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Preparative isoelectric focusing of microorganisms in cellulose-based separation medium and subsequent analysis by CIEF and MALDI-TOF MS



Year of publication 2017
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Analytica Chimica Acta
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Medicine

Field Microbiology, virology
Keywords Preparative isoelectric focusing; Colored microorganisms; Isoelectric points; CIEF and MALDI-TOF MS
Description Pre-separation and pre-concentration of bacteria is an important step especially when they are uncultured and bacterial concentration in the matrix is low. This study describes a preparative method based on isoelectric focusing of colored microorganisms in a cellulose-based separation medium from a high conductivity matrix. The isoelectric points found for the examined cells were 1.8 for Micrococcus luteus, 3.5 for Dietzia sp., and 4.7 for Rhodotorula mucilaginosa using capillary isoelectric focusing. The final positions of the zones of colored microbial cells in the cellulose-bed are indicated by colored pI markers. Segments of the separation medium with cells were harvested by a spatula, simply purified using centrifugation and analyzed by capillary isoelectric focusing and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight mass spectrometry. The determined recovery ranged from 78% to 93%. The viability of the harvested cells was verified by their cultivation.
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