[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Proteomics requires an optimized level of sample-processing, including a minimal sample-processing time and an optimal peptide recovery from protein digests, in order to maximize the percentage sequence coverage and to improve the accuracy of protein identification. The conventional methods of protein characterization from one-dimensional or two-dimensional gels include the destaining of an excised gel piece, followed by an overnight in-gel enzyme digestion. The aims of this study were to determine whether: (1) stained gels can be used without any destaining for trypsin digestion and mass spectrometry (MS); (2) tryptic peptides can be recovered from a matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) target plate for a subsequent analysis with liquid chromatography (LC) coupled to an electrospray ionization (ESI) quadrupole ion trap MS; and (3) an overnight in-gel digestion is necessary for protein characterization with MS. These three strategies would significantly improve sample throughput. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) was the model biological fluid used to develop these methods. CSF was desalted by gel filtration, and CSF proteins were separated by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2DGE). Proteins were visualized with either silver, Coomassie, or Stains-All (counterstained with silver). None of the gels was destained. Protein spots were in-gel trypsin digested, the tryptic peptides were purified with ZipTip, and the peptides were analyzed with MALDI and ESI MS. Some of the samples that were spotted onto a wax-coated MALDI target plate were recovered and analyzed with ESI MS. All three types of stained gels were compatible with MALDI and ESI MS without any destaining. In-gel trypsin digestion can be performed in only 10-60 min for protein characterization with MS, the sample can be recovered from the MALDI target plate for use in ESI MS, and there was a 90% reduction in sample-processing time from overnight to ca. 3 h.
Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry 07/2004; 15(6):784-94. · 3.59 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This manuscript describes the between-gel reproducibility of the two-dimensional gel electrophoresis analysis of the human lumbar cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) proteome. This reproducibility study is a necessary component for our long-term research program that uses comparative proteomics to analyze lumbar CSF samples in a study of human idiopathic low back pain. A Protein-Plus Dodeca Cell electrophoresis apparatus and PDQuest software were used to measure the level of between-gel reproducibility of the CSF proteome. One pooled CSF sample was used to evaluate the level of within-sample, between-gel reproducibility, and a set of seven different CSF samples (CSF-1 to 7) was used to test the level of within-group and between-group variability. Differentially expressed proteins (six CSF samples versus the designated control, CSF-3) were characterized with mass spectrometry. The number of spots found in the pooled CSF sample was 490 +/- 30 (n = 10 gels); the percentage of protein spots found in those 10 gels was 92 +/- 6%, with a coefficient of variation of 6%; and a positive coefficient of correlation (r = 0.82) was found. In order to test the proof-of-principle, that set of seven CSF samples served as a test of our ability to perform reproducibility comparative proteomics, and to detect differentially expressed proteins within that set of test samples. One sample (CSF-3) served as the control for the other six to locate the differentially expressed proteins. A comparison of fifteen differentially expressed proteins found in that set of test CSF samples correlated with pathology. Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time-of-flight and electrospray ionization quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometry were used to characterize thirteen of those fifteen differentially expressed proteins. These results (reproducibility, protein characterization, set of test samples, and proof-of-principle) suggest that the analysis of human CSF two-dimensional gels can achieve a high level of within-sample and between-sample reproducibility, and that PDQuest software can measure the relative protein abundance in the human CSF proteome.