Top-down proteomics on a chromatographic time scale using linear ion trap Fourier transform hybrid mass spectrometers

Bryan A. Parks, Lihua Jiang, Paul M. Thomas, Craig D. Wenger, Michael J. Roth, Michael T. Boyne, Patricia V. Burke, Kurt E. Kwast, Neil L. Kelleher

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Proteomics has grown significantly with the aid of new technologies that consistently are becoming more streamlined. While processing of proteins from a whole cell lysate is typically done in a bottom-up fashion utilizing MS/MS of peptides from enzymatically digested proteins, top-down proteomics is becoming a viable alternative that until recently has been limited largely to offline analysis by tandem mass spectrometry. Here we describe a method for high-resolution tandem mass spectrometery of intact proteins on a chromatographic time scale. In a single liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) run, we have identified 22 yeast proteins with molecular weights from 14 to 35 kDa. Using anion exchange chromatography to fractionate a whole cell lysate before online LC-MS/MS, we have detected 231 metabolically labeled (14N/15N) protein pairs from Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Thirty-nine additional proteins were identified and characterized from LC-MS/MS of selected anion exchange fractions. Automated localization of multiple acetylations on Histone H4 was also accomplished on an LC time scale from a complex protein mixture. To our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of top-down proteomics (i.e., many identifications) on linear ion trap Fourier transform (LTQ FT) systems using high-resolution MS/MS data obtained on a chromatographic time scale.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7984-7991
Number of pages8
JournalAnalytical Chemistry
Issue number21
StatePublished - Nov 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry


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