Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: November 27, 2012
Publication Date: February 1, 2013
Citation: Miernyk, J.A. 2013. Seed Proteomics. In: Jorrin-Novo, J.V., Weckerth, W., Komatsu, S., Wienkoop, S., editors. Plant Proteomics: Methods and Protocols. 2nd edition. New York, NY: Humana Press.p. 361-377. Technical Abstract: Proteomic analysis of seeds encounters some specific problems that do not impinge on analyses of other plant cells, tissues, or organs. There are anatomic considerations. Seeds comprise the seed coat, the storage organ(s), and the embryonic axis. Are these to be studied individually or as a composite? The physiological status of the seeds must be considered; developing, mature, or germinating? If mature, are they quiescent or dormant? If mature and quiescent, then orthodox or recalcitrant? The genetic uniformity of the population of seeds being compared must be considered. Finally, seeds are protein-rich and the extreme abundance of the storage proteins results in a study-subject with a dynamic range that spans several orders of magnitude. This represents a problem that must be dealt with if the study involves analysis of proteins that are of “normal” to low abundance. Several different methods are described and the results compared.