Assessment of Intracellular Auto-Modification Levels of ARTD10 Using Mono-ADP-Ribose-Specific Macrodomains 2 and 3 of Murine Artd8

  • Mareike BütepageEmail author
  • Sarah Krieg
  • Laura Eckei
  • Jinyu Li
  • Giulia Rossetti
  • Patricia Verheugd
  • Bernhard LüscherEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1813)


Mono-ADP-ribosylation is a posttranslational modification, which is catalyzed in cells by certain members of the ADP-ribosyltransferase diphtheria toxin-like family (ARTD) of ADP-ribosyltransferases (aka PARP enzymes). It involves the transfer of a single residue of ADP-ribose (ADPr) from the cofactor NAD+ onto substrate proteins. Although 12 of the 17 members of the ARTD family have been defined as mono-ARTDs in in vitro assays, relatively little is known about their exact cellular functions. A major challenge is the detection of mono-ADP-ribosylated (MARylated) proteins in cells as no antibodies are available that detect exclusively MARylated proteins. As an alternative to classical antibodies, the MAR-specific binding domains macro2 and macro3 of Artd8 can be utilized alone or in combination, to demonstrate intracellular auto-modification levels of ARTD10 in cells in both co-immunoprecipitation and co-localization experiments. Here we demonstrate that different macrodomain constructs of human ARTD8 and murine Artd8, alone or in combination, exert differences with regard to their interaction with ARTD10 in cells. Precisely, while the macrodomains of murine Artd8 interacted with ARTD10 in cells in a MARylation-dependent manner, the macrodomains of human ARTD8 interacted with ARTD10 independent of its catalytic activity. Moreover, we show that a combination of macro2 and macro3 of murine Artd8 was recruited more efficiently to ARTD10 during co-localization experiments compared to the single domains. Therefore, murine Artd8 macrodomain constructs can serve as a tool to evaluate intracellular ARTD10 auto-modification levels using the described methods, while the human ARTD8 macrodomains are less suited because of ADPr-independent binding to ARTD10. Protocols for co-immunoprecipitation and co-localization experiments are described in detail.

Key words

ARTD8/PARP14 ARTD10/PARP10 Co-immunoprecipitation Immunofluorescence Macrodomain Modeling Mono-ADP-ribosylation Structure prediction 



We thank G. Müller-Newen and the core facility “Immunohistochemistry and Confocal Microscopy Facility” of the Medical School of the RWTH Aachen University for support. Our work was supported by grants from the German Science Foundation (DFG LU 466/16-1), the IZKF Aachen (O2-1-2014) of the Medical School of the RWTH Aachen University, the Start-Up program of the Excellence Initiative of the RWTH Aachen University (StUpPD_119_13), and by the START program of the Faculty of Medicine, RWTH Aachen University (117/15 and 121/17).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mareike Bütepage
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sarah Krieg
    • 1
  • Laura Eckei
    • 1
  • Jinyu Li
    • 2
  • Giulia Rossetti
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Patricia Verheugd
    • 1
  • Bernhard Lüscher
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medical SchoolRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  2. 2.College of ChemistryFuzhou UniversityFuzhouChina
  3. 3.Computational Biomedicine, Institute for Advanced Simulation IAS-5 and Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine INM-9JülichGermany
  4. 4.Jülich Supercomputing CentreJülichGermany
  5. 5.Department of Oncology, Hematology and Stem Cell Transplantation, Medical SchoolRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

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