mzResults: an interactive viewer for interrogation and distribution of proteomics results

Mol Cell Proteomics. 2011 May;10(5):M110.003970. doi: 10.1074/mcp.M110.003970. Epub 2011 Jan 25.


The growing use of mass spectrometry in the context of biomedical research has been accompanied by an increased demand for distribution of results in a format that facilitates rapid and efficient validation of claims by reviewers and other interested parties. However, the continued evolution of mass spectrometry hardware, sample preparation methods, and peptide identification algorithms complicates standardization and creates hurdles related to compliance with journal submission requirements. Moreover, the recently announced Philadelphia Guidelines (1, 2) suggest that authors provide native mass spectrometry data files in support of their peer-reviewed research articles. These trends highlight the need for data viewers and other tools that work independently of manufacturers' proprietary data systems and seamlessly connect proteomics results with original data files to support user-driven data validation and review. Based upon our recently described API(1)-based framework for mass spectrometry data analysis (3, 4), we created an interactive viewer (mzResults) that is built on established database standards and enables efficient distribution and interrogation of results associated with proteomics experiments, while also providing a convenient mechanism for authors to comply with data submission standards as described in the Philadelphia Guidelines. In addition, the architecture of mzResults supports in-depth queries of the native mass spectrometry files through our multiplierz software environment. We use phosphoproteomics data to illustrate the features and capabilities of mzResults.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Computational Biology
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Peer Review, Research / methods
  • Periodicals as Topic / standards
  • Phosphoproteins / chemistry
  • Proteome / chemistry
  • Proteome / metabolism
  • Proteomics*
  • Software*
  • Tandem Mass Spectrometry / methods*
  • Tandem Mass Spectrometry / standards
  • User-Computer Interface


  • Phosphoproteins
  • Proteome