Enrichments of post-translational modifications in proteomic studies

Luisa Pieroni, Federica Iavarone, Alessandra Olianas, Viviana Greco, Claudia Desiderio, Claudia Martelli, Barbara Manconi, Maria Teresa Sanna, Irene Messana, Massimo Castagnola, 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
JournalJournal of Separation Science
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019


  • enrichment
  • post-translational modifications
  • proteomics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Filtration and Separation


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