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Chem Biol. 2004 Apr;11(4):449-59.

An improved method for the synthesis of cellulose membrane-bound peptides with free C termini is useful for PDZ domain binding studies.

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Institut für Medizinische Immunologie, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Hessische Strasse 3-4, 10115 Berlin, Germany.


SPOT synthesis permits parallel synthesis and screening of thousands of cellulose membrane-bound peptides to study protein-protein interactions in a proteomic context. Recognition of C-terminal residues is one of the most common binding features of PDZ domains. Unfortunately, most solid support-bound peptide libraries lack a free C terminus due to C-terminal fixation on the solid support. To overcome this restriction, we developed a robust methodology based on our previous strategy for generating peptides with authentic C termini. To validate this improved method, we screened a human peptide library of 6223 C termini with the syntrophin PDZ domain. Furthermore, using the same library, new peptide ligands derived from membrane proteins and receptors were found for the ERBIN PDZ domain. Finally, we identified the protein kinase breakpoint cluster region, which is known as a negative regulator of cell proliferation and oncogenic transformation, as an ERBIN ligand.

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