SILAC in biomarker discovery

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

1 Scopus citations


Stable isotope labeling with amino acids in cell culture (SILAC) has become an extremely valuable tool in quantitative proteomics and in biomarker discovery. Incorporation of SILAC labels occurs when cells are passaged multiple times in media where the endogenous amino acids are replaced with the heavy isotope ones. During a typical experiment, cells from heavy and light strains are combined in equal ratios and all steps of protein extraction and digestion occur on these cells together, minimizing the number of external variables introduced during sample processing. Potential biomarkers are revealed during liquid chromatographytandem mass spectrometry analysis by peptides that differ considerably in intensity between the two strains as revealed by the mass shift from the incorporated SILAC label. The protocol presented here describes how to perform a typical experiment using the SILAC technology for the search for biomarkers as revealed by differences in protein expression levels, as well as by phosphorylation, a common posttranslational modi fi cation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProteomics for Biomarker Discovery
Subtitle of host publicationMethods and Protocols
EditorsMing Zhou, Timothy Veenstra
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745


  • Biomarkers
  • FACE
  • FASP
  • IMAC
  • Phosphopeptide
  • Phosphoproteomics
  • TiO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


Dive into the research topics of 'SILAC in biomarker discovery'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this