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Rapid Commun Mass Spectrom. 2008 Jun;22(12):1933-40. doi: 10.1002/rcm.3576.

Determination of disulfide bond patterns in laminin beta1 chain N-terminal domains by nano-high-performance liquid chromatography/matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight/time-of-flight mass spectrometry.

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Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry & Bioanalytics, Institute of Pharmacy, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Wolfgang-Langenbeck-Strasse 4, D-06120 Halle, Germany.

Abstract

The disulfide bonding patterns in the N-terminal (LN) domains of the basement membrane protein laminin beta1 have not been investigated so far. We report an in-depth mass spectrometric analysis using offline nano-high-performance liquid chromatography/matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight/time-of-flight mass spectrometry (nano-HPLC/MALDI-TOF/TOF-MS) for determining the disulfide bond patterns in the LN-domain of recombinant mouse laminin beta1 chain for the first time. Mass spectra were recorded and the putatively disulfide-linked peptides were subjected to LIFT-TOF/TOF-MS to confirm the disulfide bond. Screening the fragment ion mass spectra of disulfide-linked peptides for characteristic 66-amu patterns (34 u +32 u), arising from symmetric and asymmetric cleavage of disulfide bonds, facilitated their identification. Using various enzymes for proteolytic digestion of a recombinant laminin beta1 chain N-terminal protein fragment, a linear bonding pattern of the eight cysteine residues in the LN-domain of the laminin beta1 chain was observed with a (1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8) connectivity of cysteines. The identical disulfide-bonding pattern was found in E4, the N-terminal laminin beta1 chain fragment derived by elastase digestion of mouse tumor laminin-111, confirming that this pattern also occurs in native laminin.

PMID:
18491288
DOI:
10.1002/rcm.3576
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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