Detection of the Arabidopsis Proteome and Its Post-translational Modifications and the Nature of the Unobserved (Dark) Proteome in PeptideAtlas

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Journal of proteome research


washington; isb; Humans; Arabidopsis; Proteome; Tandem Mass Spectrometry; Protein Processing, Post-Translational; Peptides; Databases, Protein


This study describes a new release of the Arabidopsis thaliana PeptideAtlas proteomics resource (build 2023-10) providing protein sequence coverage, matched mass spectrometry (MS) spectra, selected post-translational modifications (PTMs), and metadata. 70 million MS/MS spectra were matched to the Araport11 annotation, identifying ∼0.6 million unique peptides and 18,267 proteins at the highest confidence level and 3396 lower confidence proteins, together representing 78.6% of the predicted proteome. Additional identified proteins not predicted in Araport11 should be considered for the next Arabidopsis genome annotation. This release identified 5198 phosphorylated proteins, 668 ubiquitinated proteins, 3050 N-terminally acetylated proteins, and 864 lysine-acetylated proteins and mapped their PTM sites. MS support was lacking for 21.4% (5896 proteins) of the predicted Araport11 proteome: the "dark" proteome. This dark proteome is highly enriched for E3 ligases, transcription factors, and for certain (e.g., CLE, IDA, PSY) but not other (e.g., THIONIN, CAP) signaling peptides families. A machine learning model trained on RNA expression data and protein properties predicts the probability that proteins will be detected. The model aids in discovery of proteins with short half-life (e.g., SIG1,3 and ERF-VII TFs) and for developing strategies to identify the missing proteins. PeptideAtlas is linked to TAIR, tracks in JBrowse, and several other community proteomics resources.


Institute for Systems Biology