Rapid Targeted Quantitation of Protein Overexpression with Direct Infusion Shotgun Proteome Analysis (DISPA-PRM)

Anal Chem. 2022 Feb 1;94(4):1965-1973. doi: 10.1021/acs.analchem.1c03243. Epub 2022 Jan 19.


While much effort has been placed on comprehensive quantitative proteome analysis, certain applications demand the measurement of only a few target proteins from complex systems. Traditional approaches to targeted proteomics rely on nanoliquid chromatography (nLC) and targeted mass spectrometry (MS) methods, e.g., parallel reaction monitoring (PRM). However, the time requirement for nLC can limit the throughput of targeted proteomics. To achieve rapid and high-throughput targeted methods, here we show that nLC separations can be eliminated and replaced with direct infusion shotgun proteome analysis (DISPA) using high-field asymmetric waveform ion mobility spectrometry (FAIMS) with PRM. We demonstrate the application of DISPA-PRM for rapid targeted quantification of bacterial enzymes utilized in the production of biofuels by monitoring temporal expression in 72 metabolically engineered bacterial cultures in less than 2.5 h, with a measured dynamic range >1200-fold. We conclude that DISPA-PRM presents a valuable innovative tool with results comparable to nLC-MS/MS, enabling fast and rapid detection of targeted proteins in complex mixtures.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Ion Mobility Spectrometry
  • Proteome* / analysis
  • Proteomics / methods
  • Tandem Mass Spectrometry*


  • Proteome