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Proteomic profiling of human islets collected from frozen pancreata using laser capture microdissection

September 22, 2016

Lina Zhanga, Giacomo Lanzoni, Matteo Battarra, Luca Inverardi, Qibin Zhang (2016). Proteomic profiling of human islets collected from frozen pancreata using laser capture microdissection. Journal of Proteomics, 150:149-169.

Author Affiliations

Center for Translational Biomedical Research, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina Research Campus, Kannapolis, NC 28081, USA
Diabetes Research Institute, University of Miami, Miami, FL 33136, USA
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC 27412, USA


The etiology of Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) remains elusive. Enzymatically isolated and cultured (EIC) islets cannot fully reflect the natural protein composition and disease process of in vivo islets, because of the stress from isolation procedures. In order to study islet protein composition in conditions close to the natural environment, we performed proteomic analysis of EIC islets, and laser capture microdissected (LCM) human islets and acinar tissue from fresh-frozen pancreas sections of three cadaveric donors. 1104 and 706 proteins were identified from 6 islets equivalents (IEQ) of LCM islets and acinar tissue, respectively. The proteomic profiles of LCM islets were reproducible within and among cadaveric donors. The endocrine hormones were only detected in LCM islets, whereas catalytic enzymes were significantly enriched in acinar tissue. Furthermore, high overlap (984 proteins) and similar function distribution were found between LCM and EIC islets proteomes, except that EIC islets had more acinar contaminants and stress-related signal transducer activity proteins. The comparison among LCM islets, LCM acinar tissue and EIC islets proteomes indicates that LCM combined with proteomic methods enables accurate and unbiased profiling of islet proteome from frozen pancreata. This paves the way for proteomic studies on human islets during the progression of T1D.

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