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Spontaneous regression is usually found in stage 4s neuroblastoma, whereas the elucidation of the underlying molecular mechanism(s) is still limited. Our study aims to investigate the pathogenesis of spontaneous regression at the protein level. Differential expression of proteins in stage 4s neuroblastoma tissue, in stage 4 neuroblastoma tissue, and in normal adrenal tissue was investigated by use of 2-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis (2D-DIGE). Twenty-four protein spots were found to have significant changes among the different tissues, in which 16 proteins were identified using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS). Among these proteins, 7 proteins (RhoGDP-dissociation inhibitor 1, phosphatidylethanolamine-binding protein, prohibitin, etc) were up-regulated and 2 proteins (F-actin capping protein 1 subunit and aldose reductase) were down-regulated in stage 4s neuroblastoma compared with stage 4 neuroblastoma. The differential expression of selected candidate protein (RhoGDP-dissociation inhibitor 1 and CAPZA1) was further validated by western blotting. Some proteins are differentially expressed between stage 4s and stage 4 neuroblastoma tissue, including those associated with differentiation and proliferation as well as apoptosis. RhoGDP-dissociation inhibitor 1 is highly expressed in stage 4s neuroblastoma tissue, whereas CAPZA1 is down-regulated. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Fang Yu, Xiudan Zhu, Chen Feng, Tianyou Wang, Qin Hong, Zhoulu Liu, Suoqin Tang. Proteomics-based identification of spontaneous regression-associated proteins in neuroblastoma. Journal of pediatric surgery. 2011 Oct;46(10):1948-55

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