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Proteomics - Protocol for Protein Extraction - 10 % w/v TCA/ acetone/ 0.07 % v/v -Mercaptoethanol


Protocol for Protein Extraction

10 % w/v TCA/ acetone/ 0.07 % v/v -Mercaptoethanol

Plant cells are rich in compounds that interfere with the 2DE separation method such as salts, organic acids, phenolics, pigments, terpenes, among others. A common protocol used in our lab for extraction proteins from plant tissues consists in the homogenization of mortar-grounded material in liquid nitrogen with an extraction buffer (20 mM Tris-HCl, pH 8.0, 5 mM EDTA, 50 M leupeptin, 1 M pepstatin A, 10 M 3, 4-dichloroisocumarine, 1 mM phenylmethylsulfonyl fluoride and 0.05 % SDS). Although, proteins extracted following this protocol produce good SDS-PAGE separations they are not suitable for 2DE. Therefore, we adopted the widly applied (see references) protocol developed by Damerval and introduced some modifications. We were able to generate 2DE separations with superior resolution and recovery from various plant parts. Moreover, we tested this method to prepare and separte proteins from mycelium of the filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans with great success.


For a liquid sample (such a plasma, lysides or a grounded tissue
resuspended in a buffer) add 4 vol. of the 10 % w/v trichloroacetic acid
and 0.07 % v/v 2-mercaptoethanol in acetone and start at step 4.


Damerval C, de Vienne D, Zivy M, Thiellement H. The technical improvements in two-dimensional electrophoresis increase the level of genetic variation detected in wheat-seedling proteins. Electrophoresis 1986;7:52-54.

Porubleva L, Velden KV, Kothari S, Oliver DJ, Chitnis PR. The proteome of maize leaves: Use of gene sequences and expressed sequence tag data for identification of proteins with peptide mass fingerprints. Electrophoresis 2001;22:1724-1738.

Santoni V, Bellini C, Caboche M. Use of two-dimensional protein-pattern analysis for the characterization of Arabidopsis thaliana mutants. Planta 1994;192:557-566