The role of mass spectrometry analysis in bacterial effector characterization

Nichollas E. Scott, Elizabeth L. Hartland

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Many secreted bacterial effector proteins play a critical role in host–pathogen interactions by mediating a variety of post-translational modifications, some of which do not occur natively within the eukaryotic proteome. The characterization of bacterial effector protein activity remains an important step to understanding the subversion of host cell biology during pathogen infection and although molecular biology and immunochemistry remain critical tools for gaining insights into bacterial effector functions, increasingly mass spectrometry (MS) and proteomic approaches are also playing an indispensable role. The focus of this editorial is to highlight the strengths of specific MS approaches and their utility for the characterization of bacterial effector activity. With the capability of new generation MS instrumentation, MS-based technologies can provide information that is inaccessible using traditional molecular or immunochemical approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2779-2784
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical Journal
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes

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