Label-free study of cosmonaut's urinary proteome changes after long-duration spaceflights

A. Brzhozovskiy, A. Kononikhin, M. Indeykina, LKh K. Pastushkova, I. A. Popov, E. N. Nikolaev, I. M. Larina

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    During the entire time that cosmonauts stay on board the international space station, different extreme space flight factors affect their bodies. In order to find out what physiological changes occur under the influence of spaceflight, different parameters of the human body before and after flights are monitored. Analysis of the urine proteome is one of the most perspective non-invasive methods of condition monitoring. The aim of the study was to perform a comparative semi-quantitative label-free urine proteome analysis of samples collected from 21 cosmonauts before and after long-duration spaceflight at the international space station. For proteomic analysis, urine samples were collected from cosmonauts at three time periods: six months prior to the flight as a background, and on days 1 and 7 of the recovery period after landing. All probes were analyzed by LC-MS/MS, and 256 proteins were identified with more than one unique peptide. The core proteome consists of 50 proteins that are detected in more than 70% of the samples. Label-free semi-quantitative analysis enables us to find 20 proteins which were significantly changed on +1 day and +7 day with respect to background. Most of these proteins participate in the regulation of biological processes, in the regulation of the immune system and in intracellular processes also; some of these proteins are related with stress and response to stimulus. In conclusion, the proteomic analysis of cosmonauts’ urine samples provides new data on the human body’s adaptation to ground conditions after long-duration spaceflight.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)225-229
    Number of pages5
    JournalEuropean Journal of Mass Spectrometry
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017


    • extreme conditions
    • label-free
    • mass-spectrometry
    • Spaceflight
    • urine proteome


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