Mass spectrometry based proteomics generally seeks to identify and characterize protein molecules with high accuracy and throughput. Recent speed and quality improvements to the independent steps of integrated platforms have removed many limitations to the robust implementation of top down proteomics (TDP) for proteins below 70. kDa. Improved intact protein separations coupled to high-performance instruments have increased the quality and number of protein and proteoform identifications. To date, TDP applications have shown >1000 protein identifications, expanding to an average of ~3-4 more proteoforms for each protein detected. In the near future, increased fractionation power, new mass spectrometers and improvements in proteoform scoring will combine to accelerate the application and impact of TDP to this century's biomedical problems.
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- Analytical Chemistry