Autophagosome content profiling using proximity biotinylation proteomics coupled to protease digestion in mammalian cells
The ascorbate peroxidase APEX2 is commonly used to study the neighborhood of a protein of interest by proximity-dependent biotinylation. Here, we describe a protocol for sample processing compatible with immunoblotting and mass spectrometry that is suitable to specifically map the content of autophagosomes and potentially other short-lived endomembrane transport vesicles without the need of subcellular fractionation. By combining live-cell biotinylation with proteinase K digestion of cell homogenates, proteins enriched in membrane-protected compartments can be readily enriched and identified. For complete details on the use and execution of this protocol, please refer to (Zellner et al., 2021).