Combining selected reaction monitoring with discovery proteomics in limited biological samples

Proteomics. 2009 Nov;9(21):4834-6. doi: 10.1002/pmic.200900310.


Simultaneous quantification of multiple proteins by selected reaction monitoring (SRM) has several applications in cell signaling studies including embryo proteomics. However, concerns have recently been raised over the specificity of SRM assays due to possible ion redundancy and/or sequence similarity of selected peptide with multiple non-related proteins. In this Viewpoint article, we discuss some simple measures that can increase our confidence in the accuracy of SRM scans used in proteomic experiments. At least in embryonic samples from porcine species, these measures were found to be useful in validating MS-identified differentially expressed proteins. Among the nine proteins analyzed by SRM assay, all the proteins that were found to be up- or down-regulated in MS experiment were also faithfully up- or down-regulated in SRM assay.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Embryo, Mammalian / chemistry*
  • Proteins / analysis*
  • Proteomics / methods*
  • Swine
  • Tandem Mass Spectrometry / methods


  • Proteins