Stable isotope labeling of phosphoproteins for large-scale phosphorylation rate determination

Rosalynn C. Molden, Jonathan Goya, Zia Khan, Benjamin A. Garcia

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

23 Scopus citations


Signals that control responses to stimuli and cellular function are transmitted through the dynamic phosphorylation of thousands of proteins by protein kinases. Many techniques have been developed to study phosphorylation dynamics, including several mass spectrometry (MS)- based methods. Over the past few decades, substantial developments have been made in MS techniques for the large-scale identification of proteins and their post-translational modifications. Nevertheless, all of the current MSbased techniques for quantifying protein phosphorylation dynamics rely on the measurement of changes in peptide abundance levels, and many methods suffer from low confidence in phosphopeptide identification due to poor fragmentation. Here we have optimized an approach for the stable isotope labeling of amino acids by phosphate using [β-18O4]ATP in nucleo to determine global site-specific phosphorylation rates. The advantages of this metabolic labeling technique are increased confidence in phosphorylated peptide identification, direct labeling of phosphorylation sites, measurement phosphorylation rates, and the identification of actively phosphorylated sites in a cell-like environment. In this study we calculatedapproximaterateconstantsforover1,000phosphorylation sites based on labeling progress curves. We measured a wide range of phosphorylation rate constants from 0.34 min1 to 0.001 min1. Finally, we applied stable isotope labeling of amino acids by phosphate to identify sites that have different phosphorylation kinetics during G1/S and M phase. We found that most sites had very similar phosphorylation rates under both conditions; however, a small subset of sites on proteins involved in the mitotic spindle were more actively phosphorylated during M phase, whereas proteins involved in DNA replication and transcription were more actively phosphorylated during G1/S phase. The data have been deposited to the ProteomeXchange with the identifier PXD000680.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1106-1118
Number of pages13
JournalMolecular and Cellular Proteomics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2014


Dive into the research topics of 'Stable isotope labeling of phosphoproteins for large-scale phosphorylation rate determination'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this