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Supercharging reagent for enhanced liquid chromatographic separation and charging of sialylated and high-molecular-weight glycopeptides for NanoHPLC-ESI-MS/MS analysis


Lin, Chia-Wei; Haeuptle, Micha A; Aebi, Markus (2016). Supercharging reagent for enhanced liquid chromatographic separation and charging of sialylated and high-molecular-weight glycopeptides for NanoHPLC-ESI-MS/MS analysis. Analytical Chemistry, 88(17):8484-8494.

Abstract

Recent developments in proteomic techniques have led to the development of mass spectrometry (MS)-based methods to characterize site-specific glycosylation of proteins. However, appropriate analytical tools to characterize acidic and high-molecular-weight (hMW) glycopeptides are still lacking. In this study, we demonstrate that the addition of supercharging reagent, m-nitrobenzyl alcohol (m-NBA), into mobile phases greatly facilitates the analysis of acidic and hMW glycopeptides. Using commercial glycoproteins, we demonstrated that in the presence of m-NBA the charge state of sialylated glycopeptides increased and the chromatographic separation of neutral and acidic glycopeptides revealed a remarkable improvement. Next, we applied this system to the characterization of a glycoconjugate vaccine candidate consisting of a genetically detoxified exotoxin A of Pseudomonas aeruginosa covalently linked to Shigella flexneri type 2a O-antigen (Sf2E) produced by engineered Escherichia coli. The addition of m-NBA, allowed us to identify peptides with glycan chains of unprecedented size, up to 20 repeat units (98 monosaccharides). Our results indicated that incorporation of m-NBA into reversed-phase liquid chromatography (LC) solvents improves sensitivity, charging, and chromatographic resolution for acidic and hMW glycopeptides.

Abstract

Recent developments in proteomic techniques have led to the development of mass spectrometry (MS)-based methods to characterize site-specific glycosylation of proteins. However, appropriate analytical tools to characterize acidic and high-molecular-weight (hMW) glycopeptides are still lacking. In this study, we demonstrate that the addition of supercharging reagent, m-nitrobenzyl alcohol (m-NBA), into mobile phases greatly facilitates the analysis of acidic and hMW glycopeptides. Using commercial glycoproteins, we demonstrated that in the presence of m-NBA the charge state of sialylated glycopeptides increased and the chromatographic separation of neutral and acidic glycopeptides revealed a remarkable improvement. Next, we applied this system to the characterization of a glycoconjugate vaccine candidate consisting of a genetically detoxified exotoxin A of Pseudomonas aeruginosa covalently linked to Shigella flexneri type 2a O-antigen (Sf2E) produced by engineered Escherichia coli. The addition of m-NBA, allowed us to identify peptides with glycan chains of unprecedented size, up to 20 repeat units (98 monosaccharides). Our results indicated that incorporation of m-NBA into reversed-phase liquid chromatography (LC) solvents improves sensitivity, charging, and chromatographic resolution for acidic and hMW glycopeptides.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Functional Genomics Center Zurich
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:6 September 2016
Deposited On:16 Jan 2017 13:59
Last Modified:16 Jan 2017 13:59
Publisher:American Chemical Society (ACS)
ISSN:0003-2700
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.analchem.6b00938
PubMed ID:27487254

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