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Authors Yu Q, Shi X, Greer T, Lietz CB, Kent KC, Li L
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Journal J. Proteome Res. Volume: 15 Issue: 9 Pages: 3420-31
Publish Date 2016 Sep 02
PubMed ID 27457343
PMC ID 5384854

Isobaric labeling has become a widespread tool for quantitative proteomic studies. Here, we report the development and evaluation of several dimethylated amino acids as novel isobaric tags for quantitative proteomics. Four-plex dimethylated alanine (DiAla), valine (DiVal), and leucine (DiLeu) have been synthesized, sharing common features of peptide tagging and reporter ion production. DiAla and DiLeu are shown to achieve complete labeling. These two tags’ impacts on peptide fragmentation and quantitation are further evaluated using HEK293 cell lysate. DiAla labeling generates more abundant backbone fragmentation whereas DiLeu labeling produces more intense reporter ions. Nonetheless, both tags enable accurate quantitative analysis of HEK293 cell proteomes. DiAla and DiLeu tags are then applied to study the TGF-β/Smad3 pathway with four differentially treated mouse vascular smooth muscle (MOVAS) cells. Our MS data reveal proteome-wide changes of AdSmad3 as compared to the GFP control, consistent with previous findings of causing smooth muscle cell (SMC) dedifferentiation.1 Additionally, the other two novel mutations on the hub protein Smad3, Y226A, and D408H, show compromised TGF-β/Smad3-dependent gene transcription and reversed phenotypic switch. These results are further corroborated with Western blotting and demonstrate that the novel DiAla and DiLeu isobaric tagging reagents provide useful tools for multiplex quantitative proteomics.

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