Differential diagnosis of preeclampsia based on urine peptidome features revealed by high resolution mass spectrometry

Alexey S. Kononikhin, Natalia V. Zakharova, Viktoria A. Sergeeva, Maria I. Indeykina, Natalia L. Starodubtseva, Anna E. Bugrova, Kamila T. Muminova, Zulfia S. Khodzhaeva, Igor A. Popov, Wenguang Shao, Patrik Pedrioli, Roman G. Shmakov, Vladimir E. Frankevich, Gennady T. Sukhikh, Evgeny N. Nikolaev

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Preeclampsia (PE) is a severe pregnancy complication, which may be considered as a systemic response in the second half of pregnancy to physiological failures in the first trimester, and can lead to very serious consequences for the health of the mother and fetus. Since PE is often associated with proteinuria, urine proteomic assays may represent a powerful tool for timely diagnostics and appropriate management. High resolution mass spectrometry was applied for peptidome analysis of 127 urine samples of pregnant women with various hypertensive complications: normotensive controls (n = 17), chronic hypertension (n = 16), gestational hypertension (n = 15), mild PE (n = 25), severe PE (n = 25), and 29 patients with complicated diagnoses. Analysis revealed 3869 peptides, which mostly belong to 116 groups with overlapping sequences. A panel of 22 marker peptide groups reliably differentiating PE was created by multivariate statistics, and included 15 collagen groups (from COL1A1, COL3A1, COL2A1, COL4A4, COL5A1, and COL8A1), and single loci from alpha-1-antitrypsin, fibrinogen, membrane-associated progesterone receptor component 1, insulin, EMI domain-containing protein 1, lysine-specific demethylase 6B, and alpha-2-HS-glycoprotein each. ROC analysis of the created model resulted in 88% sensitivity, 96.8% specificity, and receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC) = 0.947. Obtained results confirm the high diagnostic potential of urinary peptidome profiling for pregnancy hypertensive disorders diagnostics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1039
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • Hypertension
  • Mass-spectrometry
  • Preeclampsia
  • Proteomics
  • Urine peptidomics


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