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Protein Sci. 2001 Nov;10(11):2336-45.

Structural comparison of recombinant human macrophage colony stimulating factor beta and a partially reduced derivative using hydrogen deuterium exchange and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry.

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Department of Chemistry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon 97330, USA.


Hydrogen deuterium exchange, monitored by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, has been employed to characterize structural features of a derivative of recombinant human macrophage colony stimulating factor beta (rhm-CSFbeta) in which two of the nine disulfide bridges (Cys157/Cys159-Cys'157/Cys'159) were selectively reduced and alkylated. Removal of these two disulfide bridges did not affect the biological activity of the protein. Similarities between CD and fluorescence spectra for rhm-CSFbeta and its derivative indicate that removing the disulfide bonds did not strongly alter the overall three-dimensional structure of rhm-CSFbeta. However, differences between deuterium exchange data of the intact proteins indicate that more NHs underwent fast deuterium exchange in the derivative than in rhm-CSFbeta. Regions located near the disulfide bond removal site were shown to exhibit faster deuterium exchange behavior in the derivative than in rhm-CSFbeta.

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