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BioMed Research International
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 151726, 9 pages
Research Article

Comparison of the Ventricle Muscle Proteome between Patients with Rheumatic Heart Disease and Controls with Mitral Valve Prolapse: HSP 60 May Be a Specific Protein in RHD

1Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, The Affiliated Hospital, Ningbo Medical Centre Lihuili Hospital, Ningbo University, Ningbo, Zhejiang 315041, China
2Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310006, China

Received 2 December 2013; Revised 31 January 2014; Accepted 3 February 2014; Published 12 March 2014

Academic Editor: Anthony Gramolin

Copyright © 2014 Dawei Zheng 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.


Objective. Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is a serious autoimmune heart disease. The present study was aimed at identifying the differentially expressed proteins between patients with RHD and controls with mitral valve prolapse. Methods. Nine patients with RHD and nine controls with mitral valve prolapsed were enrolled for this study. Two-dimensional difference in-gel electrophoresis (2D-DIGE) and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS) were performed. Results. A total of 39 protein spots with differential expressions were identified between the two groups (, Average Ratio > 1.2 or Average Ratio < −1.2) and four upregulated proteins (including heat shock protein 60 (HSP 60), desmin, PDZ and LIM domain protein 1, and proteasome subunit alpha type-1) and three downregulated proteins (including tropomyosin alpha-1 chain, malate dehydrogenase, and chaperone activity of bc1 complex homolog) were determined. Conclusion. These seven proteins, especially HSP 60, may serve as potential biomarkers for the diagnosis of RHD and provide evidence to explain the mechanisms of this complex disease in the future.