We developed a method for reducing disulfide bonds in proteins under weakly acidic conditions by use of 2-aminothiophenol. The disulfide bonds in hen egg-white lysozyme, ribonuclease A, and soybean trypsin inhibitor were quantitatively reduced by 2-aminothiophenol in phosphate buffer, pH 6, containing 8 M Gdn HCI, 1 mM EDTA, and 20% ethanol, for 60 min at 40°C. On analysis of the RP-HPLC patterns of tryptic peptides, which were derived from reduced and S-alkylated lysozyme and ribonuclease A at pH 6, it was confirmed that no side reaction occurred. Moreover, the reduction under weakly acidic conditions was demonstrated to be applicable for the location of such a labile residue as O-acetylated tyrosine.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Journal of Biochemistry|
|Publication status||Published - 1994|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology