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The Benefit of Combining nLC-MALDI-Orbitrap MS Data with nLC-MALDI-TOF/TOF Data for Proteomic Analyses Employing Elastase

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posted on 2009-11-06, 00:00 authored by Benjamin Rietschel, Dominic Baeumlisberger, Tabiwang N. Arrey, Sandra Bornemann, Marion Rohmer, Malte Schuerken, Michael Karas, Bjoern Meyer
The recently established coupling of a MALDI-type ion source to a linear ion trap and an orbitrap mass analyzer offers high-accuracy mass measurements compared to common MALDI-TOF/TOF instruments. Contrary to MALDI-TOF/TOF, the fragmentation of peptides in the new hybrid mass spectrometer is less efficient due to the generation of predominantly singly charged ions by the MALDI process. Therefore, data from two MALDI instruments, TOF/TOF and Orbitrap, were combined into a single data set in order to obtain accurate precursor masses as well as superior MS/MS spectra. This study demonstrates that an accurate precursor mass is particularly important for the nLC-MS/MS analyses of less-specific proteolytic digests. A potential gain of approximately one-third additional peptides identifications was theoretically estimated from previously published MALDI-TOF/TOF data. These calculations were verified by the nLC-MS/MS analysis of two elastatically digested proteomes, one cytosolic (Corynebacterium glutamicum) and one membrane (Halobacterium salinarium). Thereby it was discovered that the error distribution of a MALDI-Orbitrap can be significantly improved by applying an easy recalibration strategy. In summary, this study represents an updated workflow for the analysis of less-specific digests using nLC-MALDI.