Analysis of protein fragmentation inhibition by an MMP-inhibitor in an in vivo model of heart failure using automated chromatography

J. Randall Slemmon*, Cory L. Painter, Sashi Nadanaciva, Florentina Catana, Karen Kaup, Rachel Scherrer, Virginia Casadas, Youyang Zhao, Marcia I. Heron

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Proteomic strategies have continued to demonstrate value in studying disease by exploiting new technologies that can develop significant numbers of measurements from single samples. However, using complex samples such as tissues or blood has continued to be problematic due to the presence of major interfering substances. In this study, a process is described that uses denaturing peptide extraction from whole tissue and automated chromatography in order to allow subsequent analysis of more than 1000 tissue-derived peptides per sample. The process was employed to identify cardiac proteins that were spared degradation by administration of a heart-protecting matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) inhibitor (compound SC-621) following experimental myocardial infarction (MI). HPLC peptide fingerprints were developed from rat heart left ventricles and the resultant integrated peak data was compared across experimental animals. Surprisingly, although protein fragmentation was generally increased in MI hearts, the effect of the MMP inhibitor was only observed on a few species. The results from this study demonstrated that whole-tissue sample enrichment and peptide analysis using HPLC could be linked in order to study the effects of new compounds on a disease state. The system is flexible and amenable to improvements such as incorporating detection by mass spectrometry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-228
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Chromatography B: Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 25 2005


  • Automation
  • Biomarkers
  • Chromatography
  • Heart
  • Matrix metalloprotease
  • Peptides
  • Proteomics
  • SPE

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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