Quantitative proteomics characterization of acutely isolated primary adult rat cardiomyocytes and fibroblasts

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Our heart is comprised of many different cell types that all contribute to cardiac function. An important step in deciphering the molecular complexity of our heart is to decipher the molecular composition of the various cardiac cell types. Here we set out to delineate a comprehensive protein expression profile of the two most prevalent cell types in the heart: cardiomyocytes and cardiac fibroblasts. To this end, we isolated cardiomyocytes and fibroblasts from rat hearts and combined state-of-the-art flow cytometry with high-resolution mass spectrometry to investigate their proteome profiles right after isolation. We measured and quantified 5240 proteins in cardiomyocytes and 6328 proteins in cardiac fibroblasts. In addition to providing a global protein profile for these cardiac cell types, we also present specific findings, such as unique expression of ion channels and transcription factors for each cell type. For instance, we show that the sodium channel Scn7a and the cation channel Trpm7 are expressed in fibroblasts but not in cardiomyocytes, which underscores the importance of investigating the endogenous cell host prior to functional studies. Our dataset represents a valuable resource on protein expression profiles in these two primary cardiac cells types.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
Volume143
Pages (from-to)63-70
Number of pages8
ISSN0022-2828
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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