Cell-Specific Labeling for Analyzing Bidirectional Signaling by Mass Spectrometry

  • Christopher J. Tape
  • Claus JørgensenEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1636)


Cell-specific proteome labeling enables global proteome-wide analysis of cell signaling in heterotypic co-cultures. Such approaches have provided unique insight in contact-initiated receptor tyrosine kinase signaling, transfer of proteomic material between heterotypic cells, and interactions between normal and oncogenic cells. Here we describe current methods for cell-specific labeling of heterotypic cells with isotopic labeled amino acids (e.g., SILAC and CTAP). We outline the advantages and disadvantages of individual approaches, describe typical experimental scenarios, and discuss where each experimental approach is optimally applied.

Key words

SILAC CTAP Cell-cell signaling Heterocellular Phosphoproteomics PTMs Bidirectional signaling Signal transduction 



C.J.T. is funded by a Sir Henry Wellcome Fellowship (098847/Z/12/Z). C.J. is funded by a Cancer Research UK Career Establishment Award (C37293/A12905) and a Cancer Research UK Institute Award (A19258).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Institute of Cancer ResearchLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Biological EngineeringMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.Systems Oncology, CRUK Manchester InstituteThe University of ManchesterManchesterUK

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