Soybean seed proteome rebalancing

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The soybean seed's protein content and composition are regulated by both genetics and physiology. Overt seed protein content is specified by the genotype's genetic framework and is selectable as a breeding trait. Within the genotype-specified protein content phenotype soybeans have the capacity to rebalance protein composition to create differing proteomes. Soybeans possess a relatively standardized proteome, but mutation or targeted engineering can induce large-scale proteome rebalancing. Proteome rebalancing shows that the output traits of seed content and composition result from two major types of regulation: genotype and post-transcriptional control of the proteome composition. Understanding the underlying mechanisms that specifies the seed proteome can enable engineering new phenotypes for the production of a high-quality plant protein source for food, feed, and industrial proteins.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number437
JournalFrontiers in Plant Science
Issue numberSEP
StatePublished - Sep 3 2014


  • Protein
  • Proteome
  • Seed
  • Soybean
  • Storage protein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science


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