We report efficient methods for using functional proteomics to study signal transduction pathways in mouse fibroblasts following stimulation with PDGF. After stimulation, complete cellular proteins were separated using two-dimensional electrophoresis and phosphorylated proteins were detected with anti-phosphotyrosine and anti-phosphoserine antibodies. About 260 and 300 phosphorylated proteins were detected with the anti-phosphotyrosine and anti-phosphoserine antibodies, respectively, at least 100 of which showed prominent changes in phosphorylation as a function of time after stimulation. Proteins showing major time-dependent changes in phosphorylation were subjected to in-gel digestion with trypsin and identified by mass spectroscopy using MALDI-TOF mass fingerprinting and ESI peptide sequencing. We have observed phosphorylated proteins known to be part of the PDGF signal transduction pathway such as ERK 1, serine/threonine protein kinase akt and protein tyrosine phosphatase syp, proteins such as proto-oncogene tyrosine kinase fgr previously known to participate in other signal transduction pathways, and some proteins such as plexin-like protein with no previously known function in signal transduction. Information about the phosphorylation site was obtained for proto-oncogene tyrosine kinase fgr and for cardiac alpha-actin. The methods used here have proven to be suitable for the identification of time-dependent changes in large numbers of proteins involved in signal transduction pathways.