Proteomics is the science that studies the proteome, which corresponds to the global expression of proteins at a given time under determined conditions. In the last 20 years, proteomics has emerged as a powerful tool that has allowed the study of proteins that are expressed in the cell under normal or altered conditions as well as post-translational modifications, such as phosphorylation, glycosidation, acetylation, and methylation, among others. In this chapter, we present the main contributions of proteomics to the knowledge of Trypanosoma cruzi biology. Proteomes of all T. cruzi life cycle stages, secretomes/exoproteomes, post-translational modifications such as phosphorylation or acetylation and immunomes, interactomes, and glycomes are described. The role of proteomics in the identification of new chemotherapeutic targets and potential vaccine candidates will also be discussed.
Part of the book: Biology of Trypanosoma cruzi