Differential expression of proteins in kidney, eye, aorta, and serum of diabetic and non-diabetic rats

William C. Cho*, Tai Tung Yip, Wai Shing Chung, Albert W. Leung, Christopher H. Cheng, Kevin K M YUE

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Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a chronic progressive disease that often results in microvascular and macrovascular complications, yet its pathogenesis is not clear. Automated proteomic technology, coupled with powerful bioinformatics and statistical tools, can provide new insights into the molecular alterations implicated in DM. Following our previous findings of redox changes in the eye and aorta of diabetic rats, as well as the activities of different antioxidant enzymes during the development of DM, this study is further launched to find potential biomarkers by comparing the serum and tissue samples of 26 diabetic rats (8 weeks after streptozotocin [STZ] administration) with 29 normal controls using surface enhanced laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (SELDI-TOF MS) technology. Eight potential biomarkers were found in the serum, one potential biomarker was found in the kidney and eye, respectively, whereas three potential biomarkers were discovered in the aorta. One of the serum biomarker candidates was found to match the C-reactive protein (CRP) in the Swiss-Prot knowledgebase. Further validation has been conducted by ELISA kit to confirm the role of CRP during the development of DM. To conclude, the increased level of CRP in diabetic serum demonstrated in this study indicates that the development of DM is associated with inflammation. This is also the first report demonstrating that some potential lysate biomarkers in the kidney, eye, and aorta may be involved in the development of diabetes and its complications. Further identification and evaluation of these potential biomarkers will help unravel the underlying mechanisms of the disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-268
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Cellular Biochemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2006

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

User-Defined Keywords

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Diabetic complications
  • Proteomics


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