Translating the Human Proteome into Molecular and Digital Tools for Drug Discovery, Personalized Medicine and Life Science Research

The verification of the correct assignment of fragment ion mass spectra to peptide sequences is still a challenge in mass spectrometry based proteomics. The preferred way to achieve this is the use of reference spectra of synthetic peptide standards. We aim to synthesize >1 million individual tryptic and non-tryptic, non-modified and modified peptides representing all human proteins and to systematically create CID, HCD, ETD and EThcD spectra.

The libraries of peptides and spectra will greatly facilitate the validation of discovery proteomics data, will form a basis for targeted proteomic assays, enable FDR estimation in large datasets or repositories and help to better understand peptide fragmentation thus improving identification algorithms and spectra acquisition. Based on the data, new prototypes and products will be developed that form the basis for advancing research in a broad range of biomedical areas, like biomarker discovery, target validation, and drug discovery.

The project is funded by Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF). Our partners are Technical University of Munich, SAP and Thermo Fisher Scientific


Prosit: "Proteome-wide Prediction of Peptide Tandem Mass Spectra by Deep Learning"
Gessulat et al., Nature Methods (2019)
ProteomeTools: "Systematic Characterization of 21 Post-translational Protein Modifications by Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) Using Synthetic Peptides"
Zolg et al., Mol Cell Proteomics. (2018)
PROCAL: "A Set of 40 Peptide Standards for Retention Time Indexing, Column Performance Monitoring and Collision Energy Calibration"
Zolg et al., Proteomics (2017)
"Building ProteomeTools Based on a Complete Synthetic Human Proteome"
Zolg et al., Nature Methods (2017) – PMID: 28135259
"Mass-spectrometry-based Draft of the Human Proteome"
Wilhelm et al., Nature (2014) – PMID: 24870543

Project partners

Technical University of Munich
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Funded by Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)


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Contact: Tanja Kaan
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News Highlight

Major ProteomeTools Milestone Published in Nature Methods!
330,000 SpikeMix™ reference peptides used to create millions of freely accessible reference spectra.
(Feb 2017)

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