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Accelerated Protein Biomarker Discovery from FFPE Tissue Samples Using Single-Shot, Short Gradient Microflow SWATH MS

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posted on 13.02.2020, 16:48 by Rui Sun, Christie Hunter, Chen Chen, Weigang Ge, Nick Morrice, Shuang Liang, Tiansheng Zhu, Chunhui Yuan, Guan Ruan, Qiushi Zhang, Xue Cai, Xiaoyan Yu, Lirong Chen, Shaozheng Dai, Zhongzhi Luan, Ruedi Aebersold, Yi Zhu, Tiannan Guo
We reported and evaluated a microflow, single-shot, short gradient SWATH MS method intended to accelerate the discovery and verification of protein biomarkers in preclassified clinical specimens. The method uses a 15 min gradient microflow-LC peptide separation, an optimized SWATH MS window configuration, and OpenSWATH software for data analysis. We applied the method to a cohort containing 204 FFPE tissue samples from 58 prostate cancer patients and 10 benign prostatic hyperplasia patients. Altogether we identified 27,975 proteotypic peptides and 4037 SwissProt proteins from these 204 samples. Compared to a reference SWATH method with a 2 h gradient, we found 3800 proteins were quantified by the two methods on two different instruments with relatively high consistency (r = 0.77). The accelerated method consumed only 17% instrument time, while quantifying 80% of proteins compared to the 2 h gradient SWATH. Although the missing value rate increased by 20%, batch effects reduced by 21%. 75 deregulated proteins measured by the accelerated method were selected for further validation. A shortlist of 134 selected peptide precursors from the 75 proteins were analyzed using MRM-HR, and the results exhibited high quantitative consistency with the 15 min SWATH method (r = 0.89) in the same sample set. We further verified the applicability of these 75 proteins in separating benign and malignant tissues (AUC = 0.99) in an independent prostate cancer cohort (n = 154). Altogether, the results showed that the 15 min gradient microflow SWATH accelerated large-scale data acquisition by 6 times, reduced batch effect by 21%, introduced 20% more missing values, and exhibited comparable ability to separate disease groups.