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Open Access Research article

Comparative analysis of the alveolar macrophage proteome in ALI/ARDS patients between the exudative phase and recovery phase

Haiyun Dong1, Jinxiu Li1*, Youdi Lv1, Yanyan Zhou1, Guyi Wang1, Shuang Hu23, Xiaoyu He23, Ping Yang23, Zhiguang Zhou4, Xudong Xiang1 and Cong-Yi Wang23

Author Affiliations

1 Intensive Care Unit, Diabetes Center, Second Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410011, China

2 The Center for Biomedical Research, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 1095 Jiefang Ave., Wuhan, 430030, China

3 Key Laboratory of Organ Transplantation, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 1095 Jiefang Ave, Wuhan 430030, China

4 Diabetes Center, Second Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, China

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BMC Immunology 2013, 14:25  doi:10.1186/1471-2172-14-25

Published: 17 June 2013

Abstract

Background

Despite decades of extensive studies, the morbidity and mortality for acute lung injury/acute respiratory distress syndrome (ALI/ARDS) remained high. Particularly, biomarkers essential for its early diagnosis and prognosis are lacking.

Methods

Recent studies suggest that alveolar macrophages (AMs) at the exudative phase of ALI/ARDS initiate, amplify and perpetuate inflammatory responses, while they resolve inflammation in the recovery phase to prevent further tissue injury and perpetuated inflammation in the lung. Therefore, proteins relevant to this functional switch could be valuable biomarkers for ALI/ARDS diagnosis and prognosis. We thus conducted comparative analysis of the AM proteome to assess its dynamic proteomic changes during ALI/ARDS progression and recovery.

Results

135 proteins were characterized to be differentially expressed between AMs at the exudative and recovery phase. MALDI-TOF-MS and peptide mass fingerprint (PMF) analysis characterized 27 informative proteins, in which 17 proteins were found with a marked increase at the recovery phase, while the rest of 10 proteins were manifested by the significantly higher levels of expression at the exudative phase.

Conclusions

Given the role of above identified proteins played in the regulation of inflammatory responses, cell skeleton organization, oxidative stress, apoptosis and metabolism, they have the potential to serve as biomarkers for early diagnosis and prognosis in the setting of patients with ALI/ARDS.

Keywords:
ALI/ARDS; Alveolar macrophages; Biomarker; 2D PAGE; MALDI-TOF-MS