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Dynamic MRM Measurements of Multi-Biomarker Proteins by Triple-Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry with Nanoflow HPLC-Microfluidics Chip
Dynamic MRM Measurements of Multi-Biomarker Proteins by Triple-Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry with Nanoflow HPLC-Microfluidics Chip
Mass Spectrometry Letters. 2010. Dec, 1(1): 21-24
  • Published : December 15, 2010
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Ji, Eun-Sun
Cheon, Mi-Hee
Lee, Ju-Yeon
Yoo, Jong-Shin
Jung, Hyun-Jin
Kim, Jin-Young

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The development of clinical biomarkers involves discovery, verification, and validation. Recently, multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) coupled with stable isotope dilution mass spectrometry (IDMS) has shown considerable promise for the direct quantification of proteins in clinical samples. In particular, multiple biomarkers have been tracked in a single experiment using MRM-based MS approaches combined with liquid chromatography. We report here a highly reproducible, quantitative, and dynamic MRM system for validating multi-biomarker proteins using Nanoflow HPLC-Microfluidics Chip/Triple-Quadrupole MS. In this system, transitions were acquired only during the retention window of each eluting peptide. Transitions with the highest MRM-MS intensities for the five target peptides from colon cancer biomarker candidates were automatically selected using Optimizer software. Relative to the corresponding non-dynamic system, the dynamic MRM provided significantly improved coefficients of variation in experiments with large numbers of transitions. Linear responses were obtained with concentrations ranging from fmol to pmol for five target peptides.
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