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Use of Cysteine Aminoethylation To Identify the Hypervariable Peptides of an Antibody

Aminoethylation of cysteines can provide enzymatically cleavable sites. The ability to obtain peptides containing antibody complementarity determining regions (CDRs) with aminoethylated cysteines was investigated. Because cysteines are often located N-terminal to CDRs, digestion with Lys-N enables acquisition of peptides with CDRs. Lys-N peptides containing an aminoethylated cysteine at the N-terminus were also amidinated. Subsequent collisional activation yields a unique loss of 118 Da that originates from this modified residue, providing a signature ion for cysteine-containing peptides. The relative cleavage efficiencies for Lys-N and trypsin are also compared.

Authors:   Nick DeGraan-Weber; James Patrick Reilly
Journal:   Analytical Chemistry
Year:   2018
DOI:   10.1021/acs.analchem.7b02732
Publication date:   19-Jan-2018
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