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Amino Acids. 2006 Feb;30(1):63-72. Epub 2005 Jul 12.

Identification of inducible protein complexes in the phenol degrader Pseudomonas sp. strain phDV1 by blue native gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry.

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Department of Chemistry, Division of Biochemistry, University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece.


Pseudomonas sp. strain phDV1, being a phenol degrading bacterium, has been found to utilize phenol as sole carbon source via the meta pathway. Blue native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (BN-PAGE) is widely used for the analysis of oligomeric state and molecular mass non-dissociated protein complexes. In this study, a number of proteomic techniques were used to investigate the oligomeric state enzymes involved in the aromatic degradation pathway. In particular, the Pseudomonas sp. strain phDV1 proteome was monitored under two different growth substrate conditions, using glucose or phenol as sole carbon source. The protein complexes map was compared by BN-PAGE after fractionation by sucrose density centrifugation of the cell extracts. Multiple differences were detected. Further, analysis and identification of the subunit composition of these complexes was carried out using MALDI-TOF MS, allowing the identification of 49 proteins. Additionally, functional information regarding protein-protein interactions was assembled, by coupling 2-D BN-PAGE with MALDI-TOF MS. Application of this functional proteomics method resulted in an higher number of the identified proteins.

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