An integrated phosphoproteomics work flow reveals extensive network regulation in early lysophosphatidic acid signaling

Mol Cell Proteomics. 2010 Jun;9(6):1047-62. doi: 10.1074/mcp.M900486-MCP200. Epub 2010 Jan 12.


Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) induces a variety of cellular signaling pathways through the activation of its cognate G protein-coupled receptors. To investigate early LPA responses and assess the contribution of epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor transactivation in LPA signaling, we performed phosphoproteomics analyses of both total cell lysate and protein kinase-enriched fractions as complementary strategies to monitor phosphorylation changes in A498 kidney carcinoma cells. Our integrated work flow enabled the identification and quantification of more than 5,300 phosphorylation sites of which 224 were consistently regulated by LPA. In addition to induced phosphorylation events, we also obtained evidence for early dephosphorylation reactions due to rapid phosphatase regulation upon LPA treatment. Phosphorylation changes induced by direct heparin-binding EGF-like growth factor-mediated EGF receptor activation were typically weaker and only detected on a subset of LPA-regulated sites, indicating signal integration among EGF receptor transactivation and other LPA-triggered pathways. Our results reveal rapid phosphoregulation of many proteins not yet implicated in G protein-coupled receptor signaling and point to various additional mechanisms by which LPA might regulate cell survival and migration as well as gene transcription on the molecular level. Moreover, our phosphoproteomics analysis of both total lysate and kinase-enriched fractions provided highly complementary parts of the LPA-regulated signaling network and thus represents a useful and generic strategy toward comprehensive signaling studies on a system-wide level.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cell Extracts
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Computational Biology
  • Enzyme Activation / drug effects
  • Heparin-binding EGF-like Growth Factor
  • Humans
  • Intercellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins / pharmacology
  • Isotope Labeling
  • Lysophospholipids / metabolism*
  • Lysophospholipids / pharmacology
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Phosphoproteins / metabolism*
  • Phosphorylation / drug effects
  • Protein Kinases / metabolism
  • Proteomics / methods*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Signal Transduction* / drug effects
  • Subcellular Fractions / drug effects
  • Subcellular Fractions / enzymology


  • Cell Extracts
  • HBEGF protein, human
  • Heparin-binding EGF-like Growth Factor
  • Intercellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins
  • Lysophospholipids
  • Phosphoproteins
  • Protein Kinases
  • lysophosphatidic acid