Reaction of the decapeptide gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) with the Bolton-Hunter reagent produced a single major derivative. Mass spectrometric analysis of this derivative at M-Scan Corporation revealed that O-acylation of the Ser4 hydroxyl had occurred. Formation of the O-acylated Ser4 derivative was dependent on the presence of the His2 residue in GnRH. Similar experiments with several unrelated peptides revealed that the Bolton-Hunter reagent will readily acylate hydroxyl groups on serine, tyrosine, and threonine side chains located two positions from a histidine residue (e.g., His-X-Ser). Such O-acylated peptides can be formed under mild reaction conditions and appear to be relatively stable. Recognition of this sequence-specific O-acylation can be critical when labeling peptides with the Bolton-Hunter reagent and when interpreting experiments in which such modified peptides are used.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - Jan 5 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology