The subject of this tutorial is protein identification and characterisation by database searching of MS/MS Data. Peptide Mass Fingerprinting is excluded because it is covered in a separate tutorial.Practical aspects of database searching are emphasised, such as choice of sequence database, effect of mass tolerance, and how to identify post-translational modifications. The relationship between sensitivity and specificity is discussed, as is the challenge of using peptide match information to infer which proteins were present in the sample.Since these tutorials are introductory in nature, most references are to reviews, rather than primary research papers. Some familiarity with mass spectrometry and protein chemistry is assumed. There is an accompanying slide presentation, including speaker notes, and a collection of web-based, practical exercises, designed to reinforce key points. This Tutorial is part of the International Proteomics Tutorial Programme (IPTP 6). ?? 2011 Elsevier B.V.
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