Introduction to Mass Spectrometry-Based Proteomics

Rune Matthiesen, Jakob Bunkenborg

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Mass spectrometry, a technology to determine the mass of ionized molecules and biomolecules, is increasingly applied for the global identification and quantification of proteins. Proteomics applies mass spectrometry in many applications, and each application requires consideration of analytical choices, instrumental limitations and data processing steps. These depend on the aim of the study and means of conducting it. Choosing the right combination of sample preparation, MS instrumentation, and data processing allows exploration of different aspects of the proteome. This chapter gives an outline for some of these commonly used setups and some of the key concepts, many of which later chapters discuss in greater depth. Understanding and handling mass spectrometry data is a multifaceted task that requires many user decisions to obtain the most comprehensive information from an MS experiment. Later chapters in this book deal in-depth with various aspects of the process and how different tools addresses the many analytical challenges. This chapter revises the basic concept in mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-58
Number of pages58
JournalMethods In Molecular Biology (Clifton, N.J.)
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • Data formats
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Proteomics
  • Sample preparation


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