Exploring the glycoproteomics landscape with advanced MS technologies

Electrophoresis. 2015 Jan;36(1):225-37. doi: 10.1002/elps.201400400. Epub 2014 Dec 6.


The advance of glycoproteomic technologies has offered unique insights into the importance of glycosylation in determining the functional roles of a protein within a cell. Biologically active glycoproteins include the categories of enzymes, hormones, proteins involved in cell proliferation, cell membrane proteins involved in cell-cell recognition, and communication events or secreted proteins, just to name a few. The recent progress in analytical instrumentation, methodologies, and computational approaches has enabled a detailed exploration of glycan structure, connectivity, and heterogeneity, underscoring the staggering complexity of the glycome repertoire in a cell. A variety of approaches involving the use of spectroscopy, MS, separation, microfluidic, and microarray technologies have been used alone or in combination to tackle the glycoproteome challenge, the research results of these efforts being captured in an overwhelming number of annual publications. This work is aimed at reviewing the major developments and accomplishments in the field of glycoproteomics, with focus on the most recent advancements (2012-2014) that involve the use of capillary separations and MS detection.

Keywords: Bioinformatics; Biomedical; Glycoproteomics; Mass spectrometry; Microfluidics.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Carbohydrate Sequence
  • Glycopeptides / chemistry
  • Glycoproteins / chemistry*
  • Humans
  • Mass Spectrometry / instrumentation
  • Mass Spectrometry / methods*
  • Microfluidic Analytical Techniques / instrumentation
  • Microfluidic Analytical Techniques / methods*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Polysaccharides / analysis*
  • Proteomics / instrumentation
  • Proteomics / methods*


  • Glycopeptides
  • Glycoproteins
  • Polysaccharides