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Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2005 Oct;25(10):2135-42. Epub 2005 Aug 25.

Proteomic and metabolomic analyses of atherosclerotic vessels from apolipoprotein E-deficient mice reveal alterations in inflammation, oxidative stress, and energy metabolism.

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  • 1Department of Cardiac and Vascular Sciences, St George's University of London, UK.



Proteomics and metabolomics are emerging technologies to study molecular mechanisms of diseases. We applied these techniques to identify protein and metabolite changes in vessels of apolipoprotein E(-/-) mice on normal chow diet.


Using 2-dimensional gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry, we identified 79 protein species that were altered during various stages of atherogenesis. Immunoglobulin deposition, redox imbalance, and impaired energy metabolism preceded lesion formation in apolipoprotein E(-/-) mice. Oxidative stress in the vasculature was reflected by the oxidation status of 1-Cys peroxiredoxin and correlated to the extent of lesion formation in 12-month-old apolipoprotein E(-/-) mice. Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy revealed a decline in alanine and a depletion of the adenosine nucleotide pool in vessels of 10-week-old apolipoprotein E(-/-) mice. Attenuation of lesion formation was associated with alterations of NADPH generating malic enzyme, which provides reducing equivalents for lipid synthesis and glutathione recycling, and successful replenishment of the vascular energy pool.


Our study provides the most comprehensive dataset of protein and metabolite changes during atherogenesis published so far and highlights potential associations of immune-inflammatory responses, oxidative stress, and energy metabolism.

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