Dr. Lingjun Li

Lingjun received her BE degree in Environmental Analytical Chemistry from Beijing Polytechnic University and a PhD degree in Analytical Chemistry/Biomolecular Chemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She did three-way postdoctoral research at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Brandeis University, and University of Illinois before joining the School of Pharmacy faculty in 2002. She currently holds joint appointments in the School of Pharmacy and Department of Chemistry at UW-Madison, as well as being named Charles Melbourne Johnson Distinguished Chair and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor.

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Recent developments and applications of quantitative proteomics strategies for high-throughput biomolecular analyses in cancer research

RSC Chemical Biology

Innovations in medical technology and dedicated focus from the scientific community have inspired numerous treatment strategies for benign and invasive cancers. While these improvements often lend themselves to more positive prognoses and greater patient longevity, means for early detection and severity stratification have failed to keep pace. Detection and validation of cancer-specific biomarkers hinges on the ability to identify subtype-specific phenotypic and proteomic alterations and the systematic screening of diverse patient groups. For this reason, clinical and scientific research settings rely on high throughput...

Acetyl‑CoA flux from the cytosol to the ER regulates engagement and quality of the secretory pathway

Analytical Chemistry

A well-hydrated counterion can selectively and dramatically increase retention of a charged analyte in hydrophilic interaction chromatography. The effect is enhanced if the column is charged, as in electrostatic repulsion-hydrophilic interaction chromatography (ERLIC). This combination was exploited in proteomics for the isolation of peptides with certain post-translational modifications (PTMs). The best salt additive examined was magnesium trifluoroacetate. The well-hydrated Mg+2 ion promoted retention of peptides with functional groups that retained negative charge at low pH, while the poorly...

Quantification and Molecular Imaging of Fatty Acid Isomers from Complex Biological Samples by Mass Spectrometry

Chemnical Science

Elucidating the isomeric structure of free fatty acids (FAs) in biological samples is essential to comprehend their biological functions in various physiological and pathological processes. Herein, we report a novel approach of using peracetic acid (PAA) induced epoxidation coupled with mass spectrometry (MS) for localization of C=C bond in unsaturated FAs, which enables both quantification and spatial visualization of FA isomers from biological samples. Abundant diagnostic fragment ions indicative of the C=C positions were produced upon fragmentation of the FA epoxides derived from either in-solution or on-tissue PAA epoxidation of free FAs.

Exploring the Sexual Dimorphism of Crustacean Neuropeptide Expression Using Callinectes sapidus as a Model Organism

Journal of Proteome Research

Acetyl‑CoA flux from the cytosol to the ER regulates engagement and quality of the secretory pathway

hemical Research in Toxicology

Targeted Top-Down Mass Spectrometry for the Characterization and Tissue-Specific Functional Discovery of Crustacean Hyperglycemic Hormones (CHH) and CHH Precursor-Related Peptides in Response to Low pH Stress