Analytical Sciences

Abstract − Analytical Sciences, 20(9), 1313 (2004).

Phosphopeptide-selective Column-switching RP-HPLC with a Titania Precolumn
Ikuma KURODA, Yukihiro SHINTANI, Masanori MOTOKAWA, Shuzo ABE, and Masahiro FURUNO
GL Sciences Inc., 237-2 Sayamagahara, Iruma, Saitama 358-0032, Japan
A methodology of phosphopeptide-selective analysis coupled with column-switching HPLC utilizing titania as precolumn media is presented. Phosphopeptides were selectively enriched on titania packing within a protein/peptide mixture without any additional procedure, and analyzed by column-switching high-performance liquid chromatography. First, phospho-compounds were separated from complex mixtures by trapping them under acidic conditions on a titania packing, where non-phosphorylated compounds were effused out of the precolumn. Subsequently, phospho-compounds were desorbed from the titania column under a specific condition and analyzed. The behavior of phospho-compounds on a titania surface, especially adsorption/desorption, was precisely examined and optimized. A phosphoric buffer was successively employed for the elution of phosphopeptides on a titania surface by competition with the free phosphate group. From the successes of a selective concentration/analysis of phosphopeptides with column-switching HPLC with a titania precolumn, a novel phosphopeptide-selective RP-HPLC analysis has been shown to have an application possibility as a tool for phosphoproteomics.