Proteomic analysis reveals downregulation of housekeeping proteins in the diabetic vascular proteome

Josua Dwinovan, Alexander Colella, Nusha Chegeni Farahani, Timothy Chataway, Elke Sokoya

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    Aims: Type 2 diabetes (T2D) increases the risk of death associated with cardiovascular complications. However, a complete understanding of protein changes within the diabetic vasculature is still lacking. Methods: Herein, we utilized mass spectrometry to perform vascular and urinary proteome analysis using a rat model of high-fat feeding and low-dose streptozotocin to simulate late-stage T2D. The purpose of this study was to identify aortic and urine proteins that are differentially expressed in normal and T2D rats. Results: High-fat feeding and low-dose streptozotocin resulted in hyperglycemia, hypoinsulinemia and high levels of circulating free fatty acids. Using a shotgun proteomic approach, high-mobility-group protein B1 and spondin-1 were significantly increased in T2D aorta compared to control aorta, suggesting vascular inflammation and smooth muscle proliferation, respectively. However, the majority of differentially expressed aortic proteins were downregulated in T2D, including proteins associated with coagulation, cell differentiation and redox homeostasis. Strikingly, we report a significant downregulation of commonly used cytoskeletal housekeeping proteins in T2D aorta. Urine from T2D rats displayed increased expression of proteins involved in inflammation and oxidative stress and decreased expression of proteins associated with lipid metabolism and cell adhesion. A number of differentially expressed proteins in urine of T2D rats have previously been reported in human T2D, thereby supporting this animal model as a good representation of human T2D. Conclusions: Our data offer new information regarding key pathways that could be therapeutically targeted to combat the cardiovascular complications of T2D.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)171-190
    Number of pages20
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017


    • Aorta
    • Diabetes
    • Proteomics
    • Urine
    • Vasculature


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