Evolution of Mass Spectrometry Instruments and Techniques for Blood Proteomics

J Proteome Res. 2023 Mar 18. doi: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.3c00102. Online ahead of print.


Mass spectrometry (MS)-based blood proteomics is a crucial research focus in identifying disease biomarkers. Blood serum or plasma is the most commonly used sample for such analysis; however, it presents challenges due to the complexity and dynamic range of protein abundance. Despite these difficulties, the development of high-resolution MS instruments has made comprehensive investigation of blood proteomics possible. The evolution of time-of-flight (TOF) or Orbitrap MS instruments has played a significant role in the field of blood proteomics. These instruments are now among the most prominent techniques for blood proteomics due to their sensitivity, selectivity, fast response, and stability. For optimal results, it is necessary to eliminate high-abundance proteins from the blood sample, to maximize the depth coverage of the blood proteomics analysis. This can be achieved through various methods, including commercial kits, chemically synthesized materials, and MS technologies. This paper reviews recent advancements in MS technology and its remarkable applications in biomarker discovery, particularly in the areas of cancer and COVID-19 studies.

Keywords: COVID-19; Cancer; high-abundance proteins; mass spectrometry; proteomics.

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