Multi-dimensional protein identification technology (MudPIT) is becoming a prevalent proteomic approach due to its high-throughput separations and accurate mass detection. Prior to MudPIT analysis, complicated samples required in-solution digestion. Unlike in-gel digestion, in which enzymes work on just a few proteins, in-solution digestion involves simultaneous digestion of hundreds or thousands of proteins. In-solution digestion protocols must therefore be very efficient. Few investigations have evaluated the efficiency of in-solution digestion protocols. The present research compared three such protocols. Results suggest that a protocol utilizing trifluoroethanol (TFE) as denaturant is most efficient.
- Clinical proteomics
- Human plasma
- Human plasma proteome
- In-solution digestion
- Multi-dimensional protein identification technology