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Triton X-114 phase separation in the isolation and purification of mouse liver microsomal membrane proteins

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posted on 2021-08-13, 01:30 authored by RA Mathias, YS Chen, EA Kapp, David GreeningDavid Greening, Suresh MathivananSuresh Mathivanan, Richard SimpsonRichard Simpson
Integral membrane proteins (IMPs) mediate several cellular functions including cell adhesion, ion and nutrient transport, and cell signalling. IMPs are typically hard to isolate and purify due to their hydrophobic nature and low cellular abundance, however, microsomes are small lipid vesicles rich in IMPs, which form spontaneously when cells are mechanically disrupted. In this study, we have employed mouse liver microsomes as a model for optimising a method for IMP isolation and characterisation. Microsomes were collected by differential centrifugation, purified with sodium carbonate, and subjected to GeLC-MS/MS analysis. A total of 1124 proteins were identified in the microsome fraction, with 47% (524/1124) predicted by TMHMM to contain at least one transmembrane domain (TMD). The ability of phase partitioning using the detergent Triton X-114 (TX-114) to further enrich for membrane proteins was evaluated. Microsomes were subjected to successive rounds of solubility-based phase separation, with proteins partitioning into the aqueous phase, detergent phase, or TX-114-insoluble pellet fraction. GeLC-MS/MS analysis of the three TX-114 fractions identified 1212 proteins, of which 146 were not detected in the un-fractionated microsome sample. Conspicuously, IMPs partitioned to the detergent phase, with 56% (435/770) of proteins identified in that fraction containing at least one TMD. GO Slim characterisation of the microsome proteome revealed enrichment of proteins from the endoplasmic reticulum, mitochondria, Golgi apparatus, endosome, and cytoplasm. Further, enzymes including monooxygenases were well represented with 35 cytochrome P450 identifications (CYPs 1A2, 2A5, 2A12, 2B10, 2C29, 2C37, 2C39, 2C44, 2C50, 2C54. 2C67, 2C68, 2C70, 2D10, 2D11, 2D22, 2D26, 2D9, 2E1, 2F2, 2J5, 2U1, 3A11, 3A13, 3A25, 4A10, 4A12A, 4A12B, 4F13, 4F14, 4F15, 4V3, 51,7B1, and 8B1). Evaluation of biological processes showed enrichment of proteins involved in fatty acid biosynthesis and elongation, as well as steroid synthesis. In addition, transport proteins including 24 members of the Rab family of GTPases were identified. Comparison of this dataset with the current mouse liver microsome proteome contributes an additional 648 protein identifications, of which 50% (326/648) contain at least one TMD. © 2011 Elsevier Inc.


This work was supported, in part, by the National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia (program Grant #487922 (R.J.S), the Australian government Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship and the University of Melbourne International Research Scholarship (Y-S.C). Analysis of proteomic data described in this work was supported using the Australian Proteomics Computational Facility funded by the National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia Grant #381413. This work was supported by funds from the Operational Infrastructure Support Program provided by the Victorian Government, Australia. We acknowledge the Australian Cancer Research Foundation for providing funds to purchase the Orbitrap (TM) mass spectrometer.


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