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Dilated cardiomyopathy: computer-assisted analysis of endomyocardial biopsy protein patterns by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis.

In order to identify disease-associated alterations in the myocardial protein patterns in dilated cardiomyopathy, we used 2-dimensional gel electrophoresis to analyse the proteins of endomyocardial biopsies from patients and controls. Proteins (150 micrograms) from biopsies (1-3 mg wet weight) were first separated by isoelectric focusing, then applied to large 2-dimensional gels. A computer-assisted system (PDQUEST) was used for spot detection, quantification and comparison of 2-dimensional protein patterns. From a single endomyocardial biopsy about 1000 different protein species were resolved. The spot pattern was influenced by the concentration of protein during sample preparation, by the amount of protein loaded onto the gels and by the development time of silver staining. Variances of spot position in the first and second dimension and in the long diagonals were less than 5%. Coefficients of variance for the spot quantities in 8 gels were 16 +/- 8%. Contaminating blood proteins could be identified in the biopsy patterns. Computer-assisted comparison between cardiomyopathy (n = 5) and controls (n = 5) over the whole gel revealed that 55 protein spots were increased 100%, 27 protein spots decreased 100%. Four proteins showed significant quantitative differences between the cardiomyopathic hearts and controls. Fourteen proteins were identified by amino acid analysis or microsequencing. An isoelectric point and molecular mass grid was laid over the whole gel based on these identified protein species, resulting in approximate isoelectric point values and molecular masses for all other protein species. Thus, myocardial 2-dimensional protein patterns obtained from endomyocardial biopsies can be used for the characterization of cardiac diseases.[1]


  1. Dilated cardiomyopathy: computer-assisted analysis of endomyocardial biopsy protein patterns by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. Knecht, M., Regitz-Zagrosek, V., Pleissner, K.P., Emig, S., Jungblut, P., Hildebrandt, A., Fleck, E. European journal of clinical chemistry and clinical biochemistry : journal of the Forum of European Clinical Chemistry Societies. (1994) [Pubmed]
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