Factors that affect ion trap data-dependent MS/MS in proteomics

Brett R. Wenner, Bert C. Lynn

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Quadrupole ion trap scanning parameters for performing bottom-up proteomics in a data-dependent fashion were evaluated on a Finnigan LCQ Deca mass spectrometer. Evaluation of parameters such as the number of averaged full scans, the number of averaged MS/MS scans, and ion injection times were necessary for acquiring high quality MS/MS spectra that yield favorable b and y ion coverage and high correlation to proteins using database searching algorithms. In this study, we demonstrated how the duty cycle of the mass spectrometer affects the number of peptides that can be successfully identified by SEQUEST using a model system of tryptic BSA peptides to mimic a typical complex mixture associated with bottom-up proteomics. The number of averaged scans and the duration of ion accumulation in the trap had a significant effect on the quality of acquired MS/MS spectra. For example, by increasing the ion injection time from 500 ms to 600 ms, peptide HLVDEPQNLIK improved from being improperly identified to being correctly identified with a SEQUEST cross-correlation score of 3.60. As a result of these experiments, we have devised the following set of ion trap parameters for performing bottom-up proteomics analysis in our laboratory: Three averaged full scans, five averaged MS/MS scans, and a maximum ion injection time of 600 ms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-157
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Structural Biology
  • Spectroscopy


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