Temporal expression profiling of plasma proteins reveals oxidative stress in early stages of Type 1 Diabetes progression

J Proteomics. 2018 Feb 10;172:100-110. doi: 10.1016/j.jprot.2017.10.004. Epub 2017 Oct 7.


Blood markers other than islet autoantibodies are greatly needed to indicate the pancreatic beta cell destruction process as early as possible, and more accurately reflect the progression of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1D). To this end, a longitudinal proteomic profiling of human plasma using TMT-10plex-based LC-MS/MS analysis was performed to track temporal proteomic changes of T1D patients (n=11) across 9 serial time points, spanning the period of T1D natural progression, in comparison with those of the matching healthy controls (n=10). To our knowledge, the current study represents the largest (>2000 proteins measured) longitudinal expression profiles of human plasma proteome in T1D research. By applying statistical trend analysis on the temporal expression patterns between T1D and controls, and Benjamini-Hochberg procedure for multiple-testing correction, 13 protein groups were regarded as having statistically significant differences during the entire follow-up period. Moreover, 16 protein groups, which play pivotal roles in response to oxidative stress, have consistently abnormal expression trend before seroconversion to islet autoimmunity. Importantly, the expression trends of two key reactive oxygen species-decomposing enzymes, Catalase and Superoxide dismutase were verified independently by ELISA.

Biological significance: The temporal changes of >2000 plasma proteins (at least quantified in two subjects), spanning the entire period of T1D natural progression were provided to the research community. Oxidative stress related proteins have consistently different dysregulated patterns in T1D group than in age-sex matched healthy controls, even prior to appearance of islet autoantibodies - the earliest sign of islet autoimmunity and pancreatic beta cell stress.

Keywords: Longitudinal profiling; Oxidative stress; Pediatric plasma proteome; TMT10; Temporal proteome change; Type 1 Diabetes.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Autoimmunity
  • Blood Proteins / genetics*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / genetics*
  • Disease Progression
  • Gene Expression Profiling*
  • Humans
  • Oxidative Stress / genetics*
  • Proteomics
  • Time Factors


  • Blood Proteins