The aim of this study was the development of a method based on the coupling of RP-HPLC and ESI-MS for identifying and quantifying proteins and peptides secreted by human salivary glands in vitro. Salivary gland specimens, obtained from informed patients undergoing surgical resection, were incubated in an optimized medium. Incubation media of glandular specimens, selected on the basis of cytomorphological and ultrastructural analysis, were investigated by HPLC-MS. Several salivary peptides/proteins, previously recognized in human whole saliva, were searched for along the chromatogram by the selected ion monitoring (SIM) strategy. Analysis of the incubation media of parotid glands revealed the presence of basic PRPs PC, PD, PH, IB-1, II-2, and acidic PRP-1 and PRP-3 in all of the investigated samples. Basic PRPs PB and PA, acidic PRPs, and cystatins SN and S1 were detected in all of the incubation media of submandibular glands, whereas histatin 1 was detected in only one sample. Moreover, the method allowed detection of some post-translational derivatives of known salivary proteins, as well as of several previously unidentified small peptides. The present method represents a sensitive and powerful instrument to detect peptides and proteins secreted by human salivary glands in vitro.
|Numero di pagine||4|
|Rivista||Eur. J. Morph.|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Pubblicato - 2003|