Analysis of tandem mass spectra by FTMS for improved large-scale proteomics with superior protein quantification

Anal Chem. 2010 Jan 1;82(1):316-22. doi: 10.1021/ac902005s.


Using a newly developed dual-cell quadrupole linear ion trap-orbitrap hybrid mass spectrometer (dcQLT-orbitrap), we demonstrate the utility of collecting high-resolution tandem mass spectral data for large-scale shotgun proteomics. Multiple nanoLC-MS/MS experiments on both an older generation quadrupole linear ion trap-orbitrap hybrid (QLT-orbitrap) and the dcQLT-orbitrap, using both resonant-excitation CAD and beam-type CAD (HCD), were performed. Resulting from various technological advances (e.g., a stacked ring ion guide AP inlet, a dual cell QLT), the dcQLT-orbitrap exhibited increased duty cycle (approximately 1.5-2 times) and sensitivity for both CAD (ion trap detection) and HCD (orbitrap detection) methods. As compared to the older system, the dcQLT-orbitrap produced significantly more unique peptide identifications for both methods (approximately 30% improvement for CAD and approximately 115% improvement for HCD). The sizable improvement of the HCD method on the dcQLT-orbitrap system outperforms the current standard method of CAD with ion trap detection for large-scale analysis. Finally, we demonstrate that the increased HCD performance translates to a direct and substantial improvement in protein quantitation precision using isobaric tags.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Fourier Analysis*
  • Proteins / chemistry*
  • Proteomics / methods*
  • Tandem Mass Spectrometry / methods*


  • Proteins