In JoVE (1)
Other Publications (9)
- Yeast (Chichester, England)
- Applied and Environmental Microbiology
- The Plant Cell
- Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
- Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
- The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
- Metabolomics : Official Journal of the Metabolomic Society
- Analytical Chemistry
- Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
Articles by Mark Philo in JoVE
Species Determination and Quantitation in Mixtures Using MRM Mass Spectrometry of Peptides Applied to Meat Authentication Yvonne Gunning1, Andrew D. Watson1, Neil M. Rigby2, Mark Philo1, Joshua K. Peazer1,3, E. Kate Kemsley1 1Analytical Sciences Unit, Institute of Food Research, 2Institute of Food Research, 3School of Chemistry, University of East Anglia We present a protocol for identifying and quantifying the components in mixtures of species possessing similar proteins. Mass spectrometry detects peptides for identification, and gives relative quantitation by ratios of peak areas. As a tool food for fraud detection, the method can detect 1% horse in beef.
Other articles by Mark Philo on PubMed
Relatedness of Medically Important Strains of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae As Revealed by Phylogenetics and Metabolomics Yeast (Chichester, England). Jul, 2008 | Pubmed ID: 18615862 Ten medically important Saccharomyces strains, comprising six clinical isolates of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and four probiotic strains of Saccharomyces boulardii, were characterized at the genetic and metabolic level and compared with non-medical, commercial yeast strains used in baking and wine-making. Strains were compared by genetic fingerprinting using amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) analysis, by ribosomal DNA ITS1 sequencing and by metabolic footprinting using both direct injection mass spectrometry (DIMS) and gas chromatography-time of flight-mass spectrometry (GC-ToF-MS). Overall, the clinical isolates fell into different groupings when compared with the non-medical strains, with good but not perfect correlation amongst strains at both the genetic and metabolic levels. Probiotic strains of S. boulardii that are used therapeutically to treat human gastro-intestinal tract disorders showed tight clustering both genetically and metabolically. Metabolomics was found to be of value both as a taxonomic tool and as a means to investigate anomalous links between genotype and phenotype. Key discriminatory metabolites were identified when comparing the three main groups of clinical, probiotic and non-medical strains and included molecules such as trehalose, myo-inositol, lactic acid, fumaric acid and glycerol 3-phosphate. This study confirmed the link between a subset of clinical isolates and baking or probiotic strains but also highlighted that in general the clinical strains were more diverse at both the genomic and metabolic levels.
Heterologous Production of Methionine-gamma-lyase from Brevibacterium Linens in Lactococcus Lactis and Formation of Volatile Sulfur Compounds Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Apr, 2009 | Pubmed ID: 19251895 The conversion of methionine to volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) is of great importance in flavor formation during cheese ripening and is the focus of biotechnological approaches toward flavor improvement. A synthetic mgl gene encoding methionine-gamma-lyase (MGL) from Brevibacterium linens BL2 was cloned into a Lactococcus lactis expression plasmid under the control of the nisin-inducible promoter PnisA. When expressed in L. lactis and purified as a recombinant protein, MGL was shown to degrade L-methionine as well as other sulfur-containing compounds such as L-cysteine, L-cystathionine, and L-cystine. Overproduction of MGL in recombinant L. lactis also resulted in an increase in the degradation of these compounds compared to the wild-type strain. Importantly, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis identified considerably higher formation of methanethiol (and its oxidized derivatives dimethyl disulfide and dimethyl trisulfide) in reactions containing either purified protein, whole cells, or cell extracts from the heterologous L. lactis strain. This is the first report of production of MGL from B. linens in L. lactis. Given their significance in cheese flavor development, the use of lactic acid bacteria with enhanced VSC-producing abilities could be an efficient way to enhance cheese flavor development.
A Serine Carboxypeptidase-like Acyltransferase is Required for Synthesis of Antimicrobial Compounds and Disease Resistance in Oats The Plant Cell. Aug, 2009 | Pubmed ID: 19684243 Serine carboxypeptidase-like (SCPL) proteins have recently emerged as a new group of plant acyltransferases. These enzymes share homology with peptidases but lack protease activity and instead are able to acylate natural products. Several SCPL acyltransferases have been characterized to date from dicots, including an enzyme required for the synthesis of glucose polyesters that may contribute to insect resistance in wild tomato (Solanum pennellii) and enzymes required for the synthesis of sinapate esters associated with UV protection in Arabidopsis thaliana. In our earlier genetic analysis, we identified the Saponin-deficient 7 (Sad7) locus as being required for the synthesis of antimicrobial triterpene glycosides (avenacins) and for broad-spectrum disease resistance in diploid oat (Avena strigosa). Here, we report on the cloning of Sad7 and show that this gene encodes a functional SCPL acyltransferase, SCPL1, that is able to catalyze the synthesis of both N-methyl anthraniloyl- and benzoyl-derivatized forms of avenacin. Sad7 forms part of an operon-like gene cluster for avenacin synthesis. Oat SCPL1 (SAD7) is the founder member of a subfamily of monocot-specific SCPL proteins that includes predicted proteins from rice (Oryza sativa) and other grasses with potential roles in secondary metabolism and plant defense.
Rapid Fingerprinting of Milk Thermal Processing History by Intact Protein Mass Spectrometry with Nondenaturing Chromatography Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Dec, 2011 | Pubmed ID: 22007861 Thermal processing of foods results in proteins undergoing conformational changes, aggregation, and chemical modification notably with sugars via the Maillard reaction. This can impact their functional, nutritional, and allergenic properties. Native size-exclusion chromatography with online electrospray mass spectrometry (SEC-ESI-MS) was used to characterize processing-induced changes in milk proteins in a range of milk products. Milk products could be readily grouped into either pasteurized liquid milks, heavily processed milks, or milk powders by SEC behavior, particularly by aggregation of whey proteins by thermal processing. Maillard modification of all major milk proteins by lactose was observed by MS and was primarily present in milk powders. The method developed is a rapid tool for fingerprinting the processing history of milk and has potential as a quality control method for food ingredient manufacture. The method described here can profile milk protein oligomeric state, aggregation, and Maillard modification in a single shot, rapid analysis.
An Approach to the Phytochemical Profiling of Rocket [Eruca Sativa (Mill.) Thell] Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. Jun, 2013 | Pubmed ID: 23794443 Eruca sativa (rocket) contains a wide range of compounds with nutraceutical and organoleptical properties. This research aimed to characterise the nutraceutical interest of four rocket accessions by analysis of glucosinolates, isothiocyanates, phenolics, carotenoids and carbohydrates. Different methods based on chromatographic separation with ultraviolet absorbance or mass spectrometry detection were used.
Folic Acid Handling by the Human Gut: Implications for Food Fortification and Supplementation The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Aug, 2014 | Pubmed ID: 24944062 Current thinking, which is based mainly on rodent studies, is that physiologic doses of folic acid (pterylmonoglutamic acid), such as dietary vitamin folates, are biotransformed in the intestinal mucosa and transferred to the portal vein as the natural circulating plasma folate, 5-methyltetrahydrofolic acid (5-MTHF) before entering the liver and the wider systemic blood supply.
Can We Trust Untargeted Metabolomics? Results of the Metabo-ring Initiative, a Large-scale, Multi-instrument Inter-laboratory Study Metabolomics : Official Journal of the Metabolomic Society. 2015 | Pubmed ID: 26109925 The metabo-ring initiative brought together five nuclear magnetic resonance instruments (NMR) and 11 different mass spectrometers with the objective of assessing the reliability of untargeted metabolomics approaches in obtaining comparable metabolomics profiles. This was estimated by measuring the proportion of common spectral information extracted from the different LCMS and NMR platforms. Biological samples obtained from 2 different conditions were analysed by the partners using their own in-house protocols. Test #1 examined urine samples from adult volunteers either spiked or not spiked with 32 metabolite standards. Test #2 involved a low biological contrast situation comparing the plasma of rats fed a diet either supplemented or not with vitamin D. The spectral information from each instrument was assembled into separate statistical blocks. Correlations between blocks (e.g., instruments) were examined (RV coefficients) along with the structure of the common spectral information (common components and specific weights analysis). In addition, in Test #1, an outlier individual was blindly introduced, and its identification by the various platforms was evaluated. Despite large differences in the number of spectral features produced after post-processing and the heterogeneity of the analytical conditions and the data treatment, the spectral information both within (NMR and LCMS) and across methods (NMR vs. LCMS) was highly convergent (from 64 to 91 % on average). No effect of the LCMS instrumentation (TOF, QTOF, LTQ-Orbitrap) was noted. The outlier individual was best detected and characterised by LCMS instruments. In conclusion, untargeted metabolomics analyses report consistent information within and across instruments of various technologies, even without prior standardisation.
Meat Authentication Via Multiple Reaction Monitoring Mass Spectrometry of Myoglobin Peptides Analytical Chemistry. Oct, 2015 | Pubmed ID: 26366801 A rapid multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mass spectrometric method for the detection and relative quantitation of the adulteration of meat with that of an undeclared species is presented. Our approach uses corresponding proteins from the different species under investigation and corresponding peptides from those proteins, or CPCP. Selected peptide markers can be used for species detection. The use of ratios of MRM transition peak areas for corresponding peptides is proposed for relative quantitation. The approach is introduced by use of myoglobin from four meats: beef, pork, horse and lamb. Focusing in the present work on species identification, by use of predictive tools, we determine peptide markers that allow the identification of all four meats and detection of one meat added to another at levels of 1% (w/w). Candidate corresponding peptide pairs to be used for the relative quantification of one meat added to another have been observed. Preliminary quantitation data presented here are encouraging.
Does Epicatechin Contribute to the Acute Vascular Function Effects of Dark Chocolate? A Randomized, Crossover Study Molecular Nutrition & Food Research. Jun, 2016 | Pubmed ID: 27329037 Cocoa, rich in flavan-3-ols, improves vascular function, but the contribution of specific flavan-3-ols is unknown. We compared the effects of pure epicatechin, a major cocoa flavan-3-ol, and chocolate.