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  • 1. Article pubs.acs.org/jprLC−MS/MS Characterization of O‑ Glycosylation Sites and GlycanStructures of Human Cerebrospinal Fluid GlycoproteinsAdnan Halim, Ulla Ruetschi, Goran Larson, and Jonas Nilsson*Department of Clinical Chemistry and Transfusion Medicine, Institute of Biomedicine, Sahlgrenska Academy at the University ofGothenburg, 413 45 Gothenburg, Sweden S * Supporting Information ABSTRACT: The GalNAc O-glycosylation on Ser/Thr residues of extracellular proteins has not been well characterized from a proteomics perspective. We previously reported a sialic acid capture-and-release protocol to enrich tryptic N- and O-glycopeptides from human cerebrospinal fluid glycoproteins using nano-LC−ESI−MS/MS with colli- sion-induced dissociation (CID) for glycopeptide character- ization. Here, we have introduced peptide N-glycosidase F (PNGase F) pretreatment of CSF samples to remove the N- glycans facilitating the selective characterization of O- glycopeptides and enabling the use of an automated CID−MS2/MS3 search protocol for glycopeptide identification. We used electron-capture and -transfer dissociation (ECD/ETD) to pinpoint the glycosylation site(s) of the glycopeptides, identified as predominantly core-1-like HexHexNAc-O- structure attached to one to four Ser/Thr residues. We characterized 106 O- glycosylations and found Pro residues preferentially in the n − 1, n + 1, and/or n + 3 positions in relation to the Ser/Thr attachment site (n). The characterization of glycans and glycosylation sites in glycoproteins from human clinical samples provides a basis for future studies addressing the biological and diagnostic importance of specific protein glycosylations in relation to human disease. KEYWORDS: glycoproteomics, glycopeptide, tandem mass spectrometry, PNGase F, hydrazide chemistry■ INTRODUCTIONExtracellular proteins are frequently modified post-translation- family of polypeptide GalNAc transferases (ppGalNAc-Ts), which are together responsible for addition of the initialally with N-glycans on Asn residues and O-glycans on Ser/Thr GalNAcα1-O-Ser/Thr on the polypeptide substrates.19,20 Eachresidues.1 Recently, O-glycosylation of Tyr residues have also ppGalNAc-T seems to exhibit rather unique specificity for thebeen reported.2,3 Both N- and O-glycans are often terminated O-glycosylation motif and also to show a tissue-specificwith sialic acids, with N-acetyl-5-neuraminic acid (Neu5Ac) distribution. Accordingly, it has been shown that modelbeing the dominant form in human glycoproteins,4 which are peptides containing S/T-X-X-P and P-S/T sequences areessential for a multitude of cellular interactions.5−8 Mucins, that favorably subjected to initial glycosylation by ppGalNAc-T1is, glycoproteins with long stretches rich in Ser, Thr, and Pro and -T221−23 due to substrate recognition by their catalyticresidues, are heavily GalNAc O-glycosylated on these Ser/Thr domain. However, additional glycosylation of neighboring Ser/residues.9,10 Such “mucin glycosylations” are known to protect Thr residues might also be facilitated, because of binding ofepithelial cells from physical stress and to act as decoy ppGalNAc-T1 and -T2 through their lectin domains24,25 to themechanisms for microbes.11 Nonmucin glycoproteins also carry newly formed O-glycopeptide, which undermines the straightGalNAc O-glycosylations on site-specific Ser/Thr resi- peptide-sequence-dependent O-glycosylation.26 Additionally,dues3,12−15 and single or few clustered O-glycans have been ppGalNAc-T427 and -T1028 glycosylate several Ser/Thrshown to selectively block proteases from cleaving their peptide residues by specific recognition of preformed GalNAc-O-target sites.16−18 The proteolytic destiny, processing pathway, through their lectin domains and also independently bylifetime, and biological function of a glycoprotein can thus be recognition of GalNAc-O- through their catalytic domains.26,28specifically determined by its glycosylation status. To better Two web resources are available where GalNAc O-glycosylationaddress the significance of site-specific O-glycosylation of sites are predicted based on known glycosylation sitesspecific glycoproteins, it is accordingly important to map the [Netoglyc 3.1, http://www.cbs.dtu.dk/services/NetOGlyc/;O-glycosylation sites. and Isoform Specific O-Glycosylation Prediction (ISOGlyP), As opposed to the Asn-X-Ser/Thr consensus motif of N-glycosylation, no apparent consensus motif for O-glycosylationseems to exist. This is likely due to the existence and differentialexpression of up to 20 different mammalian genes coding for a Received: June 12, 2012 Published: December 13, 2012 © 2012 American Chemical Society 573 dx.doi.org/10.1021/pr300963h | J. Proteome Res. 2013, 12, 573−584
  • 2. Journal of Proteome Research Articlehttp://isoglyp.utep.edu], but the validity of predicted sites must deidentified, that is, all patient information was removed, beforebe questioned when experimental confirmation is lacking. usage in this study. The use of deidentified clinical samples for Glycoproteomic techniques aimed at mapping O-glycosyla- method development is in agreement with Swedish law, and thetion sites have recently been introduced as powerful tools for study was permitted by the head of the Clinical Chemistrystructural characterization of native glycoproteins.3,12,13,29 laboratory, Sahlgrenska University Hospital (Dnr 797-550/12).Darula and Medzihradszky used the jacalin lectin, recognizingGalNAcα1-O- of the core 1 structure, to purify tryptic O- PNGase F Pretreatment and Sialic Acid Capture-and-Release Protocolsglycopeptides and identified 23 O-glycosylation sites frombovine serum glycoproteins.13,30 Recently, they expanded their Aliquots of CSF samples (1 mL) were dialyzed against waterlist to include 125 O-glycosylation sites by using prefractiona- using membranes with a 12−14 kDa molecular-weight cutofftion steps at both the glycoprotein and glycopeptide levels.31 (MWCO) (Spectrum Lab) (n = 2) or desalted on SephadexSteentoft et al. used zinc-finger nuclease-induced knockout of PD-10 columns (GE Healthcare) (n = 6). The samples werethe core 1 Gal T1 chaperone cosmc, inhibiting further lyophilized, dissolved in 50 μL of water, and subjected toelongation of GalNAc-O- precursor substrates, for studies of PNGase F treatment according to the manufacturer’s protocolO-glycosylation in Simple cell cultures.3 Additionally, they (New England Biolabs). The samples were denatured at 50 °Cemployed Vicia villosa agglutinin (VVA) lectin chromatography for 10 min in the glycoprotein denaturing buffer. Temperaturesto enrich GalNAc-modified tryptic glycopeptides and identified higher than 60 °C should be avoided because of risk ofmore than 350 O-glycosylation sites.3 Another glycoproteomics irreversible sample denaturation. G7 buffer, NP40, and PNGaseapproach is the usage of TiO2 solid phases for the enrichment F were added and incubated at 37 °C for 16 h. The samplesof sialylated glycopeptides in combination with peptide N- were then desalted against water using 10 kDa MWCOglycosidase F (PNGase F) treatment to release formerly N- microdialysis (Pierce). Finally, the samples (100−200 μL) wereglycosylated peptides from the solid phase.32 The usability of subjected to sialic acid capture and release for the enrichmentthis methodology for the purification of O-glycopeptides has of desialylated glycopeptides, as described elsewhere.12yet to be demonstrated. We initially developed a protocol forsialic acid capture and release of both N- and O-glycoproteins/ Liquid Chromatography−Mass Spectrometryglycopeptides from clinical samples12 using hydrazide chem-istry.33 Mild periodate oxidation was used to introduce an Mass spectrometric analysis was performed essentially asaldehyde on sialic acid terminated glycoproteins, which were described in ref 12. In short, samples were dissolved in 20 μLthen covalently captured onto hydrazide beads and trypsin of 0.1% formic acid and separated by nano-liquid chromatog-digested, and finally, tryptic glycopeptides were released by raphy on a 150 × 0.075 mm C18 reverse-phase columnformic acid hydrolysis of the acid-labile sialic acid glycosidic (Zorbax; Agilent Technologies) in 50 min for elution of narrowbond. Using liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass chromatographic peaks and 120 min for broader peaks, with aspectrometry (LC−MS/MS) for the glycopeptide analyses, we gradient from 0 to 50% acetonitrile in 0.1% formic acid at aidentified desialylated glycans of 36 N- and 44 O-glycosylation flow rate of 200−300 nL/min. The eluting peptides weresites on human cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) glycoproteins.12 We allowed through a nano-ESI source to a hybrid linearalso used this method to identify desialylated glycans of 58 N- quadrupole ion trap/FT ion cyclotron resonance (ICR) massand 63 O-glycosylation sites from human urine samples.34 The spectrometer equipped with a 7 T magnet (LTQ-FT; ThermoN-glycan structures were essentially all of the complex type, and Fisher Scientific). All spectra were acquired in positive-ionthe O-glycans were mainly of the core 1 type. For these CSF mode, and the mass spectrometer was operated in the data-and urine samples, the presence of abundant N-glycopeptides dependent mode to automatically switch between MS1, MS2,was prominent in the ion chromatograms and reduced the and MS3 acquisition. The FTICR precursor scan was acquiredlikelihood to fragment less abundant coeluting O-glycopeptides. at an isotopic resolution of 50000, and the most intense ion wasTo specifically study the site-specific O-glycosylation of CSF isolated and fragmented in the linear ion trap (LTQ) using aproteins, we have now included a pretreatment step using normalized collision energy of 30%. For each MS2 spectrum,PNGase F to selectively remove N-glycans from native the five most intense fragment ions were sequentially selectedglycoproteins and thus facilitate the selective MS analysis of for CID fragmentation in MS3. A repeat count of two was used,O-glycopeptides. We have now also developed an automated and ions were then dynamically excluded for 180 s. For ECD,protocol to search for the HexHexNAc-O-substituted peptides the precursor ions were guided to the ICR cell and fragmented.using the Mascot search engine. For the assignment of specific The most abundant ion from an inclusion list, obtained bySer/Thr/Tyr glycosylation site(s) for peptides containing initial use of the CID−MS2/MS3 approach, was selected formultiple hydroxylated amino acid, we used electron-capture fragmentation and irradiated with low-energy electronsdissociation (ECD) and electron-transfer dissociation (ETD) produced by an emitter cathode for 80 ms using an arbitraryto allow for selective peptide backbone fragmentation of O- energy setting of 4 or 5 in duplicate fragmentation events.glycopeptides. For higher-energy collision dissociation (HCD) and ETD, we used Orbitrap Velos and Orbitrap XL instruments (Thermo), respectively. The reverse-phase C18 chromatog- raphy and ESI interface setups were as previously described.35■ The MS run times were 70 min, and the gradient ranged from 0 to 40% acetonitrile in 0.1% formic acid. For the Velos Orbitrap MATERIALS AND METHODS experiments, the MS1 precursor scans and CID−MS2 spectraThe CSF samples (10 mL, n = 8) were taken on the suspicion were acquired with an isotopic resolution of 30000 and 7500,of infection but were, upon analysis, found to have normal respectively, in the Orbitrap. The software could thus assign thewhite blood cell count and blood brain barrier function. The charge states of MS2 peaks, which was necessary for attainingsamples were collected by lumbar puncture and were data-dependent CID−MS3 transitions from the five mostcentrifuged at 1800g for 10 min within 30 min after sample abundant peaks in each MS2 spectrum. The CID−MS3 spectracollection, aliquoted (1 mL fractions), and stored at −80 °Cpending analysis. The aliquots of the CSF samples were 574 dx.doi.org/10.1021/pr300963h | J. Proteome Res. 2013, 12, 573−584
  • 3. Journal of Proteome Research Articlewere acquired as profile data in the LTQ. The normalized specifying the topic glycosylation in the FT line, the search termscollision energies for CID−MS2 and −MS3 were set to 30%, (GalNAc...) and (HexNAc...), and experimentally verif ied. Theand the minimum signal intensities for data dependent neighboring ±10 amino acid residues were plotted, andtriggering of CID were set to 10000 and 500 counts in the Weblogos37 were constructed using version 3.1 (http://MS1 and MS2 steps, respectively. Also, one HCD-MS2 spectrum weblogo.threeplusone.com), where the previously reportedwas acquired on the Orbitrap Velos, after the MS3 events, at sites from CSF were omitted to avoid bias from thenormalized collision energy of 40%. For the ETD experiments, methodology used both previously12 and in this report. ■using the Orbitrap XL, the normalized collision energy was setto 35% and the activation time was 200 ms. For each MS1spectrum, at a resolution of 30000, three ETD spectra were RESULTScollected, and the minimum signal required was set to 100000counts. The ETD spectra were collected either as profile data PNGase F Treatmentfrom the Orbitrap, at a resolution of 7500, or as centroided data We subjected eight deidentified CSF samples to peptide N-from the LTQ. glycosidase F (PNGase F) treatment and enriched O-linked glycopeptides (O-glycopeptides) with the sialic acid capture-Analysis of MS Data and-release protocol (Figure 1A). For two CSF samples, half ofThe LC−MS/MS files from CID acquisitions were converted the volumes were treated with PNGase F and the other half wasto Mascot general format (.mgf) using the Raw2 msm left untreated, and then both were subjected to glycopeptideapplication.36 The top 12 peaks per 100 Da were selected, enrichment. Peaks of tryptic N-linked glycopeptides (N-and MS3 spectra were included. The in-house Mascot server glycopeptides) were virtually absent in the PNGase F treatedwas accessed through Mascot Daemon (version 2.3.0), and CSF samples (Figure 1B) but were prominent in the untreatedsearches were performed with the enzyme specificity set to samples (Figure 1C). By inspection of the CID−MS2 andTrypsin and then changed to Semitrypsin. The human sequences −MS3 spectra, we identified several O-glycopeptides withof the Swiss-Prot database were searched (20249 sequences; mainly HexHexNAc-O- structure, most likely corresponding toJanuary 25, 2011), but then the NCBI database (16392747 the core 1 (Galβ3GalNAcα-O-) glycan.sequences; December 27, 2011) was used to account forsequence variations. HexHexNAc (365.1322 Da) on Ser, Thr, Automated Mascot Search to Identify O-Glycopeptidesand Tyr residues was set to variable modification together withneutral loss of HexHexNAc and Hex (162.0528 Da) for scoring To efficiently analyze the fragment-ion spectra, we designed apurposes and from the “peptide” to account for neutral loss of protocol to automate the Mascot searches for HexHexNAc-O-HexHexNAc and Hex from the precursor. Alternatively, substituted peptides (Figure 2). Use of the Raw2 msmHex2HexNAc2 (730.2644 Da) and HexHexNAc2 (568.2116 application36 for the generation of Mascot .mgf search filesDa) on Ser, Thr, and Tyr residues were set to variable allowed the precursor masses (MS1) to be assigned not only tomodifications together with neutral losses of the same masses in the CID−MS2 spectrum but also to five consecutive MS3separate searches. Other variable modifications were Asn-to- spectra. Thus, the high mass accuracy (<5 ppm) of theAsp conversion (+0.9840 Da), methionine oxidation, and loss FTICR or Orbitrap Velos MS1 precursor ions was implementedof NH3 for peptides with N-terminal Gln and N-terminal for the subsequent MS2 and MS3 spectra that were measured atcarbamidomethyl-Cys. Carbamidomethyl-Cys was set to a fixed low resolution, but with high sensitivity, in the LTQ.modification. The Instrument setting of ion trap was selected. Accordingly, a variable modification corresponding to HexHex-Peptide tolerance was set to 10 ppm, and fragment tolerance NAc (365.1322 Da) on Ser/Thr/Tyr residues and thewas set to 0.6 Da. All MS2 and MS3 spectra of Mascot-proposed simultaneous neutral loss of the same mass to account forO-glycopeptides were manually checked to contain the the lack of HexHexNAc of the peptide ion were included asanticipated HexHexNAc-O- or (HexHexNAc-O-)2 structures parameters during database searches. An advantage of usingand were further investigated for matches that pinpointed the Raw2 msm was that all isotopic peaks were used to calculate theglycan to a specific Ser/Thr/Tyr residue within the peptide. precursor mass, which gives a better mass accuracy compared to The ECD and ETD spectra were converted and aggregated merely picking the first isotopic peak (Figure S1 and Table S1,using Mascot distiller (version 2.3.2.0, Matrix Science), and the Supporting Information).ions were presented as singly protonated in the output Mascot We first tested this search protocol on the LC−MS/MS filesfile. Search parameters were set as described above, except that that we previously had analyzed manually.12 Of the 43the fragment tolerance was set to 0.03 Da, no neutral losses HexHexNAc-O- and (HexHexNAc-O-)2-substituted peptideswere allowed for the HexHexNAc modification, and the that had been manually identified, we now were able toInstrument parameters were set to consider c, z, and z + 1 automatically identify 35 in less than 5 min as opposed toions. Also, the precursor ion masses of ECD and ETD spectra weeks of manual interpretation. The O-glycopeptides that werewere matched manually to those of glycopeptides that had been not automatically identified either had precursor-ion intensitiesidentified by the automated Mascot search protocol. The MS- that were too weak or the MS1 precursor ions were assignedproduct tool from Protein prospector (http://prospector.ucsf. wrong charge states by the Raw2 msm application. Theedu) was used to prepare peak lists of c and z ions for automated Mascot search protocol identified one additional O-glycopeptide matches, and O-glycosylation sites were pin- glycopeptide, 60-AIMGAAHEPSPPGGLDAR-77 from β-gal-pointed to unique Ser/Thr/Tyr residues by tracing c and z ions actoside α-2,6-sialyltransferase 2 (ST6Gal II/SIAT2, Uni-that included or lacked HexHexNAc-O- modifications. protKB ID used in Table 1), for which the only possible glycosylation site (Ser-69) is underlined. We then analyzed the O-glycopeptides from the PNGase F treated CSF samples and identified 85 peptides constituting 106 unique O-glycosylation sites, of which about half had not previously been describedData Analysis of Glycosylation Sites (Table 1). For identified O-glycopeptides containing severalGlycosylation sites of human proteins in the Uniprotknowledge base (UniprotKB) database were compiled by 575 dx.doi.org/10.1021/pr300963h | J. Proteome Res. 2013, 12, 573−584
  • 4. Journal of Proteome Research Article for the Tyr-55 and Ser-56 alternatives, the scores were 32. This difference in scores was due to the diagnostic presence of a glycosylated y13 fragment ion [y(13)-162, Figure 2D], which pinpointed the glycosylation site to Thr-63 and excluded Tyr- 55 and Ser-56 from being glycosylated (Figure 2B−D). A second example of CID fragmentation of the peptide backbone in the presence of intact glycosylation was for the O- glycosylation of 899-ALLIPPSSPMPGP-911 from Brevican core protein (PGCB), which was automatically assigned to Ser-905 (Figure S2, Supporting Information). In general, high abundance of b- and/or y-ion peaks, arising from fragmentation at the N-terminal side of Pro,38 was often significant for CID peptide fragmentation, also in the presence of intact or partially intact HexHexNAc-O- structures. ECD and ETD Fragmentation to Pinpoint Correct Glycosylation Sites To further verify O-glycopeptide identities and to assign the correct Ser, Thr, or Tyr glycosylation sites for glycopeptides containing two or more Ser/Thr/Tyr residues, we used ECD for peptide fragmentation without simultaneous fragmentation of glycans39 (Figure 3). For example, we assigned the glycosylation site of the abundant ion (m/z 993 in Figure 1B and Figure S1A, Supporting Information) of the C-terminal 301-VQAAVGTSAAPVPSDNH-317 peptide from apolipopro- tein E (APOE) to Ser-308 (m/z 662 in Figure 3A), which is in accordance with other studies.3,40 Also, a Hex2HexNAc2 glycoform of this glycopeptide was present, and ECD-MS2 showed that both Ser-308 and Thr-307 were glycosylated with two separate HexHexNAc-O- structures (Figure 3B). A third ECD example was the 23-LLSDHSKPTAETVAPDN- TAIPSLR-46 glycopeptide, from SPARC-like protein 1 (SPRL1), where Thr-31 and Thr-40 (both underlined) were found to be glycosylated with HexHexNAc-O- whereas the four additional Ser/Thr residues were unglycosylated (Figure 3C). However, by the use of CID−MS2/MS3, we identified (HexHexNAc-O-)3 and (HexHexNAc-O-)4 glycoforms of the same tryptic peptide (Figure S3, Supporting Information), and the identifications were based on the presence of a diagnostic y4 fragment ion (m/z 472) in common to the three glycoforms. We also used electron-transfer dissociation (ETD) fragmenta- tion and pinpointed, for example, the O-glycosylation site of theFigure 1. PNGase F pretreatment and sialic acid capture-and-release HexHexNAc-O-substituted 649-GLTTRPGSGLTNIK-662protocol of CSF samples. (A) CSF samples were subjected to PNGase peptide from the amyloid precursor protein (APP/A4) toF treatment (step 1), subjected to periodate oxidation, captured on Thr-651 or Thr-652 (Figure 3D). By the ECD and ETDhydrazide beads, and trypsin-digested while still attached to the beads approach, we assigned 31 glycosylation sites to unique Ser/Thr(steps 2−4). Desialylated O-glycopeptides were released by formic residues of peptides with several Ser/Thr alternatives. We didacid hydrolysis (step 5). The LC−MS total-ion chromatogram of O-glycopeptides enriched from (B) PNGase F pretreated and (C) not identify any Tyr-glycosylated Aβ peptides in the CSFuntreated CSF. Selected parent ions corresponding to chromato- samples,2 nor did we observe any evidence for other Tyr-graphic peaks are annotated with their nominal m/z values. N, N- glycosylated peptides.3 In total, using a combination of CIDglycopeptide; O, O-glycopeptide. and ECD/ETD, 67 desialylated glycans of unique O- glycosylation sites were pinpointed to correct Ser/Thr residues. Seventeen O-glycopeptides contained only one HexHexNAc-O- structure and one available Ser/Thr glycosylation site.hydroxylated residues, we were able to pinpoint 50 attachmentsites correctly using CID or ECD/ETD.CID Fragmentation to Pinpoint the Correct GlycosylationSite Automated Search for More Complex GlycoformsWe allowed for a neutral loss of Hex (−162.0528 Da) from the Apart from the core-1-like HexHexNAc-O- structure, the core 2HexHexNAc-O-substituted precursor. Thus, all possible compatible Hex(HexHexNAc)HexNAc-O- and Hex(HexNAc)-HexNAc-O-substituted b- and y-ion peaks in the MS2 and HexNAc-O- structures (730.2644 and 568.2116 Da, respec-MS3 spectra were taken into account in the Mascot search. Two tively) were introduced as allowed modifications in separateexamples where CID was used to pinpoint glycosylation sites Mascot searches. A few false hits of Hex2HexNAc2 arose fromare given below. The O-glycosylation site of 55-YSQAVPAV- O-glycopeptides containing two separate HexHexNAc-O-TEGPIPEVLK-72 from cathepsin D (CATD) was assigned to structures but were disqualified because of a lack of diagnosticThr-63 with a Mascot score of 36 (p < 0.05 threshold 29), but saccharide oxonium ions otherwise typically found in the CID− 576 dx.doi.org/10.1021/pr300963h | J. Proteome Res. 2013, 12, 573−584
  • 5. Journal of Proteome Research ArticleFigure 2. Mascot search method for automated identification of HexHexNAc-O- substituted peptides. (A) The MS1 precursor was measured inFTICR or Orbitrap mode and (B) was subjected to CID to generate the MS2 spectrum. (C) Further CID of the peptide (top) and peptide +HexNAc ion (bottom) generated the MS3 spectra that were used in Mascot searches to identify the O-glycopeptide. The CID−MS2 and −MS3transitions follow black (straight) arrows, and the MS1 precursor assignments follow red (rounded) arrows.MS2/MS3 spectra of more complex O-glycopeptides.34 One Reproducibility of Sample Preparation, LC−MS/MSnovel O-glycopeptide with Hex2HexNAc2 modification was, Analysis, and Glycosylation Pattern of Human CSF Sampleshowever, identified as 210-AATVGSLAGQPLQER-224 fromApolipoprotein E (APOE) (Figure S4, Supporting Informa- The reproducibility of the sample preparation, LC−MS/MStion). Peaks from the saccharide oxonium ions [HexHexNAc2]+ analysis, and presence of the same O-glycosylation sites across(m/z 569.3 in Figure S4A, Supporting Information) and individual CSF samples was assayed by analyzing 19 abundant[Hex2HexNAc2]+ (m/z 731.3 Da in Figure S4A, Supporting glycopeptides from six CSF samples that were acquiredInformation) exceeding [HexHexNAc]+ (m/z 366.3 in Figure sequentially using identical preparative and LC−MS/MSS4A, Supporting Information) in mass were observed, which settings on the FTICR instrument (Table S2, Supportingverified the presence of the more complex core-2-like Information). These glycopeptides were selected because theyHex(HexHexNAc)HexNAc-O- structure as opposed to two were automatically identified by Mascot searches in at leastseparate HexHexNAc-O- structures. The CID−MS3 spectrum three of the six samples. The Mascot scores for these 19of the peptide + HexNAc ion (m/z 850.9) was used for the glycopeptides were similar across the six samples; for example,automated identification (Figure S4A, right spectrum; Support- the differences between median and average scores were <5%ing Information). Also, the ETD spectrum of the [M + 3H]3+ for all glycopeptides except for (HexHexNAc-O-)2-substitutedprecursor indeed showed that the complete glycan was attached 301-VQAAVGTSAAPVPSDNH-317 from APOE. MS1 peakssolely to Thr-213 (Figure S4B, Supporting Information). A of the 19 glycopeptides were manually identified having themanual survey of all CID−MS2 and −MS3 spectra was correct mass (±5 ppm) and expected elution time (±2 min) inperformed to investigate for the presence of O-glycopeptides all of the six samples. We also used an alternative approach,with more complex glycans, but none were found, demonstrat- exemplified by the (HexHexNAc-O-) 2 -substituted 23-ing that, using this methodology, sialylated HexHexNAc-O- LLSDHSKPTAETVAPDNTAIPSLR-46 glycopeptide fromstructures appeared vastly dominating in these samples. SPRL1, which was automatically identified by Mascot in only one of the six LC−MS/MS (Table S2, Supporting Information). However, the MS1 peak (Figure S5A inset, Supporting Information) was indeed present, although at 577 dx.doi.org/10.1021/pr300963h | J. Proteome Res. 2013, 12, 573−584
  • 6. Journal of Proteome Research ArticleTable 1. O-Glycopeptides Identified from Human CSF Glycoproteinsa,ba Ser/Thr residues of glycosylation sites that were experimentally verified are shown in bold red. Pro residues in glycosylated S/T-X-X-P, P-S/T andS/T-P sequences are shown in bold blue. Ser/Thr/Tyr residues in glycopeptides with experimentally unverified glycosylation site(s) are shown inbold green. The number of HexHexNAc-O- sites is indicated in the last column when more than one are present. b(a) Previously not reportedglycosylation site. (b) Reported from human CSF.12 (c) Previously reported (UniprotKB). (d) Previously reported in immunopurified APP/A4 fromhuman CSF.2 (e) Reported from human cell culture.3varying intensities, in all six samples (Figure S5A−F, strated that a Pro residue was sequence conserved at the n − 1,Supporting Information). Thus, the reproducibility of the n + 1, and n + 3 positions where n is the O-glycosylation site. Asglycosylation patterns in the CSF samples was typically a comparison, all experimentally verified GalNAc-O-glycosyla-consistent during the sample preparations LC−MS/MS tion sites for human proteins in the UniprotKB (222 sites,analyses and between individuals. release 2012_02) were analyzed in Pro frequency and Weblogo plots (Figure 4B), essentially confirming our results. However,Weblogo Analysis of the O-Glycosylation Sites the frequencies were not as pronounced as when only our CSFWe prepared a Pro frequency plot for the ±10 residues data were used. The combination of Pro in n + 1 and n + 3 (S/surrounding the 67 experimentally verified O-glycosylation sites T-P-X-P) was found in approximately one-third of theand found that the fractions of Pro occurrence at S/T-X-X-P, P- experimentally verified glycosylation sites (Figure 4C). TheS/T, and S/T-P sequences were about one-half, one-third, and frequency of Pro in the n + 2 position was low, but that of Alaone-fourth, respectively (Figure 4A, left). The sum of the and Leu was higher at the n + 2 position for the S/T-X-X-Pfraction values exceeds 1 because more than one sequence sequence (Figure 4C). Two typically glycosylated sequencescombination often occurred per each glycosylation site (e.g., in were thus T-P-A-P and T-P-L-P, where T-P-A-P was a favorableS/T-P-X-P). The Weblogo plot (Figure 4A, right) demon- motif for the O-glycosylation of model peptides by ppGalNAc- 578 dx.doi.org/10.1021/pr300963h | J. Proteome Res. 2013, 12, 573−584
  • 7. Journal of Proteome Research ArticleFigure 3. ECD and ETD spectra of O-glycopeptides. ECD spectrum of the C-terminal tryptic HexHexNAc-O-substituted 301-VQAAVGTSAAPVPSDNH-317 peptide (A) from APOE and (B) its (HexHexNAc-O-)2 glycoform. (C) ECD spectrum of (HexHexNAc-O-)2-substituted 23-LLSDHSKPTAETVAPDNTAIPSLR-46 from SPRL1. (D) ETD spectrum of HexHexNAc-O-substituted 649-GLTTRPGSGLTNIK-662 from APP/A4.T123 and was the first site to be glycosylated in a peptide the corresponding (HexHexNAc-O-)3-substituted peptide incontaining multiple Ser/Thr and Pro residues by the brain- the LC−MS/MS spectra and found one MS1 precursor thatspecific ppGalNAc-T13.41 deviated by 2.3 ppm from the theoretical mass and had an ionSelected Examples of Identified O-Glycoproteins intensity that was approximately 1% compared to the (HexHexNAc-O-)2-substituted peptide (Figure S6, SupportingSome selected examples of identified O-glycosylations were Information), which, in turn, usually was in the range of 2% inchosen because partial manual analysis was also used and a relation to the HexHexNAc-O-substituted peptide (Figure S1,glycoform abundance study was carried out (APOE), because Supporting Information). The CID−MS2 spectrum supportedsix previously unknown O-glycosylation sites were identified in the (HexHexNAc-O-)3 structure, and we thus confirmed Ser-one O-glycoprotein (ETBR2), because O-glycosylation was 314 to be a minor glycosylation site in APOE from a humanidentified at Thr residues of the N-glycosylation Asn-X-Ser/Thr CSF sample.consensus sequence (ETBR2 and YIPF3), and because an We also identified two additional minor glycosylation sitesunexpected lack of anticipated O-glycosylation in the PNGase F carrying core-1-like HexHexNAc-O- structure at Thr-26 of thetreated CSF samples was found (HEMO). N-terminal 19-KVEQAVETEPEPELR-33 peptide and at Thr- 36 of the sequential peptide 34-QQTEWQSGQR-42 fromApolipoprotein E APOE. They are minor because the two major O-glycopeptidesThe dominating MS1 precursors in the LC−MS chromato- containing the Thr-212 and Ser-308 glycosylation sitesgrams (Figure 1B) were HexHexNAc-O-substituted 301- dominate the ion chromatograms and the two newly observedVQAAVGTSAAPVPSDNH-317 [m/z 993 in Figure 1B and APOE glycopeptides are present at much lower ion intensitiesFigure S1A (Supporting Information) and m/z 662 in Figure (Figure S1 and Table S1, Supporting Information) and were3A and Table S1 (Supporting Information)] and 210- only automatically selected for CID− and ECD−MS2 in CSFAATVGSLAGQPLQER-224 [m/z 931 in Figure 1B and Figure samples that had been treated with PNGase F.S1C and Table S1 (Supporting Information)] containing thewell-established Ser-308 and Thr-212 glycosylation sites,respectively.3,12,40,42 Also, additional O-glycosylation of Thr- Endothelin B Receptor-Like Protein 2 and YIPF3307 (Figure 3B) has been identified from cell culture3 and fromCSF.12 Additionally, Steentoft et al. identified a third For Endothelin B receptor-like protein 2 (ETBR2), weglycosylation site on Ser-314 of 301-VQAAVGT- identified six glycosylation sites, all with core-1-like HexHex-SAAPVPSDNH-317, where the three underlined residues NAc-O- structures, present on three glycopeptides of thewere all substituted with HexNAc.3 We manually searched for extracellular part of the protein (Figure S7A, Supporting Information). We found that the 22-VSGGAPLHLGR-32 579 dx.doi.org/10.1021/pr300963h | J. Proteome Res. 2013, 12, 573−584
  • 8. Journal of Proteome Research ArticleFigure 4. Proline frequency and Weblogo probability plots of O-glycosylation sites. (A) Proline frequency (left) and Weblogo (right)for the 67 experimentally verified O-glycosylation sites in this study.(B) Proline frequency (left) and Weblogo (right) for 222experimentally verified O-glycosylation sites from human proteins inthe UniprotKB database and (C) Weblogo plot for glycopeptidescontaining the S/T-X-X-P glycosylation sequence and identified in thisstudy.tryptic peptide was glycosylated (Figure S7B, SupportingInformation), which is different from the proposed signalsequence cleavage at Gly-25 (Figure S7A, SupportingInformation; see entry ETBR2_HUMAN in the UniprotKBdatabase) and indicates that O-glycosylation can indeed affectthe cleavage of the signal peptide of glycoproteins. Two and Figure 5. CID−MS2 and −MS3 of HexHexNAc-O-substitutedthree glycosylation sites were identified on the 70-PIH- LPTTVLDATAK from protein YIPF3. (A) CID−MS2 at the MS1PAGLQPTKPLVATSPNPGK-91 peptide of ETBR2 (panels precursor (m/z 747.9). (B) CID−MS3 of the peptide + HexNAc ionC and D, respectively, of Figure S7, Supporting Information), (m/z 666.8 in spectrum A) and an expansion showing the presence ofwhere Thr-85 was unglycosylated in the (HexHexNAc-O)2- HexNAc-substituted y5-y7 fragments. Note that the Asn (N) residuesubstituted peptide, supporting an initial glycosylation of Thr- was identified as Asp (D).79 within the P-S/T sequence and Ser-86 within the S/T-P-X-Psequence. Also, the 104-GNLTGAPGQR-113 peptide fromETBR2 was found to be glycosylated (Figure S7F, Supporting the LC−MS/MS spectra of CSF samples even withoutInformation), and interestingly, Asn-105 had been changed to treatment with PNGase F (Figure 1C). The CID−MS2/MS3Asp-105. Because Asp is in an Asn-X-Ser/Thr N-glycosylation and ECD spectra of HexHexNAc-O- and (HexHexNAc-O-)2-motif, this indicates that an N-glycan at Asn-105 was substituted Hemopexin peptides are shown for entry HEMO inhydrolyzed during the PNGase F treatment. A second example the Additional Spectra section of the Supporting Information.of O-glycosylation of Ser/Thr in the Asn-X-Ser/Thr consensus We initially believed that these O-glycopeptides would be majorwas demonstrated from the HexHexNAc-O-substituted 331- ions also in the LC−MS/MS spectra of PNGase F treated CSF,LPTTVLNATAK-341 peptide from YIPF3 where the Asn also but quite surprisingly, there was no trace of them in thehad been converted to Asp (Figure 5). The presence of PNGase F treated samples (Figure 1B). Although this was aHexNAc-substituted y5, y6, and y7 and unglycosylated b6, b7, reproducible result limited to Hemopexin, the explanation forand b8 fragments (expanded in Figure 5B) demonstrated that this finding is still unclear. ■Thr-339 was the O-glycosylation site. DISCUSSIONHemopexin In this study, we have added the use of PNGase F treatment toHemopexin (HEMO) is both N- and O-glycosylated,43 and remove N-glycans prior to our sialic acid capture-and-releaseHexHexNAc-O-substituted 24-TPLPPTSAHGNVAE- protocol to selectively characterize O-glycopeptides originatingGETKPD-43 at m/z 795 and HexHexNAc-O-substituted 24- from CSF glycoproteins. This pretreatment was reproduciblyTPLPPTSAHGNVAEGETKPDPDVTER-49 at m/z 771, successful and made it possible to identify a larger number ofwhere Thr-24 is the O-glycosylation site, were prominent in O-glycosylations because there was a reduced analytical 580 dx.doi.org/10.1021/pr300963h | J. Proteome Res. 2013, 12, 573−584
  • 9. Journal of Proteome Research Articleinterference from N-glycopeptides in the LC−MS/MS spectra the same instrument (Table S2, Supporting Information) and(Figure 1). As N-glycans are hydrolyzed by the PNGase F one O-glycopeptide, which was automatically identified in onlytreatment, formerly N-glycosylated Asn residues were changed one of the six samples (Figure S5, Supporting Information).to Asp residues (+0.9840 Da), which was introduced as an Based on Mascot scores, retention times, and the presence ofallowed modification in the Mascot searches to facilitate the accurate MS1 peaks in all of the LC−MS/MS runs, the 20possible identification of O-glycosylation sites also on glycopeptides were reproducibly found in all six CSF samples,previously N-glycosylated tryptic peptides. Two such O- thus showing analytical reproducibility and similarity withglycopeptides were identified, 331-LPTTVLDATAK-341 from respect to O-glycosylation pattern between individuals. WeYIPF3, which was glycosylated at Thr-339 (Figure 5) and were unable to identify any Tyr O-glycosylations in ourcontained Asp-337 instead of Asn-337, and 104- PNGase F treated CSF samples, indicating that the recentlyGDLTGAPGQR-113 from ETBR2 containing an Asn-106 to described HexNAc-O-Tyr modifications are relatively unusu-Asp-106 change (Figure S7F, Supporting Information). al.2,3Interestingly, in both cases, the Thr residue of the N- The sialic acid capture-and-release protocol is very specificglycosylation Asn-X-Ser/Thr consensus motif was O-glycosy- for the enrichment of formerly sialylated glycopeptides, and it islated, demonstrating that a preformed N-glycan structure does important to note that nonsialylated glycoproteins will not benot necessarily block the ppGalNAc-T from interaction with its enriched. It is thus not possible to assay glycosylation sites andsubstrate. Simultaneous N- and O-glycosylations of the Asn-X- glycan structure of nonsialylated O-glycans using this method-Ser/Thr motif has previously been described.44 ology. A second drawback of the protocol, which is common Automated strategies for the structural characterization of O- for all protocols where glycopeptides are purified from theirglycopeptides are known to be demanding.29 Some protocols unglycosylated peptide counterparts, is that importantare available for glycan fragmentation analysis of glycopeptides information regarding site occupancy, that is, the relativewith already known peptide sequence(s),45,46 but automated distribution of glycosylation versus unglycosylation of peptides,protocols aimed at analyzing both the glycan structure and the cannot be addressed in a quantitative manner. Another possiblepeptide sequence are scarce. 29 The predominance of limitation of the protocol could be that the presence of O-HexHexNAc-O- substituted peptides in our study made it glycans in the vicinity of Lys/Arg residues might block theefficient to design an automated Mascot search protocol to access of trypsin to cleave the glycoproteins while attached toidentify core 1 substituted O-glycosylation sites using a the hydrazide beads, and thus some glycopeptides could bemultistage CID−MS2/MS3 approach. Conveniently, the missed in the LC−MS/MS analysis. This would be particularlyHexHexNAc-O- structure is predominantly fragmented during valid for mucins containing highly O-glycosylated regions andthe MS2 step generating the peptide and the peptide + HexNAc some highly glycosylated O-glycopeptides may be too large andfragments as major ion peaks. Subsequent MS3 of the peptide complex for the present LC−MS/MS and/or automatedion generates peptide backbone fragmentation into the b- and Mascot analysis, and will thus not be identified. However,y-ion series. Thus, by introducing HexHexNAc (+365.1322 Da) only four of the 84 identified O-glycopeptides of Table 1as a variable modification of Ser/Thr/Tyr in the Mascot search, contained an internal (i.e., not present at the glycopeptide N-which simultaneously allowed for neutral loss of HexHexNAc, or C-terminal) missed trypsin cleavage site and thus O-glycansthe high accuracy measured glycopeptide mass was used as the do not seem to block trypsin to any larger extent from cleavingprecursor for the CID−MS3 spectrum of the peptide ion reduced/alkylated nonmucin O-glycoproteins immobilized(Figure 2). The use of a similar strategy for assignment of high- onto the beads.accuracy MS1 precursor masses for subsequent MS2 and MS3 of Steentoft et al recently identified more than 350 O-phosphopeptides has been shown to increase the number of glycosylation sites from five different human cell-lines, ofidentified peptides.47 CID−MS2 of the HexHexNAc-O- which mucin-16 contributed with about 100 sites.3 Interest-substituted peptide ion and MS3 of the peptide + HexNAc ingly, only twelve of their reported O-glycosylation sites are inion often resulted in peptide backbone fragmentation of the common with this study (Table 1), four of which were fromremaining glycopeptide, which was used to assign the APP/A4 and four from APOE. We recently reported theglycosylated Ser/Thr site within peptides containing several identification of 57 O-glycosylation sites from human urineSer/Thr residues (Figure 2 and Figure S2, Supporting proteins using the sialic acid capture-and-release strategy,34 andInformation). The automated Mascot search protocol could 15 of those glycosylation sites were in common with this study.also be expanded to search for more complex glycans because a Thus, a combination of methods and sample sources is neededcore-2-like Hex(HexHexNAc)HexNAc-O- structure on Thr- to accomplish comprehensive O-glycoproteomic mapping of212 of 210-AATVGSLAGQPLQER-224 from APOE was also proteins in relevant cells and clinical samples. A few of the O-identified (Figure S4, Supporting Information), which is in glycopeptides reported here are most likely peptide fragments,accordance with a previous glycoproteomics study of APOE.40 that is, neuropeptides that are released into the CSF. ForOccasionally, we also performed manual analysis of CID−MS2/ instance, endogenous neuropeptides containing the threeMS3 spectra to further characterize O-glycosylation sites different glycopeptide stretches from ProSAAS that we present(Figures S3 and S6, Supporting Information). here are generated by convertase cleavage of the proprotein To correctly pinpoint the attachment site(s) of the O- (see entry PCSK1_HUMAN in the UnprotKB database) andglycopeptides, we used ECD and ETD on FTICR and Orbitrap were also identified in a neuropeptidomics study of humaninstruments, respectively. In total, we have successfully chromaffin secretory vesicles.48 More importantly, the sameidentified 106 O-glycosylation sites from CSF proteins and ProSAAS neuropeptides were identified and found to beexperimentally verified the exact attachment site for 67 of these modified with sialylated O-glycans in a CSF peptidomics(Table 1). To check for analytical reproducibility, we selected study.49 The presence of selectively glycosylated neuropeptides19 O-glycopeptides, based on their Mascot identification in at is interesting because the glycosylation might influence theleast three out six CSF samples that were run sequentially on proprotein-processing pathways.50 581 dx.doi.org/10.1021/pr300963h | J. Proteome Res. 2013, 12, 573−584
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