Recent trends of capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry in proteomics research

Mass Spectrom Rev. 2019 Nov;38(6):445-460. doi: 10.1002/mas.21599. Epub 2019 Aug 12.


Progress in proteomics research has led to a demand for powerful analytical tools with high separation efficiency and sensitivity for confident identification and quantification of proteins, posttranslational modifications, and protein complexes expressed in cells and tissues. This demand has significantly increased interest in capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry (CE-MS) in the past few years. This review provides highlights of recent advances in CE-MS for proteomics research, including a short introduction to top-down mass spectrometry and native mass spectrometry (native MS), as well as a detailed overview of CE methods. Both the potential and limitations of these methods for the analysis of proteins and peptides in synthetic and biological samples and the challenges of CE methods are discussed, along with perspectives about the future direction of CE-MS. @ 2019 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Mass Spec Rev 00:1-16, 2019.

Keywords: capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry; electrospray ionization; native mass spectrometry; proteomics; top-down mass spectrometry.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Electrophoresis, Capillary / methods
  • Electrophoresis, Capillary / trends*
  • Humans
  • Mass Spectrometry / methods
  • Mass Spectrometry / trends*
  • Proteome / chemistry
  • Proteome / isolation & purification
  • Proteomics / methods
  • Proteomics / trends*
  • Spectrometry, Mass, Electrospray Ionization / methods
  • Spectrometry, Mass, Electrospray Ionization / trends


  • Proteome