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Article|01 Oct 2018|OPEN
Comparative proteomic analysis provides insight into a complex regulatory network of taproot formation in radish (Raphanus sativus L.)
Yang Xie1, Liang Xu1, Yan Wang1, Lianxue Fan1, Yinglong Chen2, Mingjia Tang1, Xiaobo Luo1 & Liwang Liu1,
1National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetics and Germplasm Enhancement, Key Laboratory of Horticultural Crop Biology and Genetic Improvement (East China) of MOA, College of Horticulture, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, PR China
2The UWA Institute of Agriculture, UWA School of Agriculture and Environment, The University of Western Australia, Perth, WA 6001, Australia

Horticulture Research 5,
Article number: 51 (2018)
doi: 10.1038/hortres.2018.51
Views: 752

Received: 08 Nov 2017
Revised: 22 Jan 2018
Accepted: 30 May 2018
Published online: 01 Oct 2018


The fleshy taproot of radish is an important storage organ determining its yield and quality. Taproot thickening is a complex developmental process in radish. However, the molecular mechanisms governing this process remain unclear at the proteome level. In this study, a comparative proteomic analysis was performed to analyze the proteome changes at three developmental stages of taproot thickening using iTRAQ approach. In total, 1862 differentially expressed proteins (DEPs) were identified from 6342 high-confidence proteins, among which 256 up-regulated proteins displayed overlapped accumulation in S1 (pre-cortex splitting stage) vs. S2 (cortex splitting stage) and S1 vs. S3 (expanding stage) pairs, whereas 122 up-regulated proteins displayed overlapped accumulation in S1 vs. S3 and S2 vs. S3 pairs. Gene Ontology (GO) and pathway enrichment analysis showed that these DEPs were mainly involved in several processes such as “starch and sucrose metabolism”, “plant hormone signal transduction”, and “biosynthesis of secondary metabolites”. A high concordance existed between iTRAQ and RT-qPCR at the mRNA expression levels. Furthermore, association analysis showed that 187, 181, and 96 DEPs were matched with their corresponding differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in S1 vs. S2, S1 vs. S3, and S2 vs. S3 comparison, respectively. Notably, several functional proteins including cell division cycle 5-like protein (CDC5), expansin B1 (EXPB1), and xyloglucan endotransglucosylase/hydrolase protein 24 (XTH24) were responsible for cell division and expansion during radish taproot thickening process. These results could facilitate a better understanding of the molecular mechanism underlying taproot thickening, and provide valuable information for the identification of critical genes/proteins responsible for taproot thickening in root vegetable crops.