Enrichments of post-translational modifications in proteomic studies

Federica Iavarone, Viviana Greco, Claudia Desiderio, Irene Messana, Massimo Castagnola, Luisa Pieroni, Alessandra Olianas, Claudia Martelli, Barbara Manconi, Maria Teresa Sanna, Tiziana Cabras

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More than 300 different protein post-translational modifications are currently known, but only a few have been extensively investigated because modified proteoforms are commonly present in sub-stoichiometry amount. For this reason, improvement of specific enrichment techniques is particularly useful for the proteomic characterization of post-translationally modified proteins. Enrichment proteomic strategies could help the researcher in the challenging issue to decipher the complex molecular cross-talk existing between the different factors influencing the cellular pathways. In this review the state of art of the platforms applied for the enrichment of specific and most common post-translational modifications, such as glycosylation and glycation, phosphorylation, sulfation, redox modifications (i.e. sulfydration and nitrosylation), methylation, acetylation, and ubiquitinylation, are described. Enrichments strategies applied to characterize less studied post-translational modifications are also briefly discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-336
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Separation Science
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • proteomics


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