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Webcast - A New Proteomics Workflow for the Identification of PTMs (Post Translational Modifications)A New Proteomics Workflow for the Identification of PTMs (Post Translational Modifications)
Quantitative proteomics is an essential tool in molecular biology and biomedical sciences. SILAC is a commonly used workflow in which proteins are labelled with stable isotopes, digested into peptides and separated by chromatography for detection in a mass spectrometer.
Webcast - Plasma Vitronectin Predicts Response to Fluoropyrimidine-oxaliplatin (FOLFOX) Chemotherapy in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Plasma Vitronectin Predicts Response to Fluoropyrimidine-oxaliplatin (FOLFOX) Chemotherapy in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer
Sarah Hayes, University of Sydney, speaking at Diagnostics & Biomarkers 2015.

Market Reports
Label-Free Binding Analysis Trends 2014
HTStec

This market report summarizes the results of HTStec’s 4th global web-based benchmarking survey on label-free (LF) binding analysis carried out in July 2014. The study was initiated by HTStec as part of its regular (every 2 years) tracking of this life science marketplace. The questionnaire was compiled to address the needs and interests of the LF binding analysis vendor community.
Mass Spectrometry for Clinical Diagnostics Applications 2013 Focus Report
SELECTBIO

This report from SELECTBIO addresses a number of topics including, market segmentation, market landscape, and mass spectrometry products currently on the market as well as in development.
Biomarkers in Late-Stage Clinical Trials: Applications, opportunities and activities of leading players
Business Insights

Biomarkers reduce the attrition rate of late-stage clinical trials by assessing drug potential in terms of efficacy and toxicity at the early stages of clinical development. Thus, biomarkers significantly increase productivity, lower the cost and duration of clinical trials, and help researchers complete the drug development process at a faster pace.
Multiplexed Diagnostics 2010
Select Biosciences Ltd

The multiplexed diagnostics market has grown rapidly and generated sales of approximately $2.4 billon in 2009, but is now balanced on multiple tipping points.
Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics in Diagnostics: Market landscape, innovative technologies and future outlook
Business Insights

There has been a significant transition in the diagnostic techniques created with increasing technological innovations. In the future, the focus will be on genetic study and disease predisposition, which will test patients' probability of acquiring a disease or a disorder, enabling precautionary steps.
Scientific News
Charting Kidney Cancer Metabolism
Changes in cell metabolism are increasingly recognized as an important way tumors develop and progress, yet these changes are hard to measure and interpret. A new tool designed by MSK scientists allows users to identify metabolic changes in kidney cancer tumors that may one day be targets for therapy.
Spotlight on Acoustic Liquid Handling
Journal of Laboratory Automation special issue highlights how acoustic liquid handling enables breakthrough innovations.
Microbes Take Their Vitamins
Scientists exploit organisms' needs in order to track 'vitamin mimics' in bacteria.
Keeping a Specimen's Story Straight
Imagine 96 people standing shoulder to shoulder, not touching and attempting to breathe only the air un-exhaled by the others. Sound impossible?
Portable Kit Can Recover Traces of Chemical Evidence
A chemist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a portable version of his method for recovering trace chemicals such as environmental pollutants and forensic evidence including secret graves and arson fire debris.
Diagnosis of Two Rare Childhood Diseases Improved
For the first time, researchers have developed tests that could improve the diagnosis of two rare childhood diseases known as congenital disorders of glycosylation (CDGs) and metachromatic leukodystrophy, and that could even lead to new treatments for CDGs.
Cleaning Out the Membrane Each Day
Cell membranes are made up of a lipid bilayer that is constantly changing due to the flux of material in and out of the cell.
New Test for Cancer and Diabetes Biomarkers
University of Warwick researchers developed the test to help identify molecules in collagen.
Cooperating Bacteria Isolate Cheaters
Bacteria, which reciprocally exchange amino acids, stabilize their partnership on two-dimensional surfaces and limit the access of non-cooperating bacteria to the exchanged nutrients.
Novel Approach to Understanding Brain Function
Russell Poldrack scanned his brain to create the most detailed map of brain connectivity ever.
Business News
SCIEX, Children's Medical Research Institute Collaborate
SCIEX industrialized proteomics solutions, using SWATH® Acquisition-based workflows and powered by the OneOmics™ Project, will enable large scale proteome studies to advance cancer research.
Agilent Wins Award for Innovation in LC
Dual-needle technology enhances speed, flexibility.
SCIEX, A*STAR’s BTI Launch Collaboration
Agreement aims to boost innovation of protein drugs that target new diseases and are safer for patients.
Scientists Honored for Important Research on Mass Spectrometry
William Gilliland Jr. and Nalaka Rannulu recently received the Best Poster Awards at the 2015 CASSS Mass Spec Symposium.
SCIEX, Pressure BioSciences Partner
SCIEX and Pressure BioSciences to offer complete solution for next-generation proteomics, to increase the reproducibility and depth of proteomic analysis.
It is All About the Product, Right?
Technology Networks met with Waters Corporation at its head office in Milford, MA to better understand the factors they use to drive business success.
OriGene Awarded Contract to Develop Monoclonal Antibodies for SISCAPA
OriGene Technologies have announced that they have been awarded a Phase II SBIR contract from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to develop high-affinity, anti-peptide antibodies for mass-spectrometry-based serum biomarker detection/ quantification assays.
Applied Maths Joins the bioMérieux Family
bioMérieux, a world leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics, today announced the acquisition of Applied Maths, a company that develops state-of-the-art software solutions for the biosciences, in particular for databasing, analysis and interpretation of complex biological data.
KineMed, Pfizer Launch Collaboration
KineMed has announced that it has entered into a strategic collaboration with Pfizer to discover and develop novel proprietary biomarkers in various fields of unmet medical need.
Protea, Agilent Launch Collaboration
Collaboration with Agilent to address Biopharma workflow challenges.

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A Simple Plate Based Assay Using pH Sensor Dye to Screen for Internalizing Antibody
Promega Corporation

Receptor mediated internalization is a key mechanism of action (MOA) for antibody drug conjugates (ADCs). However, current methods of studying antibody internalization have several limitations including: 1) A multistep process not suitable for screening; 2) Low signal-to-background ratios; 3) Not suitable for kinetic measurements. We have developed a method that mitigates problems associated with traditional internalization assays.
An IgG Cleaving Protease from S equi with Improved Activity Against Mouse IgGs
Promega Corporation

Here we have expressed and purified a modified recombinant IdeZ, and show that it has significantly improved activity against mouse IgG2a and IgG3 subclasses when compared to IdeS. We also demonstrate the use of IdeZ in LC-MS workflows for human and mouse IgG characterization.
Minimizing Carry-over for High Throughput Analysis
1FHNW Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Hochschule für Life Sciences Gründenstrasse 40 CH-4132 Muttenz; 2CTC Analytics AG Industriestrasse 20 CH-4222 Zwingen; Switzerland

Minimal carry-over is a prerequisite for high throughput analysis. However, minimized carry-over and cycle time are competing and a careful optimization is mandatory. In this study the influence of wash conditions on carry-over of various compounds was investigated. A strategy to minimize carry-over was developed. The influences of different wash tasks were investigated. Finally the contribution of different system components such as injector valve or column was studied.
A Comparison of ITEX Dynamic Headspace–GC/MS to other Enrichment Techniques for Analysis of Flavoring Compounds
1Aspen Research Corporation, Maple Grove, MN; 2CTC Analytics, Zwingen, Switzerland

Enrichment techniques are commonly used for the analysis of flavoring compounds in different matrices with GC/MS. Analysis of flavoring compounds is done by purge & trap, SPME or headspace, depending on requirements for sensitivity. The In-Tube Ex¬traction (ITEX) Dynamic Headspace uses a micro trap filled with an adsorbent material to efficiently extract the compounds. Here we evaluate if the ITEX can be used to effectively analyze for these compounds and reduce the analyst’s time involved.
Automated in-gel digestion on a commercial autosampler directly coupled to nanoLC-MS/MS
University of Bern, Department of Clinical Research, Proteomics & Mass Spectrometry Core Facility, Bern, Switzerland : CTC Analytics AG, Zwingen, Switzerland

SDS-PAGE separates protein samples from LC-MS incompatible contaminations, and is frequently used to fractionate proteins of entire proteomes. One disadvantage is that gel lanes have to be cut into many slices, followed by in-gel digestion of proteins and extraction of peptides. The number of these gel slices goes into the hundreds, rendering this process very repetitive and prone to mistakes and errors during sample handling. Automation reduces such risks and improves reproducibility.
Automated sample preparation workflows for quantitative proteomics applications
1Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association, MDC, Berlin, Germany; 2CTC Analytics, Zwingen, Switzerland; 3Axel Semrau GmbH, Sprockhövel, Germany

Mass spectrometry based proteomics requires large scale identification of peptides, and depends upon efficient sample preparation. Recently, we presented two automated protein-digestion setups, in-solution and in-gel digestion. We extended these techniques by implementing dimethyl labelling (DML). Furthermore, we established an automated phospho-peptide (PP) enrichment procedure in a 96-well formate, generating phospho-proteomic data in very short time.
Optimization of a Vacuum Ultraviolet Photoionization source for Gas Chromatography used with a High Resolution Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer
LECO Corporation

-Tune solution allows optimization of ion source parameters for
both proton transfer and direct ionization
-Independent ionization processes exist for M+ and MH+
-Optimizing for dopant signal intensity yields inferior results
-Degree of fragmentation remains relatively constant over a
range of source conditions
High Performance Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography Coupled with a High Resolution Multi-Reflecting TOFMS for Confident Non-Target Analyte Identification
LECO Corporation, Restek Corporation

The use of comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography to help increase chromatographic resolution is a major step in tackling the problem of confident peak identification in a complex sample matrix. Combining the separation power of two-dimensional gas chromatography, with resolving power greater than 25,000, and sub ppm mass accuracies of a high resolution multi-reflecting TOFMS is the ideal solution to confident compound identification within a complex sample matrix.
Fragmentation Trees for Automated de novo Interpretation of Impure Electron Ionization Spectra from Gas Chromatographic Complex Mixture Analysis—Chemical Deconvolution
LECO Corporation, Mass Spectrometry Consulting Ltd., Moscow State University

-Chemical deconvolution algorithms accurately reported independent
components of dead coelutions where such components belong to distinct chemical classes.
-Present algorithms fail to distinguish chemically similar analytes such as branched and linear alkanes, thus chemical deconvolution is not a
substitute for GCxGC.
-Chemical deconvolution algorithms accurately rejected more than 80% of spurious signals from manually curated spectra found to be contaminated with unrelated signa
Effective Comparison of Yeast Extracts Using High Resolution GC and GCxGC-HRTOFMS
LECO Corporation

The Pegasus GC-HRT and GC-HRT 4D instruments are effective tools for the comprehensive analysis of yeast extracts.
• Enhanced chromatographic resolution of the HRT 4D system facilitated compound characterization by improving spectral similarity scores
• High quality data resulted in excellent spectral similarity scores when compared to large, well-established databases (NIST, Wiley)
• High resolution, accurate mass data was crucial for determination of fragment, molecular, and adduct
Application Notes
Automated Sample Preparation - Analysis of 25-OH-Vitamin D3 and 25-OH-Vitamin D2 by LC/MS/MS
Beckman Coulter Life Sciences


Automated Sample Preparation for the Monitoring of Pharmaceutical and Illicit Drugs by LC-MS/MS
Beckman Coulter Life Sciences


Automated Sample Preparation for the Monitoring of Ethanol Metabolites in Urine by LC-MS/MS
Beckman Coulter Life Sciences


Automating Protein Digestion for Reproducible Proteomics
Beckman Coulter Life Sciences


Simple sample preparation for the determination of vitamin D in serum by LC-MSMS
Tecan Group Ltd.

A growing number of laboratories have moved from the use of immunoassay methods to liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MSMS) for the determination of vitamin D. The advantage of the latter method is unparalleled specificity combined with high sensitivity, offering the potential for the determination of multiple analytes, such as 25OH-vitamin D3 and 25OH-vitamin D2.
Automated Sample Preparation of 25-OH-Vitamin D3/D2 from Serum with the AC Extraction Plate and the Tecan Freedom EVO® for the quantification by LC-MS/MS
Tecan Group Ltd.

There is an increasing demand for the determination of Vitamin D status which is based on the quantification of the two metabolites 25-OH-Vitamin D3/D2. Numerous laboratories have moved from the use of immunoassay methods to liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) because of its specificity combined with high sensitivity. Moreover LC-MS/MS offers the potential for multianalyte determination which is required for Vitamin D status determination.
Sample preparation with the AC Extraction Plate: extraction of urinary THC metabolites for LC-MSMS quantification
Tecan Group Ltd.

In many countries, routine workplace drug testing involves screening for the free THC-COOH metabolite obtained by hydrolyzing THC-COOH glucuronide. Tecan’s AC Extraction Plate with TICE technology enables a straightforward workflow that is reproducible and cost efficient. Liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MSMS) provides an easy and cost-effective means for fast, sensitive and precise analysis of THC and its metabolites.
Automated sample preparation for the determination of testosterone in serum by LC-MSMS
Tecan Group Ltd.

For accurate, reproducible quantification of testosterone, a growing number of laboratories are shifting from immunoassay to liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry. This application note describes the preparation of serum samples for subsequent LC-MS analysis of testosterone, focusing on a streamlined workflow suitable for automation.
The Analysis of Common Drugs of Abuse in an Oral Fluid Matrix using a New Q TRAP® Platform
SCIEX

The multiplexing analysis of several compound classes, such as common prescription drugs along with drugs of abuse is very important. The measurement of these drugs has generally been performed using urine as the sample matrix. However, many research laboratories are finding the need to analyze these compounds in oral fluid matrices.
Quantification of Ethylglucuronide in hair by Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry
SCIEX

An advantage of the use of ethylglucuronide (ETG) in hair is that it is not subject to the effect of bacteria. It also offers the opportunity to extend the window of detection up to 6 months compared to hours- days in blood and urine.
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