Peptide peak intensities enhanced by cysteine modifiers and MALDI TOF MS

Masoud Zabet Moghaddam, A. L. Shaikh, Satomi Niwayama

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Two cysteine-specific modifiers we reported previously, N-ethyl maleimide (NEM) and iodoacetanilide (IAA), have been applied to the labeling of cysteine residues of peptides for the purpose of examining the enhancement of ionization efficiencies in combination with matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI TOF MS). The peak intensities of the peptides as a result of modification with these modifiers were compared with the peak intensities of peptides modified with a commercially available cysteine-specific modifier, iodoacetamide (IA). Our experiments show significant enhancement in the peak intensities of three cysteine-containing synthetic peptides modified with IAA compared to those modified with IA. The results showed a 4.5-6-fold increase as a result of modification with IAA compared to modification with IA. Furthermore, it was found that IAA modification also significantly enhanced the peak intensities of many peptides of a commercially
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1546–1553
JournalJ Mass Spectrom
StatePublished - Dec 2012


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