Clinical Amyloid Typing by Proteomics: Performance Evaluation and Data Sharing Between Two Centres

Diana Canetti, Francesca Brambilla, Nigel B. Rendell, Paola Nocerino, Janet A. Gilbertson, Dario Di Silvestre, Andrea Bergamaschi, Francesca Lavatelli, Giampaolo Merlini, Julian D. Gillmore, Vittorio Bellotti, Pierluigi Mauri, Graham W. Taylor

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Amyloidosis is a relatively rare human disease caused by the deposition of abnormal protein fibres in the extracellular space of various tissues, impairing their normal function. Proteomic analysis of patients' biopsies, developed by Dogan and colleagues at the Mayo Clinic, has become crucial for clinical diagnosis and for identifying the amyloid type. Currently, the proteomic approach is routinely used at National Amyloidosis Centre (NAC, London, UK) and Istituto di Tecnologie Biomediche-Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (ITB-CNR, Milan, Italy). Both centres are members of the European Proteomics Amyloid Network (EPAN), which was established with the aim of sharing and discussing best practice in the application of amyloid proteomics. One of the EPAN's activities was to evaluate the quality and the confidence of the results achieved using different software and algorithms for protein identification. In this paper, we report the comparison of proteomics results obtained by sharing NAC proteomics data with the ITB-CNR centre. Mass spectrometric raw data were analysed using different software platforms including Mascot, Scaffold, Proteome Discoverer, Sequest and bespoke algorithms developed for an accurate and immediate amyloid protein identification. Our study showed a high concordance of the obtained results, suggesting a good accuracy of the different bioinformatics tools used in the respective centres. In conclusion, inter-centre data exchange is a worthwhile approach for testing and validating the performance of software platforms and the accuracy of results, and is particularly important where the proteomics data contribute to a clinical diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMolecules (Basel, Switzerland)
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Mar 29 2021


  • amyloid proteomics
  • LC-MS/MS raw data exchange
  • proteomics platforms
  • proteomics results validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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