A method of preparing a first set of candidate fragments from a sample protein fragment and a protein sequence, comprises selecting a first candidate sequence comprising a terminal amino acid of the protein sequence; generating a further candidate sequence from each candidate sequence, except a last candidate sequence; and including any candidate sequences having a mass which is equal to the mass of the sample protein fragment within a third tolerance, in the first set of candidate fragments. The generating of the further candidate sequences from each candidate sequence is by adding a portion of the protein sequence farther away from the terminal amino acid than the candidate sequence, if a mass of the sample protein fragment is equal to or greater than the mass of the candidate sequence within a first tolerance, or deleting a portion of the candidate sequence from an end closest to the terminal amino acid, if the mass of the sample protein fragment is less than the mass of the candidate sequence within a second tolerance. The candidate sequences are subsequences of the protein sequence.
|Original language||English (US)|
|U.S. patent number||7765068|
|State||Published - Jul 27 2010|