Analysis of human serum proteins by liquid phase isoelectric focusing and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-mass spectrometry

Proteomics. 2003 Sep;3(9):1661-6. doi: 10.1002/pmic.200300513.


Direct matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) analysis of human serum yielded ion signals from only a fraction of the total number of peptides and proteins expected to be in the sample. We increased the number of peptide and protein ion signals observed in the MALDI-TOF mass spectra analysis of human serum by using a prefractionation protocol based on liquid phase isoelectric focusing electrophoresis. This pre-fractionation technique facilitated the MALDI-TOF MS detection of as many as 262 different peptide and protein ion signals from human serum. The results obtained from three replicate fractionation experiments on the same serum sample indicated that 148 different peptide and protein ion signals were reproducibly detected using our isoelectric focusing and MALDI-TOF MS protocol.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Blood Proteins / analysis*
  • Humans
  • Isoelectric Focusing / methods*
  • Spectrometry, Mass, Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption-Ionization / methods*


  • Blood Proteins