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Science. 2017 Feb 10;355(6325):597-602. doi: 10.1126/science.aal3316.

Redox-based reagents for chemoselective methionine bioconjugation.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA.
  • 2School of Physical Science and Technology, ShanghaiTech University, Shanghai, China.
  • 3Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA.
  • 4California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA.
  • 5Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA.
  • 6Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. chrischang@berkeley.edu fdtoste@berkeley.edu.
  • 7Chemical Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, USA.
  • 8Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA.
  • 9Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA.

Abstract

Cysteine can be specifically functionalized by a myriad of acid-base conjugation strategies for applications ranging from probing protein function to antibody-drug conjugates and proteomics. In contrast, selective ligation to the other sulfur-containing amino acid, methionine, has been precluded by its intrinsically weaker nucleophilicity. Here, we report a strategy for chemoselective methionine bioconjugation through redox reactivity, using oxaziridine-based reagents to achieve highly selective, rapid, and robust methionine labeling under a range of biocompatible reaction conditions. We highlight the broad utility of this conjugation method to enable precise addition of payloads to proteins, synthesis of antibody-drug conjugates, and identification of hyperreactive methionine residues in whole proteomes.

PMID:
28183972
DOI:
10.1126/science.aal3316
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