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Methods Mol Biol. 2011;753:183-213. doi: 10.1007/978-1-61779-148-2_13.

Analytical strategies in mass spectrometry-based phosphoproteomics.

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  • 1Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G4 0RE, Scotland, UK.


Phosphoproteomics, the systematic study of protein phosphorylation events and cell signaling networks in cells and tissues, is a rapidly evolving branch of functional proteomics. Current phosphoproteomics research provides a large toolbox of strategies and protocols that may assist researchers to reveal key regulatory events and phosphorylation-mediated processes in the cell and in whole organisms. We present an overview of sensitive and robust analytical methods for phosphopeptide analysis, including calcium phosphate precipitation and affinity enrichment methods such as IMAC and TiO(2). We then discuss various tandem mass spectrometry approaches for phosphopeptide sequencing and quantification, and we consider aspects of phosphoproteome data analysis and interpretation. Efficient integration of these stages of phosphoproteome analysis is highly important to ensure a successful outcome of large-scale experiments for studies of phosphorylation-mediated protein regulation.

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