Moss species Physcomitrella patens has been used as a model system in plant science for several years, because it has a short life cycle and is easy to be handled. With the completion of its genome sequencing, more and more proteomic analyses were conducted to study the mechanisms of P. patens abiotic stress resistance. It can be concluded from these studies that abiotic stresses could lead to the repression of photosynthesis and enhancement of respiration in P. patens, although different stresses could also result in specific responses. Comparative analysis showed that the responses to drought and salinity were very similar to that of abscisic acid, while the response to cold was quite different from these three. Based on previous studies, it is proposed that sub-proteomic studies on organelles or protein modifications, as well as functional characterization of those candidate proteins identified from proteomic studies will help us to further understand the mechanisms of abiotic stress resistance in P. patens.
Keywords: Physcomitrella patens, abiotic stress, proteomics
Citation: Wang X, Liu Y and Yang P (2012) Proteomic studies of the abiotic stresses response in model moss – Physcomitrella patens. Front. Plant Sci. 3:258. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2012.00258
Received: 09 October 2012; Paper pending published: 22 October 2012;
Accepted: 05 November 2012; Published online: 22 November 2012.
Edited by:Setsuko Komatsu, National Institute of Crop Science, Japan
Reviewed by:Shaojun Dai, Northeast Forestry University, China
Copyright: © 2012 Wang, Liu and Yang. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in other forums, provided the original authors and source are credited and subject to any copyright notices concerning any third-party graphics etc.
*Correspondence: Pingfang Yang, Key Laboratory of Plant Germplasm Enhancement and Specialty Agriculture, Wuhan Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Moshan, Wuhan 430074, China. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org