Biomimetic Virulomics for Capture and Identification of Cell-Type Specific Effector Proteins

John D. Lapek, Ronnie H. Fang, Xiaoli Wei, Pengyang Li, Bo Wang, Liangfang Zhang, David J. Gonzalez

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An unmet challenge in the study of disease is to accurately streamline the identification of important virulence factors. Traditional, genetically driven approaches miss biologically relevant markers due to discordance between the genome and proteome. Here, we developed a nanotechnology-enabled affinity enrichment strategy coupled with multiplexed quantitative proteomics, namely Biomimetic Virulomics, for successful identification of cell-type specific effector proteins of both prokaryotic and eukaryotic pathogens. We highlight the power of Biomimetic Virulomics by capturing known virulence factors in a high-throughput, cell-type guided fashion. Additionally, a comprehensive characterization of the membrane protein component of biomimetics utilized in this strategy is provided. Interfacing cell-derived nanomaterials with multiplexed quantitative proteomics allow for a specific targeting strategy of virulence factors that can be utilized for drug discovery against prominent human diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11831-11838
Number of pages8
JournalACS Nano
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 26 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • affinity enrichment
  • biomimetics
  • mass spectrometry
  • quantitative proteomics
  • virulence factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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