The major goals of Core E are to identify novel biomarkers aimed at the characterization of pulmonary vascular and right ventricle remodeling in severe pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) based on state of the art proteomic technology. Core E, with Cores B-D,supports Projects 1,3,4, and 5 of this SCCOR with essential experimental services based on four strategies. First, the Core, using broad-based proteomic analysis, will characterize the changes in lung and right ventricular myocyte proteomes that occur during the development of experimental and human PAH (Projects 1, 3, 4 and 5 and Cores C and D). This strategy will be supported by the existing proteomic infrastructure and established expertise within the JHU- NHLBI Proteomics Center and the JHU Bayview Proteomics Center. In-depth analysis using multiple proteomic platforms, including two-dimensional differential imaging electrophoresis, two-dimensional liquid chromatography, O16/O18 isotopic labeling, isobaric tag for relative and absolute and quantification (iTRAQTM), MALDI-TOF and liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry will be used to maximize proteome coverage, while allowing characterization of protein isoforms and post-translational modifications. Second, the Core will provide a centralized facility to analyze, compile and correlate quantitative levels of candidate biomarkers, including novel markers arising from the discovery platforms as well as additional potentially relevant candidate biomarkers (e.g.VEGF, HIMF, MMP-9 and Granzyme B) in scleroderma-relatedPAH. Beckman A2 multiplex immunoassay will be used to evaluate serum samples while the chemical InkJet printer (CHIP, Proteome Systems) will be used for our targeted approach to confirm expression differences deduced from genomic studies and proteomic discovery studies using lung and right ventricle tissue samples (Projects 1 and 3, and Cores C and D). Third, the Core will focus on unraveling the interactome of the novel chemokine, HIMF (Project 4), using multiple proteomic strategies for maximal detection. Immunoprecipitation followed by 1D gel electrophoresis or iTRAQTM labeling and mass spectrometry will be used to identify binding partners. Due to the prominent role of phosphorylation in cytokine signaling, immobilized metal affinity chromatography online with liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry will be used to enrich and identify the specific phosphorylated amino acid residues of the various binding partners. Finally, the Core will perform computational modeling to develop a working cellular model of PAH effects on the right ventricular cardiac myocyte based on the proteomic, physiological and genomics data (Projects 2, 4 and 5, and Cores C and D). This work will be performed at the Center for Cardiovascular Bioinformatics and Modeling, directed by Raimond L. Winslow, PhD.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Specialized Center (P50)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZHL1)
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Johns Hopkins University
United States
Zip Code
Hsu, Steven; Kokkonen-Simon, Kristen M; Kirk, Jonathan A et al. (2018) Right Ventricular Myofilament Functional Differences in Humans With Systemic Sclerosis-Associated Versus Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Circulation 137:2360-2370
Mercurio, Valentina; Mukherjee, Monica; Tedford, Ryan J et al. (2018) Improvement in Right Ventricular Strain with Ambrisentan and Tadalafil Upfront Therapy in Scleroderma-associated Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 197:388-391
Mecoli, Christopher A; Shah, Ami A; Boin, Francesco et al. (2018) Vascular complications in systemic sclerosis: a prospective cohort study. Clin Rheumatol 37:2429-2437
Yu, Bing; Pulit, Sara L; Hwang, Shih-Jen et al. (2016) Rare Exome Sequence Variants in CLCN6 Reduce Blood Pressure Levels and Hypertension Risk. Circ Cardiovasc Genet 9:64-70
Gao, Li; Emond, Mary J; Louie, Tin et al. (2016) Identification of Rare Variants in ATP8B4 as a Risk Factor for Systemic Sclerosis by Whole-Exome Sequencing. Arthritis Rheumatol 68:191-200
Hassoun, Paul M; Zamanian, Roham T; Damico, Rachel et al. (2015) Ambrisentan and Tadalafil Up-front Combination Therapy in Scleroderma-associated Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 192:1102-10
Ohyama, Yoshiaki; Ambale-Venkatesh, Bharath; Chamera, Elzbieta et al. (2015) Comparison of strain measurement from multimodality tissue tracking with strain-encoding MRI and harmonic phase MRI in pulmonary hypertension. Int J Cardiol 182:342-348
Auer, Paul L; Nalls, Mike; Meschia, James F et al. (2015) Rare and Coding Region Genetic Variants Associated With Risk of Ischemic Stroke: The NHLBI Exome Sequence Project. JAMA Neurol 72:781-8
Parker, Sarah J; Raedschelders, Koen; Van Eyk, Jennifer E (2015) Emerging proteomic technologies for elucidating context-dependent cellular signaling events: A big challenge of tiny proportions. Proteomics 15:1486-502
Damico, Rachel; Kolb, Todd M; Valera, Lidenys et al. (2015) Serum endostatin is a genetically determined predictor of survival in pulmonary arterial hypertension. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 191:208-18

Showing the most recent 10 out of 108 publications