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Proteomics. 2005 Aug;5(13):3353-66.

A study of glycoproteins in human serum and plasma reference standards (HUPO) using multilectin affinity chromatography coupled with RPLC-MS/MS.

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Barnett Institute and Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115, USA.


The glycoproteome is a major subproteome present in human plasma. In this study, we isolated and characterized approximately 150 glycoproteins from the human plasma and serum samples provided by HUPO using a multilectin affinity column. The corresponding tryptic digest was separated by RP-HPLC coupled to an IT mass spectrometer (3-D LCQ). Also in this study, a new system, namely an Ettan MDLC system coupled to a linear ITLTQ, was compared with the previous LCQ platform and gave a greater number of protein identifications, as well as better quality. When we compared the composition of the glycoproteomes for the plasma and serum samples there was a close correlation between the samples, except for the absence of fibrinogen from the identified-protein list in the latter sample, which was presumably as a result of the clotting process. In addition, the analysis of the samples from three ethnic specimens, Caucasian American, Asian American, and African American, were very similar but showed a higher angiotensinogen plasma level and a lower histidine-rich glycoprotein level in Caucasian American samples, and a lower vitronectin level in African American blood samples.

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