Mapping Cu(II) binding sites in prion proteins by diethyl pyrocarbonate modification and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometric footprinting.

@article{Qin2002MappingCB,
  title={Mapping Cu(II) binding sites in prion proteins by diethyl pyrocarbonate modification and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometric footprinting.},
  author={Kefeng Qin and Ying Yang and Peter Mastrangelo and David Westaway},
  journal={The Journal of biological chemistry},
  year={2002},
  volume={277 3},
  pages={1981-90}
}
Although Cu(II) ions bind to the prion protein (PrP), there have been conflicting findings concerning the number and location of binding sites. We have combined diethyl pyrocarbonate (DEPC)-mediated carbethoxylation, protease digestion, and mass spectrometric analysis of apo-PrP and copper-coordinated mouse PrP23-231 to "footprint" histidine-dependent Cu(II) coordination sites within this molecule. At pH 7.4 Cu(II) protected five histidine residues from DEPC modification. No protection was… CONTINUE READING

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