Hydroxylamine for cleaving proteins?

Digs pd1 at mole.bio.cam.ac.uk
Thu Jan 18 15:38:42 EST 1996

Alan Kay wrote:
> marciam at unixg.ubc.ca (Marcia MacDonald) wrote:
> >I am hoping to use hydroxylamine to cleave a phosphorylated protein but
> >I have been unable to find any recent references on the procedure.  Has
> >anyoiaelse used this method?  If so, will it interfere with the
> >phosphorylated residues?  Any information at all would be helpful.
> >
> >Marcia
> >
> Hi
> I have used hydroxylamine a lot to cleave off the fusion part of
> recombinant fusion proteins. The preferred cleavage site of
> hydroxylamine is asparagine-glycine. According to "Methods in
> Enzymology" (probably volume 47, quite old) it is thought that
> the side chain of the asparagine lies over the glycine and at
> basic pH there is cyclisation and cleavage by hydroxylamine.
> Whether phosphorylation of ser or thr in an asn-gly-ser or thr
> context will affect this, I do not know.You must stay under
> pH 10, because this rearranges the asparagine.

It is Vol 47, the ref is;

Bornstein and Balian (1977).  Methods Enzymol. 47, p132-

Paul Digard
Division of Virology
Department of Pathology
University of Cambridge

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