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Feasibility of ultra high performance supercritical neat carbon dioxide. chromatography at conventional pressures
Laboratoire Sciences Analytiques Bioanalytiques et Miniaturisation - C. Sarazin, D. Thiebaut, P. Sassiat,J. Vial
J. Sep. Sci. - 34(19) :2773-8 - DOI:10.1002/jssc.201100332 - 2011
The implementation of columns packed with sub-2 µm particles in supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) is described using neat carbon dioxide as the mobile phase. A conventional supercritical fluid chromatograph was slightly modified to reduce extra column band broadening. Performances of a column packed with 1.8 µm C18-bonded silica particles in SFC using neat carbon dioxide as the mobile phase were compared with results obtained in ultra high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) using a dedicated chromatograph. As expected and usual in SFC, higher linear velocities than in UHPLC must be applied in order to reach optimal efficiency owing to higher diffusion coefficient of solutes in the mobile phase; similar numbers of theoretical plates were obtained with both techniques. Very fast separations of hydrocarbons are presented using two different alkyl-bonded silica columns.
Differential RNA-binding activity of the hnRNP G protein correlated with the sex genotype in the amphibian oocyte
Laboratoire Spectrométrie de masse biologique et protéomique - Kanhoush, R; Praseuth, D; Perrin, C; Chardard, D; Vinh, J; Penrad-Mobayed, M.
Nucleic Acids Res. - 39(10) :4109-21 - DOI:10.1093/nar/gkq1315 - 2011
A proteomic approach has enabled the identification of an orthologue of the splicing factor hnRNP G in the amphibians Xenopus tropicalis, Ambystoma mexicanum, Notophthalmus viridescens and Pleurodeles walt, which shows a specific RNA-binding affinity similar to that of the human hnRN G protein. Three isoforms of this protein with a differential binding affinity for a specific RNA probe were identified in the P. walt oocyte. In situ hybridization to lampbrush chromosomes of P. waltl revealed the presence of a family of hnRNP G genes, which were mapped on the Z and W chromosomes and one autosome. This indicates that the isoforms identified in this study are possibly encoded by a gene family linked to the evolution of sex chromosomes similarly to the hnRNP G/RBMX gene family in mammals.
T Cells Recognizing a Peptide Contaminant Undetectable by Mass Spectrometry
Laboratoire Spectrométrie de masse biologique et protéomique - Brezar V, Culina S, Osterbye T, Guillonneau F, Chiappetta G, Verdier Y, Vinh J, Wong FS, Buus S, Mallone R.
PLoS One - 6(12) :e28866 - DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0028866 - 2011
Synthetic peptides are widely used in immunological research as epitopes to stimulate their cognate T cells. These preparations are never completely pure, but trace contaminants are commonly revealed by mass spectrometry quality controls. In an effort to characterize novel major histocompatibility complex (MHC) Class I-restricted ß-cell epitopes in non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice, we identified islet-infiltrating CD8+ T cells recognizing a contaminating peptide. The amount of this contaminant was so small to be undetectable by direct mass spectrometry. Only after concentration by liquid chromatography, we observed a mass peak corresponding to an immunodominant islet-specific glucose-6-phosphatase catalytic subunit-related protein (IGRP)206-214 epitope described in the literature. Generation of CD8+ T-cell clones recognizing IGRP206-214 using a novel method confirmed the identity of the contaminant, further underlining the immunodominance of IGRP206-214. If left undetected, minute impurities in synthetic peptide preparations may thus give spurious results.
Reversed-phase HPLC and hyphenated analytical strategies for peptidomics
Laboratoire Spectrométrie de masse biologique et protéomique - Hesse AM, Ndiaye S, Vinh J.
Methods Mol Biol. - 789 :203-21 - DOI:10.1007/978-1-61779-310-3_13. - 2011
Peptide study and analysis widely involve liquid chromatography. Among the different strategies available, reversed-phase liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) is one of the methods of choice to separate species in a nontargeted approach. The compounds are sorted according to their hydrophobicity, even though the experimental order of elution could change according to the nature of the mobile phase and the stationary phase. In our work, we have developed protocols to resolve hundred of peptidic species. To overcome the limitations of peak capacity of RP-HPLC alone, it has been coupled downstream to tandem mass spectrometry using two different ionization modes. To overcome the limitations of peak capacity of RP-HPLC MS/MS, it has been coupled upstream to strong cation exchange liquid chromatography. Multidimensional analysis allows for a deeper description of a sample because the limit of detection is often due to a lack of dynamic range of the detection itself rather than due to a lack of sensitivity. In this chapter, different protocols are presented. They should be considered as examples that could be used as starting point for new protocols optimization. Even if RP-HPLC is a universal peptide separation method, it should be optimized according to the specific characteristics of the peptide(s) of interest.
Microchip integrating magnetic nanoparticles for allergy diagnosis
Laboratoire Synthèse Electrochimie Imagerie et Systèmes Analytiques - Teste B, Malloggi F, Siaugue JM, Varenne A, Kanoufi F, Descroix S.
Lab. Chip - 11(24) :4207-13 - DOI:10.1039/c1lc20809h - 2011
We report on the development of a simple and easy to use microchip dedicated to allergy diagnosis. This microchip combines both the advantages of homogeneous immunoassays i.e. species diffusion and heterogeneous immunoassays i.e. easy separation and preconcentration steps. In vitro allergy diagnosis is based on specific Immunoglobulin E (IgE) quantitation, in that way we have developed and integrated magnetic core-shell nanoparticles (MCSNPs) as an IgE capture nanoplatform in a microdevice taking benefit from both their magnetic and colloidal properties. Integrating such immunosupport allows to perform the target analyte (IgE) capture in the colloidal phase thus increasing the analyte capture kinetics since both immunological partners are diffusing during the immune reaction. This colloidal approach improves 1000 times the analyte capture kinetics compared to conventional methods. Moreover, based on the MCSNPs' magnetic properties and on the magnetic chamber we have previously developed the MCSNPs and therefore the target can be confined and preconcentrated within the microdevice prior to the detection step. The MCSNPs preconcentration factor achieved was about 35,000 and allows to reach high sensitivity thus avoiding catalytic amplification during the detection step. The developed microchip offers many advantages: the analytical procedure was fully integrated on-chip, analyses were performed in short assay time (20 min), the sample and reagents consumption was reduced to few microlitres (5 µL) while a low limit of detection can be achieved (about 1 ng mL(-1)).
On-chip multi-electrochemical sensor array platform for simultaneous screening of nitric oxide and peroxynitrite
Laboratoire Synthèse Electrochimie Imagerie et Systèmes Analytiques - Quinton D., Girard A., Kim LTT., Raimbault V., Griscom L., Razan F., Griveau S., Bedioui F.
Lab. Chip - 11 :1342-50 - DOI:10.1039/c0lc00585a - 2011
In this work we report on the design, microfabrication and analytical performances of a new electrochemical sensor array (ESA) which allows for the first time the simultaneous amperometric detection of nitric oxide (NO) and peroxynitrite (ONOO(-)), two biologically relevant molecules. The on-chip device includes individually addressable sets of gold ultramicroelectrodes (UMEs) of 50 µm diameter, Ag/AgCl reference electrode and gold counter electrode. The electrodes are separated into two groups; each has one reference electrode, one counter electrode and 110 UMEs specifically tailored to detect a specific analyte. The ESA is incorporated on a custom interface with a cell culture well and spring contact pins that can be easily interconnected to an external multichannel potentiostat. Each UME of the network dedicated to the detection of NO is electrochemically modified by electrodepositing thin layers of poly(eugenol) and poly(phenol). The detection of NO is performed amperometrically at 0.8 V vs. Ag/AgCl in phosphate buffer solution (PBS, pH = 7.4) and other buffers adapted to biological cell culture, using a NO-donor. The network of UMEs dedicated to the detection of ONOO(-) is used without further chemical modification of the surface and the uncoated gold electrodes operate at -0.1 V vs. Ag/AgCl to detect the reduction of ONOOH in PBS. The selectivity issue of both sensors against major biologically relevant interfering analytes is examined. Simultaneous detection of NO and ONOO(-) in PBS is also achieved.
Magnetic core shell nanoparticles trapping in a microdevice generating high magnetic gradient
Laboratoire Synthèse Electrochimie Imagerie et Systèmes Analytiques - Teste B, Malloggi F, Gassner AL, Georgelin T, Siaugue JM, Varenne A, Girault H, Descroix S.
Lab. Chip - 11(5) :833-40 - DOI:10.1039/c0lc00510j - 2011
Magnetic core shell nanoparticles (MCSNPs) 30 nm diameter with a magnetic weight of 10% are usually much too small to be trapped in microfluidic systems using classical external magnets. Here, a simple microchip for efficient MCSNPs trapping and release is presented. It comprises a bed of micrometric iron beads (6-8 µm diameter) packed in a microchannel against a physical restriction and presenting a low dead volume of 0.8 nL. These beads of high magnetic permeability are used to focus magnetic field lines from an external permanent magnet and generate local high magnetic gradients. The nanoparticles magnetic trap has been characterised both by numerical simulations and fluorescent MCSNPs imaging. Numerical simulations have been performed to map both the magnetic flux density and the magnetic force, and showed that MCSNPs are preferentially trapped at the iron bead magnetic poles where the magnetic force is increased by 3 orders of magnitude. The trapping efficiency was experimentally determined using fluorescent MCSNPs for different flow rates, different iron beads and permanent magnet positions. At a flow rate of 100 µL h(-1), the nanoparticles trapping/release can be achieved within 20 s with a preconcentration factor of 4000.
Determination of binding parameters between lysozyme and its aptamer by frontal analysis continuous microchip electrophoresis (FACMCE)
Laboratoire Synthèse Electrochimie Imagerie et Systèmes Analytiques - Girardot M, Li HY, Descroix S, Varenne A.
J. Chrom. A - 1218 :4052-8 - DOI:10.1016/j.chroma.2011.04.077 - 2011
An original and simple methodology based on microchip electrophoresis (MCE) in a continuous frontal analysis mode (named frontal analysis continuous microchip electrophoresis, FACMCE) was developed for the simultaneous determination of the binding parameters, i.e. ligand-site dissociation constant (k(d)) and number of binding sites on the substrate (n). This simultaneous determination was exemplified with the interaction between an aptamer and its target. The selected target is a strongly basic protein, lysozyme, as its quantification is of great interest due to its antimicrobial and allergenic properties. A glass microdevice equipped with a fluorescence detection system was coated with hydroxypropylcellulose, reducing the electroosmotic flow and adsorption onto the channel walls. This microdevice allowed the continuous electrokinetic injection of a mixture of fluorescently labelled aptamer and non-labelled lysozyme. By determining the concentration of the free fluorescently labelled aptamer thanks to its corresponding plateau height, mathematical linearization methods allowed to determine a k(d) value of 48.4±8.0 nM, consistent with reported results (31 nM), while the average number of binding sites n on lysozyme, never determined before, was 0.16±0.03. These results seem to indicate that the buffer nature and the SELEX process should influence the number and affinity of the binding sites. In parallel it has been shown that the binding between lysozyme and its aptamer presents two sites of different binding affinities.
Microelectrochemical patterning of gold surfaces using 4-azidobenzenediazonium and scanning electrochemical microscopy
Laboratoire Synthèse Electrochimie Imagerie et Systèmes Analytiques - Coates M., Cabet E., Griveau S., Nyokong T., Bedioui F.
Electrochemistry Communications - 13 :150-3 - DOI:10.1016/j.elecom.2010.11.037 - 2011
This work describes for the first time the possibility of performing local micro electrochemical grafting of a gold substrate by 4-azidobenzenediazonium by SECM in a single and simple one step without complications from adsorption. The electrografted spots of diazonium were performed by positioning a Pt tip at a given distance above the gold substrate and the SECM was used in a three-electrode configuration (the Pt tip serving as the microanode) in acetonitrile containing 5 mM 4-azidobenzenediazonium and 0.1 M Bu4NBF4 during 10 ms. The dimensions of the derivatized areas of the substrates were finely tuned by using different experimental conditions (tip distance above the substrate, tip diameter, presence or absence of supporting electrolyte). The use of the azido-derivated diazonium molecule and these preliminary results open the gate to important applications and developments devoted to the local micro functionalization of electrodes by thin layers that allow the implementation of the emerging and attractive interfacial click reaction.
Force fluctuations assist nanopore unzipping of DNA
Laboratoire Nanobiophysiques - V Viasnoff, N Chiaruttini, J Muzard, and U Bockelmann
Journal of Physics : Condensed Matter - 22(45) :454122 - DOI:10.1088/0953-8984/22/45/454122 - 2010
We experimentally study the statistical distributions and the voltage dependence of the unzipping time of 45 base-pair-long double-stranded DNA through a nanopore. We then propose a quantitative theoretical description considering the nanopore unzipping process as a random walk of the opening fork through the DNA sequence energy landscape biased by a time-fluctuating force. To achieve quantitative agreement fluctuations need to be correlated over the millisecond range and have an amplitude of order kBT/bp. Significantly slower or faster fluctuations are not appropriate, suggesting that the unzipping process is efficiently enhanced by noise in the kHz range. We further show that the unzipping time of short 15 base-pair hairpins does not always increase with the global stability of the double helix and we theoretically study the role of DNA elasticity on the conversion of the electrical bias into a mechanical unzipping force.
Dansyl-peptides matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometric (MALDI-MS) and tandem mass spectrometric (MS/MS) features improve the liquid chromatography/MALDI-MS/MS analysis of the proteome
Laboratoire Spectrométrie de masse biologique et protéomique - Chiappetta G, Ndiaye S, Demey E, Haddad I, Marino G, Amoresano A, Vinh J.
Rapid Commun Mass Spectrom - 24(20) :3021-32 - DOI:10.1002/rcm.4734 - 2010
Peptide tagging is a useful tool to improve matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization tandem mass spectrometric (MALDI-MS/MS) analysis. We present a new application of the use of the dansyl chloride (DNS-Cl). DNS-Cl is a specific primary amine reagent widely used in protein biochemistry. It adds a fluorescent dimethylaminonaphthalene moiety to the molecule. The evaluation of MALDI-MS and MS/MS analyses of dansylated peptides shows that dansylation raises the ionization efficiency of the most hydrophilic species compared with the most hydrophobic ones. Consequently, higher Mascot scores and protein sequence coverage are obtained by combining MS and MS/MS data of native and tagged samples. The N-terminal DNS-Cl sulfonation improves the peptide fragmentation and promotes the generation of b-fragments allowing better peptide sequencing. In addition, we set up a labeling protocol based on the microwave chemistry. Peptide dansylation proved to be a rapid and cheap method to improve the performance of liquid chromatography (LC)/MALDI-MS/MS analysis at the proteomic scale in terms of peptide detection and sequence coverage.
T7 RNA polymerase studied by force measurements varying cofactor concentration
Laboratoire Nanobiophysiques - P. Thomen, P. J. Lopez, U. Bockelmann, J. Guillerez, M. Dreyfus, and F. Heslot
Biophys. J. - 95(5) :2423–33 - DOI:10.1529/biophysj.107.125096 - 2009
RNA polymerases carry out the synthesis of an RNA copy from a DNA template. They move along DNA, incorporate nucleotide triphosphate (NTP) at the end of the growing RNA chain, and consume chemical energy. In a single-molecule assay using the T7 RNA polymerase, we study how a mechanical force opposing the forward motion of the enzyme along DNA affects the translocation rate. We also study the influence of nucleotide and magnesium concentration on this process. The experiment shows that the opposing mechanical force is a competitive inhibitor of nucleotide binding. Also, the single-molecule data suggest that magnesium ions are involved in a step that does not depend on the external load force. These kinetic results associated with known biochemical and mutagenic data, along with the static information obtained from crystallographic structures, shape a very coherent view of the catalytic cycle of the enzyme: translocation does not take place upon NTP binding nor upon NTP cleavage, but rather occurs after PPi release and before the next nucleotide binding event. Furthermore, the energetic bias associated with the forward motion of the enzyme is close to kT and represents only a small fraction of the free energy of nucleotide incorporation and pyrophosphate hydrolysis.
Probing DNA base pairing energy profiles using a nanopore
Laboratoire Nanobiophysiques - Virgile Viasnoff, Nicolas Chiaruttini, and Ulrich Bockelmann
European Biophysics Journal - 38(2) :263–9 - PMID:18836709 - 2009
We experimentally show that the voltage driven unzipping of long DNA duplexes by an a-hemolysin pore is sensitive to the shape of the base pairing energy landscape. Two sequences of equal global stability were investigated. The sequence with an homogeneous base pairing profile translocates faster than the one with alternative weak and strong regions. We could qualitatively account for theses observations by theoretically describing the voltage driven translocation as a biased random walk of the unzipping fork in the sequence dependent energy landscape.
Chiral Colloidal Clusters
Laboratoire Colloïdes et Matériaux Divisés - D. Zerrouki, J. Baudry, D. Pine, P. Chaikin, J. Bibette
Nature - 455 :380-2 - DOI:10.1038/nature07237 - 2008
Chirality is an important element of biology, chemistry and physics. Once symmetry is broken and a handedness is established, biochemical pathways are set. In DNA, the double helix arises from the existence of two competing length scales, one set by the distance between monomers in the sugar backbone, and the other set by the stacking of the base pairs1. Here we use a colloidal system to explore a simple forcing route to chiral structures. To do so we have designed magnetic colloids that, depending on both their shape and induced magnetization, self-assemble with controlled helicity. We model the two length scales with asymmetric colloidal dumbbells linked by a magnetic belt at their waist. In the presence of a magnetic field the belts assemble into a chain and the steric constraints imposed by the asymmetric spheres force the chain to coil. We show that if the size ratio between the spheres is large enough, a single helicity is adopted, right or left. The realization of chiral colloidal clusters opens up a new link between colloidal science and chemistry. These colloidal clusters may also find use as mesopolymers, as optical and light-activated structures2, and as models for enantiomeric separation.
Decompressing Emulsion Droplets Favors Coalescence
Laboratoire Colloïdes et Matériaux Divisés - N. Brémond, A.R. Thiam, J. Bibette
Phys. Rev. Lett. - 100(2) :024501 - DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.100.024501 - 2008
The destabilization process of an emulsion under flow is investigated in a microfluidic device. The experimental approach enables us to generate a periodic train of droplet pairs, and thus to isolate and analyze the basic step of the destabilization, namely, the coalescence of two droplets which collide. We demonstrate a counterintuitive phenomenon: coalescence occurs during the separation phase and not during the impact. Separation induces the formation of two facing nipples in the contact area that hastens the connection of the interfaces prior to fusion. Moreover, droplet pairs initially stabilized by surfactants can be destabilized by forcing the separation. Finally, we note that the fusion mechanism is responsible for a cascade of coalescence events in a compact system of droplets where the separation is driven by surface tension.
Measuring the kinetics of biomolecular recognition with magnetic colloids
Laboratoire Colloïdes et Matériaux Divisés - L. Cohen-Tannoudji, E. Bertrand, J. Baudry, C. Robic, C. Goubault, M. Pellissier, A. Johner, F. Thalmann, N. K. Lee, C. M. Marques, J. Bibette
Phys. Rev. Lett. - 100(10) :108301 - DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.100.108301 - 2008
We introduce a general methodology based on magnetic colloids to study the recognition kinetics of tethered biomolecules. Access to the full kinetics of the reaction is provided by an explicit measure of the time evolution of the reactant densities. Binding between a single ligand and its complementary receptor is here limited by the colloidal rotational diffusion. It occurs within a binding distance that can be extracted by a reaction-diffusion theory that properly accounts for the rotational Brownian dynamics. Our reaction geometry allows us to probe a large diversity of bioadhesive molecules and tethers, thus providing a quantitative guidance for designing more efficient reactive biomimetic surfaces, as required for diagnostic, therapeutic, and tissue engineering techniques.
Theoretical study of sequence-dependent nanopore unzipping of DNA
Laboratoire Nanobiophysiques - U. Bockelmann and V. Viasnoff
Biophys. J. - 94(7) :2716–24 - DOI:10.1529/biophysj.107.111732 - 2008
We theoretically investigate the unzipping of DNA electrically driven through a nanometer-size pore. Taking the DNA base sequence explicitly into account, the unpairing and translocation process is described by a biased random walk in a one-dimensional energy landscape determined by the sequential basepair opening. Distributions of translocation times are numerically calculated as a function of applied voltage and temperature. We show that varying these two parameters changes the dynamics from a predominantly diffusive behavior to a dynamics governed by jumps over local energy barriers. The work suggests experimentally studying sequence effects, by comparing the average value and standard deviation of the statistical distribution of translocation times.
Interference and crosstalk in double optical tweezers using a single laser source
Laboratoire Nanobiophysiques - P. Mangeol and U. Bockelmann
Rev Sci Instrum - 79(8) :083103 - DOI:10.1063/1.2957652 - 2008
Experimental studies of single molecule mechanics require high force sensitivity and low drift, which can be achieved with optical tweezers. We built an optical tweezer setup for force measurements in a two bead assay. A cw infrared laser beam is split by polarization and focused by a high numerical aperture objective to create two traps. The same laser is used to form both traps and to measure the force by back focal plane interferometry. We show that although the two beams entering the microscope are designed to exhibit orthogonal polarization, interference and a significant parasitic force signal occur. Comparing the experimental results with a ray optics model, we show that the interference patterns are caused by the rotation of polarization on microscope lens surfaces and slides. The model qualitatively describes the pattern and the dependence of the parasitic force signal on the experimental parameters. We present two different approaches to experimentally reduce the crosstalk, namely, polarization rectification and frequency shifting.
A simple and universal tool to remove on-line impurities in mono- or two-dimensional liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry analysis
Laboratoire Spectrométrie de masse biologique et protéomique - Hesse A-M, Marcelo P, Rossier J and Vinh J.
J. Chrom. A - 1189(1-2) :175-82 - DOI:10.1016/j.chroma.2007.12.060 - 2008
Several recurrent problems have always hindered mono-dimensional liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry proteomic analyses. Polymer contamination is a major problem because polymers could co-elute with compounds of interest (peptides). In this case spectral suppression degrades dynamic range and sensitivity. Polyethylene glycol derivatives count among the major contaminants. They are targeted in this work. They are eluted at 35-40% acetonitrile from C18 phase in every single reversed-phase run. Moreover, they are also observed in two-dimensional liquid chromatography in every salt fraction. A simple and robust method is presented here for rapid and efficient on-line removal of these impurities using self-regenerating purification microdevices.
Signal enhancement in electronic detection of DNA hybridization
Laboratoire Nanobiophysiques - C. Gentil, G. Philippin, and U. Bockelmann
Phys. Rev. E - 75(1) :011926 - DOI:10.1103/PhysRevE.75.011926 - 2007
Electronic detection of the specific recognition between complementary DNA sequences is investigated. DNA probes are immobilized at different lateral positions on a Poly(L-lysine)-coated surface of an integrated silicon transistor array. Hybridization and field effect detection are done with the solid surface immersed in electrolyte solutions. Differential measurements are performed, where DNA hybridization leads to surface potential shifts between the transistors of the array. We experimentally show that these differential signals of hybridization can be enhanced significantly by changing the salt concentration between hybridization and detection.

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