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Proteomic Profile of Epithelioid Sarcoma

Kenta Mukaihara1,2, Daisuke Kubota3, Akihiko Yoshida4, Naofumi Asano1, Yoshiyuki Suehara2, Kazuo Kaneko2, Akira Kawai3 and Tadashi Kondo1*

1Division of Pharmacoproteomics, National Cancer Center Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan

2Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Juntendo University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

3Division of Musculoskeletal Oncology, National Cancer Center Hospital, Tokyo, Japan

4Pathology and Clinical Laboratory Division, National Cancer Center Hospital, Tokyo, Japan

*Corresponding Author:
Tadashi Kondo, MD, PhD
Division of Pharmacoproteomics
National Cancer Center Research Institute
5-1-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan
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Received Date: May 20, 2014; Accepted Date: June 19, 2014; Published Date: June 24, 2014

Citation: Mukaihara K, Kubota D, Yoshida A, Asano N, Suehara Y, et al. (2014) Proteomic Profile of Epithelioid Sarcoma. J Proteomics Bioinform 7: 158-165. doi: 10.4172/jpb.1000316

Copyright: © 2014 Mukaihara K, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Epithelioid sarcoma (ES) is a rare soft tissue sarcoma affecting young adults. It is a slow-growing tumor with a high rate of recurrence and metastasis to lymph nodes. Although deletion of the tumor suppressor gene, SMARCB1/ INI1, has been identified in ES, the molecular background factors are largely unknown. To clarify the molecular aberrations contributing to the malignant features of ES, we investigated the proteins present in ES tumor tissues. Two-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis of homogenized tissue samples revealed 3363 protein spots, of which 91 showed differences in intensity between tumor and adjacent non-tumor tissues in eight ES cases. Using mass spectrometry, we characterized 69 unique proteins corresponding to these protein spots. We found that the complex histology of ES was obstacle for the investigation of molecular backgrounds of ES. For instance, although the higher expression of CAPZB in tumor tissues was confirmed by Western blotting, the immunohistochemistry did not determine the specific localize CAPZB in tumor cells. Our study demonstrated the possible utility of proteomic study, and at the same time the difficult aspect of proteomics using homogenized tissue samples.


Epithelioid sarcoma; Proteomics; 2D-DIGE


Epithelioid sarcoma (ES) is a soft tissue sarcoma affecting young adults [1]. ES is classified into two subtypes according the pathological observations: a classic form that often arises in the classic extremities as a slow-growing nodule [2], and a proximal form that tend to arise in deep areas of the pelvis, perineum, and genital tract [3]. Although the proximal form may have a more aggressive clinical course than the classic forms [4], the clinical courses are diverse, even for identical subtypes. Previous reports have focused on clinical and pathological prognostic factors associated with ES [3,5-7]. Recently, deletion of the SMARCB1/ INI1 tumor-suppressor gene (INI1) was reported in proximal-type ES [8], and loss of its expression was observed in approximately 90% of classic and proximal ES cases [9]. The tumorigenic properties of INI1 genetic inactivation have been reported [10], and loss of INI1 protein expression in ES has been shown to be due to epigenetic mechanisms of gene silencing by specific miRNAs [11]. As well as molecular studies of INI1, a large-scale immunohistochemical study has revealed that loss of INI1 expression had no prognostic impact on ES [4]. These reports suggest that there may be a molecular basis for differences in the clinical and pathological features of ES, and that further investigations to identify these aberrations might have clinical relevance.

To investigate the molecular basis of the malignant features of ES, previous studies have employed global molecular analysis. In a global gene expression study to identify the invasive potential of ES, Weber et al. carried out differential display RT-PCR with arbitrary primers using ES cell lines differing in their invasive potential, and found that expression of apoferritin light chain, GRU-1A, cytochrome c oxidase I, TI-227H, and ELISC-1 was associated with differences in invasiveness [12]. Using comparative genomic hybridization, Lushnikova et al. [13] examined DNA copy number changes in ES and reported recurrent gain at 11q13, and using immunohistochemistry confirmed overexpression of the cyclin D1 gene, located in 11q13. These studies suggested that a global molecular approach was effective, and that further investigations of a similar nature were warranted in ES. However, modern technology has not yet been applied for global molecular analysis of ES.

In the present study, to clarify the molecular background of ES, we adopted a proteomics approach using primary tumor tissues of ES. Proteomics can provide unique data that cannot be obtained using other global approaches. Using two-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis (2D-DIGE) and mass spectrometry [14], we identified proteins showing differential expression between tumor tissues and surrounding non-tumor tissues obtained from the ES patients.

Materials and Methods

Patients and tumor samples

This study included 8 patients with ES who were treated at the National Cancer Center Hospital between 1993 and 2013. Tumor and adjacent non-tumor tissues were obtained at the time of surgery, and stored in liquid nitrogen until use. Table 1 summarizes the patients’ clinical and pathological information. This project was approved by the ethical review board of the National Cancer Center, and signed informed consent was obtained from all of the study patients.

Case no. Age Gender Location Subtype INI1 expression Gradea TNM stage b Treatment   Local reccurence  Lymph node metastasis Initial metastatic sites Disease-free survival (months) Overall survival (months) Outcome
ES_1 29 F Perineum Classic Negative 2 III Curative surgery Present Absent Lymph node 12 143  DOD
ES_2 52 M Perineum Proximal Negative 2 IIA Curative surgery Present Present Lymph node 9 168 DOD
ES_3 36 M Inguinal Proximal Negative 3 NA Curative surgery Present Absent Lung 25 113 DOD
ES_4 64 F Back Proximal Positive 3 III Curative surgery Present Absent Lung 7 17 DOD
ES_5 32 M Lower leg Classic Negative 3 III Curative surgery Absent Absent Lymph node 19 35 DOD
ES_6 48 F Axilla Proximal Negative 3 IV Palliative treatment Present NA Lung NA 4 DOD
ES_7 22 M Foot Classic NA 2 IIA Curative surgery Absent Absent Bone 10 18 DOD
ES_8 41 M Perineum Classic Negative 2 III Curative surgery Present Present Lymph node 10 19 DOD

Table 1: Clinicopathologic features of ES samples.

Protein expression profiling

Proteins were extracted from frozen tissues as described previously [14]. In brief, tumor tissues were powdered with a Multi-beads shocker (Yasui Kikai, Osaka, Japan) in the presence of liquid nitrogen, and treated with urea lysis buffer (6 M urea, 2 M thiourea, 3% CHAPS, 1% Triton X-100). After centrifugation at 15,000 rpm for 30 min, the supernatant was recovered as the protein sample.

Protein expression profiling was performed by 2D-DIGE as described previously [14]. Figure 1A gives an overview of the 2D-DIGE protocol. In brief, the internal control sample was prepared by mixing together a small portion of the samples from all individuals. Fivemicrogram portions of the internal control sample and each individual sample were labeled with Cy3 and Cy5, respectively (CyDye DIGE Fluor saturation dye, GE Healthcare Biosciences, Uppsala, Sweden) [15,16]. The differently labeled protein samples were mixed, and then separated by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. The first-dimension separation was achieved using Immobiline pH gradient DryStrip gels (24 cm long, pI range 3-10, GE Healthcare Biosciences) [17]. The second-dimension separation was achieved by SDS-PAGE using our original large-format electrophoresis apparatus (33-cm separation distance, Bio-craft, Tokyo, Japan) [14]. The gels were scanned using a laser scanner (Typhoon Trio, GE Healthcare Biosciences) at appropriate wavelengths for Cy3 and Cy5. For all protein spots, the Cy5 intensity was normalized against Cy3 intensity in the same gel using the ProgenesisSameSpots software package version 3 (Nonlinear Dynamics, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK), in order to compensate for gelto- gel variations. All samples were examined in triplicate gels, and the mean normalized intensity value was used for comparative study.


Figure 1: An overview of the experimental procedure for 2D-DIGE experiments with an internal control sample. A. The internal control and the individual sample are labeled with Cy3 and Cy5, respectively, mixed together, and separated by 2D-PAGE. After electrophoresis, the gel is laser-scanned, and the Cy3 and Cy5 images are obtained. The Cy5 image data are normalized with the Cy3 image data to compensate for any gel-to-gel variation. B. A typical gel image of the Cy3-labeled internal control sample. The spot numbers correspond to those in Figure 2 and Table 2. C. System reproducibility was evaluated by running the identical sample three times, and reproducibility was evaluated using a scattergram.

Statistical analysis

Statistical comparisons were performed using the Expressionist software package (GeneData, Basel, Switzerland).

Protein identification by mass spectrometry

Mass spectrometric protein identification was performed as described previously [14]. In brief, 100 μg of the protein sample was labeled with Cy5, and separated by 2D-PAGE as described above. Protein spots were recovered from the gels using our original automated spot recovery device, and digested to tryptic peptides by ingel digestion. The peptides were subjected to liquid chromatography coupled with nanoelectrospray tandem mass spectrometry (Finnigan LTQ Orbitrap mass spectrometer and LTQ linear ion trap mass spectrometer, Thermo Electron Co., San Jose, CA). The Mascot software package (version 2.2; Matrix Science, London, UK) and SWISS-PROT database (Homo sapiens, 471472 sequences in the Sprot-57.5.fasta file) were used for protein identification. Proteins with a Mascot score of 34 or more were considered to be positively identified.

Western blotting

Proteins were separated by SDS-PAGE and transferred to nitrocellulose membranes. Each membrane was incubated with mouse monoclonal antibody against CAPZB (1:500 dilution, Santa Cruz Biotechnology Inc, Santa Cruz, CA), and reacted with a horseradish peroxidase-conjugated secondary antibody (1:1000 dilution, GE Healthcare Biosciences). The immunocomplex was detected using an enhanced chemiluminescence system (ECL Prime, GE Healthcare Biosciences), and the signal was monitored with a LAS-3000 laser scanner (FujiFilm, Tokyo, Japan). The membranes were then stained with 0.2% Ponceau S and 1% acetic acid (Sigma Aldrich, St. Louis, MO) [18,19], and the intensity of the protein bands was measured using the ImageQuant software package (GE Healthcare Biosciences). The intensity of individual protein bands was normalized against that of the entire lane.


Immunohistochemical examination was performed using formalinfixed, paraffin-embedded tissues. In brief, paraffin sections of 4-μm thickness was cut from the representative block for each tumor and routinely deparaffinized. For INI1 staining, the sections were exposed to 3% hydrogen peroxide for 15 min to block endogenous peroxidase activity. The preparations were autoclaved in Targeted Retrieval Solution (Dako, Glostrup, Denmark) for antigen retrieval. The primary antibody used was INI1 (25/BAF47, 1:100; BD Biosciences, Franklin Lakes, NJ). The slides were incubated for 1 h at room temperature with the primary antibody and subsequently detected by the EnVision detection system with Linker (Dako). Diaminobenzidine was used as the chromogen, and hematoxylin as the counter stain. Complete loss of nuclear reactivity in the background of the non-neoplastic internal positive controls was regarded as deficient. For CAPZB staining, the slides were autoclaved in Tris-EDTA buffer (pH 9.0) at 121°C for 30 min and incubated with a commercial monoclonal antibody against CAPZB (1:500 dilution; Santa Cruz Biotechnology Inc.). Immunostaining was carried out by the streptavidin-biotin peroxidase method using a Strept ABC Complex/horseradish peroxidase kit (DAKO, Glostrup, Denmark).

Results and Discussion

In order to develop clinical applications that can improve the outcome of patients with ES, it has been necessary to clarify the molecular basis of ES malignancy. The recent advent of global protein expression technologies has enabled comprehensive analysis of molecular aberrations in tumor cells, and a tremendous amount of data that may lead to clinical applications has been generated. However, the proteomic approaches have not been applied to ES, probably because of its relative rarity and the fact that clinical materials for basic research are in short supply.

In this study, we conducted a proteomic comparison between tumor and non-tumor tissues in ES. This is the first report of a proteomics approach to ES. Identification of proteins showing unique expression in tumor tissues is the first step toward clarifying the molecular basis of tumor biology. The differences between tumor and non-tumor tissues may include alterations that have occurred during carcinogenesis, or during cancer progression, and reflect the various features of malignancy including invasion, metastasis and resistance to therapy. Such a simple comparison of tumor tissues with normal ones may not in itself yield significant results, because the surrounding non-tumor tissues are not normal counterparts of tumor tissues in ES. However, investigation of the proteins identified may further our understanding of the molecular backgrounds of ES.

Here we employed 2D-DIGE to investigate the proteomic background of ES. 2D-DIGE is an advanced version of 2D-PAGE, which has been widely used to examine protein expression profiles since 1975. Although 2D-PAGE has been used for protein research for an exceptionally long period, it has a number of inherent drawbacks, one of which is gel-to-gel variations. We attempted to resolve this issue using a common internal control sample in 2D-DIGE (Figure 1A), and thus successfully compensated for any gel-to-gel variations (Figure 1C). Generally, the separation performance of gel-based proteomics parallels the separation distance achieved by electrophoresis. For longer separation distance, we developed our original large-format electrophoresis apparatus, and we successfully observed 3363 protein spots using it (Figure 1B). In 2D-DIGE, proteins are detected by laser scanning of the gels sandwiched between low-fluorescence glass plates. Therefore, a gel as large as the laser scanning area can be used without any risk of breaking the fragile polyacrylamide gel. The higher separation performance may also contribute to the high reproducibility of protein expression profiling (Figure 1C). When we ran an identical sample three times independently, the intensity of at least 85.8% of 3363 protein spots observed was scattered within a difference of twofold, and showed a relative correlation of at least 0.84. As the intensity of at least 98.8% of the 3363 protein spots was scattered within a sixfold difference range, we further examined spots that showed more than a six-fold difference in intensity between tumor and non-tumor tissues. The intensities of all 3363 protein spots are summarized in Supplementary Table 1.

We identified 91 protein spots whose intensity differed significantly (p<0.01, >6-fold ratio of means) between tumor and non-tumor tissues. These 91 spots are localized on the 2D image shown in Figure 1B. The normalized and averaged intensity of the 91 spots is shown in the form of a heat map in Figure 2, which was created using the data in Supplementary Table 1. Mass spectrometric protein identification revealed that the 91 protein spots corresponded to 69 distinct gene products (Figure 2 and Table 2). Generally, gene products are modified after transcription and translation, and single genes can generate multiple protein forms. Thus, the molecular events that had given rise to the multiple protein forms of these 69 genes, and how they differed between tumor and non-tumor tissues, were clearly of interest. Supplementary Table 2 summarizes the supporting data used for identification of these proteins. Generally, proteome data are biased by proteomics technologies, and we observe what we can observe in given technical conditions. As only proteins with differential expression were subjected to mass spectrometric protein identification, we cannot evaluate the limitation of 2D-DIGE. However, 2D-DIGE in this study clearly has limitation. For example, only the proteins with pI ranging between 4 and 7 were included in this study, and the proteins with pI higher than 7 were not considered. Moreover, the proteins with low expression level such as transcription factors may not be included either. Indeed, we didn't identify the products of SMARCB1/INI1, whose unique expression was reported in ES. Generally, proteomics modalities also have their own technical limitations, and there is no almighty proteomics modality. Therefore, the combined use of multiple proteomics modalities is required for comprehensive protein expression study. We demonstrated the presence of proteins with differential expression between tumor and non-tumor tissues using 2D-DIGE, and we hope that our proteomic study facilitates further investigation of ES at the protein level.


Figure 2: Results of comparative 2D-DIGE and protein identification by mass spectrometry. The results of the protein expression study are summarized in the form of a heat map. The results of protein identification are shown on the left side of the heat map. The protein spot numbers correspond to those in Figure 1B and Table 2.

Spot no.a Accession no.b Symbol Identified protein P value Fold pIc MWc Protein Peptide Peptide sequence
difference (obs) (obs)(Da) scored matches coverage (%)
790 Q07065 CKAP4 Cytoskeleton-associated protein 4  2.95E-03 6.502 5.63 66097 1007 21 38
1084 B4E102 IF4A1 Eukaryotic initiation factor 4A-I  1.86E-03 7.837 5.32 46353 68 1 2.5
1313 Q92890 UFD1 Ubiquitin fusion degradation protein 1 homolog  1.55E-04 8.6 6.27 34763 59 1 4.9
1315 Q6IBS0 TWF2 Twinfilin-2  1.55E-04 9.508 6.37 39751 593 13 36.1
1345 O15372 EIF3H Eukaryotic translation initiation factor 3 subunit H  1.55E-04 7.07 6.09 40076 102 2 5.4
1369 P07355 ANXA2 Annexin A2  6.22E-04 6.512 7.57 38808 316 6 18.3
1393 P07910 HNRPC Heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoproteins C1/C2  1.55E-04 6.699 4.95 33707 192 5 15.4
1434 Q14966 ZN638 Zinc finger protein 638  1.55E-04 6.594 6.02 221914 48 1 1.2
1478 O15287 FANCG Fanconi anemia group G protein  1.55E-04 6.917 5.32 69423 45 1 2.7
1505 G3V2C9 GBLP Guanine nucleotide-binding protein subunit beta-2-like 1  3.11E-04 6.878 7.6 35511 508 8 30
1520 P40926 MDHM Malate dehydrogenase, mitochondrial  2.95E-03 8.009 8.92 35937 48 1 3.3
1522 P04818 TYSY Thymidylate synthase  6.22E-04 9.901 6.51 35978 440 9 28.1
1541 Q9HC38 GLOD4 Glyoxalase domain-containing protein 4  6.22E-04 6.622 5.4 35170 51 1 4.2
1585 P00491 PNPH Purine nucleoside phosphorylase  1.55E-04 8.418 6.45 32325 784 20 55.4
1619 Q9H0J4 QRIC2 Glutamine-rich protein 2  1.09E-03 6.97 6.25 181228 40 1 0.5
1706 P49736 MCM2 DNA replication licensing factor MCM2  3.11E-04 6.343 5.34 102516 42 1 2.7
1746 Q9Y2X7 GIT1 ARF GTPase-activating protein GIT1  6.22E-04 8.352 6.33 85030 42 1 2.1
1760 Q8NBJ7 SUMF2 Sulfatase-modifying factor 2  3.11E-04 9.799 7.79 33950 83 2 8.6
1792 P25940 CO5A3 Collagen alpha-3(V) chain  1.55E-04 6.524 6.37 172631 40 1 0.9
1794 Q6ZN55 ZN574 Zinc finger protein 574  1.55E-04 6.139 8.44 101175 35 1 2.1
1810 O00299 CLIC1 Chloride intracellular channel protein 1  1.55E-04 11.274 5.09 27248 296 4 20.7
1811 Q9HCI6 CLIC1 Chloride intracellular channel protein 1  1.55E-04 7.218 5.09 27248 276 4 20.7
1826 Q9UL46 PSME2 Proteasome activator complex subunit 2  1.55E-04 7.675 5.44 27515 280 5 23
1830 O00299 CLIC1 Chloride intracellular channel protein 1  1.55E-04 6.377 5.09 27248 227 3 17.4
1846 Q9HCI6 K1529 Uncharacterized protein KIAA1529  1.55E-04 6.745 5.74 192404 48 2 1.2
1869 Q9HCI7 K1529 Uncharacterized protein KIAA1529  6.22E-04 7.416 5.74 192404 46 4 1.2
1873 P62318 SMD3 Small nuclear ribonucleoprotein Sm D3  6.22E-04 6.372 10.33 14021 35 1 8.7
2180 P23528 COF1 Cofilin-1  1.09E-03 6.025 8.22 18719 293 4 37.3
2181 Q9UQ35 SRRM2 Serine/arginine repetitive matrix protein 2  1.55E-04 7.99 12.05 300179 36 1 1.1
2242 P18085 ARF4 ADP-ribosylation factor 4  1.55E-04 6.686 6.59 20612 168 3 15.6
2252 P02792 FRIL Ferritin light chain  6.22E-04 11.458 5.51 20064 125 2 17.1
2397 C9K028 NDKA Nucleoside diphosphate kinase A  6.22E-04 6.401 5.83 17309 447 13 64.5
2504 O15511 ARPC5 Actin-related protein 2/3 complex subunit 5  1.55E-04 6.712 5.47 16367 293 7 29.1
3334 P50579 AMPM2 Methionine aminopeptidase 2  6.99E-03 9.594 5.57 53713 36 1 3.6
3635 Q07065 CKAP4 Cytoskeleton-associated protein 4  1.55E-04 6.066 5.63 66097 1209 18 38.7
3636 P30101 PDIA3 Protein disulfide-isomerase A3  1.55E-04 6.026 5.98 57146 1312 25 46.1
3731 P0C881 R10B1 Radial spoke head 10 homolog B  1.09E-03 8.385 7.16 101255 35 1 2
3754 Q8IVM7 CM029 Uncharacterized protein C13orf29  1.09E-03 6.89 9.29 18425 39 1 11
3834 P08670 VIME Vimentin  6.22E-04 11.877 5.06 53676 1794 41 60.3
3838 E9PBJ4 TBB5 Tubulin beta chain  6.22E-04 9.029 4.78 50095 301 8 13.7
3927 Q9VKI9 PO2F3 POU domain, class 2, transcription factor 3  2.95E-03 7.14 8.81 47764 36 1 3.9
3928 E9PBJ4 TBB5 Tubulin beta chain  6.22E-04 9.912 4.78 50095 310 7 15.3
3931 P61158 ARP3 Actin-related protein 3  3.11E-04 6.479 5.61 47797 618 12 25.6
3934 O00148 DDX39 ATP-dependent RNA helicase DDX39  1.09E-03 9.134 5.46 49611 533 10 25.1
3942 Q9Y265 RUVB1 RuvB-like 1  1.09E-03 6.908 6.02 50538 175 4 8.6
3946 E7EQ64 TRY1 Trypsin-1  6.22E-04 6.405 6.08 27111 46 1 4
3964 Q9Y265 RUVB1 RuvB-like 1  1.09E-03 6.829 6.02 50538 984 17 37.3
4026 P08670 VIME Vimentin  2.95E-03 9.717 5.06 53676 167 3 7.9
4041 O95996 APC2 Adenomatous polyposis coli protein 2  4.66E-03 6.069 9.08 245966 36 1 0.6
4089 P52597 HNRPF Heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein F  1.55E-04 10.688 5.38 45985 146 2 8
4091 Q8IYK8 REM2 GTP-binding protein REM 2  1.55E-04 6.024 9.19 36170 38 1 8.5
4352 B1AK85 K1529 Uncharacterized protein KIAA1529  1.55E-04 6.957 5.74 192404 44 3 1.2
4399 Q9NY93 DDX56 Probable ATP-dependent RNA helicase DDX56  1.55E-04 6.235 9.34 62007 37 1 3.8
4408 Q9UJ70 NAGK N-acetyl-D-glucosamine kinase  1.55E-04 9.736 5.81 37694 216 4 12.8
4409 Q9UJ70 NAGK N-acetyl-D-glucosamine kinase  1.55E-04 6.083 5.81 37694 513 8 28.5
4521 Q6P1NO C2D1A Coiled-coil and C2 domain-containing protein 1A  6.22E-04 7.158 8.22 104397 51 1 1.6
4524 Q6DN90 IQEC1 IQ motif and SEC7 domain-containing protein 1  1.09E-03 6 6.49 109103 34 1 1
4526 P00338 LDHA L-lactate dehydrogenase A chain  6.99E-03 6.88 8.44 36950 247 4 12
4532 A6NHQ2 FBLL1 rRNA/tRNA 2~-O-methyltransferase fibrillarin-like protein 1  1.09E-03 8.67 10.33 34711 41 1 3.6
4533 Q14315 FLNC Filamin-C  1.09E-03 10.24 5.68 293344 39 1 0.4
4584 P47756 CAPZB F-actin-capping protein subunit beta  1.09E-03 6.927 5.36 31616 518 11 28.2
4586 P47756 CAPZB F-actin-capping protein subunit beta  1.55E-04 6.478 5.36 31616 431 9 21.7
4587 Q53EZ4 CEP55 Centrosomal protein of 55 kDa  1.55E-04 9.03 6.52 54433 38 1 2.6
4652 Q969P0 IGSF8 Immunoglobulin superfamily member 8  1.55E-04 13.696 8.23 65621 35 1 1.6
4661 Q8WZ26 YS006 Putative uncharacterized protein PP6455  1.55E-04 6.794 8.26 15165 35 1 6.7
4680 Q8NBJ7 SUMF2 Sulfatase-modifying factor 2  1.55E-04 7.584 7.79 33950 119 2 8.6
4681 P40261 NNMT Nicotinamide N-methyltransferase  1.55E-04 12.373 5.56 30011 239 4 17.4
4682 P40261 NNMT Nicotinamide N-methyltransferase  1.55E-04 8.947 5.56 30011 104 2 7.6
4714 Q14694 UBP10 Ubiquitin carboxyl-terminal hydrolase 10  1.55E-04 7.147 5.19 87707 35 1 1.9
4728 O00299 CLIC1 Chloride intracellular channel protein 1  1.55E-04 11.665 5.09 27248 320 5 24.1
4729 O00299 CLIC1 Chloride intracellular channel protein 1  1.55E-04 10.708 5.09 27248 176 3 17.4
4742 O00299 CLIC1 Chloride intracellular channel protein 1  3.11E-04 6.383 5.09 27248 60 1 5
4754 P08670 VIME Vimentin  2.95E-03 6.636 5.06 53676 212 4 10.5
5076 C9J035 B3A2 Anion exchange protein 2  1.55E-04 6.587 5.9 137493 41 1 1
5097 P84085 ARF5 ADP-ribosylation factor 5  4.66E-03 7.633 6.3 20631 278 5 34.4
5193 Q16853 AOC3 Membrane primary amine oxidase  3.11E-04 6.428 6.05 85138 37 1 2.5
5197 P23284 PPIB Peptidyl-prolyl cis-trans isomerase B  3.11E-04 8.197 9.42 23785 427 11 34.7
5198 P23284 PPIB Peptidyl-prolyl cis-trans isomerase B  1.55E-04 6.554 9.42 23785 202 5 23.6
5578 P14314 GLU2B Glucosidase 2 subunit beta  6.22E-04 6.496 4.33 60357 205 3 8.1
5668 P27797 CALR Calreticulin  3.11E-04 6.218 4.29 48283 213 5 8.6
5709 P30101 PDIA3 Protein disulfide-isomerase A3  3.11E-04 9.99 5.98 57146 565 12 22.8
5710 P30101 PDIA3 Protein disulfide-isomerase A3  6.22E-04 8.527 5.98 57146 696 12 26.1
5870 O60583 CCNT2 Cyclin-T2  6.22E-04 7.96 9.04 81492 39 1 1.6
5872 P08670 VIME Vimentin  6.22E-04 7.763 5.06 53676 952 22 37.1
5928 Q9H3Z4 DNJC5 DnaJ homolog subfamily C member 5  6.22E-04 6.198 4.93 22933 43 1 10.1
5952 Q07065 IF4A1 Eukaryotic initiation factor 4A-I  6.22E-04 15.257 5.32 46353 55 1 2.5
5953 Q07065 IF4A1 Eukaryotic initiation factor 4A-I  3.11E-04 8.525 5.32 46353 487 10 23.4
6062 Q15019 SEPT Septin-2  6.22E-04 6.664 6.15 41689 142 3 8.6
6126 Q14847 LASP1 LIM and SH3 domain protein 1  1.55E-04 7.205 6.61 30097 189 3 15.3
6127 B4DHY1 HNRH3 Heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein H3  1.55E-04 6.059 6.37 36960 61 1 3.5
6136 Q5TB53 TM9S3 Transmembrane 9 superfamily member 3  1.09E-03 8.325 6.83 68584 36 1 2

Table 2: A list of identified proteins with differential expression between tumor and non-tumor tissues in ES patients.

Among them, we examined the differential expression of CAPZB [20], which was up-regulated in ES tumor tissues (Figure 2 and Table 2). CAPZB is a member of the F-actin capping protein family, which bind the barbed ends of actin and regulate cell morphology and cytoskeletal organization [21]. Although CAPZB has been reported in human salivary gland cancer [22], its roles in other types of cancer have not been investigated. The family protein of CAPZB was implemented in the other types of cancers. For instance, using a proteomics approach, we previously found that macrophage-capping protein (CapG), an actin-capping protein that blocks the barbed ends of F-actin filaments, was associated with resistance of cholangiocellular carcinoma (CCC) to gemcitabine therapy, and using immunohistochemistry we also found that CapG in tumor cells had prognostic utility [23]. Using a proteomics approach, we also found that CapG in tumor tissues was significantly associated with malignant features of gastric cancer [24]. In liver cancer, we reported that CapG was highly expressed in primary tumor tissues with intravascular metastasis [25], and the expression of CapG was confirmed in tumor cells by immnuhositochemistry and the functional significances of CapG in liver cancer cells were confirmed by in vitro experiments. In breast cancer, higher expression of CapG was observed at the tumor margin, suggesting that that CapG may be involved in tumor cell dissemination and metastasis [26]. These observations suggest that CapG may have diagnostic utility. Recently, van Impe et al. [27] developed a novel nanobody, which is a singledomain antibody, against CapG, and delivered it to breast cancer cells by lentiviral transduction. This resulted in attenuation of cell migration and lung metastasis, and suggested that CapG may have utility as a therapeutic target. As CAPZB has a function similar to that of CapG in actin organization, we further investigated the expression of CAPZB in tumor tissues of ES.

We confirmed overexpression of CAPZB in ES using Western blotting (Figure 3A). In all eight ES cases, we found that CAPZB was highly expressed in tumor tissues relative to adjacent non-tumor tissues (p<0.01, Figure 3B). These observations were consistent with those of 2D-DIGE, and mass spectrometry supported the correct identification of the protein.


Figure 3: Validation study of the expression of CAPZB in tumor and nontumor tissues. Western blotting shows that CAPZB was highly expressed in tumor tissues, relative to adjacent non-tumor tissues (A). Quantified data from Western blotting show that CAPZB expression was significantly higher in tumor tissues than in non-tumor tissues (p<0.01) (B).

We tried to localize the expression of CAPZB in specific cell types by immunohistochemistry. The immunohistochemical examination is critical in the proteomic study of ES when the tissues are homogenized for protein extraction. The tumor tissues of ES are highly complex, and the proteomic data of the homogenized tissue samples should consist of the mixed proteome data of different cell types. The laser microdissection was often employed to approach the tissue complexity. However, as the conventional laser microdissection for 2D-DIGE does not recover individual single cells [14], it cannot solve the problem of high tissue complexity of ES. To determine the expression of given proteins in tumor cells, immunohistochemistry is mandatory. Without localization data, the further in vitro functional studies cannot be significant. We stained the sectioned tissues with the antibody against CAPZB, which was used for Western blotting. We found that the immunohistochemical staining patterns of CAPZB was not conclusive; the immnuhistochemical signals of CAPZB seemed to be non specific and the cellular localization of CAPZB were not consistent among the tissue sections. It may be reasoned by the characters of antibody used in this study; the indication of CAPZB antibody for immunohistochemistry was not guaranteed by antibody supplier. Presently, we could not concluded the cell types where CAPZB localized in tumor tissues of ES. It is worth screening the antibodies which can clearly localize CAPZB in tumor tissues.

Our present study has demonstrated that a proteomics approach can generate intriguing results using tissue samples. At the same time, our study clearly indicated the difficult part of tissue proteomics. Tumor tissues generally contain multiple types of cells, and localization of proteins identified by tissue proteomics should be determined prior to further examinations. However, laser microdissection may not always be a solution for tissue complexity, and immnuhistochemical examination to localize the identified proteins does not always work as expected. This inherent drawback of tissue proteomics should be considered when we interpret the proteome data of ES in this study.


This work was supported by the National Cancer Center Research Core Facility and the National Cancer Center Research and Development Fund (23-A-7, 23-A-10, and 26-A-9). We appreciate an excellent technical support by Yukiko Nakamura (National Cancer Center Research Institute).


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