Scientific publications

Proteomic analysis of chemonaive pediatric osteosarcomas and corresponding normal bone reveals multiple altered molecular targets

Folio C, Mora MI, Zalacain M, Corrales FJ, Segura V, Sierrasesúmaga L, Toledo G, San-Julián M, Patiño-García A.
Laboratory and Department of Pediatrics, University Clinic of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, Division of Hepatology and Gene Therapy, Proteomics and Bioinformatics Unit, Centre for Applied Medical Research (CIMA), Pamplona, Spain, Department of Pathology, M.D. Anderson International Espana, Madrid, Spain, and Department of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Surgery, University Clinic of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain.

Magazine: Journal of Proteome Research

Date: Aug 1, 2009

Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology [SP] Pediatría [SP]

With a view to identify the proteins involved in transformation, metastasis or chemoresistance in pediatric osteosarcoma, we carried out a new experimental approach based on comparison of the proteomic profile of paired samples of osteosarcoma and normal bone tissues from the same patient.

The proteomic profiles of five pairs of cell lines (normal vs tumoral) were obtained by two-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis. We detected 56 differential protein spots (t test, p < 0.05). Subsequent protein characterization by nano-LC-ESI-MS/MS enabled us to identify some of these proteins, 16 of which were chosen on the basis of the change of their relative abundance between osteosarcomas and paired normal bones and also because their involvement was supported by the genomic analysis.

Two of the 16 proteins, Alpha-crystallin B chain (CRYAB) and ezrin (EZR1), were selected for further studies: an immunohistochemical analysis of a TMA (tissue microarray) and real-time PCR for a set of 14 osteosarcoma/normal-bone pairs.

The results of this second tier of studies confirmed that there were significant increases in the amounts of CRYAB and ezrin, especially in advanced stages of the disease.

Our overall conclusion is that proteomic profiling of paired samples of osteosarcoma and normal bone tissues from the same patient is a practicable and potentially powerful way of initiating and proceeding with a search for proteins and genes involved in pediatric osteosarcoma.

CITATION  J Proteome Res. 2009 Aug;8(8):3882-8

you maybe interested


The Clínica is the greater private hospital with technological equipment of Spain, all in a single center.

Imagen de un PET, tecnología de vanguardia en la Clínica Universidad de Navarra


The professionals of the Clínica perform continuous research and training, always to the benefit of the patient.

Imagen profesionales de la Clínica Universidad de Navarra


Learn why we are different from other healthcare centers. Quality, speed, comfort and results.

Imagen del edificio de la Clínica Universidad de Navarra