The Proteomics Core Facility offers a range of techniques for the identification, characterization and quantification of proteins. These include the following techniques and approaches, often used in combination – please inquire for additional applications that may fit your needs.
The Proteomics Core Facility is equipped with the instrumentation and expertise to perform detailed proteomic analysis. Major instrumentation in the facility include the following:
Hybrid linear ion trap-Orbitrap high resolution mass spectrometer. This instrument is used for proteomic applications, including protein identification and detailed peptide mapping. Identification of proteins is performed on proteolytic digests by means of nanoflow LC-ESI-MS/MS with subsequent database searches using software packages such as Mascot and Protein Prospector. This instrument is capable of electron transfer dissociation (ETD) which is useful for analysis of many post-translational modifications. This instrument was funded by the National Institutes of Health-National Center for Research Resources (NCRR).
The Q Exactive HF system combines a state-of-the-art segmented quadrupole for high-performance precursor ion selection with a high-resolution, accurate-mass (HR/AM) ultra-high-field Orbitrap mass analyzer to deliver a superior combination of scan speed, resolving power, mass accuracy, spectral quality and sensitivity. Identify, quantify and confirm in a single analysis with a single instrument with the Q Exactive HF mass spectrometer.
Tribrid linear ion trap-quadrupole-Orbitrap mass spectrometer. The tribrid architecture, with an independent ion-routing multipole which enables parallelization, significantly increases scan rates, and maximizes versatility. Any of two dissociation techniques – CID and HCD - can be performed at any fragmentation stage, followed by analysis in either the linear ion trap or Orbitrap mass analyzer.
The instrument offers a unique separation technique, Trapped Ion Mobility Separation (TIMS), and a unique acquisition method, Parallel Accumulation Serial Fragmentation (PASEF). PASEF acquisition method provides extremely high speed and sensitivity to reach new depths in shotgun proteomics and phosphoproteomics, using low sample amounts.