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J Agric Food Chem. 2014 Jul 23;62(29):7233-44. doi: 10.1021/jf500851r. Epub 2014 Jul 10.

Organ-specific proteomic analysis of NaCl-stressed germinating soybeans.

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  • 1College of Food Science and Technology, Nanjing Agricultural University , Nanjing, Jiangsu 210095, People's Republic of China.


A comparative proteomic approach was employed to explore proteome expression patterns in germinating soybeans under NaCl stress and NaCl-aminoguanidine treatment. The proteins were extracted from 4-day-old germinating soybean cotyledons and noncotyledons (hypocotyl and radicle) and were separated using two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. A total of 63 and 72 differentially expressed proteins were confidently identified by MALDI-TOF/TOF in the noncotyledons and cotyledons, respectively. These identified proteins were divided into ten functional groups and most of them were predicted to be cytoplasmic proteins in noncotyledons. Moreover, γ-aminobutyric acid was accumulated while the major allergen (Bd 30K protein) was reduced in the germinating soybeans. The proteins involved in energy metabolism and in protein processing in endoplasmic reticulum were enriched under NaCl stress. Meanwhile, the negative effect of stress was aggravated once polyamine degradation was inhibited. Redistribution of storage proteins under stress indicated that storage proteins might not only function as seed storage reserves but also have additional roles in plant defense.

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