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SILAC kinase screen identifies potential MASTL substrates


Microtubule-associated serine/threonine kinase-like (MASTL) has emerged as a critical regulator of mitosis and as a potential oncogene in a variety of cancer types. To date, Arpp-19/ENSA are the only known substrates of MASTL. However, with the roles of MASTL expanding and increased interest in development of MASTL inhibitors, it has become critical to determine if there are additional substrates and what the optimal consensus motif for MASTL is. Here we utilized a whole cell lysate in vitro kinase screen combined with stable isotope labelling of amino acids in cell culture (SILAC) to identify potential substrates and the residue preference of MASTL. Using the related AGC kinase family members AKT1/2, the kinase screen identified several known and new substrates highly enriched for the validated consensus motif of AKT. Applying this method to MASTL identified 59 phospho-sites on 67 proteins that increased in the presence of active MASTL. Subsequent in vitro kinase assays suggested that MASTL may phosphorylate hnRNPM, YB1 and TUBA1C under certain in vitro conditions. Taken together, these data suggest that MASTL may phosphorylate several additional substrates, providing insight into the ever-increasing biological functions and roles MASTL plays in driving cancer progression and therapy resistance.

Type Journal
ISBN 2045-2322 (Electronic) 2045-2322 (Linking)
Authors Marzec, K. A.; Rogers, S.; McCloy, R.; Parker, B. L.; James, D. E.; Watkins, D. N.; Burgess, A.
Publisher Name Scientific Reports
Published Date 2022-06-22
Published Volume 12
Published Issue 1
Published Pages 10568
Status Published in-print
DOI 10.1038/s41598-022-14933-0
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