Enhanced Missing Proteins Detection in NCI60 Cell Lines Using an Integrative Search Engine Approach

J Proteome Res. 2017 Dec 1;16(12):4374-4390. doi: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.7b00388. Epub 2017 Oct 11.


The Human Proteome Project (HPP) aims deciphering the complete map of the human proteome. In the past few years, significant efforts of the HPP teams have been dedicated to the experimental detection of the missing proteins, which lack reliable mass spectrometry evidence of their existence. In this endeavor, an in depth analysis of shotgun experiments might represent a valuable resource to select a biological matrix in design validation experiments. In this work, we used all the proteomic experiments from the NCI60 cell lines and applied an integrative approach based on the results obtained from Comet, Mascot, OMSSA, and X!Tandem. This workflow benefits from the complementarity of these search engines to increase the proteome coverage. Five missing proteins C-HPP guidelines compliant were identified, although further validation is needed. Moreover, 165 missing proteins were detected with only one unique peptide, and their functional analysis supported their participation in cellular pathways as was also proposed in other studies. Finally, we performed a combined analysis of the gene expression levels and the proteomic identifications from the common cell lines between the NCI60 and the CCLE project to suggest alternatives for further validation of missing protein observations.

Keywords: C-HPP; CCLE; NCI60; integration of search engines; missing proteins; peptide detectability.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Humans
  • Knowledge Bases
  • Proteins / analysis
  • Proteome / analysis*
  • Proteomics / methods*
  • Search Engine*
  • Software


  • Proteins
  • Proteome