MTRAQ-based quantitative analysis combined with peptide fractionation based on cysteinyl peptide enrichment

Jeonghun Yeom, Min Jung Kang, Dongyun Shin, Hyun Kyu Song, Cheolju Lee, Ji Eun Lee

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In the present study, the fractionation scheme for cysteinyl peptide enrichment (CPE) was combined with the mass differential tags for relative and absolute quantification (mTRAQ) method to reduce sample complexity and increase proteome coverage. Cysteine residues of the proteins were first alkylated using iodoacetyl PEG2-biotin instead of other conventional alkylating agents such as iodoacetamide. After trypsin digestion, amine groups were labeled with mTRAQ, and these labeled peptides were fractionated according to the presence or absence of cysteine residues using avidin-biotin affinity chromatography. With these approaches, we were able to divide the peptides into the two fractions with more than 90% fractionation efficiency for standard protein and MCF7 cell lysate. When the fractionation strategy was applied to colorectal cancer tissue samples, we were able to obtain quantitative information that was consistent with the previous study based on mTRAQ quantification, implying that the cysteine-based fractionation method does not affect mTRAQ quantification. We expect that the mTRAQ-based quantitative analysis combined with peptide fractionation through the CPE strategy would allow for deep-down analysis of proteome samples and ultimately for increasing proteome coverage with simultaneous quantification for biomarker discovery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-49
Number of pages9
JournalAnalytical Biochemistry
Publication statusPublished - 2015 May 15


  • Cysteinyl peptide enrichment
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Peptide fractionation
  • Quantification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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