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Dehydroalanine derived from cysteine is a common post-translational modification in human serum albumin

Raphael Bar-Or, Leonard T Rael, David Bar-Or
Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM 2008, 22 (5): 711-6
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The conversion of a cysteine residue into dehydroalanine (DHA) in proteins was previously described. This post-translational modification (PTM) can be generated artificially as a result of heat and an alkaline environment. The presence of this PTM on human serum albumin (HSA) in plasma collected from healthy volunteers and critically ill patients as well as in commercially available HSA was studied. Using liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS) and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization tandem mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS/MS) methods, a fragment containing DHA was identified in the trypsin digest of commercial HSA and isolated HSA from plasma. The sequence (RPC*FSALEVDETYVPK) corresponded to the expected molecular mass and fragmentation pattern of a tryptic peptide of HSA where the cysteine residue (cys487) was modified to DHA. The presence of this common PTM of HSA has potential effects on ligand binding to HSA, plasma clearance of this oxidized form of HSA, protein-protein interactions, and oxidation-reduction potential.

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