Detection and Mapping of Widespread Intermolecular Protein Disulfide Formation during Cardiac Oxidative Stress Using Proteomics with Diagonal Electrophoresis Academic Article uri icon


  • Regulation of protein function by reversible cysteine-targeted oxidation can be achieved by multiple mechanisms, such as S-glutathiolation, S-nitrosylation, sulfenic acid, sulfinic acid, and sulfenyl amide formation, as well as intramolecular disulfide bonding of vicinal thiols. Another cysteine oxidation state with regulatory potential involves the formation of intermolecular protein disulfides. We utilized two-dimensional sequential non-reducing/reducing SDS-PAGE (diagonal electrophoresis) to investigate intermolecular protein disulfide formation in adult cardiac myocytes subjected to a series of interventions (hydrogen peroxide, S-nitroso-N-acetylpenicillamine, doxorubicin, simulated ischemia, or metabolic inhibition) that alter the redox status of the cell. More detailed experiments were undertaken with the thiol-specific oxidant diamide (5 mm), a concentration that induces a mild non-injurious oxidative stress. This increase in cellular oxidation potential caused global intermolecular protein disulfide formation in cytosolic, membrane, and myofilament/cytoskeletal compartments. A large number of proteins that undergo these associations were identified using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry/mass spectrometry. These associations, which involve metabolic and antioxidant enzymes, structural proteins, signaling molecules, and molecular chaperones, were confirmed by assessing "shifts" on non-reducing immunoblots. The observation of widespread protein-protein disulfides indicates that these oxidative associations are likely to be fundamental in how cells respond to redox changes.


  • Brennan, JP
  • Wait, R
  • Begum, S
  • Bell, JR
  • Dunn, MJ
  • Eaton, P

publication date

  • October 1, 2004