Frontiers in Biology

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 216–227

Current technologies to identify protein kinase substrates in high throughput


  • Liang Xue
    • Department of BiochemistryPurdue University
    • Department of BiochemistryPurdue University
    • Department of Medicinal Chemistry & Molecular PharmacologyPurdue University
    • Department of ChemistryPurdue University
    • Purdue University Center for Cancer ResearchPurdue University

DOI: 10.1007/s11515-013-1257-z

Cite this article as:
Xue, L. & Tao, W.A. Front. Biol. (2013) 8: 216. doi:10.1007/s11515-013-1257-z


Since the discovery of protein phosphorylation as an important modulator of many cellular processes, the involvement of protein kinases in diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and central nervous system pathologies, has been extensively documented. Our understanding of many disease pathologies at the molecular level, therefore, requires the comprehensive identification of substrates targeted by protein kinases. In this review, we focus on recent techniques for kinase substrate identification in high throughput, in particular on genetic and proteomic approaches. Each method with its inherent advantages and limitations is discussed.


phosphorylationkinase substratein vitro kinase assayhigh throughput screeningmass spectrometryphosphoproteomics

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