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Electrospray-Induced Mass Spectrometry Is Not Suitable for Determination of Peptidic Cu(II) Complexes

Płonka, Dawid and Kotuniak, Radosław and Dąbrowska, Katarzyna and Bal, Wojciech (2021) Electrospray-Induced Mass Spectrometry Is Not Suitable for Determination of Peptidic Cu(II) Complexes. Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, 32 (12). pp. 2766-2776.

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Official URL: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jasms.1c00206


The toolset of mass spectrometry (MS) is still expanding, and the number of metal ion complexes researched this way is growing. The Cu(II) ion forms particularly strong peptide complexes of biological interest which are frequent objects of MS studies, but quantitative aspects of some reported results are at odds with those of experiments performed in solution. Cu(II) complexes are usually characterized by fast ligand exchange rates, despite their high affinity, and we speculated that such kinetic lability could be responsible for the observed discrepancies. In order to resolve this issue, we selected peptides belonging to the ATCUN family characterized with high and thoroughly determined Cu(II) binding constants and re-estimated them using two ESI-MS techniques: standard conditions in combination with serial dilution experiments and very mild conditions for competition experiments. The sample acidification, which accompanies the electrospray formation, was simulated with the pH–jump stopped-flow technique. Our results indicate that ESI-MS should not be used for quantitative studies of Cu(II)–peptide complexes because the electrospray formation process compromises the entropic contribution to the complex stability, yielding underestimations of complex stability constants.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions:Department of Biophysics
ID Code:2115
Deposited By: Mr Dawid Płonka
Deposited On:08 Dec 2021 10:53
Last Modified:08 Dec 2021 10:53

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