Tianjin Textile Engineering Research Institute

Dongli, China

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Dongli, China

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Li S.,CAS Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology | Zhang Y.,Nankai University | Wang J.,Tianjin Textile Engineering Research Institute | Yang Y.,Nankai University | And 5 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2016

Cashmere is regarded as a specialty and luxury fiber due to its scarcity and high economic value. For fiber quality assessment, it is technically very challenging to distinguish and quantify the cashmere fiber from yak or wool fibers because of their highly similar physical appearance and substantial protein sequence homology. To address this issue, we propose a workflow combining untargeted and targeted proteomics strategies for selecting, verifying and quantifying biomarkers for cashmere textile authentication. Untargeted proteomic surveys were first applied to identify 174, 157, and 156 proteins from cashmere, wool and yak fibers, respectively. After marker selection at different levels, peptides turned out to afford much higher selectivity than proteins for fiber species discrimination. Subsequently, parallel reaction monitoring (PRM) methods were developed for ten selected peptide markers. The PRM-based targeted analysis of peptide markers enabled accurate determination of fiber species and cashmere percentages in different fiber mixtures. Furthermore, collective use of these peptide makers allowed us to discriminate and quantify cashmere fibers in commercial finished fabrics that have undergone heavy chemical treatments. Cashmere proportion measurement in fabric samples using our proteomic approach was in good agreement with results from traditional light microscopy, yet our method can be more readily standardized to become an objective and robust assay for assessing authenticity of fibers and textiles. We anticipate that the proteomic strategies presented in our study could be further implicated in discovery of quality trait markers for other products containing highly homologous proteomes. © 2016 Li et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


PubMed | CAS Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, Nankai University and Tianjin Textile Engineering Research Institute
Type: Journal Article | Journal: PloS one | Year: 2016

Cashmere is regarded as a specialty and luxury fiber due to its scarcity and high economic value. For fiber quality assessment, it is technically very challenging to distinguish and quantify the cashmere fiber from yak or wool fibers because of their highly similar physical appearance and substantial protein sequence homology. To address this issue, we propose a workflow combining untargeted and targeted proteomics strategies for selecting, verifying and quantifying biomarkers for cashmere textile authentication. Untargeted proteomic surveys were first applied to identify 174, 157, and 156 proteins from cashmere, wool and yak fibers, respectively. After marker selection at different levels, peptides turned out to afford much higher selectivity than proteins for fiber species discrimination. Subsequently, parallel reaction monitoring (PRM) methods were developed for ten selected peptide markers. The PRM-based targeted analysis of peptide markers enabled accurate determination of fiber species and cashmere percentages in different fiber mixtures. Furthermore, collective use of these peptide makers allowed us to discriminate and quantify cashmere fibers in commercial finished fabrics that have undergone heavy chemical treatments. Cashmere proportion measurement in fabric samples using our proteomic approach was in good agreement with results from traditional light microscopy, yet our method can be more readily standardized to become an objective and robust assay for assessing authenticity of fibers and textiles. We anticipate that the proteomic strategies presented in our study could be further implicated in discovery of quality trait markers for other products containing highly homologous proteomes.


Sun X.-F.,Key Laboratory of Advanced Textile Composites | Sun X.-F.,Tianjin Polytechnic University | Liu Y.,Key Laboratory of Advanced Textile Composites | Liu Y.,Tianjin Polytechnic University | And 4 more authors.
Advanced Materials Research | Year: 2014

Multi-bubble electrospinning is considered as one of efficient techniques which have potential for large scale production of nanofibers. However, there is a lack of published research to better understand the formation of bubbles and the mutual interference among these bubbles. In this paper, the formation methods of multiple bubbles on the free liquid surface were examined to determine which ones performed relatively well. The influence of solution concentration, applied voltage, gas pressure, liquid length and the shape of electrode on the process and morphology of nanofibers were also investigated. The results showed that multiple gas tubes in the solution was the best choice to produce stable multiple bubbles though the number of bubbles was less than that obtained by the other methods. Some important processing parameters, such as solution concentration, applied voltage and the shape of electrode, had an important influence on the morphologies of nanofibers. Finally, both experimental and theoretical investigations in this process proved that the mutual interference among bubbles existed during multi-bubble electrospinning process. © (2014) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland.

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