Patient-specific protein aggregates in myofibrillar myopathies: Laser microdissection and differential proteomics for identification of plaque components

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  • Sarah Feldkirchner,

    1. Department of Neurology, Friedrich-Baur-Institute, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany
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    • These authors contributed equally to the study.

  • Joachim Schessl,

    1. Department of Neurology, Friedrich-Baur-Institute, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany
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    • These authors contributed equally to the study.

  • Stefan Müller,

    1. Central Bioanalytics, Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
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    • These authors contributed equally to the study.

  • Benedikt Schoser,

    1. Department of Neurology, Friedrich-Baur-Institute, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany
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  • Franz-Georg Hanisch

    Corresponding author
    1. Institute of Biochemistry II, Medical Faculty, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
    • Central Bioanalytics, Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
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Correspondence: Professor Franz-Georg Hanisch, Central Bioanalytics, Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne, University of Cologne, Robert-Koch-Str. 21, 50931 Köln, Germany

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Abstract

Myofibrillar myopathies (MFMs) are histopathologically characterized by desmin-positive protein aggregates and myofibrillar degeneration. While about half of all MFM are caused by mutations in genes encoding sarcomeric and extra-sarcomeric proteins (desmin, filamin C, plectin, VCP, FHL1, ZASP, myotilin, αB-crystallin, and BAG3), the other half of these diseases is due to still unresolved gene defects. The present study aims at the proteomic characterization of pathological protein aggregates in skeletal muscle biopsies from patients with MFM-causing gene mutations. The technical strategy is based on the dissection of plaque versus plaque-free tissue areas from the same individual patient by laser dissection microscopy, filter-aided sample preparation, iTRAQ-labeling, and analysis on the peptide level using offline nano-LC and MALDI-TOF-TOF MS/MS for protein identification and quantification. The outlined workflow overcomes limitations of merely qualitative analyses, which cannot discriminate contaminating nonaggregated proteins. Dependent on the MFM causing mutation, different sets of proteins were revealed as genuine (accumulated) plaque components in independent technical replicates: (i) αB-crystallin, desmin, filamin A/C, myotilin, PRAF3, RTN2, SQSTM, XIRP1, and XIRP2 (patient with defined MFM mutation distinct from FHL1) or (ii) desmin, FHL1, filamin A/C, KBTBD10, NRAP, SQSTM, RL40, XIRP1, and XIRP2 (patient with FHL1 mutation). The results from differential proteomics indicate that plaques from different patients exhibit protein compositions with partial overlap, on the one hand, and mutation-dependent protein contents on the other. The FHL1 mutation-specific pattern was validated for four patients with respect to desmin, SQSTM, and FHL1 by immunohistochemistry.

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