Proteomic Analysis of Bovine Pregnancy-specific Serum Proteins by 2D Fluorescence Difference Gel Electrophoresis

  • Lee, Jae Eun (Department of Animal Science, Chungnam National University) ;
  • Lee, Jae Young (Department of Animal Science, Chungnam National University) ;
  • Kim, Hong Rye (Department of Animal Science, Chungnam National University) ;
  • Shin, Hyun Young (Department of Animal Science, Chungnam National University) ;
  • Lin, Tao (Department of Animal Science, Chungnam National University) ;
  • Jin, Dong Il (Department of Animal Science, Chungnam National University)
  • Received : 2014.10.11
  • Accepted : 2015.01.19
  • Published : 2015.06.01


Two dimensional-fluorescence difference gel electrophoresis (2D DIGE) is an emerging technique for comparative proteomics, which improves the reproducibility and reliability of differential protein expression analysis between samples. The purpose of this study was to investigate bovine pregnancy-specific proteins in the proteome between bovine pregnant and non-pregnant serum using DIGE technique. Serums of 2 pregnant Holstein dairy cattle at day 21 after artificial insemination and those of 2 non-pregnant were used in this study. The pre-electrophoretic labeling of pregnant and non-pregnant serum proteins were mixed with Cy3 and Cy5 fluorescent dyes, respectively, and an internal standard was labeled with Cy2. Labeled proteins with Cy2, Cy3, and Cy5 were separated together in a single gel, and then were detected by fluorescence image analyzer. The 2D DIGE method using fluorescence CyDye DIGE flour had higher sensitivity than conventional 2D gel electrophoresis, and showed reproducible results. Approximately 1,500 protein spots were detected by 2D DIGE. Several proteins showed a more than 1.5-fold up and down regulation between non-pregnant and pregnant serum proteins. The differentially expressed proteins were identified by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer. A total 16 protein spots were detected to regulate differentially in the pregnant serum, among which 7 spots were up-regulated proteins such as conglutinin precursor, modified bovine fibrinogen and IgG1, and 6 spots were down-regulated proteins such as hemoglobin, complement component 3, bovine fibrinogen and IgG2a three spots were not identified. The identified proteins demonstrate that early pregnant bovine serum may have several pregnancy-specific proteins, and these could be a valuable information for the development of pregnancy-diagnostic markers in early pregnancy bovine serum.


2D DIGE;CyDye;Proteomics;Bovine Pregnancy;Pregnancy-specific Serum Proteins


Supported by : Rural Development Administration, Ministry for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs


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