ProteinChip* * ProteinChip (Ciphergen Biosystems, Inc., Fremont, CA). technology is a useful method in the pathogenesis and diagnosis of endometriosis: a preliminary study

Cleophas M. Kyama, Davy T'Jampens, Attila Mihalyi, Peter Simsa, Sophie Debrock, Etienne Waelkens, Bart Landuyt, Christel Meuleman, Vilmos Fulop, Jason M. Mwenda, Thomas M. D'Hooghe

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Objective: To test the feasibility of ProteinChip (Ciphergen Biosystems, Inc., Fremont, CA) technology as a proteomic tool in discovering and identifying proteins that are differentially expressed in endometrium, endometriotic tissue, and normal peritoneum from women with and without endometriosis. Design: Differential analysis of protein expression in women with and without endometriosis. Setting: University hospital. Patient(s): A total of nine patients during their secretory phase (days 20-22) were selected for this study on the basis of cycle phase and presence/or absence of endometriosis. Intervention(s): Twelve tissues used in the study included six endometrial biopsies from women with mild endometriosis (n = 3) and a normal pelvis (n = 3) as well as paired samples of peritoneal endometriotic lesions (n = 3) and macroscopically normal peritoneum biopsies (n = 3) from three women with endometriosis. Main Outcome Measure(s): Numerous expression differences were observed in the above comparisons, representing both up-regulation and down-regulation in protein and peptide expression levels. Result(s): Endometrial expression for a number of proteins and peptides in the range of 2.8-12.3 kDa was 3-24 times lower in women with endometriosis than in those without endometriosis. When compared with normal peritoneum, endometriotic lesions showed an increased expression for a set of proteins and peptides in the range of 3-96 kDa, and especially an up-regulated cluster of proteins between 22 and 23 kDa, identified to be transgelin, a smooth muscle actin-binding protein. Conclusion(s): This preliminary study demonstrated that differential protein profiling by using ProteinChip array technology is feasible, reproducible, and may be developed into a powerful tool for endometriosis research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-209
Number of pages7
JournalFertility and Sterility
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2006



  • Endometriosis
  • endometrium
  • peptide
  • peritoneum
  • protein
  • proteomic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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