Proteomic analysis of Arabidopsis thaliana

Detta är en avhandling från Umeå : Kemi

Sammanfattning: A complete proteome analysis of the chloroplast stroma, using 2D-PAGE, from spinach and Arabidopsis was performed. To improve the identification of proteins a computer program named SPECLUST was used. In SPECLUST, peak masses that are similar in many spots cluster together because they originate from the same protein with different locations on the gel. Within this program peaks in a cluster can be investigated in detail by peaks-in-common, and the unidentified masses that differ between spots in a cluster could be caused by protein modifications, which was analysed further by MS/MS.The thylakoid is an internal membrane system in the chloroplast where protein complexes involved in photosynthesis are housed. Enclosed in the thylakoid membrane is the chloroplast lumen, with a proteome estimated to contain 80-200 different proteins. Because the chloroplast lumen is close to the photosynthesis machinery in the plant, one can expect that the lumen proteome will change depending on if the plant is dark or light adapted. DIGE analysis of lumen proteins found that 15 lumen proteins show increased relative abundance in light-adapted plants. In addition co-expression analysis of lumen protein genes suggests that the lumen protein genes are uniformly transcriptionally regulated, not only by light but in a general manner.Plastocyanin is one of the proteins involved in the electron transfer in photosynthesis. Two homologous plastocyanin isoforms are encoded by the genes PETE1 and PETE2 in the nuclear genome of Arabidopsis, where PETE2 is the more abundant isoform. Knockout mutants of each of the plastocyanin isoforms shows that a 90% reduction of plastocyanin levels affects rates of photosynthesis and growth only slightly. A corresponding over-expression of plastocyanin in each of the two knockout mutants results in essentially wild-type photosynthetic performance. Reduced plastocyanin levels make the plant sensitive to Cu stress and therefore plastocyanin plays a major role as a Cu sink.A by-product of photosynthesis is hydrogen peroxide, which may be harmful for the plant. The discovery that an abundant protein found in the chloroplast lumen, TL29, shared sequence homology to Ascorbate Peroxidase (APX) was therefore of interest. We have evidence that TL29 is not an APX protein; it lacks the heme-binding active site and shows no activity. TL29 is located in the grana region and is electrostaticaly attached to the thylakoid membrane. It has four isoforms, with different pIs, both in the native and denatured form. It has no interaction with ascorbate, when compared to raAPX1. TL29 has two cysteine residues and one of them seems to have redox-regulated function, proposing that it may interact with other proteins close to PSII.