Circadian acetylome reveals regulation of mitochondrial metabolic pathways

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Feb 26;110(9):3339-44. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1217632110. Epub 2013 Jan 22.


The circadian clock is constituted by a complex molecular network that integrates a number of regulatory cues needed to maintain organismal homeostasis. To this effect, posttranslational modifications of clock proteins modulate circadian rhythms and are thought to convert physiological signals into changes in protein regulatory function. To explore reversible lysine acetylation that is dependent on the clock, we have characterized the circadian acetylome in WT and Clock-deficient (Clock(-/-)) mouse liver by quantitative mass spectrometry. Our analysis revealed that a number of mitochondrial proteins involved in metabolic pathways are heavily influenced by clock-driven acetylation. Pathways such as glycolysis/gluconeogenesis, citric acid cycle, amino acid metabolism, and fatty acid metabolism were found to be highly enriched hits. The significant number of metabolic pathways whose protein acetylation profile is altered in Clock(-/-) mice prompted us to link the acetylome to the circadian metabolome previously characterized in our laboratory. Changes in enzyme acetylation over the circadian cycle and the link to metabolite levels are discussed, revealing biological implications connecting the circadian clock to cellular metabolic state.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Acetylation
  • Animals
  • CLOCK Proteins / deficiency
  • CLOCK Proteins / metabolism
  • Circadian Rhythm* / genetics
  • Cluster Analysis
  • Lysine / metabolism
  • Male
  • Metabolic Networks and Pathways* / genetics
  • Metabolome / genetics
  • Mice
  • Mitochondria / genetics
  • Mitochondria / metabolism*
  • Peptides / metabolism
  • Proteome / metabolism
  • Transcriptome / genetics


  • Peptides
  • Proteome
  • CLOCK Proteins
  • Clock protein, mouse
  • Lysine