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Nat Biotechnol. 2002 Aug;20(8):805-9. Epub 2002 Jul 1.

Proteomic profiling of mechanistically distinct enzyme classes using a common chemotype.

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The Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology and Department of Chemistry, The Scripps Research Institute, 10550 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA.


Proteomics research requires methods to characterize the expression and function of proteins in complex mixtures. Toward this end, chemical probes that incorporate known affinity labeling agents have facilitated the activity-based profiling of certain enzyme families. To accelerate the discovery of proteomics probes for enzyme classes lacking cognate affinity labels, we describe here a combinatorial strategy. Members of a probe library bearing a sulfonate ester chemotype were screened against complex proteomes for activity-dependent protein reactivity, resulting in the labeling of at least six mechanistically distinct enzyme classes. Surprisingly, none of these enzymes represented targets of previously described proteomics probes. The sulfonate library was used to identify an omega-class glutathione S-transferase whose activity was upregulated in invasive human breast cancer lines. These results indicate that activity-based probes compatible with whole-proteome analysis can be developed for numerous enzyme classes and applied to identify enzymes associated with discrete pathological states.

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