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Proteomic Characterization of Caenorhabditis elegans Larval Development


The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is widely used as a model organism to study cell and developmental biology. Quantitative proteomics of C. elegans is still in its infancy and, so far, most studies have been performed on adult worm samples. Here, we used quantitative mass spectrometry to characterize protein level changes across the four larval developmental stages (L1-L4) of C. elegans. In total, we identified 4130 proteins, and quantified 1541 proteins that were present across all four stages in three biological replicates from independent experiments. Using hierarchical clustering and functional ontological analyses, we identified 21 clusters containing proteins with similar protein profiles across the four stages, and highlighted the most overrepresented biological functions in each of these protein clusters. In addition, we used the dataset to identify putative larval stage-specific proteins in each individual developmental stage, as well as in the early and late developmental stages. In summary, this dataset provides system-wide analysis of protein level changes across the four C. elegans larval developmental stages, which serves as a useful resource for the C. elegans research community. MS data were deposited in ProteomeXchange ( via the PRIDE partner repository with the primary accession identifier PXD006676.

Type Journal
ISBN 1615-9861 (Electronic) 1615-9853 (Linking)
Authors Xia, T.; Horton, E. R.; Salcini, A. E.; Pocock, R.; Cox, T. R.; Erler, J. T.
Responsible Garvan Author A/Prof Thomas Cox
Publisher Name PROTEOMICS
Published Date 2018-01-01
Published Volume 18
Published Issue 2
Status Published in-print
DOI 10.1002/pmic.201700238
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