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Systematic characterization of the murine mitochondrial proteome using functionally validated cardiac mitochondria.

Mitochondria play essential roles in cardiac pathophysiology and the murine model has been extensively used to investigate cardiovascular diseases. In the present study, we characterized murine cardiac mitochondria using an LC/MS/MS approach. We extracted and purified cardiac mitochondria; validated their functionality to ensure the final preparation contains necessary components to sustain their normal function; and subjected these validated organelles to LC/MS/MS-based protein identification. A total of 940 distinct proteins were identified from murine cardiac mitochondria, among which, 480 proteins were not previously identified by major proteomic profiling studies. The 940 proteins consist of functional clusters known to support oxidative phosphorylation, metabolism, and biogenesis. In addition, there are several other clusters, including proteolysis, protein folding, and reduction/oxidation signaling, which ostensibly represent previously under-appreciated tasks of cardiac mitochondria. Moreover, many identified proteins were found to occupy other subcellular locations, including cytoplasm, ER, and golgi, in addition to their presence in the mitochondria. These results provide a comprehensive picture of the murine cardiac mitochondrial proteome and underscore tissue- and species-specification. Moreover, the use of functionally intact mitochondria insures that the proteomic observations in this organelle are relevant to its normal biology and facilitates decoding the interplay between mitochondria and other organelles.

Pubmed ID: 18348319


  • Zhang J
  • Li X
  • Mueller M
  • Wang Y
  • Zong C
  • Deng N
  • Vondriska TM
  • Liem DA
  • Yang JI
  • Korge P
  • Honda H
  • Weiss JN
  • Apweiler R
  • Ping P



Publication Data

April 16, 2008

Associated Grants

  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: F32 HL078109-01
  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: HL-63901
  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: HL-65431
  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: HL-76526
  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: HL-78109
  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: HL-80111
  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: P01 HL080111
  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: P01 HL080111-04
  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: R01 HL063901
  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: R01 HL063901-09
  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: R01 HL065431
  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: R01 HL065431-09
  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: R01 HL101228
  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: R21 HL076526
  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: R21 HL076526-02
  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: R37 HL063901
  • Agency: NCRR NIH HHS, Id: RR-022371-01

Mesh Terms

  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Immunoblotting
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Mice
  • Mitochondria, Heart
  • Mitochondrial Proteins
  • Oxygen Consumption
  • Proteome