Differential display of proteins involved in the neural differentiation of mouse embryonic carcinoma P19 cells by comparative proteomic analysis

Jie An, Quan Yuan, Chen Wang, Li Liu, Ke Tang, Hong-yu Tian, Nai-he Jing, Fu-kun Zhao
Proteomics 2005, 5 (6): 1656-68
Mouse embryonic carcinoma P19 cell has been used extensively as a model to study molecular mechanisms of neural differentiation in vitro. After retinoic acid (RA) treatment and aggregation, P19 cells can differentiate into neural cells including neurons and glial cells. In this study, comparative proteomic analysis is utilized to approach the protein profiles associated with the RA-induced neural differentiation of P19 cells. Image analysis of silver stained two-dimensional gels indicated that 28 protein spots had significantly differential expression patterns in both quantity and quality. With mass spectrometry analysis and protein functional exploration, many proteins demonstrated an association with distinct aspects of neural differentiation. These proteins were gag polyprotein, rod cGMP-specific 3',5'-cyclic phosphodiesterase, 53 kDa BRG1-associated factor A, N-myc downstream regulated 1, Vitamin D receptor associated factor 1, stromal cell derived factor receptor 1, phosphoglycerate mutase, Ran-specific GTPase-activating protein, and retinoic acid (RA)-binding protein. While some cytoskeleton-related proteins such as beta cytoskeletal actin, gamma-actin, actin-related protein 1, tropomyosin 1, and cofilin 1 are related to cell migration and aggregation, other proteins have shown a relationship with distinct aspects of neural differentiation including energy production and utilization, protein synthesis and folding, cell signaling transduction, and self-protection. The differential expression patterns of these 28 proteins indicate their different roles during the neural differentiation of P19 cells. As an initial step toward unveiling the regulations involved in the commitment of pluripotent cells to a neural fate, information from this study may be helpful to uncover the molecular mechanisms of neural differentiation.

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