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  • Kontro, Hilkka (2012)
    Core-fucosylation of N-glycoproteins is associated with different cancers and other pathologies. Identification of glycoproteins and determination of their glycan structure manually by mass spectrometry (MS) is time-consuming and laborious. In this Pro gradu thesis, the use of the mass spectrum-analyzing software Glycopeptide ID for identification of core-fucosylation from a known standard, immunoglobulin G, was studied. Also, a plasma sample with unknown glycoproteins was analyzed. For the MS analysis, the proteins were digested with trypsin, and the resulting glycopeptides were enriched using lectin affinity chromatography. From IgG and plasma, also samples treated with α-Lfucosidase were prepared in order to cleave the core fucose. The presence of glycopeptides was determined by high-performanve liquid chromatographymass spectrometry (HPLC-MS) analysis, and they were fragmented using collision-induced dissociation (CID) in a tandem-MS (MS/MS) analysis. The MS/MS spectra were analyzed with the Glycopeptide ID software. The software was found to identify core-fucosylation reliably from high-quality spectra, but identification of proteins were often incomplete from spectra with poor quality. From the plasma sample with unknown proteins, a probable corefucosylation was found from IgG2, fetuin A, serotransferrin, hemopexin and ceruloplasmin. As a conclusion, the software Glycopeptide ID can be considered as an appropriate tool for identification of core-fucosylation in N-glycopeptides.