|2017/12/06|| iTop-Q (an Intelligent Tool for Top-down Proteomics Quantitation) has been officially on-line. Please go to "Software" for more details.
Top-down proteomics using liquid chromatogram coupled with mass spectrometry has been increasingly applied for analyzing intact proteins to study genetic variation, alternative splicing, and post-translational modifications (PTMs) of the proteins (proteoforms). However, only a few tools have been developed for charge state deconvolution, monoisotopic/average molecular weight determination and quantitation of proteoforms from LC-MS1 spectra. Though Decon2LS and MASH Suite Pro have been available to provide intraspectrum charge state deconvolution and quantitation, manual processing is still required to quantify proteoforms across multiple MS1 spectra. An automated tool for interspectrum quantitation is a pressing need. Thus, in this paper, we present a user-friendly tool, called iTop-Q (intelligent Top-down Proteomics Quantitation), that automatically performs large-scale proteoform quantitation based on interspectrum abundance in top-down proteomics. Instead of utilizing single spectrum for proteoform quantitation, iTop-Q constructs extracted ion chromatograms (XICs) of possible proteoform peaks across adjacent MS1 spectra to calculate abundances for accurate quantitation. Notably, iTop-Q is implemented with a newly proposed algorithm, called DYAMOND, using dynamic programming for charge state deconvolution. In addition, iTop-Q performs proteoform alignment to support quantitation analysis across replicates/samples. The performance evaluations on an in-house standard data set and a public large-scale yeast lysate data set show that iTop-Q achieves highly accurate quantitation, more consistent quantitation than using intraspectrum quantitation. Furthermore, the DYAMOND algorithm is suitable for high charge state deconvolution and can distinguish shared peaks in coeluting proteoforms. iTop-Q is publicly available for download at http://ms.iis.sinica.edu.tw/COmics/Software_iTop-Q
|2016/01/21|| iMet-Q (intelligent Metabolomic Quantitation) has been officially on-line. Please go to "Software" for more details.
Efficient and accurate quantitation of metabolites from LC-MS data has become an important topic. Here we present an automated tool, called iMet-Q (intelligent Metabolomic Quantitation), for label-free metabolomics quantitation from high-throughput MS1 data. By performing peak detection and peak alignment, iMet-Q provides a summary of quantitation results and reports ion abundance at both replicate level and sample level. Furthermore, it gives the charge states and isotope ratios of detected metabolite peaks to facilitate metabolite identification. An in-house standard mixture and a public Arabidopsis metabolome data set were analyzed by iMet-Q. Three public quantitation tools, including XCMS, MetAlign, and MZmine 2, were used for performance comparison. From the mixture data set, seven standard metabolites were detected by the four quantitation tools, for which iMet-Q had a smaller quantitation error of 12% in both profile and centroid data sets. Our tool also correctly determined the charge states of seven standard metabolites. By searching the mass values for those standard metabolites against Human Metabolome Database, we obtained a total of 183 metabolite candidates. With the isotope ratios calculated by iMet-Q, 49% (89 out of 183) metabolite candidates were filtered out. From the public Arabidopsis data set reported with two internal standards and 167 elucidated metabolites, iMet-Q detected all of the peaks corresponding to the internal standards and 167 metabolites. Meanwhile, our tool had small abundance variation (≤0.19) when quantifying the two internal standards and had higher abundance correlation (≥0.92) when quantifying the 167 metabolites. iMet-Q provides user-friendly interfaces and is publicly available for download at http://ms.iis.sinica.edu.tw/comics/Software_iMet-Q.html.