TITLE

Investigation of the interaction of Mercurochrome® constituents with proteins using liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry

AUTHOR(S)
Wilken, Andrea; Janzen, Rasmus; Holtkamp, Michael; Nowak, Sascha; Sperling, Michael; Vogel, Martin; Karst, Uwe
PUB. DATE
August 2010
SOURCE
Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry;Aug2010, Vol. 397 Issue 8, p3525
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The interaction of Mercurochrome®, a medical preparation based on the mercuryorganic compound merbromin, with free thiols in low molecular weight peptides and in proteins has been investigated by means of liquid chromatography (LC) and electrospray mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). β-Lactoglobulin A (β-LGA) from bovine milk (18.4 kDa) has been used as the model protein. It was found that, in contrast to assumptions in literature, the commercial product itself is a heterogeneous mixture of moderate chemical stability, which may contain precipitated Hg salts depending on storage time and conditions. Further variability results from different degrees of bromination of the fluorescein backbone of the compound. The formation of mercury compound–protein adducts was detected. The peptide sequence T13 containing a free thiol residue was identified as the binding site for mercury species after tryptic digestion of β-lactoglobulin A. While fresh Mercurochrome® tends to the formation of a Hg(II)-β-LGA adducts due to excess Hg2+ in solution, investigations after precipitation of Hg salts yield Hg(merbromin)(β-LGA) as the major product.
ACCESSION #
52532527

 

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