A selective method for the enrichment of O-GlcNAcylated peptides using a novel CLICK chemistry reagent is described. Peptides modified by O-GlcNAc were enzymatically labeled with N-azidoacetylgalactosamine. The azide was then reacted with a phospho-alkyne using CLICK chemistry and O-GlcNAcGalNAzPO 4-containing peptides were enriched using titanium dioxide chromatography. Modified peptides were analyzed using a combination of higher energy collision dissociation for identification and electron transfer dissociation to localize the site of O-GlcNAc attachment. The enrichment method was developed and optimized using an alpha-crystallin standard protein and then applied to a soluble protein preparation of mouse brain tissue and a nuclear preparation generated from HeLa cells. A total of 42 unique O-GlcNAcylated peptides were identified, including 7 novel O-GlcNAc sites.
- chemoenzymatic labeling
- ETD MS/MS
- HCD MS/MS
- post-translational modifications
- titanium dioxide chromatography
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