A novel mass spectrometry-cleavable, phosphate-based enrichable and multi-targeting protein cross-linker.


Shanghai Institute for Advanced Immunochemical Studies , ShanghaiTech University , 393 Middle Huaxia Road , Pudong , Shanghai 201210 , China . Email: [Email] ; Email: [Email] ; Email: [Email]


Chemical cross-linking mass spectrometry (XL-MS) is a powerful technology for obtaining protein structural information and studying protein-protein interactions. We report phospho-bisvinylsulfone (pBVS) as a novel water-soluble, MS-cleavable, phosphate-based enrichable and multi-targeting cross-linker. In this approach, the fragmentation of pBVS cross-linked peptides occurs in situ through retro-Michael addition. The phosphate group is successfully used as a small affinity tag to isolate cross-linked peptides from the highly abundant non-cross-linked peptides. In addition, the linker targets multiple types of amino acid residues, including cysteine, lysine and histidine. This method was applied to cross-link bovine serum albumin (BSA), myoglobin and Lbcpf1 demonstrating the ability to yield accurate and abundant information to facilitate protein structure elucidation.

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