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Proteomics. 2008 Mar;8(5):1097-112. doi: 10.1002/pmic.200700701.

Temporal variations of the postnatal rat urinary proteome as a reflection of systemic maturation.

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Department of Urology, Harvard Medical School, Urological Diseases Research Center, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA 02115, USA.


The rat kidney matures during the first 2 wk of life, suggesting that temporal variations in the urinary proteome may occur during this period. We describe the urine proteome during postnatal development in the rat and demonstrate specific proteomic changes corresponding to developmental milestones. Urine was collected from 30 rats at five postnatal (P) days of life (P1, P3, P7, P14, and >P30) by bladder aspiration. The proteome was assessed by nano-ESI-LC-MS/MS. For identification, we used stringent criteria to provide a 1% false positive rate at the peptide level. The proteins in common at each time interval decreased during postnatal maturation. When comparing all five developmental times, six proteins were ubiquitously present. We detected 14 proteins involved with cellular adhesion, structure, or proliferation and differentiation only during neonatal development. Additionally, 30 proteins were specific to adults, of which 13 originated from the prostate or seminal vesicle. This is the first MS characterization of the normal urinary proteome in early postnatal rodent development that demonstrates distinct differences correlating with different stages of tissue maturation. Further characterization of the normal urinary proteome may provide the basis for identification of urinary biomarkers of diseases of the urinary tract.

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