ABSTRACT: Mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomics has become one of the most powerful tools for identifying expressed proteins, providing quick insights into molecular and cellular biology. Traditionally, proteins isolated by either one- or two-dimensional gel electrophoresis are digested with a site specific protease. The resulting peptides are subject to one of two forms of analysis: (1) matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) MS, where a "mass fingerprint" of all the peptides in a sample is generated, or (2) electrospray ionization tandem MS (ESI-MS/MS), where a mass fragmentation spectra is generated for each peptide in a sample. The resulting mass information is then compared to that of a theoretical database created with available genomic sequence information. This unit provides protocols for this type of assessment in embryonic stem cells (ESCs).
Current protocols in stem cell biology 08/2007; Chapter 1:Unit 1B.1.