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Mol Cell. 2000 Dec;6(6):1343-54.

Identification of novel MAP kinase pathway signaling targets by functional proteomics and mass spectrometry.

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309, USA.


Functional proteomics provides a powerful method for monitoring global molecular responses following activation of signal transduction pathways, reporting altered protein posttranslational modification and expression. Here we combine functional proteomics with selective activation and inhibition of MKK1/2, in order to identify cellular targets regulated by the MKK/ERK cascade. Twenty-five targets of this signaling pathway were identified, of which only five were previously characterized as MKK/ERK effectors. The remaining targets suggest novel roles for this signaling cascade in cellular processes of nuclear transport, nucleotide excision repair, nucleosome assembly, membrane trafficking, and cytoskeletal regulation. This study represents an application of functional proteomics toward identifying regulated targets of a discrete signal transduction pathway and demonstrates the utility of this discovery-based strategy in elucidating novel MAP kinase pathway effectors.

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