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Characterization of Chemical Modification of Tryptophan by Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Mass Spectrometry

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Tert- butylation of tryptophan (2', 5', 7'- tri tertiary butyl tryptophan), formed during acidolytic cleavage of synthetic peptides Ac-KLVYWAE-CONH2 (A-YW) and Ac-KLVWWAE-CONH2 (A-WW), that are analogs of the fragment of Alzheimer's β-amyloid peptide Ac-KLVFFAE-CONH2, during solid-phase peptide synthesis, was characterized by matrix- assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight/time of flight (MALDI TOF/TOF) mass spectrometry. Crude peptide was fractionated by high performance liquid chromatography. Peptide fractions were sequenced and modified tryptophan was determined with the help of MALDI TOF/TOF mass spectra. Thus, it is possible to pinpoint the particular tryptophan residue that undergoes modification during synthesis of peptides containing multiple tryptophan residues.

Keywords: MALDI TOF/TOF; Tryptophan modification; acetylation; peptide sequence; posttranslational modifications

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: February 1, 2010

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  • Protein & Peptide Letters publishes short papers in all important aspects of protein and peptide research, including structural studies, recombinant expression, function, synthesis, enzymology, immunology, molecular modeling, drug design etc. Manuscripts must have a significant element of novelty, timeliness and urgency that merit rapid publication. Reports of crystallisation, and preliminary structure determinations of biologically important proteins are acceptable. Purely theoretical papers are also acceptable provided they provide new insight into the principles of protein/peptide structure and function.

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