High-throughput peptide identification from protein digests using data-dependent multiplexed tandem FTICR mass spectrometry coupled with capillary liquid chromatography

Anal Chem. 2001 Jul 15;73(14):3312-22. doi: 10.1021/ac010192w.


Tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) plays an important role in the unambiguous identification and structural elucidation of biomolecules. In contrast to conventional MS/MS approaches for protein identification where an individual polypeptide is sequentially selected and dissociated, a multiplexed-MS/MS approach increases throughput by selecting several peptides for simultaneous dissociation using either infrared multiphoton dissociation (IRMPD) or multiple frequency sustained off-resonance irradiation (SORI) collisionally induced dissociation (CID). The high mass measurement accuracy and resolution of FTICR combined with knowledge of peptide dissociation pathways allows the fragments arising from several different parent ions to be assigned. Herein we report the application of multiplexed-MS/MS coupled with on-line separations for the identification of peptides present in complex mixtures (i.e., whole cell lysate digests). Software was developed to enable "on-the-fly" data-dependent peak selection of a subset of polypeptides from each FTICR MS acquisition. In the subsequent MS/MS acquisitions, several coeluting peptides were fragmented simultaneously using either IRMPD or SORI-CID techniques. The utility of this approach has been demonstrated using a bovine serum albumin tryptic digest separated by capillary LC where multiple peptides were readily identified in single MS/MS acquisitions. We also present initial results from multiplexed-MS/MS analysis of a D. radiodurans whole cell digest to illustrate the utility of this approach for high-throughput analysis of a bacterial proteome.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Bacterial Proteins / analysis*
  • Chromatography, Liquid / methods
  • Fourier Analysis
  • Gram-Positive Cocci / chemistry
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Peptides / analysis*
  • Serum Albumin, Bovine / analysis
  • Spectrometry, Mass, Electrospray Ionization / methods*


  • Bacterial Proteins
  • Peptides
  • Serum Albumin, Bovine