Multiplexed MRM-Based Protein Quantitation Using Two Different Stable Isotope-Labeled Peptide Isotopologues for Calibration

André Leblanc, Sarah A. Michaud, Andrew J. Percy, Darryl B. Hardie, Juncong Yang, Nicholas J. Sinclair, Jillaine I. Proudfoot, Adam Pistawka, Derek S. Smith, Christoph H. Borchers

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When quantifying endogenous plasma proteins for fundamental and biomedical research - as well as for clinical applications - precise, reproducible, and robust assays are required. Targeted detection of peptides in a bottom-up strategy is the most common and precise mass spectrometry-based quantitation approach when combined with the use of stable isotope-labeled peptides. However, when measuring protein in plasma, the unknown endogenous levels prevent the implementation of the best calibration strategies, since no blank matrix is available. Consequently, several alternative calibration strategies are employed by different laboratories. In this study, these methods were compared to a new approach using two different stable isotope-labeled standard (SIS) peptide isotopologues for each endogenous peptide to be quantified, enabling an external calibration curve as well as the quality control samples to be prepared in pooled human plasma without interference from endogenous peptides. This strategy improves the analytical performance of the assay and enables the accuracy of the assay to be monitored, which can also facilitate method development and validation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2527-2536
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Proteome Research
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • method development
  • MRM
  • peptide assay validation
  • peptide calibration
  • peptide isotopologues
  • peptide quantitation
  • stable isotope-labeled peptides
  • surrogate matrix
  • surrogate standard


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