Trends in mass spectrometry instrumentation for proteomics

Trends Biotechnol. 2002 Dec;20(12 Suppl):S3-7. doi: 10.1016/s1471-1931(02)00197-0.


Mass spectrometry has become a primary tool for proteomics because of its capabilities for rapid and sensitive protein identification and quantitation. It is now possible to identify thousands of proteins from microgram sample quantities in a single day and to quantify relative protein abundances. However, the need for increased capabilities for proteome measurements is immense and is now driving both new strategies and instrument advances. These developments include those based on integration with multi-dimensional liquid separations and high accuracy mass measurements and promise more than order of magnitude improvements in sensitivity, dynamic range and throughput for proteomic analyses in the near future.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biotechnology / trends
  • Chromatography, Liquid
  • Mass Spectrometry / methods
  • Mass Spectrometry / trends*
  • Proteome*
  • Spectrometry, Mass, Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption-Ionization


  • Proteome