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Title: An algorithm to correct saturated mass spectrometry ion abundances for enhanced quantitation and mass accuracy in omic studies

We present that the mass accuracy and peak intensity of ions detected by mass spectrometry (MS) measurements are essential to facilitate compound identification and quantitation. However, high concentration species can yield erroneous results if their ion intensities reach beyond the limits of the detection system, leading to distorted and non-ideal detector response (e.g. saturation), and largely precluding the calculation of accurate m/z and intensity values. Here we present an open source computational method to correct peaks above a defined intensity (saturated) threshold determined by the MS instrumentation such as the analog-to-digital converters or time-to-digital converters used in conjunction with time-of-flight MS. Here, in this method, the isotopic envelope for each observed ion above the saturation threshold is compared to its expected theoretical isotopic distribution. The most intense isotopic peak for which saturation does not occur is then utilized to re-calculate the precursor m/z and correct the intensity, resulting in both higher mass accuracy and greater dynamic range. The benefits of this approach were evaluated with proteomic and lipidomic datasets of varying complexities. After correcting the high concentration species, reduced mass errors and enhanced dynamic range were observed for both simple and complex omic samples. Specifically, the mass error dropped bymore » more than 50% in most cases for highly saturated species and dynamic range increased by 1–2 orders of magnitude for peptides in a blood serum sample.« less
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  1. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States). Earth and Biological Sciences Directorate
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 1387-3806; PII: S1387380617303998
Grant/Contract Number:
AC05-76RL01830; R01ES022190; P41 GM103493
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
International Journal of Mass Spectrometry
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 427; Journal ID: ISSN 1387-3806
Research Org:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23)
Country of Publication:
United States
47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION; 97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING; Mass spectrometry; Detector saturation; Analog-to-digital converter saturation; Saturation correction; Isotopic envelope; Isotopic ratios; Quantitation
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