[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Six amino acids with pIs that ranged from 3.2 to 9.7 were used as ampholytes to establish a pH gradient in capillary isoelectric focusing. This amino acid-based capillary isoelectric focusing (cIEF) was coupled with ESI-MS/MS using an electrokinetically pumped sheath-flow interface for peptide analysis. Amino acid-based isoelectric focusing generates a two-order of magnitude lower background signal than commercial ampholytes in the important m/z range of 300-1800. Good focusing was achieved for insulin receptor, which produced ∼10s peak width. For 0.1mgmL(-1) bovine serum albumin (BSA) digests, 24±1 peptides (sequence coverage 47±4%) were identified in triplicate analysis. As expected, the BSA peptides were separated according to their pI. The concentration detection limit for the BSA digests is 7nM and the mass detection limit is 7fmole. A solution of six bovine protein tryptic digests spanning 5 orders of magnitude in concentration was analyzed by amino acid based cIEF-ESI-MS/MS. Five proteins with a concentration range spanning 4 orders of magnitude were identified in triplicate runs. Using amino acid based cIEF-ESI-MS/MS, 112 protein groups and 303 unique peptides were identified in triplicate runs of a RAW 264.7 cell homogenate protein digest. In comparison with ampholyte based cIEF-ESI-MS/MS, amino acid based cIEF-ESI-MS/MS produces higher resolution of five acidic peptides, much cleaner mass spectra, and higher protein spectral counts.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We report the shotgun proteomic analysis of mammalian cell lysates that contain low nanogram amounts of protein. Proteins were denatured using methanol, digested using immobilized trypsin, and analyzed by UPLC-ESI-MS/MS. The approach generated more peptides and higher sequence coverage for a mixture of three standard proteins than the use of free trypsin solution digestion of heat- or urea-denatured proteins. We prepared triplicate RAW 264.7 cell lysates that contained 6, 30, 120, and 300 ng of protein. An average of 2 ± 1, 23 ± 2, 134 ± 11, and 218 ± 26 proteins were detected for each sample size, respectively. The numbers of both protein and peptide IDs scaled linearly with the amount of sample taken for analysis. Our approach also outperformed traditional methods (free trypsin digestion of heat- or urea-denatured proteins) for 6-300 ng RAW 264.7 cell protein analysis in terms of number of peptides and proteins identified. The use of accurate mass and time (AMT) tags resulted in the identification of an additional 16 proteins based on 20 peptides from the 6 ng cell lysate prepared with our approach. When AMT analysis was performed for the 6 ng cell lysate prepared with traditional methods, no reasonable peptide signal could be obtained. In all cases, roughly ∼30% of the digested sample was taken for analysis, corresponding to the analysis of a 2 ng aliquot of homogenate from the 6 ng cell lysate.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We report the performance of capillary zone electrophoresis coupled with an electrokinetically pumped electrospray interface and an Orbitrap-Velos mass spectrometer for high sensitivity protein analysis. We first investigated the system for quantitation of the tryptic digest of BSA. The system produced outstanding linearity with respect to peak height, number of peptide IDs, and spectral counts across the range of 12 nM to 750 nM (60 amol to 3.5 fmol) of BSA injected. One peptide produced a detection limit of 0.3 nM (1.5 amol) injected. We also analyzed 700 pg of a tryptic digest prepared from a RAW264.7 cell lysate; ten proteins were identified in triplicate analyses after filtering the data with peptide confidence value as high. This sample size corresponds to the protein content of approximately ten eukaryotic cells.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Aldehyde- and NHS-activated magnetic microspheres were used to immobilize trypsin (CHO-trypsin and NHS-trypsin), and their performance for protein digestion was evaluated by reversed phase liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry using an LTQ Orbitrap Velos instrument. NHS-trypsin provided greater sequence coverage and identified more peptides for the digestion of bovine serum albumin. A 1-min digestion at room temperature using the immobilized trypsin also identified more peptides (96±6 vs. 48±1) and produced higher sequence coverage (90±2% vs. 75±2%) than traditional free trypsin digestion for 12h at 37 °C. Analysis of 15 nM (0.001 mg/mL) BSA digested by NHS-trypsin in 1 min at room temperature consistently yielded one detected peptide; 150 nM BSA generated 22 peptides. Peptide intensity and protein spectral count were used to evaluate the run-to-run digestion reproducibility of NHS-trypsin with a three-protein-mixture. Three high intensity peptides for each protein generated intensity ratios from 0.70 to 1.09 and spectral count ratios from 0.78 to 1.18. Finally, RAW 264.7 cell lysates were digested by NHS-trypsin for 10 min and 30 min at room temperature, 604 and 697 protein groups, respectively, were identified by RPLC-ESI-MS/MS, with a peptide false discovery rate of less than 1%. Digestion by solution phase trypsin for 12h at 37 °C resulted in identification of 878 protein groups.
Journal of Chromatography A 12/2011; 1220:68-74. · 4.61 Impact Factor