BioSITe: A Method for Direct Detection and Quantitation of Site-Specific Biotinylation

J Proteome Res. 2018 Feb 2;17(2):759-769. doi: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.7b00775. Epub 2017 Dec 28.


Biotin-based labeling strategies are widely employed to study protein-protein interactions, subcellular proteomes and post-translational modifications, as well as, used in drug discovery. While the high affinity of streptavidin for biotin greatly facilitates the capture of biotinylated proteins, it still presents a challenge, as currently employed, for the recovery of biotinylated peptides. Here we describe a strategy designated Biotinylation Site Identification Technology (BioSITe) for the capture of biotinylated peptides for LC-MS/MS analyses. We demonstrate the utility of BioSITe when applied to proximity-dependent labeling methods, APEX and BioID, as well as biotin-based click chemistry strategies for identifying O-GlcNAc-modified sites. We demonstrate the use of isotopically labeled biotin for quantitative BioSITe experiments that simplify differential interactome analysis and obviate the need for metabolic labeling strategies such as SILAC. Our data also highlight the potential value of site-specific biotinylation in providing spatial and topological information about proteins and protein complexes. Overall, we anticipate that BioSITe will replace the conventional methods in studies where detection of biotinylation sites is important.

Keywords: APEX; BioID; biotinylation; peptide; protein−protein interactions; proximity-dependent biotinylation; subcellular proteome.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Acetylglucosamine / chemistry
  • Acetylglucosamine / metabolism*
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Immobilized / chemistry
  • B-Lymphocytes / chemistry
  • Biotin / chemistry*
  • Biotinylation
  • Cell Line
  • Chromatography, Liquid
  • Click Chemistry / methods*
  • HEK293 Cells
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Peptides / chemistry
  • Peptides / isolation & purification*
  • Protein Processing, Post-Translational*
  • Proteolysis
  • Streptavidin / chemistry*
  • Tandem Mass Spectrometry


  • Antibodies, Immobilized
  • Peptides
  • Biotin
  • Streptavidin
  • Acetylglucosamine