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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1983 Dec 28;749(3):244-8.

Characterization of a new fetal hemoglobin variant, Hb F Izumi A gamma 6Glu replaced by Gly, by molecular secondary ion mass spectrometry.

Abstract

Molecular secondary ion mass spectrometry has characterized the structure of a new fetal hemoglobin variant, Hb F Izumi, without separation of peptides or amino acid analysis. First, the mass spectrum of a tryptic digest of the abnormal gamma globin revealed a decreased by 72 mass units in the molecular mass of peptide T-1,2, indicating the presence of a Glu leads to Gly substitution. Next, the analysis of the digest produced by the addition of staphylococcal protease, which specifically cleaves glutamyl peptide bonds, determined the site of substitution at 6th glutamic acid residue in peptide T-1,2 which contains two glutamic acid residues. Since this mass spectrometric approach provides digitalized data on peptide analysis, we call it 'digit printing'. The high sensitivity of this technique is especially promising for the analysis of molecular abnormality in various genetic disorders.

PMID:
6197997
DOI:
10.1016/0167-4838(83)90231-5
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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