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Protein : Protein aggregation induced by protein oxidation

Department of Chemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2084, USA.
Journal of Chromatography B (Impact Factor: 2.69). 10/2008; 873(1):8-14. DOI: 10.1016/j.jchromb.2008.04.025
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ABSTRACT When the level of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in cells exceeds a genetically coded defense capacity, the cells experience damage to vital components such as DNA, proteins and lipids that leads to non-specific interactions and the production of a series of high molecular weight protein aggregates. The dynamics of oxidative stress induced aggregation were studied here using model proteins and yeast. Model proteins were oxidized at increasing ROS concentrations and analyzed using size exclusion chromatography (SEC). Changes in the SEC elution profile showed that aggregation happens in stages and protein fragments produced as a result of oxidation also give rise to aggregates. Yeast cells were stressed with hydrogen peroxide to investigate in vivo aggregation. Equal amounts from control and oxidized lysates were chromatographed on a size exclusion column and proteins of molecular weight exceeding 700 kDa were collected from both samples which were then differentially labeled using light and heavy isotope coded N-acetoxysuccinamide and mixed in a 1:1 ratio. The coded mixture was analyzed using LC/MS and peptides that appeared as singlets representing the proteins that aggregated with higher molecular mass protein complexes were identified. Twenty-five proteins were identified to be of this type. Fifteen members in this group were found to have been carbonylated. These proteins are part of the proteome known as the aggresome. The protein content of the aggresome may provide vital information for mechanistic studies targeting disease and aging.

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    • "Free radical-mediated protein modification could be an alternative approach to modify the properties of protein films. Generation of free radicals during processing or storage can alter the molecular weight of biopolymers (Farahnaky, Gray, Mitchell, & Hill, 2003), by either polymerisation or fragmentation (Kocha, Yamaguchi, Ohtaki, Fukuda, & Aoyagi, 1997; Mirzaei & Regnier, 2008). Several chemicals have been known to induce protein oxidation and fragmentation . "
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    • "Carbonylation is known to cause inappropriate inter- and intra-protein cross-links as well as protein misfolding, which in turn results in the formation of high-molecular-mass aggregates (Grune et al., 1997; Mirzaei and Regnier, 2008). As these aggregates get larger they precipitate, become resistant to proteolytic degradation and reduce cell viability (Nyström, 2005; Maisonneuve et al., 2008a). "
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    • "It has been shown that carbonylation causes inappropriate inter- and intra-protein cross-links as well as protein misfolding, which in turn results in the formation of high-molecular-mass aggregates (Grune et al., 1997; Mirzaei and Regnier, 2008). As these aggregates get larger, they precipitate, become resistant to proteolytic degradation and reduce cell viability (Nyström, 2005; Maisonneuve et al., 2008). "
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