Liquid chromatography in coupling with high-resolution ESI-LTQ-Orbitrap mass spectrometry was applied for a proteomic study of pediatric pilocytic astrocytoma brain tumor intracystic fluid by an integrated top-down/bottom-up platform. Both of the proteomic strategies resulted complementary and support each other in contributing to a wide characterization of the protein and peptide content of the tumor fluid. Top-down approach allowed to identify several proteins and peptides involved in different biological activities together with the characterization of interesting proteoforms such as fibrinopeptide A and its truncated form, fibrinopeptide B, complement C3f fragments, β-thymosin peptides, ubiquitin, several apolipoproteins belonging to A and C families, apolipoprotein J and D, and cystatin C. Of particular interest resulted the identification of a N-terminal truncated cystatin C proteoform, likely involved in immune response mechanism modulations and the identification of oxidized and glycosylated apolipoproteins including disulfide bridge dimeric forms. The bottom-up approach confirmed some of the experimental data findings together with adding the characterization of high-molecular-mass proteins in the samples. These data could contribute to elucidate the molecular mechanisms involved in onset and progression of the disease and cyst development.
|Numero di pagine||13|
|Rivista||Journal of Proteome Research|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Pubblicato - 2014|