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Publication Citation: Reagentless Cleavage of the Peptide Backbone Using Light-Generated Radicals

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Author(s): Barbara J. Jones; Mathew J. Vergne; David M. Bunk; Laurie E. Locascio; M A. Hayes;
Title: Reagentless Cleavage of the Peptide Backbone Using Light-Generated Radicals
Published: Date Unknown
Abstract: A key step for protein identification and characterization is cleavage into distinct fragments. All current cleavage methods require the addition of reagents, either proteolytic enzymes or chemical agents, and often a second reagent to discontinue cleavage. We have developed a selective cleavage process for peptides and proteins that employs light-generated radicals produced from titanium dioxide. These short-lived radicals can be produced in confined regions and time scales, making this technique highly tunable. By shining light on titanium dioxide, under a variety of conditions and morphologies, in the presence of peptides and proteins in solution, selective cleavage is consistently observed at proline residues.
Citation: Science
Keywords: cleavage;hydroxyl radical;peptide backbone;titanium dioxide
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