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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17(8), 1275;

Environmental Microbial Community Proteomics: Status, Challenges and Perspectives

State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science, College of the Environment and Ecology, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361102, China
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Academic Editor: Patrick C. Y. Woo
Received: 24 May 2016 / Revised: 8 July 2016 / Accepted: 29 July 2016 / Published: 5 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Collection Advances in Proteomic Research)
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Microbial community proteomics, also termed metaproteomics, is an emerging field within the area of microbiology, which studies the entire protein complement recovered directly from a complex environmental microbial community at a given point in time. Although it is still in its infancy, microbial community proteomics has shown its powerful potential in exploring microbial diversity, metabolic potential, ecological function and microbe-environment interactions. In this paper, we review recent advances achieved in microbial community proteomics conducted in diverse environments, such as marine and freshwater, sediment and soil, activated sludge, acid mine drainage biofilms and symbiotic communities. The challenges facing microbial community proteomics are also discussed, and we believe that microbial community proteomics will greatly enhance our understanding of the microbial world and its interactions with the environment. View Full-Text
Keywords: microbes; proteomics; community proteomics; metaproteomics microbes; proteomics; community proteomics; metaproteomics

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Wang, D.-Z.; Kong, L.-F.; Li, Y.-Y.; Xie, Z.-X. Environmental Microbial Community Proteomics: Status, Challenges and Perspectives. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17, 1275.

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