Updates on resources, software tools, and databases for plant proteomics in 2016–2017

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  • Published: Mar 1, 2018
  • Author: Biswapriya B. Misra


Proteomics data processing, annotation, and analysis can often lead to major hurdles in large‐scale high‐throughput bottom‐up proteomics experiments. Given the recent rise in protein‐based big datasets being generated, efforts in in silico tool development occurrences have had an unprecedented increase; so much so, that it has become increasingly difficult to keep track of all the advances in a particular academic year. However, these tools benefit the plant proteomics community in circumventing critical issues in data analysis and visualization, as these continually developing open‐source and community‐developed tools hold potential in future research efforts. This review will aim to introduce and summarize more than 50 software tools, databases, and resources developed and published during 2016–2017 under the following categories: tools for data pre‐processing and analysis, statistical analysis tools, peptide identification tools, databases and spectral libraries, and data visualization and interpretation tools. Intended for a well‐informed proteomics community, finally, efforts in data archiving and validation datasets for the community will be discussed as well. Additionally, the author delineates the current and most commonly used proteomics tools in order to introduce novice readers to this ‐omics discovery platform.

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