Launch of a new reagent: a new and powerful crosslinkable Ub.

Ub photoLeu73 (UbiQ-154)
a new and powerful crosslinkable Ub

UbiQ-154 is a new crosslinking reagent based on ubiquitin in which Leu73 is replaced by the photoreactive analog photoleucine (photoLeu, Fig 1). Upon irradiation of the diazirine with UV light, a very reactive carbene species is formed (Chojnack et al, Zhou et al, Liang et al). Because carbenes are quenched quickly by water, unspecific binding is minimal for carbene based crosslinking (Dubinsky et al). This means that only residues that are very nearby (and contribute to tight binding) will react covalently. Thus any unbound UbiQ-154 will react with water before being able to undergo non-specific reactions with other proteins.

Figure 1

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