobility separated species give characteristic fragment ions upon fragmentation in the transfer cell (i.e. after ion mobility separator). Interestingly, fragment ions coming from partially reduced species, especially the C-S or S-S bond cleavages, clearly indicates that the disulfide linkage of α-CnI is (Cys1-Cys3) and (Cys2-Cys4) as expected from literature. The method is now being applied with success to more complex systems containing 3 or 4 disulfide bridges. The influence of the charge state on the mobility separation is systematically analyzed in terms of structural implications. Novel aspect Sequencing and disulfide bridges assignment of peptide toxins using ion mobility resolved MS/MS [less ▲]

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See detailWhat can Mass Spectrometry do for Toxinology?
Quinton, Loïc ULg

Conference (2010, December 10)

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See detailMass spectrometric sequencing of peptidic toxins : an overview
Quinton, Loïc ULg; Echterbille, Julien ULg; Pierre, Escoubas et al

in Editions de la SFET – SFET Editions (2010)

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See detailMALDI-In Source Decay Applied to Mass Spectrometry Imaging: A New Tool for Protein Identification.
Debois, Delphine ULg; Bertrand, Virginie ULg; Quinton, Loïc ULg et al

in Analytical Chemistry (2010), 82(10), 3969-4304

Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) imaging is a powerful technique giving access to the distribution of a large range of biomolecules directly from a tissue section ... [more ▼]

Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) imaging is a powerful technique giving access to the distribution of a large range of biomolecules directly from a tissue section, allowing, for example, the discovery of new pathological biomarkers. Nevertheless, one main difficulty lies in the identification of the detected species, especially proteins. MALDI-in source decay (ISD) is used to fragment ions directly in the mass spectrometer ion source. This technique does not require any special sample treatment but only the use of a specific MALDI matrix such as 2,5-dihydroxybenzoic acid or 1,5-diaminonaphthalene. MALDI-ISD is generally employed on classical, purified samples, but here we demonstrate that ISD can also be performed directly on mixtures and on a tissue slice leading to fragment ions, allowing the identification of major proteins without any further treatment. On a porcine eye lens slice, de novo sequencing was even performed. Crystallins not yet referenced in databases were identified by sequence homology with other mammalian species. On a mouse brain slice, we demonstrate that results obtained with ISD are comparable and even better than those obtained with a classical in situ digestion. [less ▲]

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See detailMALDI MS Tissue Imaging of Crystallins using an original metyhod to direct protein identification on lens slices
Bertrand, Virginie ULg; Debois, Delphine ULg; Quinton, Loïc ULg et al

Poster (2010, April 16)

The lens is a transparent, biconvex structure in the eye that, along with the cornea, helps to refract light to be focused on the retina. Crystallins, α, β and γ, are the predominant structural proteins ... [more ▼]

The lens is a transparent, biconvex structure in the eye that, along with the cornea, helps to refract light to be focused on the retina. Crystallins, α, β and γ, are the predominant structural proteins in lens. They constitute 90% of water soluble proteins and contribute to its transparency and refractive properties by a uniform concentration gradient in the lens. Nevertheless, if these crystallins undergo post translational modifications, they become less soluble and the opacity of eye lens increases. This phenomenon defines cataract. Yet, the nature and the mechanism of occurring of these modifications and how they happen are not fully understood. MALDI mass spectrometry imaging is a recent technique allowing examining proteins in their native location without the need for traditional processing methods such as extraction, homogenization, and separation. Nevertheless, one main difficulty lies in the identification of the detected species, especially proteins. MALDI-In Source Decay (MALDI-ISD) is a fragmentation process occurring in the mass spectrometer ion source. When the analyzed sample is a protein, ISD fragmentation leads to b-, c- and z-ions series, which allows for some sequencing of the protein. One great advantage of ISD is its fastness and easiness to be implemented since there is no need for a special treatment of the sample. The only requirement is the use of “ISD-favourable MALDI matrix” such as 2,5-dihydroxybenzoic acid or 1,5-diaminonaphtalene. 18 µm-thick equatorial sections of frozen porcine eye lenses were realized with a cryostat. 1,5-DAN matrix was either manually deposited or sprayed with an ImagePrep automated device (Bruker Daltonics). Data were acquired with an UltraFlex II MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometer (BD) in positive reflector mode. For imaging experiments, the surface of the sample was divided into 100-µm-wide pixels and 500 shots were averaged on each. Based on calculated mass differences between consecutive ISD fragments peaks, tags of amino acids were established and submitted to a search in protein databases using a BLAST algorithm (search by sequence homology). Imaging experiments showed that the localization information may be very useful to associate fragments which exhibit close distributions, suggesting they are originating from the same protein. It is thus possible to arrange fragments in groups of probable origin and to extract the mass spectrum of a high-intensity pixel. This allows to work with a “purified” ISD mass spectrum where fragments of only one protein are present and potentially exhibiting a higher number of peaks, leading to a longer tag and to an easier identification. With this imaging strategy, we were able to identify (by homology) the Beta-Crystallins S and B2, the Gamma-Crystallin B, the Alpha-Crystallin A. [less ▲]

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See detailMALDI-TOF/TOF sequencing of peptide toxins from animal venoms
Quinton, Loïc ULg; Echterbille, Julien ULg; Gilles, Nicolas et al

Poster (2010, April 16)

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See detailMass spectrometry imaging of rat brain sections: nanomolar sensitivity with MALDI versus nanometer resolution by TOF–SIMS
Benabdellah, Farida; Seyer, Alexandre; Quinton, Loïc ULg et al

in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (2010), 396(1), 151-162

Mass spectrometry imaging is becoming a more and more widely used method for chemical mapping of organic and inorganic compounds from various surfaces, especially tissue sections. Two main different ... [more ▼]

Mass spectrometry imaging is becoming a more and more widely used method for chemical mapping of organic and inorganic compounds from various surfaces, especially tissue sections. Two main different techniques are now available: matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionizaton, where the sample, preliminary coated by an organic matrix, is analyzed by a UV laser beam; and secondary ion mass spectrometry, for which the target is directly submitted to a focused ion beam. Both techniques revealed excellent performances for lipid mapping of tissue surfaces. This article will discuss similarities, differences, and specificities of ion images generated by these two techniques in terms of sample preparation, sensitivity, ultimate spatial resolution, and structural analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailIsolation and pharmacological characterization of AdTx1, a natural peptide displaying specific insurmountable antagonism of the alpha1A-adrenoceptor
Quinton, Loïc ULg; Girard, E.; Maiga, A. et al

in British Journal of Pharmacology (2010), 159

Venoms are a rich source of ligands for ion channels, but very little is known about their capacity to modulate G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) activity. We developed a strategy to identify novel toxins ... [more ▼]

Venoms are a rich source of ligands for ion channels, but very little is known about their capacity to modulate G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) activity. We developed a strategy to identify novel toxins targeting GPCRs. Experimental approach: We studied the interactions of mamba venom fractions with a1-adrenoceptors in binding experiments with 3H-prazosin. The active peptide (AdTx1) was sequenced by Edman degradation and mass spectrometry fragmentation. Its synthetic homologue was pharmacologically characterized by binding experiments using cloned receptors and by functional experiments on rabbit isolated prostatic smooth muscle [less ▲]

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See detailSelective reduction of C = C double bonds in matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry of microcystins
Deleuze, Christelle ULg; De Pauw, Edwin ULg; Quinton, Loïc ULg

in European Journal of Mass Spectrometry (Chichester, England) (2010), 16(1), 91-9

Cyanobacteria are photosynthetic bacteria encountered in various aquatic environments. Some of them are able to produce powerful toxins called cyanotoxins. Among cyanotoxins, microcystins (MCs) constitute ... [more ▼]

Cyanobacteria are photosynthetic bacteria encountered in various aquatic environments. Some of them are able to produce powerful toxins called cyanotoxins. Among cyanotoxins, microcystins (MCs) constitute a group of closely related cyclic heptapeptides. Their sequences are made up of classical amino acids as well as post- translational modified ones. Interestingly, in vivo metabolism of microcystins seems to be greatly dependent on various minor structural differences and particularly those of the seventh amino acid, which can be either dehydroalanine (or a derivative), dehydroaminobutyric acid (or a derivative), serine or alanine. As a consequence, microcystins have been classified on the basis of the nature of this singular amino acid. A major difficulty in the classification of such toxins is that some of them share the same molecular masses and the same molecular formulas. Consequently, a simple mass measurement is not sufficient to determine the structure and the class of a toxin of interest. Heavy and expensive techniques are used to classify them, such as multi-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance and amino acid analysis. In this work, a new matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight method leading to an easy classification of MCs is proposed. The methodology relies on the reductive properties of the matrix 1,5-diaminonaphtalene (1,5-DAN) which appears to be able to selectively reduce the double carbon-carbon bond belonging to the seventh amino acid. Moreover, the yield of reduction seems to be influenced by the degree of substitution of this double bond, allowing a discrimination between dehydroalanine and dehydroaminobutyric acid. This selective reduction was confirmed by the study of three synthetic peptides by mass spectrometry and tandem mass spectrometry. According to these results, the use of reductive matrices seems to be promising in the study of microcystins and in their classification. More generally, 1,5-DAN allows the selective reduction of double carbon-carbon bonds. This property could also be employed in the characterization of others types of compound displaying double bonds (petrochemistry, metabolomics....). [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of a novel snake peptide displaying high affinity and antagonist behaviour for the alpha2-adrenoreceptors
Rouget, Céline; Quinton, Loïc ULg; Maïga, Arhamatoulaye et al

in British Journal of Pharmacology (2010), 161

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See detailSecretion and maturation of toxins in the venom duct of Conustextile
Dobson, Rowan ULg; Corbesier, Corine; Collodoro, Mike et al

Conference (2009, December 02)

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See detailMALDI-Top-Down of Proteins: Overview and Applications
Quinton, Loïc ULg; Demeure, Kevin ULg; Resemann, Anja et al

Conference (2009, June)

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See detailMaturation of toxins in the venom duct of conustextile
Dobson, Rowan ULg; Collodoro, Mike; Gilles, Nicolas et al

Poster (2009, June)

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See detailTxXIIIA, an atypical homodimeric conotoxin found in the Conus textilevenom
Quinton, Loïc ULg; Gilles, Nicolas; De Pauw, Edwin ULg

Poster (2009, June)

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See detailTxXIIIA, an atypical homodimeric conotoxin found in the Conus textile venom
Quinton, Loïc ULg; Gilles, Nicolas; De Pauw, Edwin ULg

in Journal of Proteomics (2009), 72(2), 219-226

Venoms of predatory Conus snails are composed of several hundreds of peptide toxins. Many of these peptides display a high selectivity for particular membrane receptors such as ionic channels or G-protein ... [more ▼]

Venoms of predatory Conus snails are composed of several hundreds of peptide toxins. Many of these peptides display a high selectivity for particular membrane receptors such as ionic channels or G-protein coupled receptors. This property makes them very promising tools for the study of receptors and potential new drugs. Conus snails synthesize toxins under various folds, each fold related to particular pharmacological activities. Aiming the discovery of new conotoxins, we looked for toxins with original fold in the Conus textile venom by offline LC-MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometry. Venom fractions were analysed by MALDI-TOF (in 2,5-dihydroxybenzoic acid) before and after the “in-solution” reduction of the disulfide bridges. Comparison of the spectra allows the classification of a large number of conotoxins according to the number of disulfide bridges. We focussed on a component at m/z 2785.7 (non-reduced)/ 1398.4 (reduced), which might represent a novel type of homodimeric toxin. The sequence TSDCCFYHNCCC was determined by De novo sequencing on the reduced species and represent a new fold. This sequence has already been described as the C-terminus part of a conotoxin scaffold IX precursor (expasy: Q9BPH1) but the power of our study resides in the fact that mass spectrometry highlights the right length of the toxin as well as its homodimeric form which could not be determined by the previous cDNA study. TxXIIIA is also the first homodimeric conotoxin with five disulfide bonds and composed of two monomers containing an odd number of cysteins. [less ▲]

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See detailTxXIIIA, an atypical homodimeric conotoxin found in the Conus textile venom
Quinton, Loïc ULg; Gilles, Nicolas; De Pauw, Edwin ULg

Poster (2009, March)

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