Multiplexed Isobaric Tag-Based Profiling of Seven Murine Tissues Following In Vivo Nicotine Treatment Using a Minimalistic Proteomics Strategy

Proteomics. 2018 May;18(10):e1700326. doi: 10.1002/pmic.201700326. Epub 2018 May 2.


Nicotine is a major addictive compound in tobacco and a component of smoking-related products, such as e-cigarettes. Once internalized, nicotine can perturb many cellular pathways and can induce alterations in proteins across different cell types; however, the mechanisms thereof remain undetermined. The authors hypothesize that both tissue-specific and global protein abundance alterations result from nicotine exposure. Presented here is the first proteomic profiling of multiple tissues from mice treated orally with nicotine. Proteins extracted from seven tissues (brain, heart, kidney, liver, lung, pancreas, and spleen) from treated (n = 5) and untreated control (n = 5) mice are assembled into a TMT10-plex experiment. A minimalistic proteomics strategy is employed using TMT reagents efficiently and centrifugation-based reversed-phase columns to streamline sample preparation. Combined, over 11 000 non-redundant proteins from over 138 000 different peptides are quantified in seven TMT10-plex experiments. Between 7 and 126 proteins are significantly altered in tissues from nicotine-exposed mice, 11 which are altered in two or more tissues. Our data showcase the vast extent of nicotine exposure across murine tissue.

Keywords: SPS-MS3; TMT; lumos; multi-notch.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Isotope Labeling
  • Mice
  • Nicotine / pharmacology*
  • Nicotinic Agonists / pharmacology*
  • Organ Specificity
  • Proteome / drug effects
  • Proteome / metabolism*
  • Tandem Mass Spectrometry / methods*


  • Nicotinic Agonists
  • Proteome
  • Nicotine