Proteomic analysis of the asthmatic airway

Adv Exp Med Biol. 2014;795:221-32. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4614-8603-9_14.


Proteomic investigations in general utilize varied technologies for sample preparation, separations, quantification, protein identification, and biological rationalization. Their applications range from pure discovery and mechanistic studies to biomarker discovery/verification/validation. In each specific case, the analytical strategy to be implemented is tailored to the type of sample that serves as the target of the investigations. Proteomic investigations take into consideration sample complexity, the cellular heterogeneity (particularly from tissues), the potential dynamic range of the protein and peptide abundance within the sample, the likelihood of posttranslational modifications (PTM), and other important factors that might influence the final output of the study. We describe the sample types typically used for proteomic investigations into the biology of asthma and review the most recent related publications with special attention to those that deal with the unique airway samples such as bronchoalveolar lavage fluids (BALF), epithelial lining fluid and cells (ELF), induced sputum (IS), and exhaled breath condensate (EBC). Finally, we describe the newest proteomics approaches to sample preparation of the unique airway samples, BALF and IS.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Asthma / diagnosis
  • Asthma / immunology
  • Asthma / metabolism*
  • Biomarkers / analysis
  • Body Fluids / chemistry
  • Breath Tests / methods
  • Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid / chemistry
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Chromatography, Liquid
  • Electrophoresis, Gel, Two-Dimensional
  • Humans
  • Proteome / analysis*
  • Proteomics / instrumentation
  • Proteomics / methods*
  • Specimen Handling / methods*
  • Specimen Handling / standards
  • Sputum / chemistry
  • Tandem Mass Spectrometry


  • Biomarkers
  • Proteome