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J Biol Chem. 2008 Feb 8;283(6):3329-37. Epub 2007 Nov 30.

Stoichiometry of the peripheral stalk subunits E and G of yeast V1-ATPase determined by mass spectrometry.

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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York 13210, USA.


The stoichiometry of yeast V(1)-ATPase peripheral stalk subunits E and G was determined by two independent approaches using mass spectrometry (MS). First, the subunit ratio was inferred from measuring the molecular mass of the intact V(1)-ATPase complex and each of the individual protein components, using native electrospray ionization-MS. The major observed intact complex had a mass of 593,600 Da, with minor components displaying masses of 553,550 and 428,300 Da, respectively. Second, defined amounts of V(1)-ATPase purified from yeast grown on (14)N-containing medium were titrated with defined amounts of (15)N-labeled E and G subunits as internal standards. Following protease digestion of subunit bands, (14)N- and (15)N-containing peptide pairs were used for quantification of subunit stoichiometry using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time of flight MS. Results from both approaches are in excellent agreement and reveal that the subunit composition of yeast V(1)-ATPase is A(3)B(3)DE(3)FG(3)H.

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