High Resolution High Throughput Proteomics Platform for Cancer Research

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Molecular & Cellular Analysis Technologies
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PROJECT SUMMARY/ABSTRACT The objective of this project is to evaluate a new high-throughput and ultra-sensitive platform that will enable more effective and higher throughput proteomics measurements to support and advance cancer research. The new platform will provide substantially higher resolution ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) separations than current platforms. This work also leverages previous developments at our laboratory by combining these new capabilities with more sensitive and efficient ion source and high accuracy MS technologies. The resolution of the IMS achieved will be greatly increased by using electric traveling waves applied to an extremely long path design based upon Structures for Lossless Ion Manipulations (SLIM), while also enabling very high sensitivity to be achieved. The platform will provide approximately two orders of magnitude improvement in measurement throughput for similar or better measurement coverage, quantification, etc. over conventional condensed-phase liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) platforms, enabling thousands of samples to be analyzed in hours, rather than weeks as at present. We will also adapt and refine bioinformatics tools developed in our laboratory to provide automated and efficient data processing. Finally, the platform will be evaluated utilizing complex clinical samples in terms of proteomic peptide/protein coverage, measurement throughput, CVs of replicate analyses and platform robustness and in comparison to leading-edge conventional LC-MS platforms available in our laboratory.