Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family and is originated
from the Southern Amazon basin. The storage root is the most important product of cassava as food
for more than 800 million people in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In this review, we present a retrospective
of studies aiming the identification of cassava proteins, starting from the first investigations
using SDS-PAGE and classical two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2DE) to recent studies with advanced
technologies such as high-resolution 2DE, mass spectrometry, and iTRAQ-based analysis that have contributed for
characterization of cassava proteome. Several cassava proteins have been identified, including those involved in the storage
root formation and post-harvest physiological deterioration processes.
Keywords: Cassava, mass spectrometry, post-harvest physiological deterioration, proteomics, storage root formation, uni- and
bi-dimensional gel electrophoresis.
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