Proteomic analyses reveal divergent ubiquitylation site patterns in murine tissues

Mol Cell Proteomics. 2012 Dec;11(12):1578-85. doi: 10.1074/mcp.M112.017905. Epub 2012 Jul 11.


Posttranslational modifications of proteins increase the complexity of the cellular proteome and enable rapid regulation of protein functions in response to environmental changes. Protein ubiquitylation is a central regulatory posttranslational modification that controls numerous biological processes including proteasomal degradation of proteins, DNA damage repair and innate immune responses. Here we combine high-resolution mass spectrometry with single-step immunoenrichment of di-glycine modified peptides for mapping of endogenous putative ubiquitylation sites in murine tissues. We identify more than 20,000 unique ubiquitylation sites on proteins involved in diverse biological processes. Our data reveals that ubiquitylation regulates core signaling pathways common for each of the studied tissues. In addition, we discover that ubiquitylation regulates tissue-specific signaling networks. Many tissue-specific ubiquitylation sites were obtained from brain highlighting the complexity and unique physiology of this organ. We further demonstrate that different di-glycine-lysine-specific monoclonal antibodies exhibit sequence preferences, and that their complementary use increases the depth of ubiquitylation site analysis, thereby providing a more unbiased view of protein ubiquitylation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / immunology
  • Dipeptides / immunology
  • Glycylglycine / chemistry
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Proteome / metabolism*
  • Proteomics / methods
  • Signal Transduction
  • Ubiquitin / metabolism*
  • Ubiquitination


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Dipeptides
  • Proteome
  • Ubiquitin
  • Glycylglycine
  • glycyllysine