Screening for therapeutic targets of vorinostat by SILAC-based proteomic analysis in human breast cancer cells

Proteomics. 2010 Mar;10(5):1029-39. doi: 10.1002/pmic.200900602.


Histone deacetylases (HDACs) play critical roles in silencing tumor suppressor genes. HDAC inhibitors reactivate tumor suppressor genes and inhibit tumor cell growth in vitro and in vivo, and several HDAC inhibitors are currently being evaluated in clinical trials for cancer therapy. A comprehensive analysis of proteins regulated by HDAC inhibitors would enhance our ability to define and characterize their essential therapeutic targets. Here, we employed stable isotope labeling with amino acids in cell culture-based quantitative proteomics to identify acetylated proteins in human breast cancer cells. Treatment with the clinically relevant HDAC inhibitor, suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid (vorinostat), induces lysine acetylation of 61 proteins in MDA-MB-231 human breast cancer cells. Suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid not only induces lysine acetylation in chromatin-associated proteins, but also acetylates previously unrecognized nonhistone proteins, including transcriptional factors and regulators, chaperones, cell structure proteins, and glycolytic enzymes in a time-dependent manner. Knowledge of the full repertoire of acetylated proteins will provide a foundation for further defining the functions of HDACs in cancer cells.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acetylation / drug effects
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Blotting, Western
  • Breast Neoplasms / metabolism*
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hydroxamic Acids / pharmacology*
  • Immunoprecipitation
  • Isotope Labeling / methods*
  • Lysine / metabolism
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Neoplasm Proteins / chemistry
  • Neoplasm Proteins / metabolism*
  • Peptides / chemistry
  • Proteomics / methods*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Time Factors
  • Vorinostat


  • Hydroxamic Acids
  • Neoplasm Proteins
  • Peptides
  • Vorinostat
  • Lysine