Synthesis and characterization of a new MeCAT reagent containing a photocleavable linker for labeling of proteins and peptides in mass spectrometric analyses.


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Chemistry, Brook-Taylor-Str. 2, 12489 Berlin, Germany. Electronic address: [Email]


The quantification of proteins and peptides becomes more important besides mere identification in modern life sciences. Therefore, we have developed a new reagent that adds to the known metall-coded affinity tagging strategy employed in molecular and elemental mass spectrometry containing a photocleavable linker. A synthesis route was developed that provides the new reagent in good yields. The stability of the synthesized reagents was assessed under different temperature and illumination conditions. Labeling reactions were carried out at peptide and protein level, while also the fragmentation behavior of labeled peptides was assessed. In additional experiments, the photocleavability of the new reagent was examined. Upon irradiation with ultraviolet light, the photoproducts were liberated and could be used for quantification of labeled peptides.


Mass spectrometry,Metall-coded tag,Peptide labeling,Photolysis,Protein quantification,