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Chemical Labeling

Isobaric chemical labeling approaches have enabled a new generation of multi-plexed quantitative proteomic studies. The strategy labels peptides primary amines with isotope-coded mass tags that are indistinguishable from each other during normal mass measurement; however, upon dissociation and tandem mass spectrometry unique reporter ions are produced and used for quantification.  We are developing a new dimethylated leucine (DiLeu) scaffold for isobaric tag technology.  The DiLeu platforms incorporates the same mass defect concepts as our NeuCode labels and has potential to profoundly increase the number of samples that can be co-analyzed in a single LC-MS/MS experiment. 

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Designed and synthesized in-house, DiLeu isobaric tags are compact and offer excellent performance, often enhancing peptide backbone fragmentation.  DiLeu-tagged peptides therefore can improve confidence in sequence identification all while generating reporter ions at strikingly high abundance. Besides providing a wide quantitative dynamic range, the reporter ion signal affords improved multiplexing capacity, as the overall ion population can be amply divided between extra quantitative channels. And with the ability to synthesize DiLeu cost-effectively, on-demand, and in bulk, experiments of grand scope and scale are well within reach.

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Ultra-plexed Proteome Analysis

 

Ultra-plexed Proteome Analysis

Presently our DiLeu tagging chemistry stands at the forefront of multiplexed labeling approaches by offering parallel analysis of up to twelve proteomes.  To achieve this level of plexing we leverage the slight mass differences in neutron binding energy between carbon, nitrogen, and hydrogen through unique isotopic formulations that differ in mass by as little as 6 mDa (just as in the NeuCode labels of TR&D #2). For twelve-plex DiLeu, twelve discrete reporter ions in the mass range of m/z 115-118 can be distinguished in MS2 scans acquired at a resolving power of 30,000. We are currently developing additional DiLeu isotopologues that differ in mass by 3 mDa to create a 21-plex set of labels and an unparalleled level of quantitative throughput.

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Sample Flexibility and Applications

Sample Flexibility
and Applications

DiLeu isobaric tags feature efficient and convenient amine-reactive chemistry for labeling proteins, peptides, and metabolites derived from a wide variety of biological samples and clinical specimens, ranging from tissue extracts to cerebrospinal fluid or urine. The versatility of DiLeu to label nearly any sample makes it ideal for studies of human disease and mammalian disease models that require compatible proteomic methods to quantify changes within several different types of biological samples, or across multiple experimental conditions, and the reagents can be produced at the scale appropriate for the needs of the study. Currently, research of pancreatic cancer, restenosis, lower urinary tract symptoms, and Alzheimer’s disease are all employing DiLeu and its variants for biological insight.

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TRD#1 – Publication Cover

 

 

 

In the headlines

Our most recent publication on the DiLeu chemical labeling strategy was featured on the cover of Analytical Chemistry.  This article describes design, synthesis, and testing of our DiLeu tagging scaffold and its application for both protein and metabolite quantification.  

Chemical Labeling Publication Library

Chemical Labeling Publication Library

Ongoing development has led to other viable dimethylated amino acid tags, alternative applications, and novel implementations.
Read more about DiLeu and its variants, including their use for protein, peptide, and metabolite quantification, and much more.

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The cellular economy of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae zinc proteome

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Expanding DiLeu to Eight Quantitative Channels

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DiLeu Allows for Multiplex Quantification of Urinary Proteins in Men

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Further Multiplexing with Quantitative Proteomics Enabled by Mass Defect and High Resolution MS

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Further Multiplexing with Quantitative Proteomics Enabled by Mass Defect and High Resolution MS

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Absolute Quantification with isotopic DiLeu (iDiLeu)

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Absolute Quantification with isotopic DiLeu (iDiLeu)

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Utilizing DiLeu for Quantifying Amine-Containing Metabolites

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Exploring Other Dimethylated Amino Acids

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A Combined Isobaric and Mass Difference Quantification Strategy (mdDiLeu)

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