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Anal Chem. 2006 Sep 1;78(17):6265-9.

Use of peptide retention time prediction for protein identification by off-line reversed-phase HPLC-MALDI MS/MS.

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Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2, Canada.


A new algorithm, sequence-specific retention calculator, was developed to predict retention time of tryptic peptides during RP HPLC fractionation on C18, 300-A pore size columns. Correlations of up to approximately 0.98 R2 value were obtained for a test library of approximately 2000 peptides and approximately 0.95-0.97 for a variety of real samples. The algorithm was applied in conjunction with an exclusion protocol based on mass (15 ppm tolerance) and retention time (2-min tolerance for 0.66% acetonitrile/min gradient), MART criteria to significantly reduce the instrument time required for complete MS/MS analysis of a digest separated by RP HPLC. This was confirmed by reanalyzing the set of HPLC-MALDI MS/MS data with no loss in protein identifications, despite the number of virtually executed MS/MS analyses being decreased by 57%.

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