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Proteomics. 2008 Aug;8(15):3082-93. doi: 10.1002/pmic.200800106.

A Proteomic approach for protein-profiling the oncogenic ras induced transformation (H-, K-, and N-Ras) in NIH/3T3 mouse embryonic fibroblasts.

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  • 1Department of Biochemistry, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.


Point mutations in three kinds of Ras protein (H-, K-, and N-Ras) that specifically occur in codons 12, 13, and 61 facilitate virtually all of the malignant phenotype of the cancer cells, including cellular proliferation, transformation, invasion, and metastasis. In order to elucidate an understanding into the oncogenic ras networks by H-, K-, and N-Ras/G12V, we have established various oncogenic ras expressing NIH/3T3 mouse embryonic fibroblast clones using the tetracycline-induction system, which are expressing Ras/G12V proteins under the tight control of expression by an antibiotics, doxycycline. Here we provide a catalog of proteome profiles in total cell lysates derived from three oncogenic ras expressing NIH/3T3 cells and a good in vitro model system for dissecting the protein networks due to these oncogenic Ras proteins. In this biological context, we compared total proteome changes by the combined methods of 2-DE, quantitative image analysis, and MALDI-TOF MS analysis using the unique Tet-on inducible expression system. There were a large number of common targets for oncogenic ras, which were identified in all three cell lines and consisted of 204 proteins (61 in the pH range of 4-7, 63 in 4.5-5.5, and 80 in 5.5-6.7). Differentially regulated expression was further confirmed for some subsets of candidates by Western blot analysis using specific antibodies. Taken together, we implemented a 2-DE-based proteomics approach to the systematical analysis of the dysregulations in the cellular proteome of NIH/3T3 cells transformed by three kinds of oncogenic ras. Our results obtained and presented here show that the comparative analysis of proteome from oncogenic ras expressing cells has yielded interpretable data to elucidate the differential protein expression directly and/or indirectly, and contributed to evaluate the possibilities for physiological, and therapeutic targets. Further studies are in progress to elucidate the implications of these findings in the regulation of Ras induced transformation.

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