Quantitative chemical proteomics in small-scale culture of phorbol ester stimulated basal breast cancer cells

Sibasish Dolai, Qiang Xu, Fei Liu, Mark P. Molloy*

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Basal-like breast cancers are commonly negative for expression of estrogen and progesterone receptors and HER-2 (triple-negative breast cancer), which makes this subtype of breast cancers more aggressive and less responsive to standard treatment. We have applied a small-scale chemical proteomics method using bisindolylmaleimide (Bis) class of protein kinase C inhibitors to study the Bis-binding proteome in a cell culture model of basal breast carcinoma (MDA-MB-231). Using MS, we identified 174 proteins captured by the Bis-probe in phorbol ester (PMA) stimulated cells. Gene ontology analysis broadly categorised these proteins as ATP binding (42%), GTP binding (6%) and having nucleoside-triphosphatase activity (21%). Of the 64 enzymes captured by the Bis-probe, the majority had either ATP and/or nucleotide binding functions. Two previously unreported Bis binding protein kinases, serine/arginine-rich protein-specific kinase 1 (SRPK1) and interferon-induced RNA-dependent protein kinase (PKR) were observed. We then incorporated SILAC for quantitation to examine the proteins that were differentially captured by the Bis-probe following 30 and 60min PMA stimulation. This provided novel evidence for PMA regulation of the enzymes glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase, nucleolar RNA helicase 2 and Heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein M.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2683-2692
Number of pages10
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2011


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