Shotgun proteomic profiling of five species of New Zealand Pachycladon

Mehdi Mirzaei, Dana Pascovici, Tim Keighley, Iniga George, Claudia Voelckel, Peter B. Heenan, Paul A. Haynes*

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The genus Pachycladon consists of ten species of alpine plants, nine of which are endemic to New Zealand. The species are closely related to the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana with respect to their sequence divergence and chromosome synteny, occupy distinct geographical habitats in terms of both latitude and altitude, and display a range of morphologies. We have performed label-free quantitative shotgun proteomic analysis of five different species of Pachycladon, namely P. cheesemanii (CH), P. exile (EX), P. fastigiatum (FA), P. enysii (EN) and P. novae-zelandiae (NZ). The total non-redundant data set for all five species contained 1489 proteins. The numbers of proteins identified reproducibly in each species ranged from 629 for CH to 987 for NZ, with 681 for EN, 741 for EX and 934 for FA. Previous metabolite-based studies have shown that FA hydrolyzes glucosinolates completely to isothiocyanates while EN converts glucosinolates to nitriles. In this study, we observed high expression of ESP (At1g54040, epithiospecifying senescence regulator protein) and myrosinase 2 (At5g25980, glycosyl hydrolase family protein), which result in production of nitriles and epithionitriles, in EN and NZ, and we also observed higher expression of ESM1 (At3g14210, GDSL esterase/lipase), which mediates the formation of isothiocyanate, in FA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-171
Number of pages6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011


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