Proteomic analysis of podosome fractions

The necessary spatiotemporal fine-tuning of podosome structure, turnover and function implies the existence of an intricate network of proteins, comparable to other integrin-based adhesions. However, no systematic effort has yet been made to map the podosome proteome.
Here, we describe the purification of podosome-enriched fractions from primary human macrophages, labeled with isotopically stable amino acids, and the subsequent mass spectrometric analysis of these fractions.
In order to analyze the podosome proteome and identify novel podosome proteins, we generated podosome-enriched fractions from primary human macrophages, which constitutively form numerous podosomes per cell.
The protocol is based on a two-step method for differential cell lysis, resulting in the removal of the apical cell part, which contains the cytoplasm and nucleus, allowing enrichment of the ventral membrane of cells (“footplates”), containing podosomes.
Enrichment of podosomes in the footplate fraction was checked by immunofluorescence labelling of both podosome core and ring components, shown exemplarily for f-actin and vinculin.

Differential cell lysis of primary human macrophages. Confocal XY scans (A,D), 3D reconstructions (B,E) or confocal YZ scans (C,F) before (A-C) or after differential cell lysis (D-F). Note dome-shaped part of cell in (B,C), which contains the nucleus and most of the cytoplasm, and remaining adhesive part (“footplate”) in (E,F) after differential lysis. White bars: 5 µm.

A detailed depiction of the complete network, comprising most of the identified proteins from the consensus list, and grouped according to molecular function. The identified core groups comprise cytoskeletal proteins, especially those binding (f-)actin, cell adhesion molecules, and proteins showing ATPase or GTPase binding,. Two additional (and unexpected) major groups were structural components of ribosomes and proteins showing RNA binding. Localization of the ribonuclear protein hnRNP-K to podosome cores suggests that the presence of these proteins in the podosome fraction is probably not due to contaminations and should be explored further. For the complete list of proteins, use this link.
Individual proteins (small circles) are grouped according to depicted molecular functions (large circles) and color-coded (red, blue, yellow). Proteins that can be attributed to several groups show intermediate colours (orange, purple, green), with final shade (e.g. deep or light orange) depending on the relative attribution to each group. (Cervero et al. EJCB, 2012)
The podosome consensus proteome shows distinct overlaps with the proteomes of focal adhesions, invadopodia and SICs.
The analyses of the different proteomes presented here should be helpful in developing individual “molecular fingerprints” that allow clear distinction between the different types of matrix contacts also on the protein level.

Cervero et al. Eur. J. Cell Sci., 2012