In-depth quantitative proteomic analysis of de novo protein synthesis induced by brain-derived neurotrophic factor

Guoan Zhang, Heather Bowling, Nancy Hom, Kent Kirshenbaum, Eric Klann, Moses V. Chao, Thomas A. Neubert

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Measuring the synthesis of new proteins in the context of a much greater number of pre-existing proteins can be difficult. To overcome this obstacle, bioorthogonal noncanonical amino acid tagging (BONCAT) can be combined with stable isotope labeling by amino acid in cell culture (SILAC) for comparative proteomic analysis of de novo protein synthesis (BONLAC). In the present study, we show that alkyne resin-based isolation of l-azidohomoalanine (AHA)-labeled proteins using azide/alkyne cycloaddition minimizes contamination from pre-existing proteins. Using this approach, we isolated and identified 7414 BONCAT-labeled proteins. The nascent proteome isolated by BONCAT was very similar to the steady-state proteome, although transcription factors were highly enriched by BONCAT. About 30% of the methionine residues were replaced by AHA in our BONCAT samples, which allowed for identification of methionine-containing peptides. There was no bias against low-methionine proteins by BONCAT at the proteome level. When we applied the BONLAC approach to screen for brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)-induced protein synthesis, 53 proteins were found to be significantly changed 2 h after BDNF stimulation. Our study demonstrated that the newly synthesized proteome, even after a short period of stimulation, can be efficiently isolated by BONCAT and analyzed to a depth that is similar to that of the steady-state proteome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5707-5714
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Proteome Research
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 5 2014


  • BDNF
  • mass spectrometry
  • proteomics
  • pulsed SILAC
  • translation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry


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