Proteomics

The proteome under translational control

A single eukaryotic gene can give rise to a variety of protein forms (proteoforms) as a result of genetic variation and multilevel regulation of gene expression. In addition to alternative splicing, an increasing line of evidence shows that alternative translation contributes to the overall complexity of proteomes. Identifying the repertoire of proteins and micropeptides expressed by alternative selection of (near-)cognate translation initiation sites and different reading frames however remains challenging with contemporary proteomics.

A proteogenomics approach integrating proteomics and ribosome profiling increases the efficiency of protein identification and enables the discovery of alternative translation start sites

Next-generation transcriptome sequencing is increasingly integrated with MS to enhance MS-based protein and peptide identification. Recently, a breakthrough in transcriptome analysis was achieved with the development of ribosome profiling (ribo-seq). This technology is based on the deep sequencing of ribosome-protected mRNA fragments, thereby enabling the direct observation of in vivo protein synthesis at the transcript level.

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