Ocular surface changes may develop in patients with chronic renal failure (CRF) undergoing hemodialysis. In recent years, an association of CRF with dry eye syndrome has been emphasized. However, tear proteomics of CRF patients has not been analyzed. Here, we performed systematic profiling of the tear film proteins in CRF patients through use of isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitative (iTRAQ) MS/MS, aiming to identify associations between dry eye symptoms and expression of tear proteomic changes in patients with CRF undergoing hemodialysis. Twenty CRF patients and ten healthy subjects underwent a series of ophthalmic examinations. Tear samples from the participants were analyzed by iTRAQ approach. A total of 1139 tear proteins were screened, and 212 differentially expressed proteins were identified. The pattern changes included 77 whose expression levels were upregulated (fold increase >1.2) whereas 135 others that were downregulated (fold decrease <1/1.2). Bioinformatics analysis showed that these proteins were significantly enriched in lipid metabolism, inflammatory, and immune response pathways. Furthermore, APOA1, APOA4, APOB, APOE, S100A8, S100A9, S100A4, HSP90B and other molecules were significantly changed. Our study elucidated the characteristics of tear dynamics and protein markers in CRF patients undergoing hemodialysis. Significance: Despite the association of chronic renal failure (CRF) with dry eye disease, there are no reports describing potentially important differentially expressed tear proteins in CRF patients undergoing hemodialysis. It is still a challenge to obtain a comprehensive description of the pathogenesis of dry eye in CRF patients which hinders establishing a patient specific therapeutic scheme. Our study is the first iTRAQ proteomics analysis of the tears of patients with CRF, which reveals the changes in the protein expression profile in CRF patients afflicted with dry eye disease. The identity was verified of some relevant differentially expressed proteins, and they may be candidate diagnostic markers of dry eye disease in patients with CRF. These tear film protein constituents found in hemodialysis patients can be of important clinical significance in treating this condition. SIGNIFICANCE: Despite the association of chronic renal failure (CRF) with dry eye disease, there are no reports describing potentially important differentially expressed tear proteins in CRF patients undergoing hemodialysis. It is still a challenge to obtain a comprehensive description of the pathogenesis of dry eye in CRF patients which hinders establishing a patient specific therapeutic scheme. Our study is the first iTRAQ proteomics analysis of the tears of patients with CRF, which reveals the changes in the protein expression profile in CRF patients afflicted with dry eye disease. The identity was verified of some relevant differentially expressed proteins, and they may be candidate diagnostic markers of dry eye disease in patients with CRF. These tear film protein constituents found in hemodialysis patients can be of important clinical significance in treating this condition.
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