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Identification and Confirmation of Differentially Expressed Fucosylated Glycoproteins in the Serum of Ovarian Cancer Patients Using a Lectin Array and LC–MS/MS

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posted on 07.09.2012 by Jing Wu, Xiaolei Xie, Yashu Liu, Jintang He, Ricardo Benitez, Ronald J. Buckanovich, David M. Lubman
In order to discover potential glycoprotein biomarkers in ovarian cancer, we applied a lectin array and Exactag labeling based quantitative glycoproteomics approach. A lectin array strategy was used to detect overall lectin-specific glycosylation changes in serum proteins from patients with ovarian cancer and those with benign conditions. Lectins, which showed significant differential response for fucosylation, were used to extract glycoproteins that had been labeled using isobaric chemical tags. The glycoproteins were then identified and quantified by LC–MS/MS, and five glycoproteins were found to be differentially expressed in the serum of ovarian cancer patients compared to benign diseases. The differentially expressed glycoproteins were further confirmed by lectin-ELISA and ELISA assay. Corticosteroid-binding globulin (CBG), serum amyloid p component (SAP), complement factor B (CFAB), and histidine-rich glycoprotein (HRG) were identified as potential markers for differentiating ovarian cancer from benign diseases or healthy controls. A combination of CBG and HRG (AUC = 0.825) showed comparable performance to CA125 (AUC = 0.829) in differentiating early stage ovarian cancer from healthy controls. The combination of CBG, SAP, and CA125 showed improved performance for distinguishing stage III ovarian cancer from benign diseases compared to CA125 alone. The ability of CBG, SAP, HRG, and CFAB to differentiate the serum of ovarian cancer patients from that of controls was tested using an independent set of samples. Our findings suggest that glycoprotein modifications may be a means to identify novel diagnostic markers for detection of ovarian cancer.