Program Director/Principal Investigator (Last, First, Middle): Kwiatkowski, David, J. et al., Core B; Asara Project Summary/Abstract The mass spectrometry core has expertise in proteomics/phosphoproteomics, metabolomics and lipidomics resources to enable the three major P01 projects achieve success in uncovering the molecular mechanisms of Hamartoma syndromes and related cancers in the TSC1-TSC2 pathways for new drug targets and novel therapies using tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). The core utilizes both high resolution hybrid Orbitrap (QExactive) mass spectrometry and hybrid triple quadrupole (QTRAP) mass spectrometry. For proteomics, microcapillary tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) services will include protein complex identification, post- translational modification (PTM) site mapping such as phosphorylation, ubiquitination, acetylation, etc. and the relative and absolute quantification of peptides/proteins using both stable isotope labeling (SILAC and TMT) and label-free quantification [spectral counting, total ion current (TIC), multiple reaction monitoring (MRM)]. These studies will be performed from cell lines, xenografts in addition to in vivo tissue sources from mice and human tumors. We have developed expertise in metabolomics profiling and services will include polar metabolite profiling using selected reaction monitoring (SRM) with polarity switching to target more than 300 molecules in 15 min. We will profile cells, tumor tissues and biological fluids using both steady-state profiling and 13C and 15N stable isotope labeled flux experiments to determine which metabolic pathways are altered in cells harboring defects in the TSC1/2 related pathways. Non-targeted metabolomic profiling will also be performed to discover novel metabolic targets. Core B has recently developed a non-targeted lipidomics platform based on high resolution mass spectrometry with polarity switching with novel software to identify more than 1000 lipid ions (phospholipids, triglycerides, free fatty acids, etc.) in less than 30 min. using reversed-phase LC-MS/MS. We will also develop stable isotope flux for lipidomics experiments. In addition to running samples for Projects 1-3, Core B has also developed a serial-omics technology that utilizes the preparation of a single tumor, cell or bodily fluid sample for performing three different ?omics (global phosphoproteomics/proteomics, metabolomics and lipidomics) via partitioning liquid-liquid extraction layers. We will also continue to develop -omics strategies to overlap model species (drosophila) to cancer cells and tumor tissue to uncover conserved biological interactions for potential biomarker targets in TSC1/2 and related pathways.

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Kwiatkowski, David, J. et al., Core B; Asara Narrative The mass spectrometry core will provide proteomics/phosphoproteomics, metabolomics and lipidomics services for the three major projects from cancer cells, tumor tissue and biological fluids using tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). These services will support the discovery of novel pathways and drug targets for Hamartoma syndromes and related cancers stemming from defects in the tuberous sclerosis complex (TCS1-TSC2) genes.

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