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Generation of mass tags by the inherent electrochemistry of electrospray for protein mass spectrometry.
Journal of the American Society For Mass Spectrometry
Publication types: Journal Article ; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't ; Review Publication Status: ppublish
We present herein a review of our work on the on-line electrochemical generation of mass tags toward cysteine residues in peptides and proteins. Taking advantage of the inherent electrochemical nature of electrospray generated from a microfabricated microspray emitter, selective probes for cysteine were developed and tested for on-line nonquantitative mass tagging of peptides and proteins. The nonquantitative aspect of the covalent tagging thus allows direct counting of free cysteines in the mass spectrum of a biomolecule through additional adduct peaks. Several substituted hydroquinones were investigated in terms of electrochemical properties, and their usefulness for on-line mass tagging during microspray experiments were assessed with L-cysteine, peptides, and intact proteins. Complementarily, numerical simulations were performed to properly understand the respective roles of mass transport, kinetics of electrochemical-chemical reactions, and design of the microspray emitter in the mass tagging overall efficiency. Finally, the on-line electrochemical tagging of cysteine residues was applied to the analysis of tryptic peptides of purified model proteins for protein identification through peptide mass fingerprinting.
Cysteine/analysis, Electrochemistry, Microchemistry/methods, Peptides/chemistry, Proteins/chemistry, Spectrometry, Mass, Electrospray Ionization/instrumentation, Spectrometry, Mass, Electrospray Ionization/methods
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