PAS-cal: A repetitive peptide sequence calibration standard for MALDI mass spectrometry

Proteomics, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/pmic.201400199, Volume 14, Issue 21-22, pages 2427–2431, published on 25.09.2014
Proteomics, online article
Mass spectrometers equipped with matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI-MS) require frequent multipoint calibration to obtain good mass accuracy over a wide mass range and across large numbers of samples. In this study, we introduce a new synthetic peptide mass calibration standard termed PAS-cal tailored for MALDI-MS based bottom-up proteomics. This standard consists of 30 peptides between 8 and 37 amino acids long and each constructed to contain repetitive sequences of Pro, Ala and Ser as well as one C-terminal arginine residue. MALDI spectra thus cover a mass range between 750 and 3200 m/z in MS mode and between 100 and 3200 m/z in MS/MS mode. Our results show that multipoint calibration of MS spectra using PAS-cal peptides compares well to current commercial reagents for protein identification by PMF. Calibration of tandem mass spectra from LC-MALDI experiments using the longest peptide, PAS-cal37, resulted in smaller fragment ion mass errors, more matching fragment ions and more protein and peptide identifications compared to commercial standards, making the PAS-cal standard generically useful for bottom-up proteomics.  

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