The use of urinary proteomics in the assessment of suitability of mouse models for ageing

Nkuipou-Kenfack, E. et al. (2017) The use of urinary proteomics in the assessment of suitability of mouse models for ageing. PLoS ONE, 12(2), e0166875. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0166875) (PMID:28199320) (PMCID:PMC5310860)




Ageing is a complex process characterised by a systemic and progressive deterioration of biological functions. As ageing is associated with an increased prevalence of age-related chronic disorders, understanding its underlying molecular mechanisms can pave the way for therapeutic interventions and managing complications. Animal models such as mice are commonly used in ageing research as they have a shorter lifespan in comparison to humans and are also genetically close to humans. To assess the translatability of mouse ageing to human ageing, the urinary proteome in 89 wild-type (C57BL/6) mice aged between 8–96 weeks was investigated using capillary electrophoresis coupled to mass spectrometry (CE-MS). Using age as a continuous variable, 295 peptides significantly correlated with age in mice were identified. To investigate the relevance of using mouse models in human ageing studies, a comparison was performed with a previous correlation analysis using 1227 healthy subjects. In mice and humans, a decrease in urinary excretion of fibrillar collagens and an increase of uromodulin fragments was observed with advanced age. Of the 295 peptides correlating with age, 49 had a strong homology to the respective human age-related peptides. These ortholog peptides including several collagen (N = 44) and uromodulin (N = 5) fragments were used to generate an ageing classifier that was able to discriminate the age among both wild-type mice and healthy subjects. Additionally, the ageing classifier depicted that telomerase knock-out mice were older than their chronological age. Hence, with a focus on ortholog urinary peptides mouse ageing can be translated to human ageing.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mischak, Professor Harald
Authors: Nkuipou-Kenfack, E., Schanstra, J. P., Bajwa, S., Pejchinovski, M., Vinel, C., Dray, C., Valet, P., Bascands, J.-L., Vlahou, A., Koeck, T., Borries, M., Busch, H., Bechtel-Walz, W., Huber, T. B., Rudolph, K. L., Pich, A., Mischak, H., and Zürbig, P.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Health
Journal Name:PLoS ONE
Publisher:Public Library of Science
ISSN (Online):1932-6203
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Nkuipou-Kenfack et al.
First Published:First published in PLoS ONE 12:e0166875
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a creative commons license

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