Quantitative Mass Spectrometry-Based Proteomics: An Overview

  • Miroslav Nikolov
  • Carla Schmidt
  • Henning UrlaubEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 893)


In recent years, mass spectrometry has moved more than ever before into the front line of protein-centered research. After being established at the qualitative level, the more challenging question of quantification of proteins and peptides using mass spectrometry has become a focus for further development. In this chapter, we discuss and review the strategies and problems of the methods currently in use for the quantitative analysis of peptides, proteins, and finally proteomes by mass spectrometry. The common themes, the differences, and the potential pitfalls of the main approaches are presented in order to provide a survey of the emerging field of quantitative, mass spectrometry-based proteomics.

Key words

Mass spectrometry Proteomics Absolute quantification Relative quantification Label-free Stable heavy isotope Isotope label 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miroslav Nikolov
    • 1
  • Carla Schmidt
    • 1
  • Henning Urlaub
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry GroupMax Planck Institute for Biophysical ChemistryGoettingenGermany
  2. 2.Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry GroupMax Planck Institute for Biophysical ChemistryGöttingerGermany

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