Orthogonal proteomic platforms and their implications for the stable classification of high-grade serous ovarian cancer subtypes

Stefani N Thomas, Betty Friedrich, Michael Schnaubelt, Daniel W. Chan, Hui Zhang, Ruedi Aebersold

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The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium (CPTAC) has established a two-dimensional liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (2DLC-MS/MS) workflow using isobaric tagging to compare protein abundance across samples. The workflow has been used for large-scale clinical proteomic studies with deep proteomic coverage within and outside of CPTAC. SWATH-MS, an instance of data-independent acquisition (DIA) proteomic methods, was recently developed as an alternate proteomic approach. In this study, we analyzed remaining aliquots of peptides using SWATH-MS from the original retrospective TCGA samples generated for the CPTAC ovarian cancer proteogenomic study (Zhang et al., 2016). The SWATH-MS results indicated that both methods confidently identified differentially expressed proteins in enriched pathways associated with the robust Mesenchymal subtype of high-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSOC) and the homologous recombination deficient tumors also present in the original study. The results demonstrated that SWATH/DIA-MS presents a promising complementary or orthogonal alternative to the CPTAC harmonized proteomic method, with the advantages of simpler, faster, and cheaper workflows, as well as lower sample consumption. However, the SWATH/DIA-MS workflow resulted in shallower proteome coverage. Overall, we concluded that both analytical methods are suitable to characterize clinical samples such as in the high-grade serous ovarian cancer study, providing proteomic workflow alternatives for cancer researchers depending on the specific goals and context of the studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Oct 3 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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