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Gruszka A.M.,Italian National Cancer Institute | Lavorgna S.,University of Rome Tor Vergata | Lavorgna S.,Laboratorio Of Neuro Oncoematologia | Consalvo M.I.,University of Rome Tor Vergata | And 21 more authors.
Blood | Year: 2010

Mutations in the nucleophosmin 1 (NPM1) gene are the most frequent genetic aberrations of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and define a clinically distinct subset of AML. A monoclonal antibody (T26) was raised against a 19-amino acid polypeptide containing the unique C-terminus of the type A NPM1 mutant protein. T26 recognized 10 of the 21 known NPM1 mutants, including the A, B, and D types, which cover approximately 95% of all cases, and did not cross-react with wild-type NPM1 or unrelated cellular proteins. It performed efficiently with different detection technologies, including immunofluorescence, immunohistochemistry, and flow cytometry. Within a series of consecutive de novo AML patients, 44 of 110 (40%) and 15 of 39 (38%) cases scored positive using the T26 antibody in immunofluorescence and flow cytometry assays, respectively. T26-positive cases were found to be all carrying mutations of NPM1 exclusively, as determined by molecular analysis. T26 is the first antibody that specifically recognizes a leukemia-associated mutant protein. Immunofluorescence or flow cytometry using T26 may thus become a new tool for a rapid, simple, and cost-effective molecular diagnosis of AMLs. © 2010 by The American Society of Hematology.

Sixt B.S.,University of Vienna | Heinz C.,University of Vienna | Pichler P.,Christian Doppler Laboratory | Heinz E.,University of Vienna | And 6 more authors.
Proteomics | Year: 2011

Chlamydiae belong to the most successful intracellular bacterial pathogens. They display a complex developmental cycle and an extremely broad host spectrum ranging from vertebrates to protozoa. The family Chlamydiaceae comprises exclusively well-known pathogens of humans and animals, whereas the members of its sister group, the Parachlamydiaceae, naturally occur as symbionts of free-living amoebae. Comparative analysis of these two groups provides valuable insights into chlamydial evolution and mechanisms for microbe-host interaction. Based on the complete genome sequence of the Acanthamoeba spp. symbiont Protochlamydia amoebophila UWE25, we performed the first detailed proteome analysis of the infectious stage of a symbiotic chlamydia. A 2-D reference proteome map was established and the analysis was extensively complemented by shotgun proteomics. In total, 472 proteins were identified, which represent 23.2% of all encoded proteins. These cover a wide range of functional categories, including typical house-keeping proteins, but also putative virulence-associated proteins. A number of proteins that are not encoded in genomes of Chlamydiaceae were observed and the expression of 162 proteins classified as hypothetical or unknown proteins could be demonstrated. Our findings indicate that P. amoebophila exploits its additional genetic repertoire (compared with the Chlamydiaceae), and that its elementary bodies are remarkably well equipped with proteins involved in transcription, translation, and energy generation. © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

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