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Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 901329, 28 pages
Research Article

Protein Profiling of Human Nonpigmented Ciliary Epithelium Cell Secretome: The Differentiation Factors Characterization for Retinal Ganglion Cell line

1Department of Chemical and Material Engineering, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, 123 University Road, Section 3, Douliou, Yunlin 64002, Taiwan
2Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience, University of North Texas Health Science Center, USA
3Department of Medical Imaging and Radiological Sciences, Kaohsiung Medical University, 100 Shi-Chuan 1st Road, Kaohsiung 80708, Taiwan
4Department of Medical Laboratory Science and Biotechnology, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung 80708, Taiwan
5Department of Neurology, Kaohsiung Medical University Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital, Kaohsiung 80708, Taiwan
6Department of Fiber and Composite Materials, Feng Chia University, Taichung 40724, Taiwan
7National Sun Yat-Sen University and Kaohsiung Medical University Joint Research Center, Kaohsiung 80708, Taiwan
8Center for Research Resources and Development, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung 80708, Taiwan
9Center of Excellence for Environmental Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung 80708, Taiwan

Received 5 April 2011; Revised 10 June 2011; Accepted 13 June 2011

Academic Editor: Daniel T. Monaghan

Copyright © 2011 Ming-Hui Yang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The purpose of this paper was to characterize proteins secreted from the human nonpigmented ciliary epithelial (HNPE) cells, which have differentiated a rat retinal ganglion cell line, RGC-5. Undifferentiated RGC-5 cells have been shown to express several marker proteins characteristic of retinal ganglion cells. However, RGC-5 cells do not respond to N-methyl-D aspartate (NMDA), or glutamate. HNPE cells have been shown to secrete numbers of neuropeptides or neuroproteins also found in the aqueous humor, many of which have the ability to influence the activity of neuronal cells. This paper details the profile of HNPE cell-secreted proteins by proteomic approaches. The experimental results revealed the identification of 132 unique proteins from the HNPE cell-conditioned SF-medium. The biological functions of a portion of these identified proteins are involved in cell differentiation. We hypothesized that a differentiation system of HNPE cell-conditioned SF-medium with RGC-5 cells can induce a differentiated phenotype in RGC-5 cells, with functional characteristics that more closely resemble primary cultures of rat retinal ganglion cells. These proteins may replace harsh chemicals, which are currently used to induce cell differentiation.