As novel liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) technologies for proteomics offer a substantial increase in LC-MS runs per day, robust and reproducible sample preparation emerges as a new bottleneck for throughput. We introduce a novel strategy for positive-pressure 96-well filter-aided sample preparation (PF96) on a commercial positive-pressure solid-phase extraction device. PF96 allows for a five-fold increase in throughput in conjunction with extraordinary reproducibility with Pearson product-moment correlations on the protein level of r = 0.9993, as demonstrated for mouse heart tissue lysate in 40 technical replicates. The targeted quantification of 16 peptides in the presence of stable-isotope-labeled reference peptides confirms that PF96 variance is barely assessable against technical variation from nanoLC-MS instrumentation. We further demonstrate that protein loads of 36-60 μg result in optimal peptide recovery, but lower amounts ≥3 μg can also be processed reproducibly. In summary, the reproducibility, simplicity, and economy of time provide PF96 a promising future in biomedical and clinical research.
- Chromatography, Liquid/methods
- Mass Spectrometry/methods
- Reproducibility of Results
- ORBITRAP MASS-SPECTROMETER
- sample preparation