A high-quality catalog of the Drosophila melanogaster proteome

Erich Brunner, Christian H. Ahrens, Sonaly Mohanty, Hansruedi Baetschmann, Sandra Loevenich, Frank Potthast, Eric W. Deutsch, Christian Panse, Ulrik de Lichtenberg, Oliver Rinner, Hookeun Lee, Patrick G. A. Pedrioli, Johan Malmstrom, Katja Koehler, Sabine Schrimpf, Jeroen Krijgsveld, Floyd Kregenov, Albert J. R. Heck, Ernst Hafen, Ralph SchlapbachRuedi Aebersold

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    Understanding how proteins and their complex interaction networks convert the genomic information into a dynamic living organism is a fundamental challenge in biological sciences. As an important step towards understanding the systems biology of a complex eukaryote, we cataloged 63% of the predicted Drosophila melanogaster proteome by detecting 9,124 proteins from 498,000 redundant and 72,281 distinct peptide identifications. This unprecedented high proteome coverage for a complex eukaryote was achieved by combining sample diversity, multidimensional biochemical fractionation and analysis-driven experimentation feedback loops, whereby data collection is guided by statistical analysis of prior data. We show that high-quality proteomics data provide crucial information to amend genome annotation and to confirm many predicted gene models. We also present experimentally identified proteotypic peptides matching approximately 50% of D. melanogaster gene models. This library of proteotypic peptides should enable fast, targeted and quantitative proteomic studies to elucidate the systems biology of this model organism.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalNature Biotechnology
    Issue number5
    Pages (from-to)576-83
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


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