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Minimizing Carry-over for High Throughput Analysis
Christian Berchtold1, Reto Bolliger2, Guenter Boehm2, Götz Schlotterbeck1

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.

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A Comparison of ITEX Dynamic Headspace–GC/MS to other Enrichment Techniques for Analysis of Flavoring Compounds
Douglas Doster1; Roger Pearson1; Sean Eppel1; Ken Rice1; Tom Flug2; Brian Peat2; Guenter Boehm2

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.

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Automated in-gel digestion on a commercial autosampler directly coupled to nanoLC-MS/MS
Achermann François, Bolliger Reto, Buchs Natasha, Doiron Nicholas, Lagache Braga Sophie, Heller Manfred, Boehm Guenter

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.

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Automated sample preparation workflows for quantitative proteomics applications
Oliver Popp1, Lucas Luethy2, Tamara Kanashova1, HaAn Nguyen1, Julia Kikuchi1, Guenter Boehm2, Thomas Blenkers3, Andreas Bruchmann3, Gunnar Dittmar1

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.

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Tools for studying and using small RNAs: from pathways to functions to therapies
Kenneth Chang and Gregory J. Hannon

This poster provides an overview of the tools that have been developed to understand the functions of small RNAs and, conversely, the use of small RNAs as tools. Tools that are based on small RNAs have been exploited to investigate gene function in cultured cells and in living animals. Small RNA biogenesis, discovery and functional roles are explored in detail. Screening approaches to functional genomics, in vivo methods and potential therapeutic applications are discussed.

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An HTS-Compatible Plate For Highly Miniaturized Cultures Of Primary Human Bronchial Epithelial Cells At Air-Liquid Interface
Elizabeth Vu1, Eric Sorscher2, Robert Lowery1, Steven Hayes1

Primary human bronchial epithelial cells (HBE) cultured at air liquid interface (ALI) exhibit striking similarity to the in vivo situation, including both tissue architecture and ion channel functionality. Cultures of this type serve as a gold standard for predicting therapeutic activity in airway diseases such as cystic fibrosis.

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Optimization of a Vacuum Ultraviolet Photoionization source for Gas Chromatography used with a High Resolution Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer
Lloyd Allen and Viatcheslav Artaev

-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

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Increasing gene editing efficiencies in eukaryotic cell lines by selection of appropriate CRISPR-Cas9 reagents
Melissa L. Kelley, Žaklina Strezoska, Elena Maksimova, Hidevaldo Machado, Emily M. Anderson, Maren Mayer, Annaleen Vermeulen, Shawn McClelland, Anja van Brabant Smith

Overview of various CRISPR-Cas9 reagents to provide the highest efficiency of gene editing in your experiments.

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Knockdown of p53 by Accell self-delivering siRNA causes inhibition of p53-dependent DNA damage response in IMR-32 neuroblastoma cell line and β-amyloid toxicity in rat cortical neurons
Žaklina Strezoska, Tamara Seredenina1, Devin Leake, Annaleen Vermeulen

Here we describe how application of Accell siRNA enabled the development of a high content screening assay in IMR-32 neuroblastoma cells and a whole culture cell viability assay in primary rat cortical neurons.

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How Do You Kill A Malaria Parasite?
Drexel University scientists have discovered an unusual mechanism for how two new antimalarial drugs operate: They give the parasite’s skin a boost in cholesterol, making it unable to traverse the narrow labyrinths of the human bloodstream. The drugs also seem to trick the parasite into reproducing prematurely.
Illuminating Hidden Gene Regulators
New super-resolution technique visualizes important role of short-lived enzyme clusters.
Supressing Intenstinal Analphylaxis in Peanut Allergy
Study from National Jewish Health shows that blockade of histamine receptors suppresses intestinal anaphylaxis in peanut allergy.
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