Preeclampsia is a common pregnancy-specific syndrome that is diagnosed by the appearance of both increased blood pressure and proteinuria. Preeclampsia is associated with significant fetal and maternal morbidity and mortality. Although the etiology of preeclampsia is unknown, it is evident that abnormal placentation and trophoblast metabolism plays an important role. We therefore analyzed, identified, and verified specific proteins of villous trophoblast and villous stroma in small numbers of microdissected cells (approximately 125 cells) from seven placentas of women with pregnancies complicated by preeclampsia (cases) and seven uncomplicated pregnancies (controls). Tryptic peptide profiling by MALDI-TOF MS was used for comparison and identification of significantly expressed peptides. The data were analyzed by ClinProTools (Bruker Daltonics) and by principal component analysis. Subsequently, a subset of placental tissues were homogenized and separated on a NanoLC system to obtain sequencing information (MS/MS spectra).
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de Groot, C. J. M., Güzel, C., Steegers-Theunissen, R. P. M., de Maat, M., Derkx, P., Roes, E.-M., … Steegers, E. A. P. (2007). Specific peptides identified by mass spectrometry in placental tissue from pregnancies complicated by early onset preeclampsia attained by laser capture dissection. Proteomics - Clin. Appl., 1, 325–335. doi:10.1002/prca.200600911