A Simple and Effective Cleavable Linker for Chemical Proteomics Applications
The study of metabolically labeled or probe-modified proteins is an important area in chemical proteomics. Isolation and purification of the protein targets is a necessary step before MS identification. The biotin-streptavidin system is widely used in this process, but the harsh denaturing conditions also release natively biotinylated proteins and non-selectively bound proteins. A cleavable linker strategy is a promising approach for solving this problem. Though several cleavable linkers have been developed and tested, an efficient, easily synthesized, and inexpensive cleavable linker is a desirable addition to the proteomics toolbox. Here, we describe the chemical proteomics application of a vicinal diol cleavable linker. Through easy-to-handle chemistry we incorporate this linker into an activity-based probe and a biotin alkyne tag amenable for bioorthogonal ligation. With these reagents, background protein identifications are significantly reduced relative to standard on-bead digestion.