Postexperiment monoisotopic mass filtering and refinement (PE-MMR) of tandem mass spectrometric data increases accuracy of peptide identification in LC/MS/MS

Byunghee Shin, Hee Jung Jung, Seok Won Hyung, Hokeun Kim, Dongkyu Lee, Cheolju Lee, Myeong Hee Yu, Sang Won Lee

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Abstract

Methods for treating MS/MS data to achieve accurate peptide identification are currently the subject of much research activity. In this study we describe a new method for filtering MS/MS data and refining precursor masses that provides highly accurate analyses of massive sets of proteomics data. This method, coined "postexperiment monoisotopic mass filtering and refinement" (PE-MMR), consists of several data processing steps: 1) generation of lists of all monoisotopic masses observed in a whole LC/MS experiment, 2) clusterization of monoisotopic masses of a peptide into unique mass classes (UMCs) based on their masses and LC elution times, 3) matching the precursor masses of the MS/MS data to a representative mass of a UMC, and 4) filtration of the MS/MS data based on the presence of corresponding monoisotopic masses and refinement of the precursor ion masses by the UMC mass. PE-MMR increases the throughput of proteomics data analysis, by efficiently removing "garbage" MS/MS data prior to database searching, and improves the mass measurement accuracies (i.e. 0.05 ± 1.49 ppm for yeast data (from 4.46 ± 2.81 ppm) and 0.03 ± 3.41 ppm for glycopeptide data (from 4.8 ± 7.4 ppm)) for an increased number of identified peptides. In proteomics analyses of glycopeptide-enriched samples, PE-MMR processing greatly reduces the degree of false glycopeptide identification by correctly assigning the monoisotopic masses for the precursor ions prior to database searching. By applying this technique to analyses of proteome samples of varying complexities, we demonstrate herein that PE-MMR is an effective and accurate method for treating massive sets of proteomics data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1124-1134
Number of pages11
JournalMolecular and Cellular Proteomics
Volume7
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jun

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology

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