Neutron-encoded mass signatures for quantitative top-down proteomics

Timothy W. Rhoads, Christopher M. Rose, Derek J. Bailey, Nicholas M. Riley, Rosalynn C. Molden, Amelia J. Nestler, Anna E. Merrill, Lloyd M. Smith, Alexander S. Hebert, Michael S. Westphall, David J. Pagliarini, Benjamin A. Garcia, Joshua J. Coon

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The ability to acquire highly accurate quantitative data is an increasingly important part of any proteomics experiment, whether shotgun or top-down approaches are used. We recently developed a quantitation strategy for peptides based on neutron encoding, or NeuCode SILAC, which uses closely spaced heavy isotope-labeled amino acids and high-resolution mass spectrometry to provide quantitative data. We reasoned that the strategy would also be applicable to intact proteins and could enable robust, multiplexed quantitation for top-down experiments. We used yeast lysate labeled with either 13C 615N2-lysine or 2H 8-lysine, isotopologues of lysine that are spaced 36 mDa apart. Proteins having such close spacing cannot be distinguished during a medium resolution scan, but upon acquiring a high-resolution scan, the two forms of the protein with each amino acid are resolved and the quantitative information revealed. An additional benefit NeuCode SILAC provides for top down is that the spacing of the isotope peaks indicates the number of lysines present in the protein, information that aids in identification. We used NeuCode SILAC to quantify several hundred isotope distributions, manually identify and quantify proteins from 1:1, 3:1, and 5:1 mixed ratios, and demonstrate MS 2-based quantitation using ETD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2314-2319
Number of pages6
JournalAnalytical Chemistry
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 4 2014


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