Proteomic analysis of formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded pancreatic tissue using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry

Joao A. Paulo, Linda S. Lee, Peter A. Banks, Hanno Steen, Darwin L. Conwell

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: FFPE tissue is a standard method of specimen preservation for hospital pathology departments. Formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue banks are a resource of histologically characterized specimens for retrospective biomarker investigation. We aim to establish liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry analysis of FFPE pancreatic tissue as a suitable strategy for the study of the pancreas proteome. METHODS: We investigated the proteomic profile of FFPE pancreatic tissue specimens, using liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry, from 9 archived specimens that were histologically classified as normal (n = 3), chronic pancreatitis (n = 3), and pancreatic cancer (n = 3). RESULTS: We identified 525 nonredundant proteins from 9 specimens. Implementing our filtering criteria, 78, 15, and 21 proteins were identified exclusively in normal, chronic pancreatitis, and pancreatic cancer specimens, respectively. Several proteins were identified exclusively in specimens with no pancreatic disease: spink 1, retinol dehydrogenase, and common pancreatic enzymes. Similarly, proteins were identified exclusively in chronic pancreatitis specimens: collagen α1 (XIV), filamin A, collagen α3 (VI), and SNC73. Proteins identified exclusively in pancreatic cancer included annexin 4A and fibronectin. CONCLUSIONS: We report that differentially expressed proteins can be identified among FFPE tissue specimens originating from individuals with different pancreatic histologic findings. The mass spectrometry-based method used herein has the potential to enhance biomarker discovery and chronic pancreatitis research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-185
Number of pages11
JournalPancreas
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2012

Keywords

  • FFPE
  • biomarker
  • chronic pancreatitis
  • pancreas
  • pancreas tissue
  • pancreatic cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Hepatology
  • Endocrinology

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