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Park C.W.,ASTA Inc. | Jo Y.,Hudson Surface Technology Inc. | Jo E.J.,NosQuest Inc.
Analytical Biochemistry | Year: 2013

The serum N-glycome is a promising source of biomarker discovery. Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry (MS) profiling of serum N-glycans was attempted for differentiating borderline ovarian tumor from benign cases, for which a low data spread is essential. An experimental protocol using matrix-prespotted MALDI plates and fast vacuum drying of the loaded N-glycan samples was developed, thereby minimizing the intensity variations in the replicates to an average relative standard deviation (RSD) of 3.96% for the highest N-glycan peak (m/z 1485.53) of the Sigma-Aldrich serum standard. When applied to sera of ovarian tumors, this procedure exhibited an average RSD of 5.74% for m/z 1485.53 and of 7.28% for all MS peaks. This improved reproducibility combined with the OVA-Beyond ® screening software resulted in 75.1% and 79.4% correct classification for benign and borderline tumor samples, respectively, while the classification rates by the conventional ovarian tumor marker CA-125 were 54.4% and 53.1%, respectively. Both true positive rate and true negative rate fluctuated with small numbers of markers and converged as the number of markers increased. Cross-validations were performed in comparison with CA-125. These results suggest that our optimized process for MALDI-TOF MS of the serum glycome has a great potential for the screening of early stage ovarian cancer. © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Source

An apparatus for processing a sample using microwaves comprises: a reaction vessel comprising a chamber which accommodates a refrigerant and a sample and an injection port through which a gas is injected; a microwave source which irradiates microwaves into the chamber; a connector which carries the gas injected through the injection port; and a gas supplier which is located in the chamber and injects the gas carried by the connector to a refrigerant in the chamber. The connector may comprise a gas carrying portion located above the level of the refrigerant in the chamber.

A disease diagnostic system where a sample preparation unit and/or a matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometer (MALDI-TOF MS) data generation unit may be integrated in one system or a set of a system to improve the user-friendliness of the system. The system may include a sample preparation unit with processing modules and/or a handler to move samples in an autonomous manner to enhance reproducibility of measurement data and/or user-friendliness. A different set of processing modules may be selected for a particular disease type (e.g. such as cancer) to be diagnosed. The system may be used to identify biomaterials such as bacteria, virus, and fungi from body fluids like blood, urine, and saliva and other cells.

ASTA Ltd. | Date: 1982-06-01

Elastic Wrist Support for Athletes, Such as in Golf, Bowling, Tennis, Other Racquet Sports and the Like.

Kim J.-H.,ASTA Inc. | Kim J.-H.,Chungnam National University | Park C.W.,ASTA Inc. | Um D.,NosQuest Inc. | And 6 more authors.
Disease Markers | Year: 2014

Changes of glycosylation pattern in serum proteins have been linked to various diseases including cancer, suggesting possible development of novel biomarkers based on the glycomic analysis. In this study, N-linked glycans from human serum were quantitatively profiled by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry (MS) and compared between healthy controls and ovarian cancer patients. A training set consisting of 40 healthy controls and 40 ovarian cancer cases demonstrated an inverse correlation between P value of ANOVA and area under the curve (AUC) of each candidate biomarker peak from MALDI-TOF MS, providing standards for the classification. A multibiomarker panel composed of 15 MALDI-TOF MS peaks resulted in AUC of 0.89, 8090% sensitivity, and 7083% specificity in the training set. The performance of the biomarker panel was validated in a separate blind test set composed of 23 healthy controls and 37 ovarian cancer patients, leading to 8184% sensitivity and 83% specificity with cut-off values determined by the training set. Sensitivity of CA-125, the most widely used ovarian cancer marker, was 74% in the training set and 78% in the test set, respectively. These results indicate that MALDI-TOF MS-mediated serum N-glycan analysis could provide critical information for the screening of ovarian cancer. © 2014 Jae-Han Kim et al. Source

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