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Dimethyl Labeling

Stable Isotope Dimethyl Labeling (Application Note 38)

Shabaz Mohammed 
Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Oxford, United Kingdom 
Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Group, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands 

  • Stable Isotope Dimethyl Labeling (Application Note 38)
The dimethyl labeling technique uses a reagent mixture (i.e., cyanoborohydride and formaldehyde in their unlabeled and stable isotope-labeled forms) to tag primary amines (i.e., the N-terminus and the ε-amino group of lysine) in proteins or peptides. This is a fast, straightforward, and inexpensive approach to conduct 2- or 3-plex quantitative proteomic analyses of a variety of sample types (e.g., lysate, tissue). To facilitate such experiments (example provided in Application Note 38), CIL is pleased to offer a variety of reductive methylation reagents.



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Andrew Percy, PhD

Andrew Percy, PhD

Senior Applications Chemist – Mass Spectrometry

Dr. Andrew Percy is the Senior Applications Chemist for Mass Spectrometry and the MS ‘Omics Product Manager at CIL. His responsibilities minimally involve providing technical support, overseeing product development, identifying new product market opportunities, assisting in the analysis of product-related applications, and writing/reviewing marketing literature.

Kevin Millis, PhD

Kevin Millis, PhD

Senior Scientist, Application Development Manager

Kevin Millis, PhD, is the Senior Scientist and Market Development Manager for all NMR and mass spectrometry product lines. Kevin is responsible for Technical Services both internally and externally for all CIL customers as well as being responsible for the application and market development for the CIL products.


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