Proteomic characterisation of Caenorhabditis elegans larval development

Tian Xia, Edward R. Horton, Anna Elizabetta Salcini, Roger Pocock, Thomas R. Cox, Janine R. Erler

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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 characterise protein level changes across the four larval developmental stages (L1-L4) of C. elegans. In total, we identified 4,130 proteins, and quantified 1,541 proteins that were present across all four stages in three biological replicates from independent experiments. Using hierarchical clustering and functional ontological analyses, we identified twenty-one 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.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1700238
Number of pages16
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018

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