Wild and cultivated species of rice have distinctive proteomic responses to drought

Sara Hamzelou, Karthik Shantharam Kamath, Farhad Masoomi-Aladizgeh, Matthew M. Johnsen, Brian J. Atwell, Paul A. Haynes*

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Drought often compromises yield in non-irrigated crops such as rainfed rice, imperiling the communities that depend upon it as a primary food source. In this study, two cultivated species (Oryza sativa cv. Nipponbare and Oryza glaberrima cv. CG14) and an endemic, perennial Australian wild species (Oryza australiensis) were grown in soil at 40% field capacity for 7 d (drought). The hypothesis was that the natural tolerance of O. australiensis to erratic water supply would be reflected in a unique proteomic profile. Leaves from droughted plants and well-watered controls were harvested for label-free quantitative shotgun proteomics. Physiological and gene ontology analysis confirmed that O. australiensis responded uniquely to drought, with superior leaf water status and enhanced levels of photosynthetic proteins. Distinctive patterns of protein accumulation in drought were observed across the O. australiensis proteome. Photosynthetic and stress-response proteins were more abundant in drought-affected O. glaberrima than O. sativa, and were further enriched in O. australiensis. In contrast, the level of accumulation of photosynthetic proteins decreased when O. sativa underwent drought, while a narrower range of stress-responsive proteins showed increased levels of accumulation. Distinctive proteomic profiles and the accumulated levels of individual proteins with specific functions in response to drought in O. australiensis indicate the importance of this species as a source of stress tolerance genes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5980
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2020

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  • Drought stress
  • Label-free quantitative shotgun proteomics
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Oryza australiensis
  • Oryza glaberrima
  • Oryza sativa
  • Parallel reaction monitoring


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