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J Proteome Res. 2009 Sep;8(9):4252-63. doi: 10.1021/pr900297f.

Quantification of protein expression changes in the aging left ventricle of Rattus norvegicus.

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The Department of Cell and Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Division of Cardiology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC 28425, USA.


As the heart ages, electrophysiological and biochemical changes can occur, and the ventricle in many cases loses distensibility, impairing diastolic function. How the proteomic signature of the aged ventricle is unique in comparison to young hearts is still under active investigation. We have undertaken a quantitative proteomics study of aging left ventricles (LVs) utilizing the isobaric Tagging for Relative and Absolute Quantification (iTRAQ) methodology. Differential protein expression was observed for 117 proteins including proteins involved in cell signaling, the immune response, structural proteins, and proteins mediating responses to oxidative stress. For many of these proteins, this is the first report of an association with the aged myocardium. Additionally, two proteins of unknown function were identified. This work serves as the basis for making future comparisons of the aged left ventricle proteome to that of left ventricles obtained from other models of disease and heart failure.

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