Author(s): Fox K, Fox A, Rose J, Walla M, Fox K, Fox A, Rose J, Walla M
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Abstract A group of coagulase negative staphylococcal strains isolated from indoor air of occupied school rooms were the subject of this study. Conventional MALDI TOF MS profiling of cellular extracts and physiological tests (including API STAPH) provided incomplete identification of the set of strains. After separation of a 100 kDa band using 1D gel electrophoresis, profiling of peptides (released with tryptic digestion) using MALDI TOF MS allowed improved bacterial speciation in addition to determination of the identity of the protein of origin (aconitate hydratase). This was performed by Mascot search, empirical observation and computer-generated cross-correlation analysis of environmental isolates versus reference strains. The species studied included some with sequenced genomes and others with un-sequenced genomes. Peptide sequences were confirmed to originate from aconitate hydratase using MALDI TOF-TOF MS-MS analysis of a diverse set of m/z values representing variable and conserved sequences. The methodological approach described here might have widespread application in speciation of environmental isolates of diverse origin and in identification of their expressed proteins. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
This article was published in J Microbiol Methods
and referenced in Journal of Phylogenetics & Evolutionary Biology