Chart showing the proportions of underlying Akt substrate-like sequence motifs found in a PTMScan® study using Akt substrate motif mAb 2 and Orbitrap LC-MS analysis. Analysis of one experiment on peptides from H3255 cells gave 121 non-redundant sites containing Akt substrate-like motifs. The primary motifs are highlighted in white. The proportion containing phosphoserine was 72%, and the proportion with arginine residues at both the -5 and -3 positions was 65%. This antibody has a strong preference for arginine residues at the -5 and -3 positions, and to a lesser extent recognizes peptides with an arginine residue at just the -3 position.
The Motif Logo shows the amino acid distributions around the sites recognized by the antibody.
Cells are lysed in a urea-containing buffer, cellular proteins are digested by proteases, and the resulting peptides are purified by reversed-phase, solid-phase extraction. Peptides are then subjected to immunoaffinity purification using a PTMScan® Motif antibody conjugated to protein A agarose beads. Unbound peptides are removed through washing, and the captured PTM-containing peptides are eluted with dilute acid. Reversed-phase purification is performed on microtips to desalt and separate peptides from antibody prior to concentrating the enriched peptides for LC-MS/MS analysis. CST recommends the use of PTMScan® IAP Buffer #9993 included in the kit. A detailed protocol and Limited Use License allowing the use of the patented PTMScan® method is included with the kit.
Antibody beads supplied in IAP buffer containing 50% glycerol. Store at -20°C. Do not aliquot the antibody.
PTMScan® Technology employs a proprietary methodology from Cell Signaling Technology (CST) for peptide enrichment by immunoprecipitation using a specific bead-conjugated antibody in conjunction with liquid chromatography (LC) tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) for quantitative profiling of post-translational modification (PTM) sites in cellular proteins. These include phosphorylation (PhosphoScan®), ubiquitination (UbiScan®), acetylation (AcetylScan®), and methylation (MethylScan®), among others. PTMScan® Technology enables researchers to isolate, identify, and quantitate large numbers of post-translationally modified cellular peptides with a high degree of specificity and sensitivity, providing a global overview of PTMs in cell and tissue samples without preconceived biases about where these modified sites occur (1). For more information on PTMScan® Proteomics Services, please visit www.cellsignal.com/common/content/content.jsp?id=ptmscan-services.
Akt plays a central role in mediating critical cellular responses including cell growth and survival, angiogenesis, and transcriptional regulation (2-4). It is a member of an important class of kinases, referred to as Arg-directed kinases or AGC-family kinases, which includes cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA), cGMP-dependent protein kinase (PKG), protein kinase C, Akt, p70S6 kinase, and RSK. These kinases share a substrate specificity characterized by Arg at position -3 relative to the phosphorylated Ser or Thr (5,6). Akt, p70 S6 kinase, and RSK additionally share specificity for Arg at position -5 (recognition sequence RXRXXS/T) (7) In a recent phosphoproteomic study (8) co-authored by scientists in the CST Site Discovery
Group over 300 downstream substrates for AGC family kinases recognizing the RXRXXS/T motif were identified with PhosphoScan Technology using Phospho-Akt substrate antibodies. These CST™ antibodies are powerful tools for investigating the regulation of phosphorylation by Akt and other Arg-directed kinases, as well as for high throughput kinase drug discovery.
In this assay, PTMScan® (RXRXXS*/T*) Motif Antibody bead conjugates are used to specifically enrich phosphopeptides containing the (RXRXXS*/T*) motif (S* = phospho-serine, T* = phospho-threonine).