Phosphotyrosine profiling of human cerebrospinal fluid

Gajanan Sathe, Chan Hyun Na, Santosh Renuse, Anil Madugundu, Marilyn Albert, Abhay Moghekar (Lead / Corresponding author), Akhilesh Pandey (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Background: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is an important source of potential biomarkers that affect the brain. Biomarkers for neurodegenerative disorders are needed to assist in diagnosis, monitoring disease progression and evaluating efficacy of therapies. Recent studies have demonstrated the involvement of tyrosine kinases in neuronal cell death. Thus, neurodegeneration in the brain is related to altered tyrosine phosphorylation of proteins in the brain and identification of abnormally phosphorylated tyrosine peptides in CSF has the potential to ascertain candidate biomarkers for neurodegenerative disorders. Methods: In this study, we used an antibody-based tyrosine phosphopeptide enrichment method coupled with high resolution Orbitrap Fusion Tribrid Lumos Fourier transform mass spectrometer to catalog tyrosine phosphorylated peptides from cerebrospinal fluid. The subset of identified tyrosine phosphorylated peptides was also validated using parallel reaction monitoring (PRM)-based targeted approach. Results: To date, there are no published studies on global profiling of phosphotyrosine modifications of CSF proteins. We carried out phosphotyrosine profiling of CSF using an anti-phosphotyrosine antibody-based enrichment and analysis using high resolution Orbitrap Fusion Lumos mass spectrometer. We identified 111 phosphotyrosine peptides mapping to 66 proteins, which included 24 proteins which have not been identified in CSF previously. We then validated a set of 5 tyrosine phosphorylated peptides in an independent set of CSF samples from cognitively normal subjects, using a PRM-based targeted approach. Conclusions: The findings from this deep phosphotyrosine profiling of CSF samples have the potential to identify novel disease-related phosphotyrosine-containing peptides in CSF.

Original languageEnglish
Article number29
Number of pages11
JournalClinical proteomics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sept 2018


  • CSF
  • Phosphotyrosine
  • Proteome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Biochemistry


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