Nov 20, 2014

Abiotic drivers of protein abundance variation among natural populations

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Chao ShiNan Yao


Identifying when and where environmental change induces molecular responses in natural populations is an important goal in contemporary ecology. It can aid in identifying molecular signatures of populations experiencing stressful conditions and potentially inform if species are approaching the limits of their tolerance niches. Achieving this goal is hampered by our limited understanding of the influence of environmental variation on the molecular systems of most ecologically relevant species as the pathways underlying fitness-affecting plastic responses have primarily been studied in model organisms under controlled laboratory conditions. In this study, we establish relationships between protein abundance patterns and the abiotic environment by profiling the proteomes of 24 natural populations of the caddisfly Crunoecia irrorata. We subsequently relate these profiles to natural variations in the abiotic characteristics of their freshwater spring habitats which shows that protein abundances and networks respond to abiotic variation according to the functional roles these proteins have. We provide evidence that geographic and past and present environmental differences between sites affect protein abundances and identifications, a...Continue Reading

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