Post translation modification site analysis

Protein expression will not only be determined by physiological changes of the cell, post-translational modification (PTM) is also a critical factor. The traditional method of identifying PTM site of a protein is done by antibodies, which will be affected by the specificity of an antibody, and also by a chance that there is no antibody that can bind to the specific PTM site.
Using mass spectrometry method can not only analyze and identify all the possible PTM site of a protein but also it is much more direct than identifying through an antibody, which can be more convincing.
Using phosphorylation site identification as an example, after digestion with protease into small peptides, we use TiOcolumn (2D-TiO2-LC-MS) as an affinity column to exclude the non-phosphorylated peptides and analyze the phosphorylated peptides through mass spectrometry. After comparing with the database, we will note the amino acids that might have phosphate as high possibility of phosphorylation, and these amino acids will be further analyzed and verified like the picture down below.


Service specification

With enrichment service
1. Phosphorylation site identification
2. N-linked glycosylation site identification
3. Ubiquitination site identification
Without enrichment service
1. Methylation site identification
2. Oxidation site identification
3. Acetylation site identification
4. Others (please click the PTM list)


Working day not including delivery time: 2-3 weeks
(a) Sample type: Gel slice (please provide gel image with staining), Immunoprecipitation product (beads or eluent), Protein extracts or Purified protein solution (please provide buffer constituents for solution sample)
(b) Gel size: ≤3 mm x 8 mm x 1.5 mm (Height x Width x Thickness)
(c) Sample amount: ≥100 ug (Protein extracts), ≥10 ug (Purified protein solution, purity ≥50%), ≥500 ug (recommended IP starting materials)
(d) Sample concentration: ≥0.25 ug/uL
(e) Platform: PTM-peptide enrichment, 1DLC, LTQ-Orbitrap MS

Please click the link below for the specification of Proteomics service​
Sample requirement

Q1. Must I provide purified protein?
A: If you wish to study a specific target protein, we strongly suggest you purify your protein until the target protein has the highest sequence coverage in the sample.

Q2. What types of PTM sites identification do you offer?
A: We analyze every known PTM site. But we do not do enrichment for samples that are identifying phosphorylation and N-link site.

Q3. Can we purify the protein through gel-cutting?
A: Yes, but gel-cutting will loss partial peptides during elution.