Identification of Microorganisms by Mass Spectrometry / Edition 1

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A multidisciplinary approach to understanding the fundamentals of mass spectrometry for bacterial analysis

From chemotaxonomy to characterization of targeted proteins, Identification of Microorganisms by Mass Spectrometry provides an overview of both well-established and cutting-edge mass spectrometry techniques for identifying microorganisms. A vital tool for microbiologists, health professionals, and analytical chemists, the text is designed to help scientists select the most effective techniques for use in biomedical, biochemical, pharmaceutical, and bioterror defense applications.

Since microbiological applications of mass spectrometry require a basic understanding of both microbiology and analytical chemistry, the editors have incorporated material from both disciplines so that readers from either field will come to understand the necessary principles of the other. Featuring contributions from some of the most recognized experts in both fields, this volume provides specific examples of fundamental methods as well as approaches developed in the last decade, including:
* Metastable atom bombardment pyrolysis mass spectrometry
* Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI)
* MALDI time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) of intact bacteria
* High-resolution Fourier transform mass spectrometry (FTMS)
* Electrospray ionization (ESI) mass spectrometry

Identification of Microorganisms by Mass Spectrometry represents the most comprehensive and up-to-date work on the topic currently available. It is liberally illustrated with figures and tables and covers every aspect of spectrometric identification of microorganisms, including experimental procedures, various means of sample preparation, data analysis, and interpretation of complex mass spectral data.

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"...provides up-to-date material on an important field that is bound to continue to grow, and is highly recommended." (The Quarterly Review of Biology, September 2006)

"...very well-written and updated, and it should serve a need for both newcomers and experienced researchers in the field." (Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, July 2006)

"…this book fills a gap in teaching microbiologists and analytical chemists alike how to use the fundamentals of each others’ fields." (Chimie Nouvelle, June 2007)

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Meet the Author

CHARLES L. WILKINS, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Arkansas. He is the author or coauthor of over 250 scientific publications and has received numerous awards for his research.

JACKSON O. LAY, Jr., PhD, is the Director of the Arkansas Statewide Mass Spectrometry Facility at the University of Arkansas, and the author or coauthor of more than 100 publications in the field. In addition to his work with bacteria, he has developed mass spectrometry methods for cancer research and toxicology.

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Table of Contents



1. Cultural, Serological and Genetic Methods for Identification of Bacteria (John B. Sutherland and Fatemeh Rafii).

1.1 Introduction.

1.2 Identification of bacteria by cultural methods.

1.3 Identification of bacteria by serological methods.

1.4 Identification of bacteria by genetic methods.

1.5 Other methods used for bacterial characterization.

1.6 Conclusions.

1.7 Acknowledgments and Disclaimers.

1.8 References.

2. Mass Spectrometry: Identification and Biodetection, Lessons Learned and Future Developments (Alvin Fox).

2.1 Introduction.

2.1.1 Analysis of Fatty Acid and Sugar Monomers using GC-FID, GC-MS and GC-MS-MS.

2.1.2 2.2 Analysis of PCR products using PCR, PCR-MS and PCR-MS-MS.

2.1.3 Analysis of proteins using MALDI-TOF MS.

2.1.4 Chemical markers for protein-based identification or biodetection.

2.1.5 Conclusions.

2.1.6 References.

3. An Introduction to Maldi TOF MS Analysis of Whole Bacteria (Rohana Liyanage and Jackson O. Lay, Jr.).

3.1. Introduction.

3.2. Mass Spectrometry and Time-of-Flight MS.

3.3. Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization.

3.4. MALDI/TOF Mass Spectrometry.

3.5. MALDI TOF and Bacterial Identification.

3.6. Conclusions.

3.7. References.

4. The Development of the Block II Chemical Biological Mass Spectrometer (Wayne H. Griest and Stephen A. Lammert.

4.1. Introduction.

4.2. Development History and Design Philosophy.

4.3. Requirements and Specifications.

4.4. Performance Testing.

4.5. Conclusions.

4.6. Acknowledgements.

4.7 References.

5. Method Reproducibility and Spectral Library Assembly for Rapid Bacterial Characterization by Metastable Atom Bombardment Pyrolysis Mass Spectrometry (Jon G. Wilkes, Gary Miertschin, Todd Eschler, Les Hosey, Fatemeh Rafii, Larry Rushing, Dan A. Buzatu, and Michel J. Bertrand).

5.1. Introduction.

5.2. Sample Preparation for Rapid, Reproducible Cell Culture.

5.3. Analytical instrumentation for sensitive detection and spectral reproducibility.

5.4. Spectral library assembly.

5.5. Pattern Recognition Methods for Objectively Classifying Bacteria.

5.6. Conclusions.

5.7. Acknowledgement and Disclaimer.

5.8. References.

6. MALDI TOF Mass Spectrometry of Intact Bacteria (Jackson O. Lay, Jr., and Rohana Liyanage).

6.1. Introduction.

6.2. MALDI MS of Cellular Extracts.

6.3. Taxonomy: From Isolates to Whole Cell MALDI.

6.4 Whole Cell MALDI MS.

6.5 Biology Based Changes in Whole Cell MALDI Spectra.

6.6 Analysis of Mixtures.

6.7 Experimental Approaches.

6.8 Identification of Protein Markers.

6.9 Analysis of Target Proteins.

6.10 Analysis of Clinical Isolates.

6.11 Conclusions.

6.12 References.

7. Development of Spectral Pattern Matching Approaches to Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry for Bacterial Identification (Kristin H. Jarman and Karen L. Wahl).

7.1. Introduction.

7.2. MALDI-MS Signature Library Construction and Identification.

7.3.Future Directions.

7.4. References.

8. Studies of Malaria by Mass Spectrometry (Plamen A. Demirev).

8.1. Introduction.

8.2. Plasmodium in Red Blood Cells.

8.3. Experimental Protocols for LDMS Detection of Malaria.

8.4. Malaria Detection by Laser Desorption Mass Spectrometry.

8.5. MS-Based Proteomics of the Plasmodium Parasite.

8.6. Conclusions.

8.7. Acknowledgements.

8.8. References.

9. Bacterial Strain Differentiation by Mass Spectrometry (Randy J. Arnold, Jonathan A. Karty and James P. Reilly).

9.1. Introduction.

9.2. Analysis of Cellular Proteins by Mass Spectrometry.

9.3. Application of MALDI-TOF to Bacteria Identification.

9.4. Conclusions.

9.5. Acknowledgments.

9.6. References.

10. Bacterial Protein Biomarker Discovery: A Focused Approach to Developing Molecular Based Identification Systems (Tracie L. Williams, Steven R. Monday, and Steven M. Musser).

10.1. Introduction.

10.2. Protein Extraction Methods.

10.3. Mass Spectrometry.

10.4. Automating the Process.

10.5. Collecting and Sequencing Proteins.

10.6. Conclusions.

11. High Throughput Microbial Characterisations Using Electrospray Ionisation Mass Spectrometry and Its Role in Functional Genomics (Seetharaman Vaidyanathan and Royston Goodacre).

11.1. Introduction.

11.2. Microbial characterisations beyond the genomic level: Functional genomics.

11.3. Electrospray (ionization) mass spectrometry (ESMS).

11.4. ESMS of Microbes.

11.5. Direct infusion ESMS of crude cell extracts for high-throughput characterizations - metabolic fingerprinting and footprinting.

11.6. Conclusions.

11.7. Acknowledgements.

11.8. References.

12. Bioinformatics for Flexibility, Reliability and Mixture Analysis of Intact Microorganisms (Catherine Fenselau and Patrick Pribil).

12.1. Introduction.

12.2. Library Matching.

12.3. Machine Learning.

12.4. Bioinformatics.

12.5. Protein Molecular Masses.

12.6. Protein Maps.

12.7 Microsequences from Peptides and Proteins.

12.8 Remaining Challenges.

12.9 Conclusions.

12.10 References.

13. MALDI-FTMS of Whole Cell Bacteria (Jeffrey J. Jones, Michael J. Stump, and Charles L. Wilkins).

13.1. Introduction.

13.2. Fundamentals of MALDI-FTMS.

13.3. Fundmentals of Complex Biological Analysis.

13.4 Whole Cell Characterization Through MALDI-FTMS.

13.5 Recombinant Over-Expressed Proteins Desorbed Directly from Whole Cells.

13.6. Conclusions.

13.7. References.

14. A Review of Antibody Capture and Bacteriophage Amplification in Connection with the Direct Analysis of Whole Cell Bacteria by MALDI-TOF-MS (Kent J. Voorhees and Jon C. Rees).

14.1. Introduction.

14.2. Bacterial Identification.

14.3. Immunocapture of Bacterial Mixtures.

14.4. Bacteriophage Amplification of Bacteria.

14.5. Conclusions.

14.6. References.

15. Discrimination and Identification of Microorganisms by Ppyrolysis Mass Spectrometry: From Burning Ambitions to Cooling Embers - A Historical Perspective (Éadaoin Timmins and Royston Goodacre).

15.1 Introduction to microbial characterisation.

15.2 Principles of PyMS.

15.3 Early developments and investigations (1952 to 1985).

15.4 The mid 1980s and beyond.

15.5 The move from cluster analyses to neural networks.

15.6 Reproducibility of PyMS.

15.7 Acknowledgements.

15.8 References.


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