Complexome Profiling: Assembly and Remodeling of Protein Complexes

Int J Mol Sci. 2021 Jul 21;22(15):7809. doi: 10.3390/ijms22157809.


Many proteins have been found to operate in a complex with various biomolecules such as proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, or lipids. Protein complexes can be transient, stable or dynamic and their association is controlled under variable cellular conditions. Complexome profiling is a recently developed mass spectrometry-based method that combines mild separation techniques, native gel electrophoresis, and density gradient centrifugation with quantitative mass spectrometry to generate inventories of protein assemblies within a cell or subcellular fraction. This review summarizes applications of complexome profiling with respect to assembly ranging from single subunits to large macromolecular complexes, as well as their stability, and remodeling in health and disease.

Keywords: assembly; complexome profiling; data repositories; mass spectrometry; protein complexes; protein–protein interaction; remodeling.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Multiprotein Complexes / chemistry*
  • Multiprotein Complexes / physiology*
  • Proteins / chemistry*
  • Proteins / physiology*


  • Multiprotein Complexes
  • Proteins