We combined limited proteolysis, ion mobility separation-mass spectrometry (IMS-MS), and electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) to obtain structural information regarding full length and C-terminal truncated HMGA forms. Limited proteolysis indicates that HMGA acidic tail shields the inner portions of the protein. IMS-MS and ESI-MS show that HMGA proteins can assume a compact form and that the degree of compactness is dependent upon the presence of the acidic tail and its constitutive phosphorylations. Moreover, we demonstrate that C-terminal truncated forms and wild type proteins are post-translationally modified in a different manner. Therefore, we propose that the acidic tail and its phosphorylation could affect HMGA post-translational modification status and likely their activity. Finally, the mass spectrometry-based approach adopted here proves to be a valuable new tool to obtain structural data regarding intrinsically disordered proteins.

Conformational role for the C-terminal tail of theintrinsically disordered high mobility group A (HMGA) chromatin factors.

MAURIZIO, ELISA;ARNOLDO, LAURA;GIANCOTTI, VINCENZO;MANFIOLETTI, GUIDALBERTO;SGARRA, RICCARDO
2011

Abstract

We combined limited proteolysis, ion mobility separation-mass spectrometry (IMS-MS), and electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) to obtain structural information regarding full length and C-terminal truncated HMGA forms. Limited proteolysis indicates that HMGA acidic tail shields the inner portions of the protein. IMS-MS and ESI-MS show that HMGA proteins can assume a compact form and that the degree of compactness is dependent upon the presence of the acidic tail and its constitutive phosphorylations. Moreover, we demonstrate that C-terminal truncated forms and wild type proteins are post-translationally modified in a different manner. Therefore, we propose that the acidic tail and its phosphorylation could affect HMGA post-translational modification status and likely their activity. Finally, the mass spectrometry-based approach adopted here proves to be a valuable new tool to obtain structural data regarding intrinsically disordered proteins.
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