Enhancing Proteomic Throughput in Capillary Electrophoresis–Mass Spectrometry by Sequential Sample Injection

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  • Published: Oct 25, 2017
  • Author: Klaus Faserl, Bettina Sarg, Laura Sola, Herbert H. Lindner
  • Journal: PROTEOMICS


In this study we demonstrate the potential of sequential injection of samples in capillary electrophoresis–mass spectrometry for rapid and sensitive proteome characterization of human lymphoblastic T‐cells (line CCRF–CEM). Proteins were extracted, enzymatically digested, and the resulting peptides fractionated by RP–HPLC. Twenty fractions were thereafter analyzed by CE–MS within a single MS analysis. The CE–MS method was designed so that every 10 min a new fraction was injected into the CE system. Without any rinsing or equilibration steps we were able to generate a continuous stream of peptides feeding the mass analyzer. In 250 min, the total analysis time of a single sequential injection experiment, we were able to identify roughly 28 000 peptide sequences counting for 4800 proteins. These numbers could be increased to 62 000 peptides and more than 6100 proteins identified, when performing three experiments analyzing a total of 60 fractions, all within 12.5 h. We found that the electrophoretic mobility of peptides can be used to trace back peptides and assign them to the fraction they originate from.

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