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Precipitation by lanthanum ions: a straightforward approach to isolating phosphoproteins.

Journal of proteomics (2011-08-30)
Mario Pink, Nisha Verma, Fabio Polato, Günther K Bonn, Hideo A Baba, Albert W Rettenmeier, Simone Schmitz-Spanke
ABSTRACT

Posttranslational modification (PTM) of proteins, particularly phosphorylation, is a key element in the regulation of cell functions. In many signal transduction processes, PTM is a pivotal step. Various analytical methods have been proposed for the identification of phosphoproteins; however, most of these methods require sophisticated equipment. Here we present an easily applicable method of phosphoprotein enrichment. This method is based on single-step precipitation by lanthanum chloride and allows subsequent protein identification by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS). The method proved its suitability for the isolation of phosphoproteins from frozen tissue and cultured cells samples after cell lysis in various buffer systems (urea/thiourea and EGTA/EDTA). The tests revealed that the isolation of phosphoproteins can be achieved with high efficiency even from complex protein mixtures. Our results indicate that lanthanum-based enrichment of phosphoproteins can be a useful tool in phosphoproteomic studies.

MATERIALS
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Sigma-Aldrich
Lanthanum(III) chloride heptahydrate, ACS reagent
Sigma-Aldrich
Lanthanum(III) chloride heptahydrate, 99.999% trace metals basis
Sigma-Aldrich
Lanthanum(III) chloride, AnhydroBeads, −10 mesh, ≥99.99% trace metals basis
Sigma-Aldrich
Lanthanum(III) chloride, AnhydroBeads, −10 mesh, 99.9% trace metals basis