In vivo detection of secreted proteins from wounded skin using capillary ultrafiltration probes and mass spectrometric proteomics

Academic Article


  • The identification of in vivo secreted proteins is a major challenge in systems biology. Here we report a novel technique using capillary ultrafiltration (CUF) probes to identify the secreted proteins involved in wound healing. CUF probes, which use semipermeable membrane hollow fibers to continuously capture secreted proteins, were used to sample skin wound fluids. To identify low-abundance proteins, we digested the CUF probe-collected wound fluid with trypsin and then directly subjected it to MS without using 2-DE separation. Two protein fragments with masses of 1565.7 and 1694.8 Da were identified by MS as peptides of thymosin β10 and β4, respectively. This is the first identification of thymosin β10 as an in vivo constituent of the skin wound fluid. The LKKTETQ peptide, a common actin-binding domain of thymosin β4 and β10, significantly enhanced skin wound healing in vitro and in vivo. Our data suggest that the enhancement of wound healing by LKKTETQ may be mediated by purinergic receptors. The technique of using CUF probes linked to mass spectrometric proteomics represents a powerful method to identify in vivo secreted proteins, and may be applicable for identification of proteins relevant in various human diseases. © 2006 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
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  • Proteomics  Journal
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    Author List

  • Huang CM; Wang CC; Barnes S; Elmets CA
  • Start Page

  • 5805
  • End Page

  • 5814
  • Volume

  • 6
  • Issue

  • 21