Project PXD005849

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pSILAC mass spectrometry reveals ZFP91 as novel IMiD dependent substrate of the CRL4CRBN ligase - PART 1


Thalidomide and its derivatives lenalidomide and pomalidomide (IMiDs) are effective treatments of hematologic malignancies. It was shown that IMiDs impart gain of function properties to the CUL4-RBX1-DDB1-CRBN (CRL4CRBN) ubiquitin ligase that enable binding, ubiquitination and degradation of key therapeutic targets such as IKFZ1, IKZF3 and CSNK1A1. While these substrates have been implicated as efficacy targets in multiple myeloma (MM) and 5q deletion associated myelodysplastic syndrome (del(5q)-MDS), other targets likely exist. Using a pulse-chase SILAC mass spectrometry-based proteomics approach, here we demonstrate that lenalidomide induces the ubiquitination and degradation of ZFP91. We establish that ZFP91 is a bona fide IMiD dependent CRL4CRBN substrate and further show that ZFP91 harbors a zinc finger (ZnF) motif, related to the IKZF1/3 ZnF, critical for IMiD dependent CRBN binding. These findings demonstrate that single time point pulse-chase SILAC mass spectrometry-based proteomics (pSILAC-MS) is a sensitive approach for target identification of small molecules inducing selective protein degradation.

Sample Processing Protocol

Hct116 cells were treated with either 30 uM lenalidomide or DMSO control and harvested after 16 hours. Whole cell lysates were prepared and proteins reduced, alkylated and digested following standard procedures. Peptides were fractionated using basic pH reverse phase chromatography into 36 fractions, which were subsequently recombined into 12 fractions analyzed on a Orbitrap FUSION mass spectrometer.

Data Processing Protocol

MaxQuant (version was used for RAW file processing and controlling peptide and protein level false-discovery rates, assembling proteins from peptides, and protein quantification from peptides. Fragment ion spectra were searched against a human Uniprot database (downloaded on January 29 2015) and common contaminant proteins (included in the MaxQuant software). Carbamidomethylation (Cys) was set as a fixed modification, deamidation (Gln, Asn) and oxidation (Met) were selected as variable modifications. SILAC amino acids used for quantification were Lys8 and Arg10. The MaxQuant ProteinGroups.txt output file was imported into the R framework45 for all subsequent analyses.


Eric Fischer, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Eric Sebastian Fischer, BCMP, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA Cancer Biology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, USA ( lab head )

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Shotgun proteomics


    An J, Ponthier CM, Sack R, Seebacher J, Stadler MB, Donovan KA, Fischer ES. pSILAC mass spectrometry reveals ZFP91 as IMiD-dependent substrate of the CRL4(CRBN) ubiquitin ligase. Nat Commun. 2017 May 22;8:15398 PubMed: 28530236