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Plasma-desorption mass spectrometry as an aid in protein sequence determination. Application of the method on a cuticular protein from the migratory locust (Locusta migratoria).


ABSTRACT: The complete amino acid sequence of a structural protein, protein 8, isolated from the pharate cuticle of the locust Locusta migratoria was determined. Protein 8 contains 148 amino acid residues and has an Mr of 15,224. By the extensive use of information obtained by plasma-desorption mass spectrometry (p.d.m.s.) it was possible to reduce the need for conventional sequence determination and to improve the reliability of the results. On the basis of the determined Mr of the intact protein all the peptides that constitute the complete sequence could be isolated from a time-course enzymic digestion. The isolated peptides were sequenced by using a combination of Edman degradation and carboxypeptidase digestion monitored by p.d.m.s. The alignment of the peptides was established from the time-course digestion and further verified by a second enzymic digestion. The primary structure of the protein consists of two hydrophilic and two hydrophobic regions. The hydrophobic regions are enriched in alanine, valine and proline and dominated by a repetitive sequence Ala-Ala-Pro-(Ala/Val). The sequence strengthens the view that the cuticle proteins belong to a unique family of structural proteins.

PROVIDER: S-EPMC1133361 | BioStudies | 1989-01-01

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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