Table 3

Overview of studies performed on human CVF.



Part of sample analyzed

Separation method

MS method

Venkataraman et al., 2005[29]

Undiluted CVF collected in cup from healthy women (postmenarcheal, pre-menopausal)

Cationic fraction

2D-PAGE (1D: AU-PAGE; 2D: Tricine- SDS-PAGE)


Di Quinzio et al., 2007[26]

Swabs from pregnant women (37 weeks gestation)

Only protein spots identified common to five gels

2D-PAGE (1stD: IEF; 2ndD SDS-PAGE) followed by RP-LC

MALDI-TOF or ESI-linear IT

Dasari et al., 2007[24]

Swabs from pregnant women (18,5 weeks gestation as mean)

Whole CVF

1D-SDS-PAGE followed by offline 2D(SCX/RP)-LC


Tang et al., 2007[11]

Washings from clinically normal women; 7 washings from women infected with Candida spp.

Whole CVF

2D-PAGE (1stD: IEF; 2ndD SDS-PAGE)


Shaw et al., 2007[28]

Gauze from healthy women

Whole CVF

1D-SDS-PAGE or SCX-LC both followed by RP-LC

ESI-linear IT

Pereira et al., 2007[27]

Swabs from pregnant women (15.8–35.9 weeks gestation)

Whole CVF



Klein et al., 2008[25]

Swabs from pregnant women (30.5 weeks gestation as mean)

Whole CVF



This study

Washings from HPV-infected women

Whole CVF

Ultrafiltration or C4-LC protein fractionation/C18-LC peptide separation


For each study the following information is presented: 1) the nature of the samples which were used in the study (sample collection method and patient physiology), 2) whether the study focused on a particular part of the sample or analyzed the whole CVF, 3) the methods used to separate proteins and peptides and 4) MS method used for analysis.

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