Decoding of the genome information in terms of regulation and function will be the next great challenge in the life sciences in this millennium and indeed, today we are experiencing a rapid explosion of technology for the high throughput expression analysis of genes and their products (functional genomics). In particular, the field of proteomics is booming as proteins are often the functional molecules and represent important targets for the pharmaceutical industry. The proteomic technology is complex, and comprises a plethora of state-of-the-art techniques to resolve, identify and detect their interacting partners, as well as to store and communicate protein information in comprehensive two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (2D PAGE) databases. Besides annotating the genome, these databases will offer a global approach to the study of gene expression both in health and disease. Here, we review the current status of human 2D PAGE databases that we are systematically constructing for the study of bladder cancer and skin ageing.
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