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An electrospray mass spectrometric study of organomercury(II) and mercuric interactions with peptides involving cysteinyl ligands

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D'Agostini, A and Colton, R and Traeger, JC and Canty, AJ, An electrospray mass spectrometric study of organomercury(II) and mercuric interactions with peptides involving cysteinyl ligands, European Mass Spectrometry, 2, (4-5) pp. 273-285. ISSN 1356-1049 (1996) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1255/ejms.59

Abstract

Positive ion electrospray mass spectrometry (MS) has been used to investigate the interaction of Hg2+, [MeHg]+ and [PhHg]+ cations with cysteine (Cys), glutathione (GSH) and a 27-residue polypeptide (Pp) containing one cysteinyl sulfur located at the N-terminus. MS/MS experiments showed that organomercury adduction occurs primarily at the sulfhydryl group, with some evidence for isomeric species in which the organomercury cation is bound to either an amino or a carboxylic group. Following Ellman modification of GSH and Pp, the maximum number of adducted organomercury cations was reduced by 2 and 1, respectively, indicating a 2 : 1 and a 1 : 1 interaction between [RHg]+ and the cysteinyl sulfur. Unlike [PhHg]+, [MeHg]+ showed an almost exclusive affinity for the cysteinyl sulfur of GSH and Pp. Both Cys and GSH reacted with Hg2+ to form polynuclear species. Collisional activation mass spectra of the [2Cys + Hg - H]+ ion indicated that the Hg(II) was most probably bridged between the two cysteinyl residues, although not necessarily via a conventional -S-Hg-S- linkage.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Chemical Sciences
Research Group:Inorganic chemistry
Research Field:Bioinorganic chemistry
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the chemical sciences
UTAS Author:Canty, AJ (Professor Allan Canty)
ID Code:8093
Year Published:1996
Web of Science® Times Cited:22
Deposited By:Chemistry
Deposited On:1996-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-19
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