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Editor: Lorna Stimson (Editor-in-Chief), Deputy Editor: Lucie Kalvodova

Impact Factor: 4.041

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 15/78 (Biochemical Research Methods); 80/290 (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

Online ISSN: 1615-9861

Associated Title(s): PROTEOMICS - Clinical Applications

8_01/2008Cover Picture: Proteomics 1/2008

In this issue of Proteomics you will find the following highlighted articles:

Arachnophilia: A Charlotte working on the web

In the children’s book Charlotte’s Web, a spider communicates with a pig by weaving messages into her web. In this Technical Brief, Mayer’s spider is the intermediate, a program taking queries about the protein world and weaving relevant information from the www’s libraries and databases into spreadsheets. PIC (Protein Information Crawler) can link directly to a number of databases including BLAST, SMART, PROSITE, and CDD. Selected data is deposited in an Excel spreadsheet or HTML table for sorting and browsing. The system is customizable to anyone with minimal programming skills in LabView G, an easy-to-learn graphical language. Using PIC reduced the initial data search for a system of ∼1000 neural proteins from 8 wks to 2 days. The software is free.

Mayer, U., Proteomics 2008, 8, 42–44.

Hard heart, soft heart: analyzing tropomyosin links to types of cardiomyopathy

I don’t know if the type of a heart patient’s cardiomyopathy has been diagnosed by behavioral observations but Warren et al. examined the behavior of tropomyosin on improved 2-D PAGE and 2-D DIGE separations. First dimension separations were run on 18-cm long narrow range (pH 4.5 to pH 5.5) IPG strips. Second dimension gels were 16 cm wide, 1 mm thick, and 8 cm long. Ends of the IPG strips were trimmed off to fit the vertical gel. The equilibrated strip was put in place without agarose on top of stacking and resolving gels that included 10% glycerol and, in the stacking gel, 15% N,N’-diallyltartardiamide to ensure efficient transfer of the protein from the first- to the second-dimension gel. With these changes they were able to distinguish wild type tropomyosin from an E54K mutant and phosphorylated from unphosphorylated tropomyosin, potentially key prognostic clues.

Warren, C. M. et al., Proteomics 2008, 8, 100–105.

Moo-ving into ART: Cows lead the way

Cow ART is not the product of a bovine Moonet or Moodigliani, it is “Assist­ed Reproductive Technology.” Not simply artificial insemination, ART includes somatic cell nuclear transfer and other advanced techniques which are critical to creating breeding herds with “elite” genetics. But the success rate is not what was expected or required for effective use. Riding et al. apply proteome analysis techniques to establish a foundation for pregnancy progress biomarkers. Ruminants have two fluid-filled sacs, amniotic and allantoic, that are critical to fetal development. After developing an improved sample prep procedure, the 5–50 kDa fraction of the allantoic proteome was analyzed. Some 139 proteins were identified and ontologically classified into nine functional groups. Too little amniotic fluid was recovered for thorough analysis but the two fluids were clearly distinguishable at 45 days post-conception.

Riding, G. et al., Proteomics 2008, 8, 160–177.

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