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See detailMALDI Mass Spectrometry Imaging: a new tool to decipher the antibiome of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens
Debois, Delphine ULg; Jourdan, Emmanuel; Cawoy, Hélène et al

Conference (2014, June 05)

Soil Bacillus isolates may devote up to 8% of their genome to nonribosomal synthesis of lipopeptide (LP)- and polyketide (PK)-type antibiotics. LPs from surfactin, iturin and fengycin families are known ... [more ▼]

Soil Bacillus isolates may devote up to 8% of their genome to nonribosomal synthesis of lipopeptide (LP)- and polyketide (PK)-type antibiotics. LPs from surfactin, iturin and fengycin families are known to exert different actions on the wellness of the producing strain such as fungitoxicity (iturin, fengycin) or motility, root colonization and immune stimulating agent (surfactin). Nevertheless, few is reported about the actual antibiome secreted in situ by Bacillus cells during confrontation with phytopathogens or plant root colonization. We developed a method mimicking the conditions prevailing in the rhizosphere and, taking advantage of the versatility of Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Mass Spectrometry Imaging, we were able to localize and identify antibiotics produced in situ by bacterial cells. First, we applied this new methodology to bioassays in which Bacillus amyloliquefaciens 98S were grown together with Fusarium oxysporum, with the aim of deciphering the role of the different LP families during the phytopathogen growth inhibition. Our results showed that the three LP families were readily produced in different proportions. Especially, images of surfactins, iturins and fengycins demonstrated that iturins are the antibiotic family actually involved in the antagonism against Fusarium oxysporum. In a second approach, we used a “in planta” model in which Bacillus amyloliquefaciens S499 was simultaneously grown with Tomato and Arabidopsis thaliana roots. Imaging results, obtained during a time course analysis, showed that surfactin is always the major lipopeptide detected. In further experiments involving a refined time-window, we observed that surfactin is actually produced as soon as 24h post inoculation. These results were the starting point of a wider study showing that the early accumulation of surfactin is a complex phenomenon involving, among other mechanisms, cell-well components recognition by bacteria, and that this interaction is a win-win association for both plant and bacterial cells. [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 MSI for ovarian cancer biomarkers research: latest developments of the technology for screening and tracking.
Longuespée, Rémi ULg

in Histochemistry & Cell Biology (2012, July), 138(1), 141-54

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See detailMALDI MSI for ovarian cancer biomarkers research: latest developments of the technology for screening and tracking.
Longuespée, Rémi ULg

in Histochemistry & Cell Biology (2012, July), 138(1), 141-54

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See detailMALDI MSI for ovarian cancer biomarkers research: latest developments of the technology for screening and tracking.
Longuespée, Rémi ULg

in Histochemistry & Cell Biology (2012, July), 138(1), 141-54

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See detailMALDI MSI for the screening of ovarian cancer biomarkers: new insight of the technology for new issues in pharmacology.
Longuespée, Rémi ULg; Boyon, Charlotte; Kerdraon, Olivier et al

Conference (2011, September)

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See detailMALDI-FTICR MS Imaging as a Powerful Tool to Identify Paenibacillus Antibiotics Involved in the Inhibition of Plant Pathogens
Debois, Delphine ULg; Ongena, Marc ULg; Cawoy, Hélène ULg et al

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2013), 24(8), 1202-1213

Nowadays, microorganisms are more and more often used as biocontrol agents for crop protection against diseases. Among them, bacteria of Bacillus and Paenibacillus genders are already used as commercial ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, microorganisms are more and more often used as biocontrol agents for crop protection against diseases. Among them, bacteria of Bacillus and Paenibacillus genders are already used as commercial biocontrol agents. Their mode of action is supposed to be related to their production of antibiotics, such as cyclic lipopeptides, which exhibit great antimicrobial activities. We chose to work with a Paenibacillus polymyxa strain (Pp56) very resistant to various microorganisms. The bacteria were grown simultaneously with Fusarium oxysporum and we applied matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (MALDI-FTICR) mass spectrometry to identify the antibiotics compounds present in the fungus growth inhibition area. We, therefore, identified fusaricidins A, B, and C and numerous members of the LI-F antibiotics family. MALDIFTICR mass spectrometry imaging was then used to follow the diffusion of lipopeptides involved in the inhibitory activity over time. We analyzed the molecular content of the inhibitory area at different Pp56 and Fusarium incubation durations and concluded that some lipopeptides such as fusaricidin B and a mixture of LI-F05b/06b/08a were mainly involved in the defense mechanism of Pp56. Our study confirms that MALDI imaging may be a powerful tool to quickly determine which molecular species is involved in an antagonism with another microorganism, avoiding time-consuming steps of extraction, purification, and activity tests, which are still commonly used in microbiology. [less ▲]

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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-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 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 detailMale aromatase knockout mice acquire a conditioned place preference for cocaine but not for contact with an estrous female
Pierman, S.; Tirelli, Ezio ULg; Douhard, Quentin ULg et al

in Behavioural Brain Research (2006), 174(1), 64-69

We have previously shown that male mice carrying a targeted mutation in the Cyp19 gene which encodes the aromatase enzyme (aromatase knockout or ArKO), showed a reduced interest to investigate volatile ... [more ▼]

We have previously shown that male mice carrying a targeted mutation in the Cyp19 gene which encodes the aromatase enzyme (aromatase knockout or ArKO), showed a reduced interest to investigate volatile odors from conspecifics in a Y-maze. We asked here whether the incentive value of reproductively relevant odors is reduced in ArKO males by comparing the ability of male wild-type (WT) and ArKO mice to learn a conditioned place preference using exposure to reproductively relevant odors as incentive stimuli. When the presence of an anesthetized estrous female or soiled bedding from estrous females was used as incentive stimuli, only WT and not male ArKO mice showed conditioned place preference suggesting that the reward value of these stimuli is reduced in ArKO males. However, ArKO males showed conditioned place preference when cocaine was used as incentive stimulus, indicating that ArKO males are able to learn the conditioned place preference procedure. These results thus further confirm the important role of estradiol in sexually related behavioral responses in male mice. [less ▲]

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See detailMale aromatase-knockout mice exhibit normal levels of activity, anxiety and "depressive-like" symptomatology
Dalla, C.; Antoniou, K.; Papadopoulou-Daifoti, Z. et al

in Behavioural Brain Research (2005), 163(2), 186-193

It is well known that estradiol derived from neural aromatization of testosterone plays a crucial role in the development of the male brain and the display of sexual behaviors in adulthood. It was ... [more ▼]

It is well known that estradiol derived from neural aromatization of testosterone plays a crucial role in the development of the male brain and the display of sexual behaviors in adulthood. It was recently found that male aromatase knockout mice (ArKO) deficient in estradiol due to a mutation in the aromatase gene have general deficits in coital behavior and are sexually less motivated. We wondered whether these behavioral deficits of ArKO males could be related to changes in activity, exploration, anxiety and "depressive-like" symptomatology. ArKO and wild type (WT) males were subjected to open field (OF), elevated plus maze (EPM), and forced swim tests (FST), after being exposed or not to chronic mild stress (CMS). CNIS was used to evaluate the impact of chronic stressful procedures and to unveil possible differences between genotypes. There was no effect of genotype on OF, EPM and FST behavioral parameters. WT and ArKO mice exposed to CMS or not exhibited the same behavioral profile during these three types of tests. However, all CMS-exposed mice (ArKO and WT) spent less time in the center of the EPM. Additionally, floating duration measured in the FST increased between two tests in both WT and ArKO mice, though that increase was less prominent in mice previously subjected to CNIS than in controls. Therefore, both ArKO and WT males displayed the same behavior and had the same response to CMS however CMS exposure slightly modified the behavior displayed by mice of both genotypes in the FST and EPM paradigms. These results show that ArKO males display normal levels of activity, exploration, anxiety and "depressive-like" symptomatology and thus their deficits in sexual behavior are specific in nature and do not result indirectly from other behavioral changes. (c) 2005 Published by Elsevier B.V. [less ▲]

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See detailMale hypogonadism caused by insolated LH deficiency : From pathology to gene, from gene to physiology
Valdes Socin, Hernan Gonzalo ULg; Salvi, R.; Pralong, F. et al

in The 85th Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society - Abstract book (2003)

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See detailMale hypogonadism caused by insolated LH deficiency : From pathology to gene, from gene to physiology
Valdes Socin, Hernan Gonzalo ULg; Salvi, R.; Pralong, F. et al

in 8th International Pituitary Congress - Abstract book (2003)

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See detailMale hypogonadism caused by insolated LH deficiency : From pathology to gene, from gene to physiology
Valdes Socin, Hernan Gonzalo ULg; Salvi, R.; Pralong, F. et al

in 12th International Congress of Endocrinology - Abstract book (2004)

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See detailMale hypogonadism caused by isolated LH deficiency : From pathology to gene, from gene to physiology
Valdes Socin, Hernan Gonzalo ULg; Salvi, R.; Pralong, F. et al

in Meeting of the Belgian Endocrine Society : December 2003 (2003, December)

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