Exploring the Unraveling of Cellular Signaling Through Mass Spectrometry

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Presented by the AAAS/Science Business Office and sponsored by Cell Signaling Technology.

Post-translational modifications—including phosphorylation, acetylation, and ubiquitination—allow for the fine-tuning of signaling pathways and networks within cells. Mass spectrometry-based proteomics techniques are powerful tools for the investigation of these networks. Dynamic protein phosphorylation is a key cellular regulatory mechanism, and the characterization of global phosphorylation profiles using large-scale proteomic approaches, including antibody-based phosphopeptide enrichment, has proven informative. Acetylation has also been studied using these approaches, and as histone deacetylase inhibitors gain clinical importance, the need to better characterize their mechanism of action has accelerated lysine acetylation proteomics research. Further, ubiquitination is gaining increased attention as an important mechanism for both signal transduction and proteolytic degradation. Most recently, new ubiquitin affinity reagents, such as the ubiquitin remnant antibody, have become available, allowing for the identification of hundreds of ubiquitinylated lysine residues in human cells.

Participating Experts

  • Matthias Mann, Ph.D., Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany.
  • Samie Jaffrey, M.D., Ph.D., Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY.
  • Akhilesh Pandey, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes, Baltimore, MD.

During this webinar, viewers will:

  • Obtain an overview of posttranslational mechanisms and their role in cellular signaling
  • Learn about technologies for studying and characterizing these modifications
  • See how the latest technologies are being applied by experts in the field of cellular signaling research