High-throughput and high-sensitivity phosphoproteomics with the EasyPhos platform

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Sean J. Humphrey, Ozge Karayel, David E. James, Matthias Mann

Mass spectrometry has transformed the field of cell signaling by enabling global studies of dynamic protein phosphorylation ('phosphoproteomics'). Recent developments are enabling increasingly sophisticated phosphoproteomics studies, but practical challenges remain. The EasyPhos workflow addresses these and is sufficiently streamlined to enable the analysis of hundreds of phosphoproteomes at a depth of >10,000 quantified phosphorylation sites. Here we present a detailed and updated workflow that further ensures high performance in sample-limited conditions while also reducing sample preparation time. By eliminating protein precipitation steps and performing the entire protocol, including digestion, in a single 96-well plate, we now greatly minimize opportunities for sample loss and variability. This results in very high reproducibility and a small sample size requirement (≤200 μg of protein starting material). After cell culture or tissue collection, the protocol takes 1 d, whereas mass spectrometry measurements require ~1 h per sample. Applied to glioblastoma cells acutely treated with epidermal growth factor (EGF), EasyPhos quantified 20,132 distinct phosphopeptides from 200 μg of protein in less than 1 d of measurement time, revealing thousands of EGF-regulated phosphorylation events.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNature Protocols (Print)
Volume13
Pages (from-to)1897-1916
Number of pages20
ISSN1754-2189
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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