Identification by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry of the sites of tyrosine phosphorylation induced in activated Jurkat T cells on the protein tyrosine kinase ZAP-70

J Biol Chem. 1994 Nov 25;269(47):29520-9.


We have developed a rapid and sensitive two capillary-column chromatography and mass spectrometry-based method for the determination of protein phosphorylation sites following recovery of individual phosphopeptides from two-dimensional phosphopeptide maps. With a standard phosphopeptide, we demonstrate detection sensitivity of at least 250 fmol for this system. We applied this technique to the analysis of in vitro sites of tyrosine phosphorylation induced on the T cell-specific protein tyrosine kinase ZAP-70 in the absence and presence of p56lck. We show that ZAP-70 has a primary autophosphorylation site at Tyr-292, with a secondary site at Tyr-126. We also show additional phosphorylation at Tyr-69, Tyr-178, Tyr-492, and Tyr-493 upon the addition of the protein tyrosine kinase, p56lck. By comparative two-dimensional phosphopeptide mapping, we show that ZAP-70 isolated from Jurkat T cells also autophosphorylates at Tyr-292 and Tyr-126. Similar analysis of 32P-labeled Jurkat cells stimulated with anti-T cell receptor antibodies reveals Tyr-492 and Tyr-493 as the principal sites of T cell antigen receptor-induced tyrosine phosphorylation, with additional phosphorylation at the Tyr-292, but not the Tyr-126 autophosphorylation site. The high degree of sensitivity achieved with this technology should greatly facilitate the direct biochemical determination of inducible protein phosphorylation events, an experimental strategy that until now has been both time consuming and difficult.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Cell Line
  • Humans
  • Lymphocyte Activation
  • Mass Spectrometry / methods
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Peptide Mapping
  • Phosphorylation
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases / chemistry
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases / metabolism*
  • Receptors, Antigen, T-Cell / metabolism*
  • T-Lymphocytes / metabolism*
  • Tyrosine / metabolism*
  • ZAP-70 Protein-Tyrosine Kinase


  • Receptors, Antigen, T-Cell
  • Tyrosine
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
  • ZAP-70 Protein-Tyrosine Kinase
  • ZAP70 protein, human