Marquardt, Andreas

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Identification, affinity characterisation and biological interactions of lectin-like peptide-carbohydrate complexes derived from human TNF-alpha using high-resolution mass spectrometry

2007, Marquardt, Andreas, Bernevic, Bogdan, Przybylski, Michael

A cyclic disulfide heptadecapeptide (TIP17ox; 2) derived from the lectin-like 17-amino acid domain of human tumor necrosis factor-α [TNF-α (100-116)] was synthesised and demonstrated to bind specifically to N,N-diacetylchitobiose, a disaccharide present in many glycan structures of glycoproteins. Although the TIP domain forms a loop structure in the native TNF-α protein, we show in this study by high-resolution ESI-FTICR mass spectrometry that a homologous linear heptadecapeptide (TIP17rd; 1) binds with comparable affinity to chitobiose, suggesting that cyclisation is not essential for carbohydrate binding. ESI-FTICR-MS was used as an efficient tool for the direct molecular characterisation of TIP peptide-carbohydrate complexes. The specific binding of the TNF-TIP domain to chitobiose and other carbohydrate motifs in glycoproteins may explain the high proteolytic stability of these peptides in biological fluids. A considerably higher proteolytic stability in human plasma was found by mass spectrometric analysis for the cyclic TIP peptide 2, compared to the linear peptide 1. Furthermore, affinity-proteomics studies using immobilised cyclic TIP peptide 2 provided the identification of specific interacting glycoproteins in plasma.