In-depth proteomic analyses of direct expressed prostatic secretions

J Proteome Res. 2010 May 7;9(5):2109-16. doi: 10.1021/pr1001498.


It is expected that clinically obtainable fluids that are proximal to organs contain a repertoire of secreted proteins and shed cells reflective of the physiological state of that tissue and thus represent potential sources for biomarker discovery, investigation of tissue-specific biology, and assay development. The prostate gland secretes many proteins into a prostatic fluid that combines with seminal vesicle fluids to promote sperm activation and function. Proximal fluids of the prostate that can be collected clinically are seminal plasma and expressed prostatic secretion (EPS) fluids. In the current study, MudPIT-based proteomics was applied to EPS obtained from nine men with prostate cancer and resulted in the confident identification of 916 unique proteins. Systematic bioinformatics analyses using publicly available microarray data of 21 human tissues (Human Gene Atlas), the Human Protein Atlas database, and other published proteomics data of shed/secreted proteins were performed to systematically analyze this comprehensive proteome. Therefore, we believe this data will be a valuable resource for the research community to study prostate biology and potentially assist in the identification of novel prostate cancer biomarkers. To further streamline this process, the entire data set was deposited to the Tranche repository for use by other researchers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biomarkers, Tumor / metabolism*
  • Cluster Analysis
  • Data Mining / methods*
  • Databases, Protein
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Male
  • Prostate / metabolism*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / metabolism*
  • Prostatic Secretory Proteins / analysis
  • Prostatic Secretory Proteins / metabolism
  • Protein Array Analysis
  • Proteome / analysis
  • Proteome / metabolism*
  • Proteomics / methods*


  • Biomarkers, Tumor
  • Prostatic Secretory Proteins
  • Proteome