Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology

, Volume 133, Issue 10, pp 771–782 | Cite as

Differential proteomic analysis of human colorectal carcinoma cell lines metastasis-associated proteins

  • Liang Zhao
  • Li Liu
  • Shuang Wang
  • Yan-fei Zhang
  • Li Yu
  • Yan-qing Ding
Original Paper



Metastasis is a common phenomenon and the major lethal cause of colorectal carcinoma (CRC). To better comprehend the mechanism underlying CRC metastasis and to search for potential markers for predicting CRC metastasis, two CRC cell lines with different metastatic potentials, SW480 and SW620, were investigated by phenotypic analyses and proteomics technologies.


The surgical orthotopic implantation (SOI) technique was originally used to develop a reproducible colorectal cancer model in nude mice with stable tumor growth and metastasizing course. Furthermore, differential proteome analysis of two CRC cell lines was conducted using two-dimensional (2-D) gel electrophoresis combined with matrix-assisted laser desorption/time of flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry.


Among the differential spots, 12 protein spots (11 proteins) were further identified using in-gel tryptic digestion and peptide mass fingerprinting (PMF). Interestingly, most of these proteins we identified have been reported to be associated with distinct aspect of tumor metastasis to some extent. Our immunohistochemistry assays of colorectal cancer revealed that heat shock protein (HSP) 27 overexpression relates to metastatic behavior of CRC cell.


The protein profile between two colorectal cell lines with different potential metastasis displayed obvious differences. The results imply that various different proteins may lead to CRC metastasis together. HSP27 overexpression played an important role in metastasis and progression of CRC.


Surgical orthotopic implantation Colorectal carcinoma Mass spectrometry Metastasis Proteome Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis Heat shock protein 



Two-dimensional electrphoresis


Coproporphyrinogen III oxidase


Colorectal carcinoma


Epidermal fatty acid binding protein


High-mobility group box


Heat shock protein


Methylthioadenosine phosphorylase


Posphatidylethanolamine binding protein


Phosphoglycerate mutase


Matrix-assisted laser desorption-ionization-time of flight


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Liang Zhao
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Li Liu
    • 1
  • Shuang Wang
    • 2
    • 3
  • Yan-fei Zhang
    • 2
  • Li Yu
    • 4
  • Yan-qing Ding
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Pathology, Nanfang HospitalSouthern Medical UniversityGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of Pathology, School of Basic Medical SciencesSouthern Medical UniversityGuangzhouChina
  3. 3.Key Laboratory of Functional Proteomics and Molecular Pathology of Guangdong ProvinceSouthern Medical UniversityGuangzhouChina
  4. 4.Department of Pathology, Zhujiang HospitalSouthern Medical UniversityGuangzhouChina

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