Tags for labeling protein N-termini with subtiligase for proteomics
The peptide ligase subtiligase, derived from subtilisin, has been employed in the identification of protein N-termini in complex mixtures. Here, the peptide ester substrates for the ligation reaction were optimized with respect to solubility, resulting in greater incorporation of the N-terminal tags. Additionally, the quantitation of the incorporated tags was explored, and a 'click' chemistry-based derivatization provided the ability to quantitate the tag to low nanomolar concentrations by sandwich ELISA. These new tags should expand the utility of subtiligase for the proteomic study of N-termini.