Comparative proteomic analysis reveals differentially expressed proteins in Caenorhabditis elegans pgl-1 mutants grown at 20°C and 25°C

J Proteomics. 2012 Aug 3;75(15):4792-801. doi: 10.1016/j.jprot.2012.04.038. Epub 2012 May 8.


PGL-1 is an RNA-binding protein component of germ granules and essential for fertility in Caenorhabditis elegans. To clarify the molecular function of PGL-1, we performed comparative proteomic analysis using 2-D DIGE and LC-MS/MS. Five groups of synchronized adult hermaphrodites were analyzed: (1) wild-type N2 grown at 20°C, (2) pgl-1(bn101) mutants grown at 20°C, (3) pgl-1(bn101) mutants grown at 20°C then upshifted to 25°C after the L1 stage, (4) pgl-1(ct131) mutants grown at 20°C, and (5) pgl-1(ct131) mutants grown at 20°C then upshifted to 25°C after the L1 stage. The five groups were divided into two experimental sets for 2-D DIGE: set A included N2 and pgl-1(bn101) mutants, and set B included N2 and pgl-1(ct131) mutants. Dunnett's test indicated 90 and 100 specific spots, respectively, with significantly different expression levels from the rest of the experimental set (q≤0.1). Among them, 69 and 58 spots, respectively, were analyzed by LC-MS/MS. Finally, we identified 19 proteins from 24 specific spots common to both the experimental sets. RNAi analysis indicated that decreased eef-1G expression is strongly associated with the temperature-sensitive sterile phenotype of pgl-1. Our results suggest that PGL-1 is closely involved in translational processes during C. elegans germline development.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Caenorhabditis elegans / genetics
  • Caenorhabditis elegans / growth & development*
  • Caenorhabditis elegans / metabolism*
  • Caenorhabditis elegans Proteins*
  • Gene Expression Regulation*
  • Mutation
  • Protein Biosynthesis*
  • Proteome / biosynthesis*
  • Proteome / genetics
  • RNA-Binding Proteins*


  • Caenorhabditis elegans Proteins
  • PGL-1 protein, C elegans
  • Proteome
  • RNA-Binding Proteins