Detection and Identification of Low-Abundant Proteins Using HPE Gels, Fluorescent Stains, and MALDI-ToF-ToF-MS
Two-dimensional electrophoresis as a complementary approach to gel-free proteomic methods possesses the ability to separate physiologically important isoforms of proteins in an unbiased manner. Frequently, those isoforms are low-abundant regulators, and therefore, detection and identification of low-abundant proteins is highly necessary to exploit this advantage. We describe an experimental sequence of classical operations to process gels but optimized them, in order to identify each detectable protein spot on gel.
Key wordsHigh performance electrophoresis Low-abundant proteins Fluorescent stains Scanning conditions Tryptic digestion MALDI-ToF-MS
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