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Anal Chem. 2004 Sep 15;76(18):5345-53.

High-throughput comparative proteome analysis using a quantitative cysteinyl-peptide enrichment technology.

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Biological Sciences Division and Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, P.O. Box 999, Richland, Washington 99352, USA.


A new quantitative cysteinyl-peptide enrichment technology (QCET) was developed to achieve higher efficiency, greater dynamic range, and higher throughput in quantitative proteomics that use stable-isotope labeling techniques combined with high-resolution liquid chromatography (LC)-mass spectrometry (MS). This approach involves (18)O labeling of tryptic peptides, high-efficiency enrichment of cysteine-containing peptides, and confident protein identification and quantification using the accurate mass and time tag strategy. Proteome profiling of naïve and in vitro-differentiated human mammary epithelial cells using QCET resulted in the identification and quantification of 603 proteins in a single LC-Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance MS analysis. Advantages of this technology include the following: (1) a simple, highly efficient method for enriching cysteinyl-peptides; (2) a high-throughput strategy suitable for extensive proteome analysis; and (3) improved labeling efficiency for better quantitative measurements. This technology enhances both the functional analysis of biological systems and the detection of potential clinical biomarkers.

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