If you were to remove all the organelles from a cell, would the plasma membrane and the cytoplasm be the only components left? No. Within the cytoplasm, there would still be ions and organic molecules, plus a network of protein fibers that helps to maintain the shape of the cell, secures certain organelles in specific positions, allows cytoplasm and vesicles to move within the cell, and enables unicellular organisms to move independently. Collectively, this network of protein fibers is known as the cytoskeleton. There are three types of fibers within the cytoskeleton: microfilaments, also known as actin filaments, intermediate filaments, and microtubules (Figure 3).
Mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomics typically employs multistep sample-preparation workflows that are subject to sample contamination and loss. We report an in-StageTip method for performing sample processing, from cell lysis through elution of purified peptides, in a single, enclosed volume. This robust and scalable method largely eliminates contamination or loss. Peptides can be eluted in several fractions or in one step for single-run proteome analysis. In one day, we obtained the largest proteome coverage to date for budding and fission yeast, and found that protein copy numbers in these cells were highly correlated (R(2) = ). Applying the in-StageTip method to quadruplicate measurements of a human cell line, we obtained copy-number estimates for 9,667 human proteins and observed excellent quantitative reproducibility between replicates (R(2) = ). The in-StageTip method is straightforward and generally applicable in biological or clinical applications.
NPM1 is a ubiquitously expressed nucleolar phosphoprotein, the gene for which maps to chromosome 5q35 in close proximity to a commonly deleted region associated with (del)5q, a type of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). This region is also a frequent target of deletions in de novo and therapy-related MDS/acute myeloid leukemia. Previous studies have shown that Npm1(+/-) mice develop an MDS-like disease that transforms to acute myeloid leukemia over time. To better understand the mechanism by which NPM1 haploinsufficiency causes an MDS phenotype, we generated factor-dependent myeloid cell lines from the bone marrow of Npm1(+/+) and Npm1(+/-) mice and demonstrated compromised neutrophil-specific gene expression in the MNPM1(+/-) cells. We attribute these observations to increased levels of the shorter, dominant negative leukemogenic isoform (p30) of CCAAT enhancer-binding protein α (C/EBPα). We show that this increase is caused, in part, by elevated levels of the activated translation initiation factor eIF4E, overexpression of which also increases translation of C/EBPαp30 in HEK293 cells. In a positive feedback loop, eIF4E expression is further elevated both at the mRNA and protein levels by C/EBPαp30 but not by the full-length C/EBPαp42. Re-expression of C/EBPαp42 or NPM1 but not C/EBPαp30 in MNPM1(+/-) cells partially rescues the myeloid phenotype. Our observations suggest that the aberrant feed-forward pathway that keeps eIF4E and C/EBPαp30 elevated in NPM1(+/-) cells contributes to the MDS phenotype associated with NPM1 deficiency.