Three ultrasonic energy sources were studied to speed up the sample treatment for in-solution protein identification by peptide mass fingerprint using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry. Protein reduction, alkylation, and enzymatic digestion steps were done in 15 min. Nine proteins, including zinc resistance-associated protein precursor from Desulfovibrio desulfuricans strain G20 and split-soret cytochrome c from D. desulfuricans ATCC27774 were successfully identified with the new protocol.
- In-solution protein digestion
- Protein identification
- Ultrasonic bath
- Ultrasonic probe