N-glycoprotein SRMAtlas: a resource of mass spectrometric assays for N-glycosites enabling consistent and multiplexed protein quantification for clinical applications

Mol Cell Proteomics. 2013 Apr;12(4):1005-16. doi: 10.1074/mcp.O112.026617. Epub 2013 Feb 13.


Protein biomarkers have the potential to transform medicine as they are clinically used to diagnose diseases, stratify patients, and follow disease states. Even though a large number of potential biomarkers have been proposed over the past few years, almost none of them have been implemented so far in the clinic. One of the reasons for this limited success is the lack of technologies to validate proposed biomarker candidates in larger patient cohorts. This limitation could be alleviated by the use of antibody-independent validation methods such as selected reaction monitoring (SRM). Similar to measurements based on affinity reagents, SRM-based targeted mass spectrometry also requires the generation of definitive assays for each targeted analyte. Here, we present a library of SRM assays for 5568 N-glycosites enabling the multiplexed evaluation of clinically relevant N-glycoproteins as biomarker candidates. We demonstrate that this resource can be utilized to select SRM assay sets for cancer-associated N-glycoproteins for their subsequent multiplexed and consistent quantification in 120 human plasma samples. We show that N-glycoproteins spanning 5 orders of magnitude in abundance can be quantified and that previously reported abundance differences in various cancer types can be recapitulated. Together, the established N-glycoprotein SRMAtlas resource facilitates parallel, efficient, consistent, and sensitive evaluation of proposed biomarker candidates in large clinical sample cohorts.

Publication types

  • Research Support, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antigens, Tumor-Associated, Carbohydrate / blood*
  • Antigens, Tumor-Associated, Carbohydrate / chemistry
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Glycoproteins / blood*
  • Glycoproteins / chemistry
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Molecular Sequence Annotation
  • Neoplasm Proteins / blood*
  • Neoplasm Proteins / chemistry
  • Neoplasms / blood*
  • Peptide Library
  • Spectrometry, Mass, Electrospray Ionization
  • Tandem Mass Spectrometry / methods


  • Antigens, Tumor-Associated, Carbohydrate
  • Glycoproteins
  • Neoplasm Proteins
  • Peptide Library