Single cell proteomics for personalised medicine

Trends Mol Med. 2004 Dec;10(12):574-7. doi: 10.1016/j.molmed.2004.10.005.


Recently, multicolour FACS combined with phosphospecific antibodies has been developed, enabling the determination of the relative phosphorylation of signal transduction intermediates in individual cells. It has become clear that, when stimulated with cytokines, individual leukemia cells exhibit marked differences in phosphoprotein patterns and that these patterns correlate with disease outcome. Thus, single cell phosphoproteomic techniques might be superior to other proteomic approaches for the molecular diagnosis of disease and instrumental for the development of personalised medicine.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Phospho-Specific / immunology
  • Humans
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases / therapy*
  • Phosphoproteins / analysis*
  • Phosphoproteins / immunology
  • Phosphorylation
  • Protein Array Analysis
  • Protein Kinases / immunology
  • Protein Kinases / metabolism
  • Proteomics / methods*
  • Signal Transduction


  • Antibodies, Phospho-Specific
  • Phosphoproteins
  • Protein Kinases