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Optimized Workflow for Selecting Peptides for HDX-MS Data Analyses

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  • Lars Sørensen
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  • Rune Salbo, Orion Pharma

Hydrogen deuterium exchange measured by mass spectrometry (HDX-MS) is a commonly used technique for studying the structural dynamics of proteins in solution. The first part of any bottom-up HDX-MS experiment is to identify the peptides generated from a digestion step. This requires manual inspection of the identified peptides to determine their use for HDX-MS analysis, which is a time-consuming task. Throughout the literature, there have been different approaches for removing peptides that do not yield quantifiable HDX information. This includes using validity scores from the software used in the generation of the peptide map and that the peptide should be found in two out of three technical replicate experiments. Here, we analyze the previously available methods for filtering the identified peptides in regard to their ability to predict whether a peptide will provide quantifiable HDX-MS data or not. We also present a new score-based system relying on a combination of MS/MS parameters that offers an improved method for separating quantifiable peptides from the nonquantifiable. Using this score-based method reduces the number of peptide spectra that needs to be manually inspected and thereby the time spent curating HDX-MS data. [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of The American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Volume29
Issue11
Pages (from-to)2278-2281
Number of pages4
ISSN1044-0305
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018

    Research areas

  • Data analysis, HDX-MS, Peptide picking

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