Our Equipment


Courtesy of ThermoFisher


Our Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry Facility is equipped with a “state-of-the-art” ProteomeX Station (ThermoFisher), which includes a Finnigan LTQ XL Linear Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer (LITMS) and integrated LC system with auto-sampler. For more details see LTQ XL specifications .

Linear Ion Trap technology greatly increase the sensitivity of MS analyses and allows up to 12 consequent MS/MS scans (MS n). Please download this flash movie for explanation of the Linear Ion Trap  technology (courtesy of ThermoFisher).

NOTE: To download the movie, please choose "save to disk" option. After the file appears on your desktop, left-click on it and choose" rename", change file extension ".fla" to ".exe". Double-click on the renamed file, the movie should start. Use the top menu to control it.



NSI Head with a nano-column


The LTQ XL allows electrospray ionization (ESI) and atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI); however, the unique feature of this device is nanospray ionization (NSI), which allows detection of peptides and chemicals in the femtomole range. We use NSI on an “every-day-basis” both in dynamic mode (nano-column injection, LC/MS analysis) and in static mode (direct injection from a nano-tip, MS analysis).


LC nano-column (left) and a typical HPLC column (right)


The LTQ XL is capable of analyzing complex protein samples ("full digests" of complex mixtures of proteins or peptides), as well as the identification of posttranslational protein modifications. See these examples of complex peptide mixture analysis , as well as identification of glycosylated peptides, and phosphorylated peptides with MS 3 data-dependent analysis (courtesy of ThermoFisher).