Proteomic identification and meta-analysis in salvia hispanica RNA-seq de novo assemblies
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While proteomics has demonstrated its value for model organisms and for organisms with mature genome sequence annotations, proteomics has been of less value in nonmodel organisms that are unaccompanied by genome sequence annotations. This project sought to determine the value of RNA-Seq experiments as a basis for establishing a set of protein sequences to represent a nonmodel organism, in this case, the pseudocereal chia. Assembling four publicly available chia RNA-Seq datasets produced transcript sequence sets with a high BUSCO completeness, though the number of transcript sequences and Trinity “genes” varied considerably among them. After six-frame translation, ProteinOrtho detected substantial numbers of orthologs among other species within the taxonomic order Lamiales. These protein sequence databases demonstrated a good identification efficiency for three different LC-MS/MS proteomics experiments, though a seed proteome showed considerable variability in the identification of peptides based on seed protein sequence inclusion. If a proteomics experiment emphasizes a particular tissue, an RNA-Seq experiment incorporating that same tissue is more likely to support a database search identification of that proteome.