Targeted proteomics using selected reaction monitoring (SRM) reveals the induction of specific terpene synthases in a multi-level study of methyl jasmonate treated Norway spruce (Picea abies).

The Plant Journal (2009 Dec;60(6):1015-30.)
Zulak KG, Lippert DN, Kuzyk MA, Domanski D, Chou T, Borchers CH, Bohlmann J.

Induction of terpene synthase (TPS) gene expression and enzyme activity is known to occur in response to various chemical and biological stimuli in several species of spruce (genus Picea). However, high sequence identity between TPS family members has made it difficult to determine induction patterns of individual TPS on the protein and transcript levels and whether specific TPS enzymes respond differentially to treatment. In the present study, we used a multi-level approach to measure the induction and activity of TPS enzymes in protein extracts of Norway spruce (P. abies) bark tissue following treatment with methyl jasmonate (MeJA). Measurements were made on the transcript, protein, enzyme activity and metabolite levels. Using a relatively new proteomics application, selective reaction monitoring (SRM), it was possible to differentiate and quantitatively measure the abundance of several known TPS proteins and three 1-deoxy-D-xylulose 5-phosphate synthase (DXS) isoforms in Norway spruce. Protein levels of individual TPS and DXS enzymes were differentially induced upon MeJA treatment and good correlation was generally observed between induction of transcripts, proteins, and enzyme activities. Most of the mono- and diterpenoid metabolites accumulated with similar temporal patterns of induction as part of the coordinated multi-compound chemical defense response. Protein and enzyme activity levels of the monoTPS (+)-3-carene synthase and the corresponding accumulation of (+)-3-carene was induced to a higher fold change than any other TPS and metabolite measured, indicating an important role in the induced terpenoid defense response in Norway spruce.