Unraveling the roles of vascular proteins using proteomics

Yan Liu, Tianbao Lin, Maria Valderrama Valencia, Cankui Zhang, Zhiqiang Lv

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Vascular bundles play important roles in transporting nutrients, growth signals, amino acids, and proteins between aerial and underground tissues. In order to understand these sophisticated processes, a comprehensive analysis of the roles of the components located in the vascular tissues is required. A great deal of data has been obtained from proteomic analyses of vascular tissues in plants, which mainly aim to identify the proteins moving through the vascular tissues. Here, different aspects of the phloem and xylem proteins are reviewed, including their collection methods, and their main biological roles in growth, and biotic and abiotic stress responses. The study of vascular proteomics shows great potential to contribute to our understanding of the biological mechanisms related to development and defense in plants.

Original languageEnglish
Article number667
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2021
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Major Science and Technology Programs of Zhejiang Province (2016C02054), the Major Agricultural Technology Collaborative Promotion Plan of Zhejiang Province (2018XTTGCS01-2), the earmarked fund for Modern Agro-industry Technology Research System of China (CARS-18-ZJ0203), the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (Hatch project 1007567) and the National Science Foundation (EDGE IOS-1923557 to C.Z.).

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  • Phloem proteins
  • Sieve elements
  • Vasculature
  • Xylem proteins


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