This planet is home to countless species, some more well-known than the others. While we have developed many techniques to be able to interrogate some of the "omics", proteomics is becoming recognized as a very important part of the puzzle, given how important the protein is as a functional part of the cell. Within human health, the proteome is fairly well-established, with numerous reagents being available to decipher cellular pathways. Recent research advancements have assisted in characterizing the proteomes of some model (non-human) species, however, in many other species, we are only just touching the surface. This review considers three main reagent classes-antibodies, aptamers, and nanobodies-as a means of continuing to investigate the proteomes of non-model species without the complications of understanding the full protein signature of a species. Considerations of ease of production, potential applications, and the necessity for producing a new reagent depending on homology are presented.
Keywords: antibodies; aptamers; nanobodies; proteins; proteome; reagents.
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