Introducing aldehyde functionality to proteins using ligand-directed affinity labeling†
Aldehyde is a versatile chemical handle for protein modification. Although many methods have been developed to label proteins with aldehyde, target-specific methods amenable to endogenous proteins are limited. Here, we report a simple affinity probe strategy to introduce aldehydes to native proteins. Notably, the probe contains a latent aldehyde functionality that is only exposed upon target binding, thereby enabling a one-pot labeling procedure.