Proteins associated with the cell envelope of Trichoderma reesei: a proteomic approach

Proteomics. 2001 Jul;1(7):899-909. doi: 10.1002/1615-9861(200107)1:7<899::AID-PROT899>3.0.CO;2-#.


A total of 220 cell envelope-associated proteins were successfully extracted and separated from Trichoderma reesei mycelia actively synthesizing and secreting proteins and from mycelia in which the secretion of proteins are low. Altogether 56 spots were examined by nanoelectrospray tandem mass spectrometry and amino acid sequence was obtained for 32 spots. From these, 20 spots were identified by Advanced BLAST searches against all databases available to BLAST. The most abundant protein in both types of mycelia was HEX1, the major protein in Woronin body, a structure unique to filamentous fungi. Other proteins identified were vacuolar protease A, enolase, glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase, transaldolase, protein disulfide isomerase, mitochondrial outer membrane porin, diphosphate kinase and translation elongation factor beta. Partial short amino acid sequence obtained from some proteins did not allow them to be assigned to a specific protein in the database by BLAST search. In some cases, the tandem mass spectrometry spectra were too complicated to be able to assign an amino acid sequence with certainty. The number of spots (12) giving a clear signal but finding no match in the databases suggests that a majority of proteins associated with a filamentous fungal cell wall, are novel. Some technical problems related to protein isolation are also discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Cell Wall / chemistry
  • Databases, Protein
  • Electrophoresis, Gel, Two-Dimensional
  • Fungal Proteins / genetics
  • Fungal Proteins / isolation & purification*
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Membrane Proteins / genetics
  • Membrane Proteins / isolation & purification*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Nanotechnology
  • Proteome / genetics
  • Proteome / isolation & purification*
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Trichoderma / chemistry*
  • Trichoderma / genetics
  • Trichoderma / growth & development


  • Fungal Proteins
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Proteome