Integrating cell biology and proteomic approaches in plants

J Proteomics. 2017 Oct 3;169:165-175. doi: 10.1016/j.jprot.2017.04.020. Epub 2017 Apr 22.


Significant improvements of protein extraction, separation, mass spectrometry and bioinformatics nurtured advancements of proteomics during the past years. The usefulness of proteomics in the investigation of biological problems can be enhanced by integration with other experimental methods from cell biology, genetics, biochemistry, pharmacology, molecular biology and other omics approaches including transcriptomics and metabolomics. This review aims to summarize current trends integrating cell biology and proteomics in plant science. Cell biology approaches are most frequently used in proteomic studies investigating subcellular and developmental proteomes, however, they were also employed in proteomic studies exploring abiotic and biotic stress responses, vesicular transport, cytoskeleton and protein posttranslational modifications. They are used either for detailed cellular or ultrastructural characterization of the object subjected to proteomic study, validation of proteomic results or to expand proteomic data. In this respect, a broad spectrum of methods is employed to support proteomic studies including ultrastructural electron microscopy studies, histochemical staining, immunochemical localization, in vivo imaging of fluorescently tagged proteins and visualization of protein-protein interactions. Thus, cell biological observations on fixed or living cell compartments, cells, tissues and organs are feasible, and in some cases fundamental for the validation and complementation of proteomic data.

Significance: Validation of proteomic data by independent experimental methods requires development of new complementary approaches. Benefits of cell biology methods and techniques are not sufficiently highlighted in current proteomic studies. This encouraged us to review most popular cell biology methods used in proteomic studies and to evaluate their relevance and potential for proteomic data validation and enrichment of purely proteomic analyses. We also provide examples of representative studies combining proteomic and cell biology methods for various purposes. Integrating cell biology approaches with proteomic ones allow validation and better interpretation of proteomic data. Moreover, cell biology methods remarkably extend the knowledge provided by proteomic studies and might be fundamental for the functional complementation of proteomic data. This review article summarizes current literature linking proteomics with cell biology.

Keywords: Cell biology; Electron microscopy; Fluorescence microscopy; Plant; Protein localization; Proteomics.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Biology / trends*
  • Humans
  • Proteomics / methods*
  • Proteomics / trends