Proteomics Sample Prep & Submission

General Submission Guidelines

Prior to sample submission, a new Proteomics (or MALDI) project must be requested in iLab. Once your request is received, a member of the ARC-BIO staff will review its details and reply with questions and/or a cost estimate.  Please see the important Sample Prep Guidelines and Tips below.

Sample drop off can occur between 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday in the bins within the fridge/freezer located just inside Microbiology C111. Alternatively, samples can be shipped. Be sure to label your bag/box with your name and iLab project ID number. For your convenience, small plastic bags and a marker are located below the computer adjacent to the fridge/freezer. Samples needing immediate storage at -80˚C can be dropped off in Microbiology C112 or by appointment.

Sample Prep Guidelines and Tips

Avoiding Contaminants:

For mass spec-based proteomics, the presence of certain contaminants can be extremely detrimental.  The main offenders are keratin (from skin/hair/dust), detergents and some polymers. As keratin can be found in circulating lab air as well as on our person, it is important to take extra care to work in a clean area, wear gloves at all times, and keep all materials (including gel apparatus, buffers, tubes, etc.) covered and free of dust.  More detailed tips can be found here.

Detergents and polymers that are difficult to sufficiently remove are Triton, Tween and PEG. We typically will not accept samples that have been processed with these reagents.  Alternative reagent suggestions can be found here. If you have questions or concerns regarding any of your reagents, please contact us.

Gel Band Prep:

In-gel digestions are most successful with Coomassie stained gels. Silver stain or Sypro Ruby can also be used; however, silver stain requires use of a mass-spec compatible staining kit. Coomassie or Sypro Ruby gel spots may be submitted dry or dehydrated or in de-staining buffer (some sample loss may occur over time). Silver stained gel spots should be submitted in 1% acetic acid.

To minimize keratin contamination of your gel, follow the tips found here. Cut out bands as tightly as possible to minimize excess gel material. Chop band into ~1mm² pieces and place in a clearly labeled microcentrifuge tube.

Samples in Solution:

Protein extracts or purified proteins that are in-solution may be submitted dry or in-solution. If submitting samples dry, please indicate the estimated amount of total protein by weight. If submitting samples in solution, please indicate the components of the solvent/buffer and the total protein concentration. Our standard, in-solution digest requires 30-50µg of total protein (50µg is best).

Samples for MALDI-TOF

General sample prep guidelines can be found here.  The MALDI-TOF can be operated as full-service or self-service.  To request full-service, follow the General Submission Guidelines above.  To inquire about training for self-service, please contact us.

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Colorado State University
C-115 Microbiology Building
2021 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523