Consistency of a two clinical site sample collection: A proteomics study

Cedric Wiesner, Charles Hannum, Karen Reckamp, Robert Figlin, Robert Dubridge, Sushmita Mimi Roy, Shanhua Lin, Christopher H. Becker, Ted Jones, Jordan Hiller, John C. Cheville, Keith Wilson

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Purpose: We investigated the ability to perform a clinical proteomic study using samples collected at different times from two independent clinical sites. Experimental Design: Label-free 2-D-LC-MS proteomic analysis was used to differentially quantify tens of thousands of peptides from human plasma. We have asked whether samples collected from two sites, when analyzed by this type of peptide profiling, reproducibly contain detectable peptide markers that are differentially expressed in the plasma of disease (advanced renal cancer) patients relative to healthy normals. Results: We have demonstrated that plasma proteins enriched in disease patients are indeed detected reproducibly in both clinical collections. Regression analysis, unsupervised hierarchical clustering and PCA detected no systematic bias in the data related to site of sample collection and processing. Using a genetic algorithm, support vector machine classification method, we were able to correctly classify disease samples at 88% sensitivity and 94% specificity using the second site as an independent validation set. Conclusions and clinical relevance: We conclude that multiple site collection, when analyzed by label-free 2-D-LC-MS, generates data that are sufficiently reproducible to guide reliable biomarker discovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)726-738
Number of pages13
JournalProteomics - Clinical Applications
Issue number8-9
StatePublished - Sep 2010


  • 2-D-LC-MS
  • Data reproducibility
  • Sample collection
  • Sample handling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry


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