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Curr Protoc Mol Biol. 2012 Apr;Chapter 18:Unit18.19.1-27. doi: 10.1002/0471142727.mb1819s98.

Determining in vivo phosphorylation sites using mass spectrometry.

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Division of Signal Transduction, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Abstract

Phosphorylation is the most studied protein post-translational modification (PTM) in biological systems, since it controls cell growth, proliferation, survival, and other processes. High-resolution/high mass accuracy mass spectrometers are used to identify protein phosphorylation sites due to their speed, sensitivity, selectivity, and throughput. The protocols described here focus on two common strategies: (1) identifying phosphorylation sites from individual proteins and small protein complexes, and (2) identifying global phosphorylation sites from whole-cell and tissue extracts. For the first, endogenous or epitope-tagged proteins are typically immunopurified from cell lysates, purified via gel electrophoresis or precipitation, and enzymatically digested into peptides. Samples can be optionally enriched for phosphopeptides using immobilized metal affinity chromatography (IMAC) or titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) and then analyzed by microcapillary liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Global phosphorylation site analyses that capture pSer/pThr/pTyr sites from biological sources sites are more resource and time consuming and involve digesting the whole-cell lysate, followed by peptide fractionation by strong cation-exchange chromatography, phosphopeptide enrichment by IMAC or TiO(2), and LC-MS/MS. Alternatively, the protein lysate can be fractionated by SDS-PAGE, followed by digestion, phosphopeptide enrichment, and LC-MS/MS. One can also immunoprecipitate only phosphotyrosine peptides using a pTyr antibody followed by LC-MS/MS.

PMID:
22470061
PMCID:
PMC3332032
DOI:
10.1002/0471142727.mb1819s98
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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