Protein characterisation, proteomics and mass spectrometry (MS)

Carsten Scavenius Sonne-Schmidt

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Proteomics

Protein characterisation, proteomics and mass spectrometry (MS)

Danish Technological Institute has extensive experience in carrying out protein characterisation and proteome analyses, including the use of advanced mass spectrometry. Our experience spans a wide range of research and development projects that Danish Technological Institute carries out in collaboration with universities and companies.

 

How can Danish Technological Institute help you?

We offer a range of services from robust and classical protein analyses that can provide information on the complexity and size of proteins to advanced mass spectrometry-based analyses. 

                           

MikroskopMass spectrometry analysis

Within protein-based mass spectrometry, our analyses cover protein identification, peptide mapping, quantification and modifications, among other things.

 

                                                 

ØjeProtein identification

We can identify proteins in your product or unknown protein from your development / research. Using mass spectrometry, we can identify and quantify proteins in for example tissue samples or gels. We can identify individual proteins from gels, for example, or whole proteomes from tissue samples and cell lysates among others.

                                                       

Peptid-mappingPeptide mapping

We can confirm your protein sequence or determine the sequence of unknown proteins.

 

                                                         

NumreQuantification

We offer several for quantifying peptides and proteins in your samples. We can do total protein analysis (total nitrogen), amino acid analysis and mass spectrometry-based quantification. Using mass spectrometry, we can make absolute or relative quantification both with and without stable isotope labelling. Therefore, mass spectrometry can often be used to validate other quantification methods (e.g. ELISA) or to identify biomarkers.

                             

PilModifications 

We can assist with the identification of modifications in full proteomes and / or the characterisation of individual proteins and their post-translational modifications (PTMs) such as phosphorylation, N-termini and disulphides, for example. We can also help find your modification and its specificity.

                                                            

EkstraktionProtein extraction, separation and purification

It can often be an advantage to separate complex samples before an advanced protein analysis. We can help with this separation using SDS-PAGE and HPLC. We can also purify recombinant proteins or proteins from natural sources. We have extensive experience in the development and optimisation of protein extraction from complex samples. We can therefore help you develop an optimised extraction procedure that can increase the success of your final results. For example, we can help with the purification of glycopeptides and phosphopeptides.

                           

Examples of mass spectrometry usage

  • In the production of enzymes and proteins, there may be contaminants from the proteome of the host cell or the growth medium. We can identify and quantify the amount of these contaminant proteins (host cell protein analysis).
  • The sequence of proteins is species specific, and we can therefore determine the origin of a biological sample. Thus, we can determine the origin of food or contaminants.
  • Identification of drug targets - Using immobilised samples and mass spectrometry, we can help find your drug targets.