Imperial College London

DrBeatrizJimenez

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction

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Takis PG, Jiménez B, Al-Saffar NMS, Harvey N, Chekmeneva E, Misra S, Lewis MRet al., 2021, A computationally lightweight algorithm for deriving reliable metabolite panel measurements from 1D 1H NMR., Analytical Chemistry, Vol: 93, Pages: 4995-5000, ISSN: 0003-2700

Small Molecule Enhancement SpectroscopY (SMolESY) was employed to develop a unique and fully automated computational solution for the assignment and integration of 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) signals from metabolites in challenging matrices containing macromolecules (herein blood products). Sensitive and reliable quantitation is provided by instant signal deconvolution and straightforward integration bolstered by spectral resolution enhancement and macromolecular signal suppression. The approach is highly efficient, requiring only standard one-dimensional 1H NMR spectra and avoiding the need for sample preprocessing, complex deconvolution, and spectral baseline fitting. The performance of the algorithm, developed using >4000 NMR serum and plasma spectra, was evaluated using an additional >8800 spectra, yielding an assignment accuracy greater than 99.5% for all 22 metabolites targeted. Further validation of its quantitation capabilities illustrated a reliable performance among challenging phenotypes. The simplicity and complete automation of the approach support the application of NMR-based metabolite panel measurements in clinical and population screening applications.

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Jimenez B, Abellona MRU, Drymousis P, Kyriakides M, Clift AK, Liu DSK, Rees E, Holmes E, Nicholson JK, Kinross JM, Frilling Aet al., 2021, Neuroendocrine neoplasms: identification of novel metabolic circuits of potential diagnostic utility, Cancers, Vol: 13, ISSN: 2072-6694

The incidence of neuroendocrine neoplasms (NEN) is increasing, but established biomarkers have poor diagnostic and prognostic accuracy. Here, we aim to define the systemic metabolic consequences of NEN and to establish the diagnostic utility of proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-NMR) for NEN in a prospective cohort of patients through a single-centre, prospective controlled observational study. Urine samples of 34 treatment-naïve NEN patients (median age: 59.3 years, range: 36–85): 18 had pancreatic (Pan) NEN, of which seven were functioning; 16 had small bowel (SB) NEN; 20 age- and sex-matched healthy control individuals were analysed using a 600 MHz Bruker 1H-NMR spectrometer. Orthogonal partial-least-squares-discriminant analysis models were able to discriminate both PanNEN and SBNEN patients from healthy control (Healthy vs. PanNEN: AUC = 0.90, Healthy vs. SBNEN: AUC = 0.90). Secondary metabolites of tryptophan, such as trigonelline and a niacin-related metabolite were also identified to be universally decreased in NEN patients, while upstream metabolites, such as kynurenine, were elevated in SBNEN. Hippurate, a gut-derived metabolite, was reduced in all patients, whereas other gut microbial co-metabolites, trimethylamine-N-oxide, 4-hydroxyphenylacetate and phenylacetylglutamine, were elevated in those with SBNEN. These findings suggest the existence of a new systems-based neuroendocrine circuit, regulated in part by cancer metabolism, neuroendocrine signalling molecules and gut microbial co-metabolism. Metabonomic profiling of NEN has diagnostic potential and could be used for discovering biomarkers for these tumours. These preliminary data require confirmation in a larger cohort.

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Kurbatova N, Garg M, Whiley L, Chekmeneva E, Jimenez B, Gomez-Romero M, Pearce J, Kimhofer T, D'Hondt E, Soininen H, Kloszewska I, Mecocci P, Tsolaki M, Vellas B, Aarsland D, Nevado-Holgado A, Liu B, Snowden S, Proitsi P, Ashton NJ, Hye A, Legido-Quigley C, Lewis MR, Nicholson JK, Holmes E, Brazma A, Lovestone Set al., 2020, Urinary metabolic phenotyping for Alzheimer's disease, Scientific Reports, Vol: 10, ISSN: 2045-2322

Finding early disease markers using non-invasive and widely available methods is essential to develop a successful therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease. Few studies to date have examined urine, the most readily available biofluid. Here we report the largest study to date using comprehensive metabolic phenotyping platforms (NMR spectroscopy and UHPLC-MS) to probe the urinary metabolome in-depth in people with Alzheimer’s Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment. Feature reduction was performed using metabolomic Quantitative Trait Loci, resulting in the list of metabolites associated with the genetic variants. This approach helps accuracy in identification of disease states and provides a route to a plausible mechanistic link to pathological processes. Using these mQTLs we built a Random Forests model, which not only correctly discriminates between people with Alzheimer’s Disease and age-matched controls, but also between individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment who were later diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and those who were not. Further annotation of top-ranking metabolic features nominated by the trained model revealed the involvement of cholesterol-derived metabolites and small-molecules that were linked to Alzheimer’s pathology in previous studies.

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Takis P, Jimenez B, Sands C, Chekmeneva E, Lewis Met al., 2020, SMolESY: An efficient and quantitative alternative to on-instrument macromolecular ¹H-NMR signal suppression, Chemical Science, Vol: 11, Pages: 6000-6011, ISSN: 2041-6520

One-dimensional (1D) proton-nuclear magnetic resonance (1H-NMR) spectroscopy is an established technique for measuring small molecules in a wide variety of complex biological sample types. It is demonstrably reproducible, easily automatable and consequently ideal for routine and large-scale application. However, samples containing proteins, lipids, polysaccharides and other macromolecules produce broad signals which overlap and convolute those from small molecules. NMR experiment types designed to suppress macromolecular signals during acquisition may be additionally performed, however these approaches add to the overall sample analysis time and cost, especially for large cohort studies, and fail to produce reliably quantitative data. Here, we propose an alternative way of computationally eliminating macromolecular signals, employing the mathematical differentiation of standard 1H-NMR spectra, producing small molecule-enhanced spectra with preserved quantitative capability and increased resolution. Our approach, presented in its simplest form, was implemented in a cheminformatic toolbox and successfully applied to more than 3000 samples of various biological matrices rich or potentially rich with macromolecules, offering an efficient alternative to on-instrument experimentation, facilitating NMR use in routine and large-scale applications.

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Andreas NJ, Roy RB, Gomez-Romero M, Horneffer-van der Sluis V, Lewis MR, Camuzeaux SSM, Jimenez B, Posma JM, Tientcheu L, Egere U, Sillah A, Togun T, Holmes E, Kampmann Bet al., 2020, Performance of metabonomic serum analysis for diagnostics in paediatric tuberculosis, Scientific Reports, Vol: 10, Pages: 1-11, ISSN: 2045-2322

We applied a metabonomic strategy to identify host biomarkers in serum to diagnose paediatric tuberculosis (TB) disease. 112 symptomatic children with presumptive TB were recruited in The Gambia and classified as bacteriologically-confirmed TB, clinically diagnosed TB, or other diseases. Sera were analysed using 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and mass spectrometry (MS). Multivariate data analysis was used to distinguish patients with TB from other diseases. Diagnostic accuracy was evaluated using Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) curves. Model performance was tested in a validation cohort of 36 children from the UK. Data acquired using 1H NMR demonstrated a sensitivity, specificity and Area Under the Curve (AUC) of 69% (95% confidence interval [CI], 56–73%), 83% (95% CI, 73–93%), and 0.78 respectively, and correctly classified 20% of the validation cohort from the UK. The most discriminatory MS data showed a sensitivity of 67% (95% CI, 60–71%), specificity of 86% (95% CI, 75–93%) and an AUC of 0.78, correctly classifying 83% of the validation cohort. Amongst children with presumptive TB, metabolic profiling of sera distinguished bacteriologically-confirmed and clinical TB from other diseases. This novel approach yielded a diagnostic performance for paediatric TB comparable to that of Xpert MTB/RIF and interferon gamma release assays.

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Sands C, Wolfer A, DS Correia G, Sadawi N, Ahmed A, Jimenez B, Lewis M, Glen R, Nicholson J, Pearce Jet al., 2019, The nPYc-Toolbox, a Python module for the pre-processing, quality-control, and analysis of metabolic profiling datasets, Bioinformatics, Vol: 35, Pages: 5359-5360, ISSN: 1367-4803

Summary: As large-scale metabolic phenotyping studies become increasingly common, the need forsystemic methods for pre-processing and quality control (QC) of analytical data prior to statistical analysishas become increasingly important, both within a study, and to allow meaningful inter-study comparisons.The nPYc-Toolbox provides software for the import, pre-processing, QC, and visualisation of metabolicphenotyping datasets, either interactively, or in automated pipelines.Availability and Implementation: The nPYc-Toolbox is implemented in Python, and is freelyavailable from the Python package index https://pypi.org/project/nPYc/, source isavailable at https://github.com/phenomecentre/nPYc-Toolbox. Full documentation canbe found at http://npyc-toolbox.readthedocs.io/ and exemplar datasets and tutorials athttps://github.com/phenomecentre/nPYc-toolbox-tutorials

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Whiley L, Chekmeneva E, Berry DJ, Jimenez B, Yuen AHY, Salam A, Hussain H, Witt M, Takats Z, Nicholson JK, Lewis MRet al., 2019, Systematic isolation and structure elucidation of urinary metabolites optimized for the analytical-scale molecular profiling laboratory, Analytical Chemistry, Vol: 91, Pages: 8873-8882, ISSN: 0003-2700

Annotation and identification of metabolite biomarkers is critical for their biological interpretation in metabolic phenotyping studies, presenting a significant bottleneck in the successful implementation of untargeted metabolomics. Here, a systematic multi-step protocol was developed for the purification and de novo structural elucidation of urinary metabolites. The protocol is most suited for instances where structure elucidation and metabolite annotation are critical for the downstream biological interpretation of metabolic phenotyping studies. First, a bulk urine pool was desalted using ion-exchange resins enabling large-scale fractionation using precise iterations of analytical scale chromatography. Primary urine fractions were collected and assembled into a “fraction bank” suitable for long-term laboratory storage. Secondary and tertiary fractionations exploited differences in selectivity across a range of reversed-phase chemistries, achieving the purification of metabolites of interest yielding an amount of material suitable for chemical characterisation. To exemplify the application of the systematic workflow in a diverse set of cases, four metabolites with a range of physico-chemical properties were selected and purified from urine and subjected to chemical formula and structure elucidation by respective magnetic resonance mass spectrometry (MRMS) and NMR analyses. Their structures were fully assigned as teterahydropentoxyline, indole-3-acetic-acid-O-glucuronide, p-cresol glucuronide, and pregnanediol-3-glucuronide. Unused effluent was collected, dried and returned to the fraction bank, demonstrating the viability of the system for repeat use in metabolite annotation with a high degree of efficiency.

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Rodriguez-Martinez A, Ayala R, Posma JM, Harvey N, Jiménez B, Sonomura K, Sato T-A, Matsuda F, Zalloua P, Gauguier D, Nicholson JK, Dumas M-Eet al., 2019, pJRES Binning Algorithm (JBA): a new method to facilitate the recovery of metabolic information from pJRES 1H NMR spectra, Bioinformatics, Vol: 35, Pages: 1916-1922, ISSN: 1367-4803

Motivation: Data processing is a key bottleneck for 1H NMR-based metabolic profiling of complex biological mixtures, such as biofluids. These spectra typically contain several thousands of signals, corresponding to possibly few hundreds of metabolites. A number of binning-based methods have been proposed to reduce the dimensionality of 1D 1H NMR datasets, including statistical recoupling of variables (SRV). Here, we introduce a new binning method, named JBA ("pJRES Binning Algorithm"), which aims to extend the applicability of SRV to pJRES spectra. Results: The performance of JBA is comprehensively evaluated using 617 plasma 1H NMR spectra from the FGENTCARD cohort. The results presented here show that JBA exhibits higher sensitivity than SRV to detect peaks from low-abundance metabolites. In addition, JBA allows a more efficient removal of spectral variables corresponding to pure electronic noise, and this has a positive impact on multivariate model building. Availability: The algorithm is implemented using the MWASTools R/Bioconductor package. Supplementary information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

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Harbaum L, Ghataorhe P, Wharton J, Jimenez B, Howard L, Gibbs S, Nicholson J, Rhodes C, Wilkins Met al., 2019, Reduced plasma levels of small HDL particles transporting fibrinolytic proteins in pulmonary arterial hypertension, Thorax, Vol: 74, Pages: 380-389, ISSN: 1468-3296

Background Aberrant lipoprotein metabolism has been implicated in experimental pulmonary hypertension, but the relevance to patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is inconclusive.Objective To investigate the relationship between circulating lipoprotein subclasses and survival in patients with PAH.Methods Using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, 105 discrete lipoproteins were measured in plasma samples from two cohorts of patients with idiopathic or heritable PAH. Data from 1124 plasma proteins were used to identify proteins linked to lipoprotein subclasses. The physical presence of proteins was confirmed in plasma lipoprotein subfractions separated by ultracentrifugation.Results Plasma levels of three lipoproteins from the small high-density lipoprotein (HDL) subclass, termed HDL-4, were inversely related to survival in both the discovery (n=127) and validation (n=77) cohorts, independent of exercise capacity, comorbidities, treatment, N-terminal probrain natriuretic peptide, C reactive protein and the principal lipoprotein classes. The small HDL subclass rich in apolipoprotein A-2 content (HDL-4-Apo A-2) exhibited the most significant association with survival. None of the other lipoprotein classes, including principal lipoprotein classes HDL and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, were prognostic. Three out of nine proteins identified to associate with HDL-4-Apo A-2 are involved in the regulation of fibrinolysis, namely, the plasmin regulator, alpha-2-antiplasmin, and two major components of the kallikrein–kinin pathway (coagulation factor XI and prekallikrein), and their physical presence in the HDL-4 subfraction was confirmed.Conclusion Reduced plasma levels of small HDL particles transporting fibrinolytic proteins are associated with poor outcomes in patients with idiopathic and heritable PAH.

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Gafson AR, Thorne T, McKechnie CIJ, Jimenez B, Nicholas R, Matthews PMet al., 2018, Lipoprotein markers associated with disability from multiple sclerosis, Scientific Reports, Vol: 8, ISSN: 2045-2322

Altered lipid metabolism is a feature of chronic infammatory disorders. Increased plasma lipids andlipoproteins have been associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) disease activity. Our objective was tocharacterise the specifc lipids and associated plasma lipoproteins increased in MS and to test for anassociation with disability. Plasma samples were collected from 27 RRMS patients (median EDSS,1.5, range 1–7) and 31 healthy controls. Concentrations of lipids within lipoprotein sub-classes weredetermined from NMR spectra. Plasma cytokines were measured using the MesoScale DiscoveryV-PLEX kit. Associations were tested using multivariate linear regression. Diferences between thepatient and volunteer groups were found for lipids within VLDL and HDL lipoprotein sub-fractions(p<0.05). Multivariate regression demonstrated a high correlation between lipids within VLDLsub-classes and the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) (p<0.05). An optimal model for EDSSincluded free cholesterol carried by VLDL-2, gender and age (R2=0.38, p<0.05). Free cholesterolcarried by VLDL-2 was highly correlated with plasma cytokines CCL-17 and IL-7 (R2=0.78, p<0.0001).These results highlight relationships between disability, infammatory responses and systemic lipidmetabolism in RRMS. Altered lipid metabolism with systemic infammation may contribute to immuneactivation.

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Jimenez B, Holmes E, Heude C, Tolson RFM, Harvey N, Lodge SL, Chetwynd AJ, Cannet C, Fang F, Pearce JTM, Lewis MR, Viant MR, Lindon JC, Spraul M, Schaefer H, Nicholson JKet al., 2018, Quantitative lipoprotein subclass and low molecular weight metabolite analysis in human serum and plasma by 1H NMR spectroscopy in a multilaboratory trial, Analytical Chemistry, Vol: 90, Pages: 11962-11971, ISSN: 0003-2700

We report an extensive 600 MHz NMR trial of a quantitative lipoprotein and small molecule measurements in human blood serum and plasma. Five centers with eleven 600 MHz NMR spectrometers were used to analyze 98 samples including: 20 QCs, 37 commercially sourced, paired serum and plasma samples and 2 National Institute of Science and Technology, NIST, reference material 1951c replicates. Samples were analyzed using rigorous protocols for sample preparation and experimental acquisition. A commercial lipoprotein subclass analysis was used to quantify 105 lipoprotein subclasses and 24 low molecular weight metabolites from the nuclear magnetic resonance, NMR, spectra. For all spectrometers, the instrument specific variance in measuring internal quality controls, QCs, was lower than the percentage described by the National Cholesterol Education Program, NCEP, criteria for lipid testing (triglycerides<2.7%, cholesterol<2.8%; LDL-cholesterol<2.8%; HDL-cholesterol<2.3%), showing exceptional reproducibility for direct quantitation of lipoproteins in both matrices. The average RSD for the 105 lipoprotein parameters in the 11 instruments was 4.6% and 3.9% for the two NIST samples while it was 38% and 40% for the 37 commercially sourced plasmas and sera, respectively, showing negligible analytical compared to biological variation. The coefficient of variance, CV, obtained for the quantification of the small molecules across the 11 spectrometers was below 15% for 20 out of the 24 metabolites analyzed. This study provides further evidence of the suitability of NMR for high-throughput lipoprotein subcomponent analysis and small molecule quantitation with the exceptional reproducibility required for clinical and other regulatory settings.

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Rodriguez-Martinez A, Posma JM, Ayala R, Harvey N, Jimenez B, Neves AL, Lindon JC, Sonomura K, Sato T-A, Matsuda F, Zalloua P, Gauguier D, Nicholson JK, Dumas M-Eet al., 2017, J-Resolved (1)H NMR 1D-Projections for Large-Scale Metabolic Phenotyping Studies: Application to Blood Plasma Analysis., Analytical Chemistry, Vol: 89, Pages: 11405-11412, ISSN: 0003-2700

(1)H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy-based metabolic phenotyping is now widely used for large-scale epidemiological applications. To minimize signal overlap present in 1D (1)H NMR spectra, we have investigated the use of 2D J-resolved (JRES) (1)H NMR spectroscopy for large-scale phenotyping studies. In particular, we have evaluated the use of the 1D projections of the 2D JRES spectra (pJRES), which provide single peaks for each of the J-coupled multiplets, using 705 human plasma samples from the FGENTCARD cohort. On the basis of the assessment of several objective analytical criteria (spectral dispersion, attenuation of macromolecular signals, cross-spectral correlation with GC-MS metabolites, analytical reproducibility and biomarker discovery potential), we concluded that the pJRES approach exhibits suitable properties for implementation in large-scale molecular epidemiology workflows.

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Bray R, Cacciatore S, Jimenez B, Cartwright R, Digesu A, Fernando R, Holmes E, Nicholson JK, Bennett PR, MacIntyre DA, Khullar Vet al., 2017, Urinary metabolic phenotyping of women with lower urinary tract symptoms, Journal of Proteome Research, Vol: 16, Pages: 4208-4216, ISSN: 1535-3893

Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), including urinary incontinence, urgency and nocturia, affect approximately half of women worldwide. Current diagnostic methods for LUTS are invasive and costly, while available treatments are limited by side effects leading to poor patient compliance. In this study, we aimed to identify urine metabolic signatures associated with LUTS using proton nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR) spectroscopy. A total of 214 urine samples were collected from women attending tertiary urogynecology clinics (cases; n = 176) and healthy control women attending general gynecology clinics (n = 36). Despite high variation in the urine metabolome across the cohort, associations between urine metabolic profiles and BMI, parity, overactive bladder syndrome, frequency, straining, and bladder storage were identified using KODAMA (knowledge discovery by accuracy maximization). Four distinct urinary metabotypes were identified, one of which was associated with increased urinary frequency and low BMI. Urine from these patients was characterized by increased levels of isoleucine and decreased levels of hippurate. Our study suggests that metabolic profiling of urine samples from LUTS patients offers the potential to identify differences in underlying etiology, which may permit stratification of patient populations and the design of more personalized treatment strategies.

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Antcliffe D, Jimenez B, Veselkov K, Holmes E, Gordon ACet al., 2017, Metabolic profiling in patients with pneumonia on intensive care, EBioMedicine, Vol: 18, Pages: 244-253, ISSN: 2352-3964

Clinical features and investigations lack predictive value when diagnosing pneumonia, especially when patients are ventilated and when patients develop ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP). New tools to aid diagnosis are important to improve outcomes. This pilot study examines the potential for metabolic profiling to aid the diagnosis in critical care.In this prospective observational study ventilated patients with brain injuries or pneumonia were recruited in the intensive care unit and serum samples were collected soon after the start of ventilation. Metabolic profiles were produced using 1D 1H NMR spectra. Metabolic data were compared using multivariate statistical techniques including Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and Orthogonal Partial Least Squares Discriminant Analysis (OPLS-DA).We recruited 15 patients with pneumonia and 26 with brain injuries, seven of whom went on to develop VAP. Comparison of metabolic profiles using OPLS-DA differentiated those with pneumonia from those with brain injuries (R2Y = 0.91, Q2Y = 0.28, p = 0.02) and those with VAP from those without (R2Y = 0.94, Q2Y = 0.27, p = 0.05). Metabolites that differentiated patients with pneumonia included lipid species, amino acids and glycoproteins.Metabolic profiling shows promise to aid in the diagnosis of pneumonia in ventilated patients and may allow a more timely diagnosis and better use of antibiotics.

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Jiménez B, MacIntyre D, 2017, NMR Metabolic Phenotyping in Clinical Studies, Encyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry, Pages: 140-145, ISBN: 9780128032244

Metabolic phenotyping comprises the determination of the metabolic signatures of biofluids and tissues. Differences in such metabolic profiles permit the stratification of individuals according to underlying biochemical status. This information allows objective assessment of health status including disease risk, diagnosis and prognosis, treatment response, drug metabolism, and toxicity. A key analytical platform used for metabolic phenotyping is nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy due to its robustness, reproducibility, inherent quantitative nature, and capacity to be automated for high throughput. In this article, the main challenges faced in NMR-based metabolic phenotyping studies are explored and the role of phenome centers in the translation of NMR spectroscopy to clinical settings is described.

Book chapter

Correia GDS, Ng KW, Wijeyesekera A, Gala-Peralta S, Williams R, MacCarthy-Morrogh S, Jimenez B, Inwald D, Macrae D, Frost G, Holmes E, Pathan Net al., 2015, Metabolic Profiling of Children Undergoing Surgery for Congenital Heart Disease, Critical Care Medicine, Vol: 43, Pages: 1467-1476, ISSN: 1530-0293

Inflammation and metabolism are closely interlinked.Both undergo significant dysregulation following surgery for congenitalheart disease, contributing to organ failure and morbidity.In this study, we combined cytokine and metabolic profilingto examine the effect of postoperative tight glycemic controlcompared with conventional blood glucose management onmetabolic and inflammatory outcomes in children undergoingcongenital heart surgery. The aim was to evaluate changes in keymetabolites following congenital heart surgery and to examinethe potential of metabolic profiling for stratifying patients in termsof expected clinical outcomes.Design: Laboratory and clinical study.Setting: University Hospital and Laboratory.Patients: Of 28 children undergoing surgery for congenital heartdisease, 15 underwent tight glycemic control postoperatively and13 were treated conventionally.Interventions: Metabolic profiling of blood plasma was undertakenusing proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. A panel ofmetabolites was measured using a curve-fitting algorithm. Inflammatorycytokines were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbentassay. The data were assessed with respect to clinical markers ofdisease severity (Risk Adjusted Congenital heart surgery score-1,Pediatric Logistic Organ Dysfunction, inotrope score, duration ofventilation and pediatric ICU-free days).Measurements and Main Results: Changes in metabolic andinflammatory profiles were seen over the time course from surgeryto recovery, compared with the preoperative state. Tight glycemiccontrol did not significantly alter the response profile. We identifiedeight metabolites (3-d-hydroxybutyrate, acetone, acetoacetate,citrate, lactate, creatine, creatinine, and alanine) associated withsurgical and disease severity. The strength of proinflammatoryresponse, particularly interleukin-8 and interleukin-6 concentrations,inversely correlated with PICU-free days at 28 days. The interleukin-6/interleukin-10ratio directly correlated wi

Journal article

Powles STR, Hicks LC, Jimenez B, Merrifield C, Holmes E, Williams HRT, Orchard TRet al., 2015, Effect of co-morbidities on urinary metabolic profiling in the characterisation of patients with inflammatory bowel disease, 2nd Digestive Disorders Federation Conference, Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group, Pages: A436-A437, ISSN: 0017-5749

Conference paper

Dona AC, Jimenez B, Schaefer H, Humpfer E, Spraul M, Lewis MR, Pearce JTM, Holmes E, Lindon JC, Nicholson JKet al., 2014, Precision High-Throughput Proton NMR Spectroscopy of Human Urine, Serum, and Plasma for Large-Scale Metabolic Phenotyping, ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, Vol: 86, Pages: 9887-9894, ISSN: 0003-2700

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Mirnezami R, Jimenez B, Li JV, Kinross JM, Veselkov K, Goldin RD, Holmes E, Nicholson JK, Darzi Aet al., 2014, Rapid Diagnosis and Staging of Colorectal Cancer via High-Resolution Magic Angle Spinning Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (HR-MAS NMR) Spectroscopy of Intact Tissue Biopsies, Annals of Surgery, Vol: 259, Pages: 1138-1149, ISSN: 0003-4932

Objective: To develop novel metabolite-based models for diagnosis and staging in colorectal cancer (CRC) using high-resolution magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (HR-MAS NMR) spectroscopy.Background: Previous studies have demonstrated that cancer cells harbor unique metabolic characteristics relative to healthy counterparts. This study sought to characterize metabolic properties in CRC using HR-MAS NMR spectroscopy.Methods: Between November 2010 and January 2012, 44 consecutive patients with confirmed CRC were recruited to a prospective observational study. Fresh tissue samples were obtained from center of tumor and 5 cm from tumor margin from surgical resection specimens. Samples were run in duplicate where tissue volume permitted to compensate for anticipated sample heterogeneity. Samples were subjected to HR-MAS NMR spectroscopic profiling and acquired spectral data were imported into SIMCA and MATLAB statistical software packages for unsupervised and supervised multivariate analysis.Results: A total of 171 spectra were acquired (center of tumor, n = 88; 5 cm from tumor margin, n = 83). Cancer tissue contained significantly increased levels of lactate (P < 0.005), taurine (P < 0.005), and isoglutamine (P < 0.005) and decreased levels of lipids/triglycerides (P < 0.005) relative to healthy mucosa (R2Y = 0.94; Q2Y = 0.72; area under the curve, 0.98). Colon cancer samples (n = 49) contained higher levels of acetate (P < 0.005) and arginine (P < 0.005) and lower levels of lactate (P < 0.005) relative to rectal cancer samples (n = 39). In addition unique metabolic profiles were observed for tumors of differing T-stage.Conclusions: HR-MAS NMR profiling demonstrates cancer-specific metabolic signatures in CRC and reveals metabolic differences between colonic and rectal cancers. In addition, this approach reveals that tumor metabolism undergoes modification during local tumor advancement, offering potential in future staging and therapeu

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Kinross JM, Drymousis P, Jimenez B, Frilling Aet al., 2013, Metabonomic profiling: A novel approach in neuroendocrine neoplasias, SURGERY, Vol: 154, Pages: 1185-1192, ISSN: 0039-6060

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Jimenez B, Mirnezami R, Kinross J, Cloarec O, Keun HC, Holmes E, Goldin RD, Ziprin P, Darzi A, Nicholson JKet al., 2013, H-1 HR-MAS NMR Spectroscopy of Tumor-Induced Local Metabolic "Field-Effects" Enables Colorectal Cancer Staging and Prognostication, JOURNAL OF PROTEOME RESEARCH, Vol: 12, Pages: 959-968, ISSN: 1535-3893

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Wong A, Jimenez B, Li X, Holmes E, Nicholson JK, Lindon JC, Sakellariou Det al., 2012, Evaluation of High Resolution Magic-Angle Coil Spinning NMR Spectroscopy for Metabolic Profiling of Nanoliter Tissue Biopsies, ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, Vol: 84, Pages: 3843-3848, ISSN: 0003-2700

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Jiménez B, Ugwu F, Zhao R, Ortí L, Makhnevych T, Pineda-Lucena A, Houry WAet al., 2012, Structure of minimal tetratricopeptide repeat domain protein Tah1 reveals mechanism of its interaction with Pih1 and Hsp90., J Biol Chem, Vol: 287, Pages: 5698-5709

Tah1 and Pih1 are novel Hsp90 interactors. Tah1 acts as a cofactor of Hsp90 to stabilize Pih1. In yeast, Hsp90, Tah1, and Pih1 were found to form a complex that is required for ribosomal RNA processing through their effect on box C/D small nucleolar ribonucleoprotein assembly. Tah1 is a minimal tetratricopeptide repeat protein of 111 amino acid residues that binds to the C terminus of the Hsp90 molecular chaperone, whereas Pih1 consists of 344 residues of unknown fold. The NMR structure of Tah1 has been solved, and this structure shows the presence of two tetratricopeptide repeat motifs followed by a C helix and an unstructured region. The binding of Tah1 to Hsp90 is mediated by the EEVD C-terminal residues of Hsp90, which bind to a positively charged channel formed by Tah1. Five highly conserved residues, which form a two-carboxylate clamp that tightly interacts with the ultimate Asp-0 residue of the bound peptide, are also present in Tah1. Tah1 was found to bind to the C terminus of Pih1 through the C helix and the unstructured region. The C terminus of Pih1 destabilizes the protein in vitro and in vivo, whereas the binding of Tah1 to Pih1 allows for the formation of a stable complex. Based on our data, a model for an Hsp90-Tah1-Pih1 ternary complex is proposed.

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Gómez-Mingot M, Alcaraz LA, MacIntyre DA, Jiménez B, Pineda-Lucena A, Montiel V, Banks CE, Iniesta Jet al., 2011, Development of a novel analytical approach combining the quantification of amino acids, organic acids and glucose using HPLC-UV-Vis and HPLC-MS with screening via NMR, Analytical Methods, Vol: 4, Pages: 284-290

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Gómez-Mingot M, Alcaraz LA, MacIntyre DA, Jiménez B, Pineda-Lucena A, Montiel V, Banks CE, Iniesta Jet al., 2011, Development of a novel analytical approach combining the quantification of amino acids, organic acids and glucose using HPLC-UV-Vis and HPLC-MS with screening via NMR, Analytical Methods, ISSN: 1759-9660

A simple, rapid, sensitive and selective procedure based on the combination of HPLC-UV-Vis and HPLC-MS has been developed and single laboratory partially validated for the determination of a set of 13 analytes present in a commercially available IVF medium utilising small sample volumes (20–30 μL). The composition fingerprint of the complex sample obtained by NMR spectroscopy in 11 minutes provided identification based on a screening of the metabolomic profile. HPLC-MS allowed the glucose–sodium adduct to be measured accurately and the working and linear ranges achieved were 0.028–0.389 mmol L−1 with a detection limit of 13 μM. HPLC-UV-Vis allowed accurate concentrations of pyruvic and lactic acids with linear ranges over 0.005–0.1 mmol L−1 with a limit of detection of 28 μM for pyruvic acid to be determined in 8 minutes, while lactic acid presented a linear range over 0.1–2 mmol L−1 with a limit of detection of 1.2 mM possible. The use of HPLC-UV-Vis allowed the chromatographic separation of 8 amino acids (aspartate, glutamate, serine, glycine, asparagine, glutamine, alanine, and proline), the dipeptide alanyl-glutamine and taurine previous to a chemical derivatization, providing a total run time of 40 minutes. The method was partially validated to show a linear range of 0.028–0.280 mmol L−1 with detection limits ranging between 1 and 30 μM. Development of the analytical approach provided determination and quantification of a set of 13 analytes from a very complex sample. Although well established analytical techniques were used here, combinatory methodologies were partially validated for the first time to this purpose. The novelty of the combination of techniques relies on a screening tool and a strategy to the future evaluation and an improved assessment of human embryo viability.

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MacIntyre DA, Melguizo Sanchis D, Jimenez B, Moreno R, Stojkovic M, Pineda-Lucena Aet al., 2011, Characterisation of Human Embryonic Stem Cells Conditioning Media by H-1-Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, PLOS ONE, Vol: 6, ISSN: 1932-6203

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Jimenez B, Montoliu C, MacIntyre DA, Serra MA, Wassel A, Jover M, Romero-Gomez M, Rodrigo JM, Pineda-Lucena A, Felipo Vet al., 2010, Serum metabolic signature of minimal hepatic encephalopathy by (1)H-nuclear magnetic resonance, J. Proteome Res., Vol: 9, Pages: 5180-5187, ISSN: 1535-3907

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Mori M, Jiménez B, Piccioli M, Battistoni A, Sette Met al., 2008, The solution structure of the monomeric copper, zinc superoxide dismutase from Salmonella enterica: structural insights to understand the evolution toward the dimeric structure., Biochemistry, Vol: 47, Pages: 12954-12963

The structure of the SodCII-encoded monomeric Cu, Zn superoxide dismutase from Salmonella enterica has been solved by NMR spectroscopy. This represents the first solution structure of a natural and fully active monomeric superoxide dismutase in solution, providing information useful for the interpretation of the evolutional development of these enzymes. The protein scaffold consists of the characteristic beta-barrel common to the whole enzyme family. The general shape of the protein is quite similar to that of Escherichia coli Cu, Zn superoxide dismutase, although some differences are observed mainly in the active site. SodCII presents a more rigid conformation with respect to the engineered monomeric mutants of the human Cu, Zn superoxide dismutase, even though significant disorder is still present in the loops shaping the active site. The analysis of both dynamics and hydration properties of the protein in solution highlights the factors required to maintain the fully active and, at the same time, monomeric protein. This study provides novel insights into the functional differences between monomeric and dimeric bacterial Cu, Zn superoxide dismutases, in turn helping to explain the convergent evolution toward a dimeric structure in prokaryotic and eukaryotic enzymes of this class.

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Bertini I, Jiménez B, Pierattelli R, Wedd AG, Xiao Zet al., 2008, Protonless 13C direct detection NMR: characterization of the 37 kDa trimeric protein CutA1., Proteins, Vol: 70, Pages: 1196-1205

The major limitation of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy arises from the increase of nuclear transverse relaxation rates with increasing molecular mass. This causes reduction in spectral resolution and coherence transfer efficiency. The use of 2H-labeling to eliminate 1H-mediated relaxation pathways and the constructive use of cross correlation effects (TROSY, CRINEPT) alleviate the phenomenon. An alternative approach is to use direct detection of heteronuclei. Specifically designed 13C direct detection experiments can complement the set of 1H-based NMR experiments commonly used for structure determination providing an additional source of information less affected by the detrimental transverse relaxation effect. We applied this novel methodology to the study of the CutA1 protein (12.3 kDa) from E. coli that forms a homotrimer in solution with a total molecular mass of 37 kDa. In this work we demonstrate that the information available from 13C direct detection experiments makes it possible to completely assign the NMR resonances of the backbone of this 37 kDa trimeric protein without the need of deuteration. The structural and dynamical knowledge obtained for this system may contribute to understand its biological role.

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