Three synthetic peptides, derived from the human potassium channel proteins Ether-a-go-go-related gene (HERG), KCNQ1, and KCNE1, were investigated by hydrogen deuterium exchange coupled with electrontransfer dissociation mass spectrometry at single residue resolution. Each amino acid residue in the first half of the HERG peptide incorporated deuterons with a higher rate than those in the second half of the peptide, consistent with the nuclear magnetic resonance structure of this peptide, with amino acids 1-10 being a flexible coil, whereas amino acids 11-24 are a stable amphipathic helix. The binding interface of KCNQ1 and KCNE1 was determined by comparing the difference of sequential fragment ions before and after binding. The residues determined to be involved in bindingwere consistentwith a cysteine cross-linking study and confirmed by double mutant cycle analysis.
- C-Type fragment ions
- Deuterium incorporation
- Electron-transfer dissociation mass spectrometry
- Hydrogen deuterium exchange (HDX)
- Z-Type fragment ions
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Analytical Chemistry