New Insights into the Rat Spermatogonial Proteome

Emmanuelle Com, Bertrand Evrard, Peter Roepstorff, Florence Aubry, Charles Pineau
2003 Molecular & Cellular Proteomics  
Despite the essential role played by spermatogonia in testicular function, little is known about these cells. To improve our understanding of their biology, our group recently identified a set of 53 spermatogonial proteins using two-dimensional (2-D) gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry. To continue this work, we investigated a subset of the spermatogonial proteome using narrow range immobilized pH gradients to favor the detection of less abundant proteins. A 2-D reference map of
more » ... nia in the pH range 4 -9 was created, and protein entities fractionated in a pH 5-6 2-D gel were further processed for protein identification. A new set of 156 polypeptides was identified by peptide mass fingerprinting and tandem mass spectrometry. These polypeptides corresponded to 102 different proteins, which reflect the complexity of post-translational modifications. Seventy-nine of these proteins were identified for the first time in spermatogonia. All identified proteins were classified into functional groups. This work represents a first step toward the establishment of a systematic spermatogonia protein database. Molecular & Cellular Proteomics 2: 248 -261, 2003. From the ‡GERM-INSERM U.435, Campus de Beaulieu, Université de Rennes I, 35042 Rennes Cedex, Bretagne, France and the ¶Department
doi:10.1074/mcp.m300010-mcp200 pmid:12754304 fatcat:mirwnbcwizcklad7466pxygrmi