Characterizing the Host Coral Proteome of Platygyra carnosa Using Suspension Trapping (S-Trap)

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1783–1791
Journal / PublicationJournal of Proteome Research
Issue number3
Online published25 Feb 2021
Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2021


Stony corals form the foundation of coral reefs, which are of prominent ecological and economic significance. A robust workflow for investigating the coral proteome is essential in understanding coral biology. Here we investigated different preparative workflows and characterized the proteome of Platygyra carnosa, a common stony coral of the South China Sea. We found that a combination of bead homogenization with suspension trapping (S-Trap) preparation could yield more than 2700 proteins from coral samples. Annotation using a P. carnosa transcriptome database revealed that the majority of proteins were from the coral host cells (2140, 212, and 427 proteins from host coral, dinoflagellate, and other compartments, respectively). Label-free quantification and functional annotations indicated that a high proportion were involved in protein and redox homeostasis. Furthermore, the S-Trap method achieved good reproducibility in quantitative analysis. Although yielding a low symbiont:host ratio, the method is efficient in characterizing the coral host proteomic landscape, which provides a foundation to explore the molecular basis of the responses of coral host tissues to environmental stressors.

Research Area(s)

  • Platygyra carnosa, proteomics profiling, quantitative proteomics, stony coral, S-Trap