Quantitative phosphoproteomics in nuclei of vasopressin-sensitive renal collecting duct cells

Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2012 Nov 15;303(10):C1006-20. doi: 10.1152/ajpcell.00260.2012. Epub 2012 Sep 19.


Vasopressin regulates transport across the collecting duct epithelium in part via effects on gene transcription. Transcriptional regulation occurs partially via changes in phosphorylation of transcription factors, transcriptional coactivators, and protein kinases in the nucleus. To test whether vasopressin alters the nuclear phosphoproteome of vasopressin-sensitive cultured mouse mpkCCD cells, we used stable isotope labeling and mass spectrometry to quantify thousands of phosphorylation sites in nuclear extracts and nuclear pellet fractions. Measurements were made in the presence and absence of the vasopressin analog dDAVP. Of the 1,251 sites quantified, 39 changed significantly in response to dDAVP. Network analysis of the regulated proteins revealed two major clusters ("cell-cell adhesion" and "transcriptional regulation") that were connected to known elements of the vasopressin signaling pathway. The hub proteins for these two clusters were the transcriptional coactivator β-catenin and the transcription factor c-Jun. Phosphorylation of β-catenin at Ser552 was increased by dDAVP [log(2)(dDAVP/vehicle) = 1.79], and phosphorylation of c-Jun at Ser73 was decreased [log(2)(dDAVP/vehicle) = -0.53]. The β-catenin site is known to be targeted by either protein kinase A or Akt, both of which are activated in response to vasopressin. The c-Jun site is a canonical target for the MAP kinase Jnk2, which is downregulated in response to vasopressin in the collecting duct. The data support the idea that vasopressin-mediated control of transcription in collecting duct cells involves selective changes in the nuclear phosphoproteome. All data are available to users at http://helixweb.nih.gov/ESBL/Database/mNPPD/.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Intramural

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Cell Line
  • Cell Nucleus / physiology*
  • Computational Biology
  • Kidney Tubules, Collecting / cytology*
  • Mice
  • Phosphopeptides / genetics
  • Phosphopeptides / metabolism*
  • Proteomics / methods*
  • Transcriptome
  • Vasopressins / metabolism*


  • Phosphopeptides
  • Vasopressins