R-DeeP: Proteome-wide and Quantitative Identification of RNA-Dependent Proteins by Density Gradient Ultracentrifugation.


Division of RNA Biology and Cancer, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), 69120 Heidelberg, Germany. Electronic address: [Email]


The comprehensive but specific identification of RNA-binding proteins as well as the discovery of RNA-associated protein functions remain major challenges in RNA biology. Here we adapt the concept of RNA dependence, defining a protein as RNA dependent when its interactome depends on RNA. We converted this concept into a proteome-wide, unbiased, and enrichment-free screen called R-DeeP (RNA-dependent proteins), based on density gradient ultracentrifugation. Quantitative mass spectrometry identified 1,784 RNA-dependent proteins, including 537 lacking known links to RNA. Exploiting the quantitative nature of R-DeeP, proteins were classified as not, partially, or completely RNA dependent. R-DeeP identified the transcription factor CTCF as completely RNA dependent, and we uncovered that RNA is required for the CTCF-chromatin association. Additionally, R-DeeP allows reconstruction of protein complexes based on co-segregation. The whole dataset is available at http://R-DeeP.dkfz.de, providing proteome-wide, specific, and quantitative identification of proteins with RNA-dependent interactions and aiming at future functional discovery of RNA-protein complexes.


CTCF,R-DeeP,RNA,RNA dependence,RNA-binding protein,RNase,density gradient,mass spectrometry,proteome-wide,proteomics,

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