A comprehensive and non-prefractionation on the protein level approach for the human urinary proteome: touching phosphorylation in urine

Rapid Commun Mass Spectrom. 2010 Mar;24(6):823-32. doi: 10.1002/rcm.4441.


Increasing attention has been paid to the urinary proteome because it holds the promise of discovering various disease biomarkers. However, most of the urine proteomics studies routinely relied on protein pre-fractionation and so far did not present characterization on phosphorylation status. Two robust approaches, integrated multidimensional liquid chromatography (IMDL) and Yin-yang multidimensional liquid chromatography (MDLC) tandem mass spectrometry, were recently developed in our laboratory, with high-coverage identification of peptide mixtures. In this study, we adopted a strategy without pre-fractionation on the protein level for urinary proteome identification, using both the IMDL and the Yin-yang MDLC methods for peptide fractionation followed by identification using a linear ion trap-orbitrap (LTQ-Orbitrap) mass spectrometer with high resolution and mass accuracy. A total of 1310 non-redundant proteins were highly confidently identified from two experiments, significantly including 59 phosphorylation sites. More than half the annotated identifications were membrane-related proteins. In addition, the lysosomal as well as kidney-associated proteins were detected. Compared with the six largest datasets of urinary proteins published previously, we found our data included most of the reported proteins. Our study developed a robust approach for exploring the human urinary proteome, which would provide a catalogue of urine proteins on a global scale. It is the first report, to our best knowledge, to profile the urinary phosphoproteome. This work significantly extends current comprehension of urinary protein modification and its potential biological significance. Moreover, the strategy could further serve as a reference for biomarker discovery.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acetone
  • Adult
  • Biomarkers / chemistry
  • Cellular Structures / chemistry
  • Chemical Precipitation
  • Chromatography, Liquid / methods*
  • Databases, Protein
  • Humans
  • Kidney / metabolism
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Molecular Weight
  • Peptide Fragments / chemistry
  • Peptide Fragments / metabolism
  • Phosphoproteins / chemistry*
  • Phosphoproteins / metabolism
  • Proteins / chemistry*
  • Proteins / metabolism
  • Proteinuria / urine*
  • Proteome / chemistry*
  • Proteome / metabolism
  • Tandem Mass Spectrometry / methods*
  • Trypsin / metabolism
  • Urine / chemistry*


  • Biomarkers
  • Peptide Fragments
  • Phosphoproteins
  • Proteins
  • Proteome
  • Acetone
  • Trypsin