Proteomic approaches in neuroblastoma: A complementary clinical platform for the future

Hari R. Kumar, Xiaoling Zhong, Frederick J. Rescorla, Robert J. Hickey, Linda H. Malkas, John A. Sandoval

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Neuroblastoma (NB) is one of the most common solid tumors of childhood and displays a remarkable diversity in both biologic characteristics and clinical outcomes. Availability of highthroughput 'omics technologies and their subsequent application towards oncology has provided insight into the complex pathways of tumor formation and progression. Investigation of NB 'omics profiles may better define tumor behavior and provide targeted therapy with the goal of improving outcomes in patients with high-risk disease. Utilization of these technologies in NB has already led to advances in classification and risk stratification. The gradual emergence of NB-directed proteomics adds a layer of intricacy to the analysis of biologic organization but may ultimately provide a better comprehension of this complex disease. In this review, we cite specific examples of how NB-directed proteomics has provided information regarding novel biomarkers and possible therapeutic targets. We finish by examining the impact of highthroughput 'omics in the field of NB and speculate on how these emerging technologies may further be incorporated into the discipline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-394
Number of pages8
JournalExpert Review of Proteomics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2009


  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomarker
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Molecular signature
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Pediatric cancer
  • Proteomics
  • Serum profiling
  • Systems biology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry

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