Review paper

Lipid droplet-associated proteins in diverse microalgae revealed by proteomic analysis

Nojima, Daisuke; Nonoyama, Tomomi; Yoshino, Tomoko; Tanaka, Tsuyoshi

Perspectives in Phycology Vol. 4 No. 1 (2017), p. 25 - 32

published: May 1, 2017
published online: Dec 29, 2016
manuscript accepted: Nov 21, 2016
manuscript revision received: Mar 13, 2017
manuscript revision requested: Jan 18, 2017
manuscript received: Jul 27, 2016

DOI: 10.1127/pip/2017/0069

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Abstract Lipid storage particles, termed lipid droplets, are ubiquitous organelles in almost all eukaryotic organisms. Lipid droplet surface proteins play particularly important roles in lipid droplet dynamics, and some of these proteins have recently been successfully isolated from and identified in evolutionarily diverse microalgae. Most of these microalgal proteins do not show high sequence similarity with those of animals and higher plants. In this review, we summarize recent progress in research on lipid droplet proteomes in diverse microalgae, and discuss the contribution of these proteins to lipid droplet formation in each species. Further understanding of lipid droplet biology in microalgae is expected to contribute to deepening our knowledge of organelle dynamics as well as offer insight for efficient biofuel production.


lipid dropletmicroalgaeproteomicslipid droplet-associated protein