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J Proteome Res. 2006 May;5(5):1232-40.

Isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation (iTRAQ) reproducibility: Implication of multiple injections.

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  • 1Biological and Environmental Systems Group, Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Sheffield, Mappin Street, Sheffield S1 3JD, United Kingdom.


We analyzed 10 isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation (iTRAQ) experiments using three different model organisms across the domains of life: Saccharomyces cerevisiae KAY446, Sulfolobussolfataricus P2, and Synechocystis sp. PCC6803. A double database search strategy was employed to minimize the rate of false positives to less than 3% for all organisms. The reliability of proteins with single-peptide identification was also assessed using the search strategy, coupled with multiple analyses of samples into LC-MS/MS. The outcomes of the three LC-MS/MS analyses provided higher proteome coverage with an average increment in total proteins identified of 6%, 33%, and 50% found in S. cerevisiae, S. solfataricus, and Synechocystis sp., respectively. The iTRAQ quantification values were found to be highly reproducible across the injections, with an average coefficient of variation (CV) of 0.09 (scattering from 0.14 to 0.04) calculated based on log mean average ratio for all three organisms. Hence, we recommend multiple analyses of iTRAQ samples for greater proteome coverage and precise quantification.

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