Enhancement of phosphoprotein analysis using a fluorescent affinity tag and mass spectrometry

Stanley M. Stevens, Alfred Y. Chung, Marjorie C. Chow, Scott H. McClung, Camille N. Strachan, Alice C. Harmon, Nancy D. Denslow, Laszlo Prokai

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A fluorescent affinity tag (FAT) was synthesized and was utilized to selectively modify phosphorylated serine and threonine residues via beta-elimination and Michael addition chemistries in a 'one-step' reaction. This labeling technique was used for covalent modification of both phosphoproteins and phosphopeptides, allowing identification of these molecular species by fluorescence imaging after solution- or gel-based separation methods. In addition to the strong fluorescence of the rhodamine tag, a commercially available antibody can be used to enrich low-abundance post-labeled phosphopeptides present in complex mixtures. Application of this methodology to phosphorylation-site mapping has been evaluated for a phosphoprotein standard, bovine beta-casein. Initial results demonstrated low femtomole detection limits after fluorescence image analysis of FAT-labeled proteins or peptides.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2157-2162
Number of pages6
JournalRapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry
Issue number15
StatePublished - 2005


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