Differential secreted proteome approach in murine model for candidate biomarker discovery in colon cancer

Kannan Rangiah, Montri Tippornwong, Vineet Sangar, David Austin, Marie Pier Tétreault, Anil K. Rustgi, Ian A. Blair, Kenneth H. Yu

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The complexity and heterogeneity of the plasma proteome have presented significant challenges in the identification of protein changes associated with tumor development. We used cell culture as a model system and identified differentially expressed, secreted proteins which may constitute serological biomarkers. A stable isotope labeling by amino acids in cell culture (SILAC) approach was used to label the entire secreted proteomes of the CT26 murine colon cancer cell line and normal young adult mouse colon (YAMC) cell line, thereby creating a stable isotope labeled proteome (SILAP) standard. This SILAP standard was added to unlabeled murine CT26 colon cancer cell or normal murine YAMC colon epithelial cell secreted proteome samples. A multidimensional approach combining isoelectric focusing (IEF), strong cation exchange (SCX) followed by reversed phase liquid chromatography was used for extensive protein and peptide separation. A total of 614 and 929 proteins were identified from the YAMC and CT26 cell lines, with 418 proteins common to both cell lines. Twenty highly abundant differentially expressed proteins from these groups were selected for liquid chromatography-multiple reaction monitoring/mass spectrometry (LC-MRM/MS) analysis in sera. Differential secretion into the serum was observed for several proteins when Apcmin mice were compared with control mice. These findings were then confirmed by Western blot analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5153-5164
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Proteome Research
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 6 2009


  • Biomarker
  • Colon cancer
  • Multidimensional method
  • Secreted proteins

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry


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