• Animal proteomics;
  • Bioinformatic analysis;
  • Excitation–contraction coupling;
  • Mitochondrion;
  • Sarcoplasmic reticulum

To obtain a comprehensive understanding of proteins involved in excitation–contraction coupling, a catalog of proteins from sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) membrane fractions of New Zealand white rabbit skeletal muscle was analyzed by an optimized shotgun proteomic method. Light and heavy SR membrane fractions were obtained by nonlinear sucrose gradient centrifugation and separated by 1DE followed by a highly reproducible, automated LC-MS/MS on the hybrid linear ion trap (LTQ) Orbitrap mass spectrometer. By integrating as low as 1% false discovery rate as one of the features for quality control method, 483 proteins were identified from both of the two independent SR preparations. Proteins involved in calcium release unit complex, including ryanodine receptor 1, dihydropyridine receptor, calmodulin, triadin, junctin, and calsequestrin, were all detected, which offered validation for this protein identification method. Rigorous bioinformatics analysis was performed. Protein pI value, molecular weight range, hydrophobicity index, and transmembrane region were calculated using bioinformatics softwares. Eighty-three proteins were classified as hydrophobic proteins and 175 proteins were recognized as membrane proteins. Based on the proteomic analysis results, we found as the first time that not only transverse tubule but also mitochondrion physically connected to SR. The complete mapping of these proteomes may help in the elucidation of the process of excitation–contraction coupling and excitation–metabolism coupling.