To selectively enrich O-linked β-N-acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAc) peptides in their original form from complex samples, we report the first reversible chemoenzymatic labeling approach for proteomic analysis. In this strategy, the O-GlcNAc moieties are ligated with long N-glycans using an Endo-M mutant, which enables the enrichment of the labeled glycopeptides by hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC). The attached glycans on the enriched glycopeptides are removed by wild-type Endo-M/S to restore the O-GlcNAc moiety. Compared with classic chemoenzymatic labeling, this approach enables the tag-free identification, and eliminates the interference of bulky tags in glycopeptide detection. This approach presents a unique avenue for the proteome-wide analysis of protein O-GlcNAcylation to promote its mechanism research.
Keywords: Chemoenzymatic Labeling; Glycopeptide Enrichment; Glycoproteomics; Hydrophilic Interaction Liquid Chromatography; O-GlcNAcylation.
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