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Laboratory Focus January 2011

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P h armac e u t i ca l C l i n i ca l C h e m i ca l f oo d w w w. b i o s c i e n c e w o r l d . c a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Page 8 JANUARY 2011 Volume 15, Number 1 Multiplexed iTRAQ labeling Challenges and Opportunities Page 12 Dr. Anne-Claude Gingras Lunenfeld researchers develop innovative, freely available software to purify mass spectrometry data Researchers at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital and the University of Toronto, as well as colleagues in Michigan and Scotland, have developed an innovative computa- Publications Mail Registration Number: 40052410 tional approach���the first of its kind worldwide���designed to analyze mass spectrometry data. The software, called SAINT (Significance Analysis of INTeractome), will allow researchers globally to quickly as- e n v i ronm e nt sess the reliability and accuracy of protein binding data helping to further their studies of cancer and other illnesses. The tool was developed by Lunenfeld Principal Investigator Dr. AnneClaude Gingras (Lea Reichmann Research chair in Cancer Proteomics and assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto), and Dr. Alexey Nesvizhskii (assistant professor in the Department of Pathology and in the Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) to meet a key challenge in the field of protein mass spectrometry (a tech- R&D News.......................... 1 Appointments..................... 6 Pharma Notes. ................... 6 . New Products................... 15 Calendar........................... 17 Career Spotlight............... 18 nology that helps researchers separate, identify, and quantify specific proteins): namely, to identify and quantify ���true��� protein interactions gleaned from mass spectrometry data, and filter them from proteinbased contaminants in the sample data. Previously, other approaches to analyze mass spectrometry data have not allowed for a probabilitybased model to measure and account for errors in a data set. ���SAINT allows researchers to identify the real protein interactions in their sample, and to exclude the false positives generated through contaminants,��� said Dr. Gingras. ���In effect, the software applies a much needed filter to purify the data and remove ���noise.������ SAINT was introduced earlier this year by Drs. Gingras, Nesvizhskii and Mike Tyers, when their teams generated a comprehensive road map of the signaling proteins that control many aspects of cellular behaviour in yeast cells���a discovery reported in a May issue of Science. However, the updated approach can be applied to a wider variety of datasets of various sizes and levels of protein network density. ���The first version of SAINT was intended to help us analyze very large-scale datasets, which is something that only a few laboratories worldwide are generating,��� said Dr. Nesvizhskii. ���We then realized that, with some modifications, the same approach could be extended to researchers specifically interested in knowing what a few proteins interact with inside the cell. This makes our approach very useful to most cancer biologists using mass spectrometry, as it enables them to quantify their interaction data.��� The development of SAINT was supported by several agencies, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the National Institutes of Health, as well as the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation.

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