Proteomics is a branch of study that allows scientists to study protein structure and functions, record protein expression patterns, and more. Proteins are composed of amino acids, which is what makes up DNA. For reference, one gram of DNA houses 215 million gigabytes of information. It’s easy to see how vast the field of proteomics truly is—scientists are dealing with an untold amount of information!
Proteomics is crucial to understanding diseases, new drug therapies, and more. The study of proteomics includes how proteins interact with other proteins, how proteins move between subcellular compartments, how proteins change, how proteins are produced and how they degrade, and when, where, how, and why proteins are expressed.
A single proteomics dataset often requires an entire team of scientists to analyze, decode, and share information. These vast, complex data sets make it easy for human error to creep in. In fact, mass data collection techniques historically produced proteomics errors. Now, new systems allow accurate biomarker research, drug therapy research, and so much more.
That’s why our integration automation systems are so crucial. An example of a technology that we routinely integrate is MALDI MS. This allows scientists to perform true label-free detection of native substrates and products in their functional biochemical assays. This approach reduces cost/sample and decreases analysis time per sample, allowing for a throughput of more than 100,00 samples per day.
We also frequently integrate the Echo-MS technology from Sciex for fast, low volume, high sensitivity quantification – combing cutting edge mass spectrometry with other devices for a wide range of assay prep functions, for a fully automated workflow.
Do you have a proteomics workflow you’d like to fully automate? Contact us to discuss how we can help you achieve your goals.