Molecules and Cells

, Volume 35, Issue 6, pp 533–542 | Cite as

Comparative proteomic analysis of cysteine oxidation in colorectal cancer patients

  • Hee-Young Yang
  • Kee-Oh Chay
  • Joseph Kwon
  • Sang-Oh Kwon
  • Young-Kyu Park
  • Tae-Hoon Lee
Research Article


Oxidative stress promotes damage to cellular proteins, lipids, membranes and DNA, and plays a key role in the development of cancer. Reactive oxygen species disrupt redox homeostasis and promote tumor formation by initiating aberrant activation of signaling pathways that lead to tumorigenesis. We used shotgun proteomics to identify proteins containing oxidation-sensitive cysteines in tissue specimens from colorectal cancer patients. We then compared the patterns of cysteine oxidation in the membrane fractions between the tumor and non-tumor tissues. Using nano-UPLC-MSE proteomics, we identified 31 proteins containing 37 oxidation-sensitive cysteines. These proteins were observed with IAM-binding cysteines in non-tumoral region more than tumoral region of CRC patients. Then using the Ingenuity pathway program, we evaluated the cellular canonical networks connecting those proteins. Within the networks, proteins with multiple connections were related with organ morphology, cellular metabolism, and various disorders. We have thus identified networks of proteins whose redox status is altered by oxidative stress, perhaps leading to changes in cellular functionality that promotes tumorigenesis.


colorectal cancer cysteine oxidation iodoacetamide protein network shotgun proteomics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hee-Young Yang
    • 1
  • Kee-Oh Chay
    • 2
  • Joseph Kwon
    • 3
  • Sang-Oh Kwon
    • 4
  • Young-Kyu Park
    • 5
  • Tae-Hoon Lee
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Oral Biochemistry, Dental Science Research Institute and the Brain Korea 21 Project, Medical Research Center for Biomineralization Disorders, School of DentistryChonnam National UniversityHwasunKorea
  2. 2.Department of BiochemistryChonnam National University Medical SchoolHwasunKorea
  3. 3.Korea Basic Science InstituteGwangjuKorea
  4. 4.Division of Life ScienceKorea Basic Science InstituteDaejeonKorea
  5. 5.Department of SurgeryChonnam National University Hwasun HospitalHwasunKorea

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