Large-scale proteomic profiling of protein post-translational modifications has provided important insights into the regulation of cell signaling and disease. These modification-specific proteomics workflows nearly universally enrich modified peptides prior to mass spectrometry analysis, but protein-centric proteomic software tools have many limitations evaluating and interpreting these peptide-centric data sets. We, therefore, developed ProteoSushi, a software tool tailored to analysis of each modified site in peptide-centric proteomic data sets that is compatible with any post-translational modification or chemical label. ProteoSushi uses a unique approach to assign identified peptides to shared proteins and genes, minimizing redundancy by prioritizing shared assignments based on UniProt annotation score and optional user-supplied protein/gene lists. ProteoSushi simplifies quantitation by summing or averaging intensities for each modified site, merging overlapping peptide charge states, missed cleavages, spectral matches, and variable modifications into a single value. ProteoSushi also annotates each PTM site with the most up-to-date biological information available from UniProt, such as functional roles or known modifications, the protein domain in which the site resides, the protein’s subcellular location and function, and more. ProteoSushi has a graphical user interface for ease of use. ProteoSushi’s flexibility and combination of analysis features streamlines peptide-centric data processing and knowledge mining of large modification-specific proteomics data sets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3621-3628
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Proteome Research
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2 2021


  • PTMs
  • acetylation
  • bioinformatics
  • chemoproteomics
  • modification-specific proteomics
  • phosphorylation
  • post-translational modifications
  • proteomics
  • proteosushi


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