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Global Proteomics of the Extremophile Black Fungus Cryomyces antarcticus Using 2D-Electrophoresis

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The microcolonial black fungus Cryomyces antarcticus is an extremophile organism growing on and in rock in the Antarctic desert. Ecological plasticity and stress tolerance make it a perfect model organism for astrobiology. 2D-gel electrophoresis and MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometry were performed to explore the protein repertoire, which allows the fungus to survive in the harsh environment. Only a limited number of proteins could be identified by using sequence homologies in public databases. Due to the rather low identification rate by sequence homology, this study reveals that a major part of the proteome of C. antarcticus varies significantly from other fungal species.

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Zakharova, K. , Sterflinger, K. , Razzazi-Fazeli, E. , Noebauer, K. and Marzban, G. (2014) Global Proteomics of the Extremophile Black Fungus Cryomyces antarcticus Using 2D-Electrophoresis. Natural Science, 6, 978-995. doi: 10.4236/ns.2014.612090.


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