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Anal Chim Acta. 2010 Feb 19;661(1):67-75. doi: 10.1016/j.aca.2009.12.012. Epub 2009 Dec 16.

In vitro methylation by methanol: proteomic screening and prevalence investigation.

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Department of Biophysics and Structural Biology, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and School of Basic Medicine, Peking Union Medical College, 5 Dong Dan San Tiao, Beijing 100005, China.


It is assumed that much more functional importance for protein activity than expected may be granted by methylation that occurs at the side-chain of aspartate or glutamate residue. In vitro methylation mainly comes from the use of methanol in sample preparation prior to MS analysis. In this study, we first performed the methylation site-directed proteomic screening of bovine serum albumin, ovalbumin and 20S proteasome for gel staining using a meaningfully indicative MS-pattern of peak tag (termed as 4P tag) and manual inspection for mass spectral data. As a result, there were 17 proteolytic peptides with 20 modified sites confirmed to be in vitro methylated. Subsequently, the prevalence investigation was performed, focusing on the reaction kinetic behavior of in vitro methylation. This study provided a simple and robust approach for confirmation of in vitro methylation by methanol, as well as the precautious guide for the use of methanol in proteomic study.

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