The heart is composed of multiple cell types, each with a specific function. Cell-type-specific approaches are necessary for defining the intricate molecular mechanisms underlying cardiac development, homeostasis, and pathology. While single-cell RNA-seq studies are beginning to define the chamber-specific cellular composition of the heart, our views of the proteome are more limited because most proteomics studies have utilized homogenized human cardiac tissue. To promote future cell-type specific analyses of the human heart, we describe the first method for cardiomyocyte isolation from cryopreserved human cardiac tissue followed by flow cytometry for purity assessment. We also describe a facile method for preparing isolated cardiomyocytes and whole cardiac tissue homogenate for bottom-up proteomic analyses. Prior experience in dissociating cardiac tissue or proteomics is not required to execute these methods. We compare different sample preparation workflows and analysis methods to demonstrate how these can impact the depth of proteome coverage achieved. We expect this how-to guide will serve as a starting point for investigators interested in general and cell-type-specific views of the cardiac proteome.
- Cardiomyocyte isolation
- Data independent acquisition
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine