The identification of Dictyostelium phosphoproteins altered in response to the activation of RasG

Secko, D. M., Insall, R. H. , Spiegelman, G. B. and Weeks, G. (2004) The identification of Dictyostelium phosphoproteins altered in response to the activation of RasG. Proteomics, 4(9), pp. 2629-2639. (doi: 10.1002/pmic.200300788) (PMID:15352238)

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Dictyostelium RasG has been implicated in the regulation of a variety of cellular processes, including the initiation of development, cell movement, and cytokinesis, but the molecular components of the signaling pathways involved are largely unknown. We used a tetracycline-regulated protein expression system to study the effect of activated RasG, RasG(G12T), expression on the phosphorylation state of Dictyostelium proteins. Over 70 vegetative phosphoprotein components were resolved by two-dimensional (2-D) immunoblot analysis and of these 16 phosphothreonine and three phosphotyrosine protein components were found to reproducibly change upon RasG(G12T) expression. Thirteen of these were recovered from 2-D gels and identified by mass spectrometry of in-gel tryptic digestions. The proteins identified include the signaling proteins RasGEF-R and protein kinase B, the adhesion protein DdCAD-1, the cytoskeletal protein actin, the mitochondrial division protein FtsZA, and proteins involved in translation and metabolism. In addition to the direct demonstration of the phosphorylation of putative downstream targets of RasG activation, these findings reveal previously undetected phosphorylation of several proteins.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Insall, Professor Robert
Authors: Secko, D. M., Insall, R. H., Spiegelman, G. B., and Weeks, G.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cancer Sciences
Journal Name:Proteomics
ISSN (Online):1615-9861
Published Online:21 June 2004

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