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Non-amplified impedimetric genosensor for quantification of miRNA-21 based on the use of reduced graphene oxide modified with chitosan
Michael López Mujica Yuanyuan Zhang Fabiana Gutierrez Féthi Bédioui Gustavo Rivasa
Microchemical Journal - 160 105596 - - 2021
We report here an impedimetric genosensor for the quantification of microRNA-21 using [Fe(CN)6]3−/4− as redox probe to transduce the hybridization event. The biosensing platform was built at a thiolated-gold electrode by covalent bond of reduced graphene oxide (RGO) modified with chitosan (CHIT) and further covalent attachment of the aminated DNA probe. GO was used to provide the carboxylic groups for the covalent attachment of CHIT and, once reduced, to improve the electroactivity of the resulting platform, while CHIT served as a bridge between the thiol and the aminated probe DNA. The proposed bioanalytical platform allows the label-free, non-amplified, simple and fast biosensing of microRNA-21, with a linear range between 1.0 × 10−12 M and 1.0 × 10−8 M, a sensitivity of (134 ± 4) ΩM−1 (r2 = 0.996), a detection limit of 300 fM, and a reproducibility of 5.9% for 1.0 × 10−12 M miRNA-21 and 2.2% for 1.0 × 10−9 M miRNA-21. The genosensor was successfully used for the quantification of microRNA-21 in enriched human blood serum, urine and saliva samples.

Corrosion analysis of AISI 430 stainless steel in the presence of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus
C.Guerra A.Ringuedé M.I.Azocar M.Walter C.Galarce F.Bedioui M.Cassir M.Sancy
Corrosion Science - 181 109204 - - 2021
AISI 430 stainless steel is an attractive material to be used in the healthcare industry, particularly as a sensor due to its low cost, corrosion resistance, as well as being Ni-free. AISI 430 was evaluated in an artificial sweat solution with the presence of Escherichia coli, and Staphylococcus aureus. Surface microbial analyses did not reveal colonization of bacteria on metallic surfaces, even when bacteria adhesion was investigated in a Müeller-Hinton solution. However, by electrochemical techniques, the AISI 430 surfaces demonstrated clear signs of corrosion mainly in a sterile medium after two weeks of exposure.

Stereo Darkfield Interferometry : a versatile localization method for subnanometer force spectroscopy of single molecules and 3D-tracking of single cells
Martin Rieu, Thibault Vieille, Gaël Radou, Raphaël Jeanneret, Nadia Ruiz, Bertrand Ducos, Jean-François Allemand, Vincent Croquette
Biological Physics - - DOI:10.1126/sciadv.abe3902 - 2020
Super-resolutive 3D tracking, such as PSF engineering or evanescent field imaging has long been used to track microparticles and to enhance the throughput of single molecules force spectroscopic measurements. However, current methods present two drawbacks. First, they lack precision compared with optical tweezers or AFM. Second, the dependence of their signal upon the position is complex creating the need for a time-consuming calibration step.
Here, we introduce a new optical technique that circumvents both issues and allows for a simple, versatile and efficient 3D tracking of diluted particles while offering a sub-nanometer frame-to-frame precision in all three spatial directions. The principle is to combine stereoscopy and interferometry, such that the z (axial) position is measured through the distance between two interferometric fringe patterns. The linearity of this stereoscopy technique alleviates the need for lookup tables while the structured interferometric pattern enhances precision. On the other hand, the extended spatial footprint of this PSF maximizes the number of photons detected per frame without the need of fancy cameras, nor the need for complex hardware. Hence, thanks to its simplicity and versatility, we believe that SDI (Stereo Darkfield Interferometry) technology has the potential to significantly enhance the spreading of 3D tracking.
We demonstrate the efficiency of this technique on various single-molecule measurements thanks to magnetic tweezers. In particular we demonstrate the precise quantification of two-state dynamics involving axial steps as short as 1 nm. We then show that SDI can be directly embedded in a commercial objective providing a means to track multiple single cells in 3D .
Visualizing the dynamics of exported bacterial proteins with the chemogenetic fluorescent reporter FAST
Chekli, Yankel; Peron-Cane, Caroline; Dell'Arciprete, Dario; Allemand, Jean-François; Li, Chenge; Ghigo, Jean-Marc; Gautier, Arnaud; Lebreton, Alice; Desprat, Nicolas; Beloin, Christophe
Scientific Reports - 10(1) 15791 - 10.1038/s41598-020-72498-2 - 2020
Bacterial proteins exported to the cell surface play key cellular functions. However, despite the interest to study the localisation of surface proteins such as adhesins, transporters or hydrolases, monitoring their dynamics in live imaging remains challenging, due to the limited availability of fluorescent probes remaining functional after secretion. In this work, we used the Escherichia coli intimin and the Listeria monocytogenes InlB invasin as surface exposed scaffolds fused with the recently developed chemogenetic fluorescent reporter protein FAST. Using both membrane permeant (HBR-3,5DM) and non-permeant (HBRAA-3E) fluorogens that fluoresce upon binding to FAST, we demonstrated that fully functional FAST can be exposed at the cell surface and used to specifically tag the external side of the bacterial envelop in both diderm and monoderm bacteria. Our work opens new avenues to study the organization and dynamics of the bacterial cell surface proteins.
Fluorescent secreted bacterial effectors reveal active intravacuolar proliferation of Listeria monocytogenes in epithelial cells
Peron-Cane, Caroline; Fernandez, José-Carlos; Leblanc, Julien; Wingertsmann, Laure; Gautier, Arnaud; Desprat, Nicolas; Lebreton, Alice
journal article - 16(10) e1009001 - 10.1371/journal.ppat.1009001 - 2020
Real-time imaging of bacterial virulence factor dynamics is hampered by the limited number of fluorescent tools suitable for tagging secreted effectors. Here, we demonstrated that the fluorogenic reporter FAST could be used to tag secreted proteins, and we implemented it to monitor infection dynamics in epithelial cells exposed to the human pathogen Listeria monocytogenes (Lm). By tracking individual FAST-labelled vacuoles after Lm internalisation into cells, we unveiled the heterogeneity of residence time inside entry vacuoles. Although half of the bacterial population escaped within 13 minutes after entry, 12% of bacteria remained entrapped over an hour inside long term vacuoles, and sometimes much longer, regardless of the secretion of the pore-forming toxin listeriolysin O (LLO). We imaged LLO-FAST in these long-term vacuoles, and showed that LLO enabled Lm to proliferate inside these compartments, reminiscent of what had been previously observed for Spacious Listeria-containing phagosomes (SLAPs). Unexpectedly, inside epithelial SLAP-like vacuoles (eSLAPs), Lm proliferated as fast as in the host cytosol. eSLAPs thus constitute an alternative replication niche in epithelial cells that might promote the colonization of host tissues.s.
Fluorescence-free quantification of protein/nucleic-acid binding through single-molecule kinetic locking
Martin Rieu; Valle-Orero, Jessica; Ducos, Bertrand; Allemand, Jean-François; Croquette, Vincent
bioRxiv - - 10.1101/2020.09.30.321232 - 2020
Fluorescence-free micro-manipulation of nucleic acids (NA) allows the functional characterization of DNA/RNA processing proteins, without the interference of labels, but currently fails to detect and quantify their binding. To overcome this limitation, we developed a new method based on single-molecule force spectroscopy, called kinetic locking, that allows a direct in vitro visualization of protein binding while avoiding any kind of chemical disturbance of the protein’s natural function. We validate kinetic locking by measuring accurately the hybridization energy of ultrashort nucleotides (5,6,7 bases) and use it to measure the dynamical interactions of E. coli RecQ helicase with its DNA substrate.Competing Interest StatementThe authors have declared no competing interest.
Performance evaluation of a MIP for the MISPE-LC determination of p-[18F]MPPF and a potential metabolite in human plasma
F.Lecomte J.Aerts Plenevaux .Defraiteur. Chapuis-Hugonc. Rozetd. Chiape. Luxen. Pichon, Ph.Huberta C.Huberta
J Pharm Biomed Anal - 180 113015 - - 2020
Within the family of serotonin (5-HT) receptors, the 5-HT1A subtype is particularly interesting as it may be involved in various physiological processes or psychological disorders. The p-[18F]MPPF, a highly selective 5-HT1A antagonist, is used for in vivo studies in human or animal by means of positron emission tomography (PET) [1].
In order to selectively extract p-[18F]MPPF and its main metabolites from plasma, molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) was prepared against these compounds by using the p-MPPF as template. For the control of the selectivity, non-imprinted polymer (NIP) was also synthesized without template. The MIP sorbent, packed in disposable extraction cartridges (DECs), was then evaluated as molecularly imprinted solid-phase extraction (MISPE) prior to the LC determination. The conditions of extraction were evaluated in order to obtain the highest selective retention of the p-[18F]MPPF and its metabolites on this MIP. The MIP selectivity was exploited in the loading and washing steps by adjusting the pH of plasma samples at a suitable value and by selecting mixtures for the washing step to limit the contribution of non-specific interactions. Other important parameters involved in the conditioning and elution steps were also studied. Finally, a pre-validation was carried out with optimal extraction conditions to demonstrate the performance of this MISPE-LC method as a generic method in the context of evaluation of new MISPE for p-[18F]MPPF and its potential for metabolites extraction from human plasma.
S-nitrosylation affects TRAP1 structure and ATPase activity and modulates cell response to apoptotic stimuli
Fiorella Faienza, Matteo Lambrughi, Salvatore Rizza, Chiara Pecorari, Paola Giglio, Juan Salamanca Viloria, Maria Francesca Allega, Giovanni Chiappetta, Joëlle Vinh, Francesca Pacello, Andrea Battistoni, Andrea Rasola, Elena Papaleo, Giuseppe Filomeni
bioRxiv - - doi: 10.1016/j.bcp.2020.113869 - 2020
The mitochondrial chaperone TRAP1 has been involved in several mitochondrial functions, and modulation of its expression/activity has been suggested to play a role in the metabolic reprogramming distinctive of cancer cells. TRAP1 posttranslational modifications, i.e. phosphorylation, can modify its capability to bind to different client proteins and modulate its oncogenic activity. Recently, it has been also demonstrated that TRAP1 is S-nitrosylated at Cys501, a redox modification associated with its degradation via the proteasome. Here we report molecular dynamics simulations of TRAP1, together with analysis of long-range structural communication, providing a model according to which Cys501 S-nitrosylation induces conformational changes to distal sites in the structure of the protein. The modification is also predicted to alter open and closing motions for the chaperone function. By means of colorimetric assays and site directed mutagenesis aimed at generating C501S variant, we also experimentally confirmed that selective S-nitrosylation of Cys501 decreases ATPase activity of recombinant TRAP1. Coherently, C501S mutant was more active and conferred protection to cell death induced by staurosporine. Overall, our results provide the first in silico, in vitro and cellular evidence of the relevance of Cys501 S-nitrosylation in TRAP1 biology.
The zoonotic pathogen Leptospira interrogans mitigates environmental stress through cyclic-di-GMP-controlled biofilm production
Thibeaux R, Soupé-Gilbert ME, Kainiu M, Girault D, Bierque E, Fernandes J, Bähre H, Douyère A, Eskenazi N, Vinh J, Picardeau M, Goarant C
NPJ Biofilms Microbiomes - 6(1) 24 - DOI [DOI] – 10.1038/s41522-020-0134-1 - 2020
The zoonotic bacterium Leptospira interrogans is the aetiological agent of leptospirosis, a re-emerging infectious disease that is a growing public health concern. Most human cases of leptospirosis result from environmental infection. Biofilm formation and its contribution to the persistence of virulent leptospires in the environment or in the host have scarcely been addressed. Here, we examined spatial and time-domain changes in biofilm production by L. interrogans. Our observations showed that biofilm formation in L. interrogans is a highly dynamic process and leads to a polarized architecture. We notably found that the biofilm matrix is composed of extracellular DNA, which enhances the biofilm’s cohesiveness. By studying L. interrogans mutants with defective diguanylate cyclase and phosphodiesterase genes, we show that biofilm production is regulated by intracellular levels of bis-(3′-5′)-cyclic dimeric guanosine monophosphate (c-di-GMP) and underpins the bacterium’s ability to withstand a wide variety of simulated environmental stresses. Our present results show how the c-di-GMP pathway regulates biofilm formation by L. interrogans, provide insights into the environmental persistence of L. interrogans and, more generally, highlight leptospirosis as an environment-borne threat to human health.
On-Chip Sample Preparation Using a ChipFilter Coupled to NanoLC-MS/MS for Bottom-Up Proteomics
Massamba M Ndiaye, Ha Phuong Ta, Giovanni Chiappetta, Joëlle Vinh
J Proteome Res - 19(7) 2654-2663 - DOI: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.9b00832 - 2020
Sample preparation is a crucial step in bottom-up proteomics. Analytical performances of bottom-up proteomics can be improved by the miniaturization of sample preparation. Many microfluidic devices have been designed in the field of proteomics, but many of them are not capable of handling complex samples and do not integrate the processing and digestion steps. We propose a ChipFilter Proteolysis (CFP) microfluidic device as a proteomics reactor for the miniaturization of protein sample processing and digestion steps, whose design is closely related to the experimental setup of filter-aided sample processing, even if no denaturing surfactant is required. The microchip has two reaction chambers of 0.6 μL volume separated by a protein filtration membrane in regenerated cellulose (10kD cutoff) that will concentrate or retain large polypeptides and will release small molecules. Cell lysis, protein concentration, and rapid chemical or enzymatic treatment can be performed in the ChipFilter. Complex proteomic samples like yeast protein extract or whole human cells proteome have been successfully analyzed with our microchip. Compared with the membrane-based commercial ultracentrifugation cartridge, our microfluidic device offered a better proteome coverage with 10 times less starting material and 8 times faster protocol duration.


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