Modular automated bottom-up proteomic sample preparation for high-throughput applications v1

Tad OgorzalekJennifer Gin


Manual proteomic sample preparation methods limit sample throughput and often lead to poor data quality when thousands of samples must be analyzed. Automated workflows are increasingly used to overcome these issues for some (or even all) of the sample preparation steps. Here, we detail three optimised step-by-step protocols to: (A) lyse Gram-negative bacteria and fungal cells; (B) quantify the amount of protein extracted; and (C) normalize the amount of protein and set up tryptic digestion. These protocols have been developed to facilitate rapid, low variance sample preparation of hundreds of samples, be easily implemented on widely-available Beckman-Coulter Biomek automated liquid handlers, and allow flexibility for future protocol development. By using this workflow 50 micrograms of peptides for 96 samples can be prepared for tryptic digestion in under an hour. We validate these protocols by analyzing 47 E. coli and R. toruloides samples and show that this modular workflow provides robust, reproducible proteomic samples for high-throughput applications. The expected results from these protocols are 94 peptide samples from Gram-negative bacterial and fungal cells prepared for bottom-up quantitative proteomic analysis without t...Continue Reading

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