Proteomic Analysis of Blood and Pancreatic Juice

  • Mark Aspinall-O’Dea
  • John Neoptolemos
  • Eithne Costello


The proteome is the complete set of proteins present in a defined cellular or extracellular compartment. A number of studies have been undertaken to characterise the protein profiles of plasma/serum and pancreatic juice, and protein differences between samples from cancer patients and benign disease controls or healthy individuals have been defined. More recently, advances in liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) instrumentation, as well as developments in quantitative proteomic approaches, and analysis of post-translational modifications have enabled interrogation of cancer pathways and the effects of drugs on those pathways. For targeted drugs to be used effectively, biomarkers that provide information regarding drug activity, toxicity or patient response are essential. Such biomarkers are particularly useful if they can be detected in samples that are readily accessible, such as plasma/serum. The application of proteomic techniques affords opportunities for discovering and evaluating biomarkers that aid the process of drug development. In this chapter, some of the recent advances in proteomic techniques that enable the detection and quantification of proteins in blood and pancreatic juice will be reviewed. Particular emphasis will be placed on the significance of these advances for novel treatments of pancreatic cancer.


Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Pancreatic Cancer Pancreatic Juice Pancreatic Cancer Patient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Aspinall-O’Dea
  • John Neoptolemos
  • Eithne Costello
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Surgery and Oncology, Royal Liverpool University HospitalUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpool, MerseysideUK

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