Mass-spectrometry (MS) based phosphoproteomics is increasingly used to explore aberrant cellular signaling and kinase driver activity, aiming to improve kinase inhibitor (KI) treatment selection in malignancies. Phosphorylation is a dynamic, highly regulated post-translational modification that may be affected by variation in pre-analytical sample handling, hampering the translational value of phosphoproteomics-based analyses. Here, we investigate the effect of delay in mononuclear cell isolation on acute myeloid leukemia (AML) phosphorylation profiles. We performed MS on immuno-precipitated phosphotyrosine (pY)-containing peptides isolated from AML samples after seven pre-defined delays before sample processing (direct processing, thirty minutes, one hour, two hours, three hours, four hours and 24 h delay). Up to four hours, pY phosphoproteomics profiles show limited variation. However, in samples processed with a delay of 24 h, we observed significant change in these phosphorylation profiles, with differential phosphorylation of 22 pY phosphopeptides (p < 0.01). This includes increased phosphorylation of pY phosphopeptides of JNK and p38 kinases indicative of stress response activation. Based on these results, we conclude that processing of AML samples should be standardized at all times and should occur within four hours after sample collection.
|Journal||Journal of Proteomics|
|Publication status||Published - 6 Feb 2021|