Proteomic profile of vitreous in patients with tubercular uveitis

Reema Bansal, Mohd M. Khan, Surendra Dasari, Indu Verma, David R. Goodlett, Nathan P. Manes, Aleksandra Nita-Lazar, Surya P. Sharma, Aman Kumar, Nirbhai Singh, Anuradha Chakraborti, Vishali Gupta, M. R. Dogra, Jagat Ram, Amod Gupta

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Objective: To elucidate disease-specific host protein profile in vitreous fluid of patients with intraocular inflammation due to tubercular uveitis (TBU). Methods: Vitreous samples from 13 patients with TBU (group A), 7 with non-TBU (group B) and 9 with no uveitis (group C) were analysed by shotgun proteomics using Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Differentially expressed proteins (DEPs) were subjected to pathway analysis using WEB-based Gene SeT Analysis Toolkit software. Results: Compared to control groups (B + C combined), group A (TBU) displayed 32 (11 upregulated, 21 downregulated) DEPs, which revealed an upregulation of coagulation cascades, complement and classic pathways, and downregulation of metabolism of carbohydrates, gluconeogenesis, glucose metabolism and glycolysis/gluconeogenesis pathways. When compared to group B (non-TBU) alone, TBU displayed 58 DEPs (21 upregulated, 37 downregulated), with an upregulation of apoptosis, KRAS signaling, diabetes pathways, classic pathways, and downregulation of MTORC1 signaling, glycolysis/gluconeogenesis, and glucose metabolism. Conclusion: This differential protein profile provides novel insights into the molecular mechanisms of TBU and a baseline to explore vitreous biomarkers to differentiate TBU from non-TBU, warranting future studies to identify and validate them as a diagnostic tool in TBU. The enriched pathways generate interesting hypotheses and drive further research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102036
StatePublished - Jan 2021


  • Extrapulmonary tuberculosis
  • Shotgun proteomics
  • Tubercular uveitis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Uveitis
  • Vitreous

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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