Secondary-structure analysis of proteins using FTIR imaging

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IMV-4000 for infrared imaging
IMV-4000 for infrared imaging

The IMV-4000 enable infrared imaging at up to 1 to two orders magnitude faster than using a conventional single element detector. A technique that quickly analyzes the results is also desirable. JASCO has proposed an analysis of imaging data with a variety of multivariate analysis techniques to accelerate the processing of infrared imaging data. For example, we have made it possible to easily create a visualization of the distribution map for the various components of multilayer film by analyzing imaging data using principle component analysis (PCA). We have also created a model that performs secondary structure estimation (SSE) on proteins based on IR spectra by principal components regression (PCR) and partial least squares (PLS) regression.

In the secondary structure estimation of proteins, crystallizing the protein and performing x-ray structural analysis and measuring aqueous solutions by NMR or CD spectra are all widely used. However, the estimation of the secondary structure of proteins while preserving the tissue structure in multicomponent systems such as biological structures is extremely difficult with those techniques. On the other hand, since IR spectra can be easily measured, even for non-crystalline samples, it is possible to perform analyses in a near ‘in vivo’ state, without having to refine the secondary structure of the proteins included in living tissue. By the use of micro-FTIR, it is possible to perform spatial analysis while preserving the tissue structure. The measurement and analysis of a cancer biopsy sample has been reported for the secondary structure of proteins using imaging data.

We performed infrared imaging on slices of a mouse eyeball using the IMV-4000. We analyzed the IR spectra of each using primary component regression (PCR) and created an in-plane distribution map of the secondary structure of proteins (Figure 1). The measured area was 2750 x 1600 µm and the measurement size was 12.5 x 12.5 µm since a 16X cassegrain objective was used. 128 x 220 (28,160) points were measured. There were four integrations and the spectral resolution was 8 cm-1. The slice was placed on BaF2 (10mm diameter and 1mm thick) and measured in transmission. Figure 1-(1) shows an H&E (Hematoxylin and eosin)-stained image of the slice and Figure 1-(2) shows a visible image of the measurement area.

Figure 1. Example for a section of a mouse eyeball

Figure 1-(3) shows the ratio of the absorption peak of amide I (near 1640 cm-1) and the peak of the stretching vibration (near 2900 cm-1) of the -CH base. In addition, Figure 1-(4) and (5) shows the distribution maps for the alpha-helix and beta-sheet of the protein. We were able to confirm the correspondence between the H&E stained image and each tissue. In addition, the site corresponding to the two-layer retina and optic nerve disc has an alpha-helix structure and is believed to show proliferation potential.

By studying diseased samples, it is hoped to analyze the cause-and-effect relationship between disease and the structure of proteins.

About the Author

Dr. Carlos Morillo received his Post Doc at Advanced Industrial Science & Technology in Fukuoka and was a Research Scientist at Kyushu University in Japan where he lived for several years. Carlos received his Doctor of Engineering from Kyushu University and his Masters and BS from Simon Bolivar University in Caracas Venezuela. He is an Applications Scientist at JASCO.