Proteome analysis of Arabidopsis thaliana by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation-time of flight mass spectrometry

Proteomics. 2005 May;5(7):1902-13. doi: 10.1002/pmic.200401062.


In the present study we show results of a large-scale proteome analysis of the recently sequenced plant Arabidopsis thaliana. On the basis of a previously published sequential protein extraction protocol, we prepared protein extracts from eight different A. thaliana tissues (primary leaf, leaf, stem, silique, seedling, seed, root, and inflorescence) and analysed these by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. A total of 6000 protein spots, from three of these tissues, namely primary leaf, silique and seedling, were excised and the contained proteins were analysed by matrix assisted laser desorption/ionisation time of flight mass spectrometry peptide mass fingerprinting. This resulted in the identification of the proteins contained in 2943 spots, which were found to be products of 663 different genes. In this report we present and discuss the methodological and biological results of our plant proteome analysis.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Arabidopsis / chemistry*
  • Arabidopsis / physiology
  • Arabidopsis Proteins / chemistry*
  • Arabidopsis Proteins / physiology*
  • Electrophoresis, Gel, Two-Dimensional
  • Plant Leaves / chemistry
  • Plant Leaves / metabolism
  • Protein Isoforms / chemistry
  • Protein Isoforms / physiology
  • Proteome / chemistry
  • Proteome / metabolism*
  • Seeds / chemistry
  • Seeds / metabolism
  • Spectrometry, Mass, Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption-Ionization


  • Arabidopsis Proteins
  • Protein Isoforms
  • Proteome