Deconvolution of mixture spectra from ion-trap data-independent-acquisition tandem mass spectrometry

Anal Chem. 2010 Feb 1;82(3):833-41. doi: 10.1021/ac901801b.


Data-independent tandem mass spectrometry isolates and fragments all of the molecular species within a given mass-to-charge window, regardless of whether a precursor ion was detected within the window. For shotgun proteomics on complex protein mixtures, data-independent MS/MS offers certain advantages over the traditional data-dependent MS/MS: identification of low-abundance peptides with insignificant precursor peaks, more direct relative quantification, free of biases caused by competing precursors and dynamic exclusion, and faster throughput due to simultaneous fragmentation of multiple peptides. However, data-independent MS/MS, especially on low-resolution ion-trap instruments, strains standard peptide identification programs, because of less precise knowledge of the peptide precursor mass and large numbers of spectra composed of two or more peptides. Here we describe a computer program called DeMux that deconvolves mixture spectra and improves the peptide identification rate by approximately 25%. We compare the number of identifications made by data-independent and data-dependent MS/MS at the peptide and protein levels: conventional data-dependent MS/MS makes a greater number of identifications but is less reproducible from run to run.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Animals
  • Blood Proteins / analysis*
  • Databases, Factual
  • Electronic Data Processing
  • Male
  • Proteomics / methods*
  • Rats
  • Software
  • Tandem Mass Spectrometry / methods*


  • Blood Proteins