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Open Access Research article

Proteomic analysis of lamellar bodies isolated from rat lungs

Pengcheng Wang1, Narendranath Reddy Chintagari1, Jeyaparthasarathy Narayanaperumal1, Sahlu Ayalew2, Steven Hartson3 and Lin Liu1*

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1 Department of Physiological Sciences, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078, USA

2 Department of Pathobiology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078, USA

3 Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078, USA

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BMC Cell Biology 2008, 9:34  doi:10.1186/1471-2121-9-34

Published: 24 June 2008



Lamellar bodies are lysosome-related secretory granules and store lung surfactant in alveolar type II cells. To better understand the mechanisms of surfactant secretion, we carried out proteomic analyses of lamellar bodies isolated from rat lungs.


With peptide mass fingerprinting by Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization – Time of Flight mass spectrometry, 44 proteins were identified with high confidence. These proteins fell into diverse functional categories: surfactant-related, membrane trafficking, calcium binding, signal transduction, cell structure, ion channels, protein processing and miscellaneous. Selected proteins were verified by Western blot and immunohistochemistry.


This proteomic profiling of lamellar bodies provides a basis for further investigations of functional roles of the identified proteins in lamellar body biogenesis and surfactant secretion.