Articles by Robert Popp in JoVE
Peptide and Protein Quantification Using Automated Immuno-MALDI (iMALDI) Huiyan Li1, Robert Popp1, Bjorn Frohlich1, Michael X. Chen2, Christoph H. Borchers1,3,4,5 1University of Victoria-Genome BC Proteomics Centre, 2Jewish General Hospital, McGill University, 3Dept of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria, 4Proteomics Centre, Segal Cancer Centre, Lady Davis Institute, Jewish General Hospital, McGill University, 5Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology, Jewish General Hospital A protocol for the protein quantification in complex biological fluids using automated immuno-MALDI (iMALDI) technology is presented.
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Development and Evaluation of an Immuno-MALDI (iMALDI) Assay for Angiotensin I and the Diagnosis of Secondary Hypertension Clinical Proteomics. Dec, 2013 | Pubmed ID: 24359218 Plasma renin activity (PRA) is an essential analytical tool for screening and diagnosis of secondary forms of hypertension. Typically, PRA is measured by competitive radioimmunoassay, but there are significant drawbacks to this technique including non-specificity, long analysis times, narrow calibration range, and the requirement for radionucleotides. In this paper, we report a method for plasma renin activity determination by immuno-MALDI mass spectrometry detection. This method overcomes the issues of non-specificity and long analytical times present with RIA, and does not require the use of radionucleotides. As an initial methodological evaluation, plasma renin activity results obtained by radioimmunoassay, LC/ESI-MS/MS, and immuno-MALDI on 64 samples from an outpatient primary aldosteronism screening program have been compared. A strong correlation was found between immuno-MALDI and radioimmunoassay (R2 = 0.9412, 62/64 within the 95% CI of the Bland-Altman plot), and iMALDI and LC/ESI-MS/MS (R2 = 0.9471, 62/64 within the 95% CI of the Bland-Altman plot). Technical replicates showed a 4.8% CV, while inter- and intra-day replicates showed CVs of 17.3% and 17.2% respectively. We have developed an assay capable of measuring PRA without the use of radionucleotides. This immuno-MALDI approach affords the specificity of MS while avoiding the long analytical run times and technical problems associated with HPLC. With the use of robotic sample preparation to optimize precision, this assay should be adaptable to clinical environments.
An Automated Assay for the Clinical Measurement of Plasma Renin Activity by Immuno-MALDI (iMALDI) Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta. Jun, 2015 | Pubmed ID: 25461795 Plasma renin activity (PRA) is essential for the screening and diagnosis of primary aldosteronism (PA), a form of secondary hypertension, which affects approximately 100 million people worldwide. It is commonly determined by radioimmunoassay (RIA) and, more recently, by relatively low-throughput LC-MS/MS methods. In order to circumvent the negative aspects of RIAs (radioisotopes, cross-reactivity) and the low throughput of LC-MS based methods, we have developed a high-throughput immuno-MALDI (iMALDI)-based assay for PRA determination using an Agilent Bravo for automated liquid handling and a Bruker Microflex LRF instrument for MALDI analysis, with the goal of implementing the assay in clinical laboratories. The current assay allows PRA determination of 29 patient samples (192 immuno-captures), within ~6 to 7h, using a 3-hour Ang I generation period, at a 7.5-fold faster analysis time than LC-MS/MS. The assay is performed on 350μL of plasma, and has a linear range from 0.08 to 5.3ng/L/s in the reflector mode, and 0.04 to 5.3ng/L/s in the linear mode. The analytical precision is 2.0 to 9.7% CV in the reflector mode, and 1.5 to 14.3% CV in the linear mode. A method comparison to a clinically employed LC-MS/MS assay for PRA determination showed excellent correlation within the linear range, with an R(2) value of ≥0.98. This automated high throughput iMALDI platform has clinically suitable sensitivity, precision, linear range, and correlation with the standard method for PRA determination. Furthermore, the developed workflow based on the iMALDI technology can be used for the determination of other proteomic biomarkers. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Medical Proteomics.
Bead-Extractor Assisted Ready-to-Use Reagent System (BEARS) for Immunoprecipitation Coupled to MALDI-MS Analytical Chemistry. Apr, 2017 | Pubmed ID: 28257572 Quantitative protein assays play an important role in the study of biological functions. Immunoassays and mass spectrometry are two main technologies for quantifying proteins in biological samples. The combination of immunoprecipitation (IP) with MALDI technology delivers high assay sensitivity and specificity, but the sample preparation procedure involves multiple washing and transfer steps. These steps can be performed either manually (requiring significant time and labor) or automatically (requiring the purchase of a complex liquid-handling workstation). This bottleneck has limited the widespread adoption of this technology. We present here the Bead-Extractor Assisted ready-to-use Reagent System (BEARS) technology for simplified, low cost protein and peptide immunoprecipitation combined with MALDI-MS detection. All of the reagents are stable during long-term storage and can be prepared in advance. In the BEARS technology, a magnetic-bead extractor is used to handle beads from 96 wells simultaneously. A BEARS-based method was developed for plasma renin activity (PRA) and was evaluated on fifty-three clinical samples. These experiments showed that the BEARS assay had an LOD and linear range comparable to the manual method and an automated iMALDI PRA assay, but was 4-times faster than the manual approach. The BEARS iMALDI results also correlated well with a conventional ELISA PRA assay, with a coefficient of determination of 0.98. The BEARS technology provides convenience and affordability, and extends the use of IP-based mass spectrometry technology to most research and clinical laboratories, including those in developing countries.