Shared and Distinctive Neighborhoods of Emerin and Lamin B Receptor Revealed by Proximity Labeling and Quantitative Proteomics

J Proteome Res. 2022 Sep 2;21(9):2197-2210. doi: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.2c00281. Epub 2022 Aug 16.


Emerin and lamin B receptor (LBR) are abundant transmembrane proteins of the nuclear envelope that are concentrated at the inner nuclear membrane (INM). Although both proteins interact with chromatin and nuclear lamins, they have distinctive biochemical and functional properties. Here, we have deployed proximity labeling using the engineered biotin ligase TurboID (TbID) and quantitative proteomics to compare the neighborhoods of emerin and LBR in cultured mouse embryonic fibroblasts. Our analysis revealed 232 high confidence proximity partners that interact selectively with emerin and/or LBR, 49 of which are shared by both. These included previously characterized NE-concentrated proteins, as well as a host of additional proteins not previously linked to emerin or LBR functions. Many of these are TM proteins of the ER, including two E3 ubiquitin ligases. Supporting these results, we found that 11/12 representative proximity relationships identified by TbID also were detected at the NE with the proximity ligation assay. Overall, this work presents methodology that may be used for large-scale mapping of the landscape of the INM and reveals a group of new proteins with potential functional connections to emerin and LBR.

Keywords: TurboID; emerin; inner nuclear membrane; lamin B receptor; nuclear envelope; nuclear lamina; proximity labeling.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Fibroblasts / metabolism
  • Lamin B Receptor
  • Lamin Type A* / metabolism
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Mice
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • Proteomics*
  • Receptors, Cytoplasmic and Nuclear


  • Lamin Type A
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • Receptors, Cytoplasmic and Nuclear
  • emerin