The cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene encodes an apical membrane Cl- channel regulated by protein phosphorylation. To identify cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA)-phosphorylated residues in full-length CFTR, immobilized metal-ion affinity chromatography (IMAC) was used to selectively purify phosphopeptides. The greater specificity of iron- loaded (Fe3+) nitrilotriacetic (NTA) Sepharose compared to iminodiacetic acid (IDA) metal-chelating matrices was demonstrated using a PKA- phosphorylated recombinant NBD1-R protein from CFTR. Fe3+-loaded NTA Sepharose preferentially bound phosphopeptides, whereas acidic and poly-His- containing peptides were co-purified using the conventional IDA matrices. IMAC using NTA Sepharose enabled the selective recovery of phosphopeptides and identification of phosphorylated residues from a complex proteolytic digest. Phosphopeptides from PKA-phosphorylated full-length CFTR, generated in Hi5 insect cells using a baculovirus expression system, were purified using NTA Sepharose. Phosphopeptides were identified using matrix-assisted laser desorption mass spectrometry (MALDI/MS) with post-source decay (PSD) analysis and collision-induced dissociation (CID) experiments. Phosphorylated peptides were identified by mass and by the metastable loss of HPO3 and H3PO4 from the parent ions. Peptide sequence and phosphorylation at CFTR residues 660Ser, 737Ser, and 795Ser were confirmed using MALDI/PSD analysis. Peptide sequences and phosphorylation at CFTR residues 700Ser, 712Ser, 768Ser, and 813Ser were deduced from peptide mass, metastable fragment ion formation, and pICA consensus sequences. Peptide sequence and phosphorylation at residue 753Ser was confirmed using MALDI/CID analysis. This is the first report of phosphorylation of 753Ser in full-length CFTR.
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