Proteomic Characterization of Golgi Membranes Enriched from Arabidopsis Suspension Cell Cultures

  • Sara Fasmer Hansen
  • Berit Ebert
  • Carsten Rautengarten
  • Joshua L. Heazlewood
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1496)


The plant Golgi apparatus has a central role in the secretory pathway and is the principal site within the cell for the assembly and processing of macromolecules. The stacked membrane structure of the Golgi apparatus along with its interactions with the cytoskeleton and endoplasmic reticulum has historically made the isolation and purification of this organelle difficult. Density centrifugation has typically been used to enrich Golgi membranes from plant microsomal preparations, and aside from minor adaptations, the approach is still widely employed. Here we outline the enrichment of Golgi membranes from an Arabidopsis cell suspension culture that can be used to investigate the proteome of this organelle. We also provide a useful workflow for the examination of proteomic data as the result of multiple analyses. Finally, we highlight a simple technique to validate the subcellular localization of proteins by fluorescent tags after their identification by tandem mass spectrometry.

Key words

Golgi apparatus Density gradient centrifugation Subcellular localization Fluorescent protein 



This work was funded by grants from the Australia Research Council (ARC) to the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls [CE110001007] and the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, through contract DE-AC02-05CH11231 between Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the US Department of Energy. J.L.H. is supported by an ARC Future Fellowship [FT130101165]. S.F.H. was supported by a research grant [VKR023371] from VILLUM FONDEN. We also wish to thank the UC Davis Proteomics Core Facility for sample analysis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sara Fasmer Hansen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Berit Ebert
    • 3
  • Carsten Rautengarten
    • 3
  • Joshua L. Heazlewood
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of ScienceUniversity of CopenhagenFrederiksberg CDenmark
  2. 2.Joint BioEnergy Institute and Physical Biosciences DivisionLawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryBerkeleyUSA
  3. 3.ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls, School of BioSciencesThe University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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