Proteome profile changes during transdifferentiation of NRP-152 rat prostatic basal epithelial cells

Jung Hye Shim, David Danielpour, Chung Lee, Yu Sam Kim, Young Yil Bahk*, Tag Keun Yoo

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NRP-152 is an androgen responsive, non-tumorigenic cell line, which shows basal epithelial cell characteristics under normal growth conditions. It has been noted that NRP-152 undergoes morphological and cytoskeletal changes toward its luminal counterpart NRP-154 when it is grown under growth restrictive conditions. We have extensively investigated the details of protein change of NRP-152 during transdifferentiation using proteomic techniques. NRP-152 cells were cultured under normal and growth restrictive media conditions for 3, 5 days. NRP-154 cells were normally cultured. Protein samples were submitted to 2D gel electrophoresis and silver stained. Protein patterns on the gels were comparatively analysed using Melanie III software. Protein spots exhibiting significant changes in NRP-152 cells during the time course were excised and subjected to in-gel tryptic digestion. After 6 days of growth restrictive conditions in NRP-152, the cells were morphologically changed resembling luminal phenotype. Of the 35 protein spots that were up-reglated, 20 proteins from 21 spots were identified by peptide mass fingerprinting and, of 21 proteins spots that were down-regulated, 10 proteins from 12 spots were identified as landmark proteins. Our study confirmed that basal NRP-152 cells were proportionally transdifferentiated into luminal featuring cells according to the duration of growth restrictive culture conditions. This suggests that human prostatic basal epithe lial cells may be changed into luminal cells under certain conditions. Proteomic approach enabled us to identify 30 proteins involved in this differentiation with a single experiment. These proteins will be subjected to further functional studies to evaluate their possible roles related to cellular differentiation. These data strongly support that proteomics is a very powerful approach for studying physiologic and pathologic cellular changes such as differentiation and carcinogenesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)108-116
Number of pages9
JournalMolecules and Cells
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 29 2004


  • NRP-152
  • NRP-154
  • Proteome
  • Proteomics
  • Rat prostate
  • Transdifferentiation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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