proteome comprises all protein species resulting from gene expression
in a cell, organelle, tissue or organism. By definition, proteomics
aims to identify and characterise the expression pattern, cellular
location, activity, regulation, post-translational modifications,
molecular interactions, three dimensional structures and functions of
each protein in a biological system.
In plant science, the number of proteome studies is rapidly expanding
after the completion of the Arabidopsis thaliana genome sequence, and
proteome analyses of other important or emerging model systems and crop
plants are in progress or are being initiated. Proteome analysis in
plants is subject to the same obstacles and limitations as in other
organisms, but the nature of plant tissues, with their rigid cell walls
and complex variety of secondary metabolites, means that extra
challenges are involved that may not be faced when analysing other
This volume aims to highlight the ways in which proteome analysis has
been used to probe the complexities of plant biochemistry and
physiology. It is aimed at researchers in plant biochemistry, genomics,
transcriptomics and metabolomics who wish to gain an up-to-date insight
into plant proteomes, the information plant proteomics can yield and
the directions plant proteome research is taking.
by Christine Finnie
Publishing , 2006.