January 25, 2023
Journal Article

Motif-centric phosphoproteomics to target kinase-mediated signaling pathways


Identifying cellular phosphorylation pathways based on kinase-substrate relationships is a critical step to understanding the regulation of physiological functions in cells. Mass spectrometry-based phosphoproteomics workflows have made it possible to comprehensively collect information on individual phosphorylation sites in a variety of samples. However, there is still no generic approach to uncover phosphorylation networks based on kinase-substrate relationships in rare cell populations. Here, we describe a motif-centric phosphoproteomics approach combined with multiplexed isobaric labeling, in which in vitro kinase reactions are used to generate targeted phosphopeptides, which are spiked into one of the isobaric channels to increase detectability. Proof-of-concept experiments demonstrate selective and comprehensive quantification of targeted phosphopeptides by using multiple kinases for motif-centric channels. More than 7,000 tyrosine phosphorylation sites were quantified from several tens of micrograms of starting materials. This approach enables the quantification of multiple phosphorylation pathways under physiological or pathological regulation in a motif-centric manner.

Published: January 25, 2023


Tsai C., K. Ogata, N. Suiyama, and Y. Ishihama. 2022. Motif-centric phosphoproteomics to target kinase-mediated signaling pathways. Cell Reports Methods 2, no. 1:Art. No. 100138. PNNL-SA-169727. doi:10.1016/j.crmeth.2021.100138

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