Interlaboratory study on differential analysis of protein glycosylation by mass spectrometry: the ABRF glycoprotein research multi-institutional study 2012. Academic Article uri icon


  • One of the principal goals of glycoprotein research is to correlate glycan structure and function. Such correlation is necessary in order for one to understand the mechanisms whereby glycoprotein structure elaborates the functions of myriad proteins. The accurate comparison of glycoforms and quantification of glycosites are essential steps in this direction. Mass spectrometry has emerged as a powerful analytical technique in the field of glycoprotein characterization. Its sensitivity, high dynamic range, and mass accuracy provide both quantitative and sequence/structural information. As part of the 2012 ABRF Glycoprotein Research Group study, we explored the use of mass spectrometry and ancillary methodologies to characterize the glycoforms of two sources of human prostate specific antigen (PSA). PSA is used as a tumor marker for prostate cancer, with increasing blood levels used to distinguish between normal and cancer states. The glycans on PSA are believed to be biantennary N-linked, and it has been observed that prostate cancer tissues and cell lines contain more antennae than their benign counterparts. Thus, the ability to quantify differences in glycosylation associated with cancer has the potential to positively impact the use of PSA as a biomarker. We studied standard peptide-based proteomics/glycomics methodologies, including LC-MS/MS for peptide/glycopeptide sequencing and label-free approaches for differential quantification. We performed an interlaboratory study to determine the ability of different laboratories to correctly characterize the differences between glycoforms from two different sources using mass spectrometry methods. We used clustering analysis and ancillary statistical data treatment on the data sets submitted by participating laboratories to obtain a consensus of the glycoforms and abundances. The results demonstrate the relative strengths and weaknesses of top-down glycoproteomics, bottom-up glycoproteomics, and glycomics methods.

published proceedings

  • Mol Cell Proteomics

altmetric score

  • 4.35

author list (cited authors)

  • Leymarie, N., Griffin, P. J., Jonscher, K., Kolarich, D., Orlando, R., McComb, M., ... Zou, C.

citation count

  • 98

complete list of authors

  • Leymarie, Nancy||Griffin, Paula J||Jonscher, Karen||Kolarich, Daniel||Orlando, Ron||McComb, Mark||Zaia, Joseph||Aguilan, Jennifer||Alley, William R||Altmann, Friederich||Ball, Lauren E||Basumallick, Lipika||Bazemore-Walker, Carthene R||Behnken, Henning||Blank, Michael A||Brown, Kristy J||Bunz, Svenja-Catharina||Cairo, Christopher W||Cipollo, John F||Daneshfar, Rambod||Desaire, Heather||Drake, Richard R||Go, Eden P||Goldman, Radoslav||Gruber, Clemens||Halim, Adnan||Hathout, Yetrib||Hensbergen, Paul J||Horn, David M||Hurum, Deanna||Jabs, Wolfgang||Larson, Göran||Ly, Mellisa||Mann, Benjamin F||Marx, Kristina||Mechref, Yehia||Meyer, Bernd||Möginger, Uwe||Neusüβ, Christian||Nilsson, Jonas||Novotny, Milos V||Nyalwidhe, Julius O||Packer, Nicolle H||Pompach, Petr||Reiz, Bela||Resemann, Anja||Rohrer, Jeffrey S||Ruthenbeck, Alexandra||Sanda, Miloslav||Schulz, Jan Mirco||Schweiger-Hufnagel, Ulrike||Sihlbom, Carina||Song, Ehwang||Staples, Gregory O||Suckau, Detlev||Tang, Haixu||Thaysen-Andersen, Morten||Viner, Rosa I||An, Yanming||Valmu, Leena||Wada, Yoshinao||Watson, Megan||Windwarder, Markus||Whittal, Randy||Wuhrer, Manfred||Zhu, Yiying||Zou, Chunxia

publication date

  • October 2013