A practical protocol for the reduction of disulfide bonds in proteins prior to analysis by mass spectrometry
UNSPECIFIED. (2001) A practical protocol for the reduction of disulfide bonds in proteins prior to analysis by mass spectrometry. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF MASS SPECTROMETRY, 7 (1). pp. 29-34. ISSN 1469-0667Full text not available from this repository.
A quick, simple applicable protocol for the reduction of protein disulfide bonds for the purposes of mass spectrometry has been established. The method utilises the chemical reducing agent dithiothreitol. Proteins with various numbers of disulfide bonds per molecule were chosen for the study to demonstrate the general applicability of the method. The results obtained under controlled conditions (concentration of reagents, pH, temperature) showed that a five-minute treatment at 70 degreesC with 10 mM dithiothreitol in 5 mM ammonium acetate buffer pH 5.5 was sufficient for complete reduction of disulfide bonds in all investigated proteins (alpha -lactalbumin, lysozyme, ribonuclease, oxytocin and wheat germ agglutinin). The progress of disulfide bond reduction was observed by electrospray ionisation and Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry. Circular dichroism was used to monitor conformational changes of reduced proteins and of their unreduced counterparts undergoing the same heat treatment.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QC Physics|
|Journal or Publication Title:||EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF MASS SPECTROMETRY|
|Number of Pages:||6|
|Page Range:||pp. 29-34|
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