Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

, Volume 332, Issue 1–2, pp 161–171 | Cite as

Proteomic studies of rat tibialis anterior muscle during postnatal growth and development

  • Hualin Sun
  • Ting Zhu
  • Fei Ding
  • Nan Hu
  • Xiaosong Gu


In this study, a proteomic analysis consisting of two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometry was accomplished to investigate the complex protein expression patterns in rat tibialis anterior muscle during postnatal 3-month period. We determined the time-dependent expression alterations of 107 protein spots, among which 53 protein spots were identified. These identified proteins included skeletal contractile proteins, metabolic enzymes, chaperone, intermediate filament, and signal transduction proteins. The time-dependent expression of three proteins, such as Mylpf, desmin, and RKIP, was confirmed by Western blot analysis and immunohistochemistry. The functional implication of these expression changes was also discussed. We further analyzed the linkage and interactions among the differentially expressed proteins (MAPK1, RKIP, AHSG, etc.). Collectively, the results might add to the understanding of the molecular mechanisms regulating postnatal growth and development of rat tibialis anterior muscle.


Muscle Growth Development 2-DE MALDI-TOF/TOF MS 



Tibialis anterior muscles


Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis


Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization tandem time-of-flight mass spectrometry








Ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid


Phenylmethyl sulfonylfluoride


Polyvinylidene difluoride


Raf kinase inhibitor protein


Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis




Tris buffered saline-Tween-20


Trifluoroacetic acid



This study was supported by Hi-Tech Research and Development Program of China (863 Program, Grant No. 2006AA02A128), National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No.30670667) and University of Jiangsu Province Key Technological Research Project of China (Grant No. 05KJA31010). We thank professor Jie Liu for the assistance in manuscript preparation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hualin Sun
    • 1
  • Ting Zhu
    • 1
  • Fei Ding
    • 1
  • Nan Hu
    • 1
  • Xiaosong Gu
    • 1
  1. 1.Jiangsu Key Laboratory of NeuroregenerationNantong UniversityNantongPeople’s Republic of China

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