ABRF-PRG07: Advanced quantitative proteomics study

Arnold M. Falick, William S. Lane, Kathryn S. Lilley, Michael J. Maccoss, Brett S. Phinney, Nicholas E. Sherman, Susan T. Weintraub, H. Ewa Witkowska, Nathan A. Yates

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A major challenge for core facilities is determining quantitative protein differences across complex biological samples. Although there are numerous techniques in the literature for relative and absolute protein quantification, the majority is nonroutine and can be challenging to carry out effectively. There are few studies comparing these technologies in terms of their reproducibility, accuracy, and precision, and no studies to date deal with performance across multiple laboratories with varied levels of expertise. Here, we describe an Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF) Proteomics Research Group (PRG) study based on samples composed of a complex protein mixture into which 12 known proteins were added at varying but defined ratios. All of the proteins were present at the same concentration in each of three tubes that were provided. The primary goal of this study was to allow each laboratory to evaluate its capabilities and approaches with regard to: detection and identification of proteins spiked into samples that also contain complex mixtures of background proteins and determination of relative quantities of the spiked proteins. The results returned by 43 participants were compiled by the PRG, which also collected information about the strategies used to assess overall performance and as an aid to development of optimized protocols for the methodologies used. The most accurate results were generally reported by the most experienced laboratories. Among laboratories that used the same technique, values that were closer to the expected ratio were obtained by more experienced groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-26
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biomolecular Techniques
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2011


  • Association of biomolecular resource facilities study
  • Protein quantification
  • Protein quantitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology


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