An atlas of protein-protein interactions across mouse tissues

Cell. 2021 Jul 22;184(15):4073-4089.e17. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2021.06.003. Epub 2021 Jul 1.


Cellular processes arise from the dynamic organization of proteins in networks of physical interactions. Mapping the interactome has therefore been a central objective of high-throughput biology. However, the dynamics of protein interactions across physiological contexts remain poorly understood. Here, we develop a quantitative proteomic approach combining protein correlation profiling with stable isotope labeling of mammals (PCP-SILAM) to map the interactomes of seven mouse tissues. The resulting maps provide a proteome-scale survey of interactome rewiring across mammalian tissues, revealing more than 125,000 unique interactions at a quality comparable to the highest-quality human screens. We identify systematic suppression of cross-talk between the evolutionarily ancient housekeeping interactome and younger, tissue-specific modules. Rewired proteins are tightly regulated by multiple cellular mechanisms and are implicated in disease. Our study opens up new avenues to uncover regulatory mechanisms that shape in vivo interactome responses to physiological and pathophysiological stimuli in mammalian systems.

Keywords: co-fractionation mass spectrometry; mass spectrometry; network biology; protein correlation profiling; protein-protein interactions; proteomics.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Isotope Labeling
  • Male
  • Mammals
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Organ Specificity*
  • Protein Interaction Mapping*
  • Reproducibility of Results