Proteomics analysis of rat brain postsynaptic density. Implications of the diverse protein functional groups for the integration of synaptic physiology

K.W. Li, M.P. Hornshaw, R.C. van der Schors, R. Watson, S. Tate, B. Casetta, C.R. Jimenez, Y. Gouwenberg, E.D. Gundelfinger, K.H. Smalla, A.B. Smit

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Abstract

The postsynaptic density contains multiple protein complexes that together relay the presynaptic neuro-transmitter input to the activation of the postsynaptic neuron. In the present study we took two independent proteome approaches for the characterization of the protein complement of the postsynaptic density, namely 1) two-dimensional gel electrophoresis separation of proteins in conjunction with mass spectrometry to identify the tryptic peptides of the protein spots and 2) isolation of the trypsin-digested sample that was labeled with isotope-coded affinity tag, followed by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry for the partial separation and identification of the peptides, respectively. Functional grouping of the identified proteins indicates that the postsynaptic density is a structurally and functionally complex organelle that may be involved in a broad range of synaptic activities. These proteins include the receptors and ion channels for glutamate neurotransmission, proteins for maintenance and modulation of synaptic architecture, sorting and trafficking of membrane proteins, generation of anaerobic energy, scaffolding and signaling, local protein synthesis, and correct protein folding and breakdown of synaptic proteins. Together, these results imply that the postsynaptic density may have the ability to function (semi-) autonomously and may direct various cellular functions in order to integrate synaptic physiology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)987-1002
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume279
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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