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Magliozzi R.,University Utrecht | Low T.,University Utrecht | Low T.,The Netherlands Proteomics Center | Weijts B.,University Utrecht | And 13 more authors.
Developmental Cell | Year: 2013

Epithelial cell migration is crucial for the development and regeneration of epithelial tissues. Aberrant regulation of epithelial cell migration has a major role in pathological processes such as the development of cancer metastasis and tissue fibrosis. Here, we report that in response to factors that promote cell motility, the Rap guanine exchange factor RAPGEF2 is rapidly phosphorylated by I-kappa-B-kinase-β and casein kinase-1α and consequently degraded by the proteasome via the SCFβTrCP ubiquitin ligase. Failure to degrade RAPGEF2 in epithelial cells results in sustained activity of Rap1 and inhibition of cell migration induced by HGF, a potent metastatic factor. Furthermore, expression of a degradation-resistant RAPGEF2 mutant greatly suppresses dissemination and metastasis of human breast cancer cells. These findings reveal a molecular mechanism regulating migration and invasion of epithelial cells and establish a key direct link between IKKβ and cell motility controlled by Rap-integrinsignaling. © 2013 Elsevier Inc. Source


Hennrich M.L.,University Utrecht | Hennrich M.L.,The Netherlands Proteomics Center | Mohammed S.,University Utrecht | Mohammed S.,The Netherlands Proteomics Center | And 5 more authors.
Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry | Year: 2010

Here, we explore a de novo sequencing strategy in which we combine Lys-N protein digestion with differential isotopic dimethyl labeling to facilitate the (de novo) identification of multiply charged peptides in ESI-MS, both under CID and ETD conditions. For a large fraction of the Lys-N generated peptides, all primary amines are present at the N-terminal lysine, enabling specific labeling of the N-terminus. Differential derivatization of only the peptide N-terminus in combination with the simultaneous fragmentation of the corresponding isotopologues allows the straightforward distinction of N-terminal fragments from C-terminal and internal fragments. Furthermore, also singly and multiply charged N-terminal fragments can easily be distinguished due to the mass differences of the isotope labeled fragment pairs. As a proof of concept, we applied this approach to proteins isolated from an avocado fruit, and were able to partially de novo sequence and correctly align, with green plant homologues, a previously uncharacterized avocado ascorbate peroxidase. © 2010. Source


Cavalli S.,Netherlands Cancer Institute | Cavalli S.,Barcelona Institute for Research in Biomedicine | Houben A.J.S.,Netherlands Cancer Institute | Albers H.M.H.G.,Netherlands Cancer Institute | And 10 more authors.
ChemBioChem | Year: 2010

Autotaxin (ATX), or ecto-nucleotide pyrophosphatase/phosphodiesterase 2 (ENPP2), is a secreted lysophospholipase D that hydrolyses lysophosphatidylcholine into the lipid mediator lysophosphatidic acid (LPA), a mitogen and chemoattractant for many cell types. ATX has been implicated in tumour progression and inflammation, and might serve as a biomarker. Here we describe the development of a fluorescent activity-based probe that covalently binds to the active site of ATX. The probe consists of a lysophospholipid-based backbone linked to a trapping moiety that becomes reactive after phosphate ester hydrolysis, and a Cy5 fluorescent dye to allow visualisation of active ATX. The probe reacts specifically with the three known isoforms of ATX, it competes with small-molecule inhibitors for binding to ATX and allows ATX activity in plasma to be determined. Our activity-based reporter will be useful for monitoring ATX activity in biological fluids and for inhibitor screening.Marking biomarkers: ATX is a secreted lysophospholipase D that produces the lipid mediator lysophosphatidic acid. We have developed a fluorescent activity-based probe that covalently binds to the active site of ATX, allowing visualisation of active ATX. This probe can be used for monitoring ATX activity in body fluids and for inhibitor screening. Copyright © 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. Source


Stauber J.,FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics | MacAleese L.,FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics | MacAleese L.,The Netherlands Proteomics Center | Franck J.,Lille University of Science and Technology | And 8 more authors.
Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry | Year: 2010

MALDI imaging mass spectrometry (MALDI-IMS) has become a powerful tool for the detection and localization of drugs, proteins, and lipids on-tissue. Nevertheless, this approach can only perform identification of low mass molecules as lipids, pharmaceuticals, and peptides. In this article, a combination of approaches for the detection and imaging of proteins and their identification directly on-tissue is described after tryptic digestion. Enzymatic digestion protocols for different kinds of tissues-formalin fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) and frozen tissues-are combined with MALDI-ion mobility mass spectrometry (IM-MS). This combination enables localization and identification of proteins via their related digested peptides. In a number of cases, ion mobility separates isobaric ions that cannot be identified by conventional MALDI time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometry. The amount of detected peaks per measurement increases (versus conventional MALDI-TOF), which enables mass and time selected ion images and the identification of separated ions. These experiments demonstrate the feasibility of direct proteins identification by ion-mobility-TOF IMS from tissue. The tissue digestion combined with MALDI-IM-TOF-IMS approach allows a proteomics "bottom-up" strategy with different kinds of tissue samples, especially FFPE tissues conserved for a long time in hospital sample banks. The combination of IM with IMS marks the development of IMS approaches as real proteomic tools, which brings new perspectives to biological studies. © 2010 American Society for Mass Spectrometry. Source


Kim J.,University Utrecht | D'Annibale S.,University Utrecht | Magliozzi R.,University Utrecht | Low T.Y.,University Utrecht | And 9 more authors.
Molecular and Cellular Biology | Year: 2014

In response to genotoxic stress, DNA damage checkpoints maintain the integrity of the genome by delaying cell cycle progression to allow for DNA repair. Here we show that the degradation of the basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factor DEC1, a critical regulator of cell fate and circadian rhythms, controls the DNA damage response. During unperturbed cell cycles, DEC1 is a highly unstable protein that is targeted for proteasome-dependent degradation by the SCFβTrCP ubiquitin ligase in cooperation with CK1. Upon DNA damage, DEC1 is rapidly induced in an ATM/ATR-dependent manner. DEC1 induction results from protein stabilization via a mechanism that requires the USP17 ubiquitin protease. USP17 binds and deubiquitylates DEC1, markedly extending its half-life. Subsequently, during checkpoint recovery, DEC1 proteolysis is reestablished through βTrCP-dependent ubiquitylation. Expression of a degradation-resistant DEC1 mutant prevents checkpoint recovery by inhibiting the downregulation of p53. These results indicate that the regulated degradation of DEC1 is a key factor controlling the DNA damage response. © 2014, American Society for Microbiology. Source

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