Quantitative Map of Proteome Dynamics during Neuronal Differentiation

Cell Rep. 2017 Feb 7;18(6):1527-1542. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2017.01.025.


Neuronal differentiation is a multistep process that shapes and re-shapes neurons by progressing through several typical stages, including axon outgrowth, dendritogenesis, and synapse formation. To systematically profile proteome dynamics throughout neuronal differentiation, we took cultured rat hippocampal neurons at different developmental stages and monitored changes in protein abundance using a combination of stable isotope labeling and high-resolution liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Almost one third of all 4,500 proteins quantified underwent a more than 2-fold expression change during neuronal differentiation, indicating extensive remodeling of the neuron proteome. To highlight the strength of our resource, we studied the neural-cell-adhesion molecule 1 (NCAM1) and found that it stimulates dendritic arbor development by promoting actin filament growth at the dendritic growth cone. We anticipate that our quantitative map of neuronal proteome dynamics is a rich resource for further analyses of the many identified proteins in various neurodevelopmental processes.

Keywords: NCAM1; adhesion molecule; dendrite outgrowth; mass spectrometry; neuronal development; neuronal differentiation; neuroproteomics; proteome; quantitative proteomics; stable isotope labeling.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Actins / metabolism
  • Animals
  • CD56 Antigen / metabolism
  • Cell Differentiation / physiology*
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Chromatography, Liquid / methods
  • Dendrites / metabolism
  • Dendrites / physiology
  • Growth Cones / metabolism
  • Growth Cones / physiology
  • Hippocampus / metabolism
  • Hippocampus / physiology
  • Isotope Labeling / methods
  • Neurogenesis / physiology*
  • Neurons / metabolism*
  • Neurons / physiology*
  • Proteome / metabolism*
  • Proteomics / methods
  • Rats
  • Tandem Mass Spectrometry / methods


  • Actins
  • CD56 Antigen
  • Proteome