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Mass Spectrom Rev. 2009 Jan-Feb;28(1):93-120. doi: 10.1002/mas.20183.

Plant proteomics: concepts, applications, and novel strategies for data interpretation.

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Institute of Plant Sciences, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Universitätsstrasse 2, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland.


Proteomics is an essential source of information about biological systems because it generates knowledge about the concentrations, interactions, functions, and catalytic activities of proteins, which are the major structural and functional determinants of cells. In the last few years significant technology development has taken place both at the level of data analysis software and mass spectrometry hardware. Conceptual progress in proteomics has made possible the analysis of entire proteomes at previously unprecedented density and accuracy. New concepts have emerged that comprise quantitative analyses of full proteomes, database-independent protein identification strategies, targeted quantitative proteomics approaches with proteotypic peptides and the systematic analysis of an increasing number of posttranslational modifications at high temporal and spatial resolution. Although plant proteomics is making progress, there are still several analytical challenges that await experimental and conceptual solutions. With this review I will highlight the current status of plant proteomics and put it into the context of the aforementioned conceptual progress in the field, illustrate some of the plant-specific challenges and present my view on the great opportunities for plant systems biology offered by proteomics.

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