Screening of combinatorial libraries for substrate preference by mass spectrometry

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We present a rapid screening method for monitoring enzyme specificity using both combinatorial chemistry and mass spectrometry where, as an example, the substrate specificity of peptidylglycine α-amidating enzyme was determined and compared against a conventional quantitative technique. Whereas alternative methods for library screening are generally limited to certain enzymes and can present difficulties in the synthesis or derivatization of potential substrates, the approach we call chirality-based isotope labeling for a library of substrates (CHILLS) does not fall short to such limitations, since we exploit the inherent stereospecificity of enzymes to determine preferred substrates. Additionally, the CHILLS method generates accurate results, as compared to typical screening procedures that require tedious method development, because the synthesized library contains a structurally similar internal standard for each individual library component in order to quantitate the progress of enzymatic reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)698-701
Number of pages4
JournalAnalytical Chemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 15 Jan 2005


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