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Acta Biol Hung. 2003;54(1):1-14.

The biology of the post-genomic era: the proteomics.

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Signal Transduction and Apoptosis Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, University of Debrecen, Nagyerdei krt. 98, H-4012 Debrecen, Hungary.


The complete identification of coding sequences in a number of species has led to announce the beginning of the post-genomic era, new tools have become available to study complex phenomena in biological systems. Rapid advances in genomic sequencing and bioinformatics have established the field of genomics to investigate thousands genes' activity through mRNA display. However, recent studies have demonstrated a lack of correlation between the transcriptional profiles and the actual protein levels in cells, so investigation of the expressed part of the genome is also required to link genomic data to biological function. It is possible that evolutional development occured by increasing complexity of regulation processes at the level of RNA and protein molecules instead of simple increase in gene number, so investigation of proteins and protein complexes became important fields of our post-genomic era. High-resolution two-dimensional gels combined with sensitive mass spectrometry can reveal virtually all proteins present in cells opening new insights into functions of cells, tissues and whole organisms.

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