Characterizing the human hematopoietic CDome

Mike Stein Barnkob, Christian Simon, Lars Rønn Olsen

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    In this study, we performed extensive semi-automated data collection from the primary and secondary literature in an effort to characterize the expression of all membrane proteins within the CD scheme on hematopoietic cells. Utilizing over 6000 data points across 305 CD molecules on 206 cell types, we seek to give a preliminary characterization of the "human hematopoietic CDome." We encountered severe gaps in the knowledge of CD protein expression, mostly resulting from incomplete and unstructured data generation, which we argue inhibit both basic research as well as therapies seeking to target membrane proteins. We detail these shortcomings and propose strategies to overcome these issues. Analyzing the available data, we explore the functional characteristics of the CD molecules both individually and across the groups of hematopoietic cells on which they are expressed. We compare protein and mRNA data for a subset of CD molecules, and explore cell functions in the context of CD protein expression. We find that the presence and function of CD molecules serve as good indicators for the overall function of the cells that express them, suggesting that increasing our knowledge about the cellular CDome may serve to stratify cells on a more functional level.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number331
    JournalFrontiers in Genetics
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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    • Proteomics
    • Immunotherapy
    • Membraneproteins
    • CD molecules
    • Flow cytometry
    • Immunophenotyping


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