Signature Ions in MS/MS Spectra for Dansyl-Aminohexyl-QQIV Adducts on Lysine

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Bacterial transglutaminase was used to label human plasma proteins with fluorescent tags. Protein lysines were modified with dansyl-epsilon-aminohexyl-Gln-Gln-Ile-Val-OH (dansylQQIV), while protein glutamines were modified with dansyl cadaverine. Labeled proteins included human butyrylcholinesterase, apolipoprotein A-1, haptoglobin, haptoglobin-related protein, immunoglobulin heavy chain, and hemopexin. Tryptic peptides were analyzed by LC-MS/MS on an Orbitrap Fusion Lumos mass spectrometer. Modified residues were identified in Protein Prospector and Proteome Discoverer searches of mass spectrometry data. The MS/MS fragmentation spectra from dansylQQIV-modified peptides gave intense peaks at 475.2015, 364.1691, 347.1426, 234.0585, and 170.0965 m/z. These signature ions are useful markers for identifying modified peptides. Human butyrylcholinesterase retained full activity following modification by dansylQQIV or dansyl cadaverine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 8 2020


  • Protein Prospector
  • butyrylcholinesterase
  • dansylQQIV
  • mass spectrometry
  • plasma proteins
  • transglutaminase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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