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Impact of phosphorylation on thermal stability of proteins

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Fig. 1: Global impact of phosphorylation on thermal stability of proteins.

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This work was supported by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. C.M.P. and A.M. were supported by a fellowship from the EMBL Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral (EI3POD) Programme under Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND (grant number 664726). N.K. was supported by a fellowship from the EMBL International PhD Programme.

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C.M.P., I.B. and A.M. performed experimental work. N.K. performed data analysis. A.M. and M.M.S. supervised the work. All authors contributed to interpreting data and writing the manuscript.

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Supplementary Discussion, Figs. 1–11 and Table 1

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Supplementary Data 1

Phosphopeptide fold changes at each temperature in each replicate (gene_name, gene name; protein_id, UniProt ID; sequence, peptide sequence; mod_sequence, modified peptide sequence; phospho_site_STY, number of modified amino acids in the peptide sequence; rel_fc_TMT_REP_TEMP, relative fold changes to 37 °C (TMT, TMT label; REP, replicate; TEMP, temperature).

Supplementary Data 2

Unmodified peptide fold changes at each temperature in each replicate (gene_name, gene name; protein_id, UniProt ID; sequence, peptide sequence; modifications, peptide modifications; rel_fc_TMT_REP_TEMP, relative fold changes to 37 °C (TMT, TMT label; REP, replicate; TEMP, temperature).

Supplementary Data 3

Comparison of melting behavior of phosphopeptides and unmodified peptides (gene_name, gene name; Gene_pSite, phosphosite position within protein; mod_sequence, modified peptide sequence; Tm_mean_phospho, average melting temperature of phosphopeptide; Tm_mean_unmodified, average melting temperature of unmodified protein; mean_delta_meltPoint, average difference of melting temperature of phosphopeptide and unmodified protein; significant, significantly different melting temperature of phosphopeptide compared to unmodified protein; functional_score, predicted functional importance of phosphosite position by aggregating multiple parameters for each phosphosite using machine learning and ranges from 0 to 1, with a higher value representing a higher probability that the phosphosite has functional relevance; Tm_phospho_REP, melting temperature of phosphopeptide (REP, replicate); Tm_unmodified_REP, melting temperature of unmodified protein; delta_meltPoint_REP, difference of melting temperature of phosphopeptide and unmodified protein; p_adj_REP, P value adjusted for multiple-testing correction; phospho_median_fc_TEMP, median relative fold changes to 37 °C of phosphopeptide (TEMP, temperature); unmodified_median_fc_TEMP, median relative fold changes to 37 °C of unmodified protein.

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Potel, C.M., Kurzawa, N., Becher, I. et al. Impact of phosphorylation on thermal stability of proteins. Nat Methods 18, 757–759 (2021).

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