Low-Molecular-Weight Plasma Proteome Analysis Using Top-Down Mass Spectrometry Chapter uri icon

Book Title

  • Methods in Molecular Biology


  • While human plasma has a wealth of diagnostic information regarding the state of the human body in heath and disease, low molecular weight (LMW) proteome (<30 kDa) has been shown to contain a rich source of diagnostic biomarkers. Here we describe a protocol for top-down proteomic analysis to identify and characterize the LMW proteoforms present in four types of human plasma samples without immunoaffinity depletion and with depletion of the top two, six, and seven high-abundance proteins. Each type of plasma sample was first fractionated based on molecular weight using gel-eluted liquid fraction entrapment electrophoresis (GELFrEE). Then, the GELFrEE fractions containing up to 30 kDa were subjected to nanocapillary-LC-MS/MS, and the high-resolution MS and MS/MS data were processed using ProSightPC software. As a result, a total of 442 LMW proteins and cleaved products, including those with posttranslational modifications (PTMs) and single amino acid variations (SAAVs), were identified with a threshold E-value of 1 × 10-4 from the four types of plasma samples.


  • Greening, David
  • Cheon, Dong Huey
  • Yang, Eun Gyeong
  • Lee, Cheolju
  • Lee, Ji Eun

publication date

  • 2017