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Med Oncol. 2009;26(2):215-21. doi: 10.1007/s12032-008-9109-4. Epub 2008 Nov 6.

Analysis of the expression protein profiles of lung squamous carcinoma cell using shot-gun proteomics strategy.

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Department of Respiratory Medicine, Second Affiliated Hospital of Medical School, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, 710004, Shaanxi Province, People's Republic of China.


The aim of this study is to globally screen and identify the expression protein profiles of lung squamous carcinoma cell (SqCC) using shot-gun proteomics strategy and to further analyze function of individual proteins by bioinformatics, which may likely result in the identification of new biomarkers and provide helpful clues for pathogenesis, early diagnosis, and progression of lung SqCC. The specific tumor cells were isolated and collected from the tissues of six patients with lung SqCC by laser capture microdissection (LCM). Total proteins from the LCM cells were extracted, digested with trypsin. The sequence information of resulting peptides was acquired by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and tandem mass spectrometry (TMS). The global protein profiles of lung SqCC cell were identified with BioworksTM software in IPI human protein database. Cellular component, molecular function, and biological process of the all proteins were analyzed using gene ontology (GO). About 720,000 tumor cells were satisfactorily collected from tissues of six patients with lung SqCC by LCM and the homogeneities of cell population were estimated to be over 95% as determined by microscopic visualization. The high resolution profiles including HPLC, full mass spectrum, and tandem mass spectrum were successfully obtained. Database searching of the resulting bimolecular sequence information identified 1982 proteins in all samples. The bioinformatics of these proteins, including amino acids sequence, fraction of coverage, molecular weight, isoelectric point, etc., were analyzed in detail. Among them, the function of most proteins was recognized by using GO. Five candidate proteins, Prohibitin (PHB), Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), Heat shock protein27 (HSP27), Annexin A1(ANXA1), and High mobility group protein B1 (HMGB1), might play an important role in SqCC genesis, progression, recurrence, and metastasis according to relative literatures. We have successfully isolated the interesting cells and effectively solved the heterogeneous problem of lung SqCC using LCM. The globally expressional proteins of lung SqCC cell were identified by shot-gun proteomics strategy. The five proteins might be hopefully used as markers of lung SqCC.

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