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This article is part of the supplement: Selected articles from the IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine 2010

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Processing methods for signal suppression of FTMS data

Xuepo Ma, Jian Cui and Jianqiu Zhang*

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Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, USA

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Proteome Science 2011, 9(Suppl 1):S2  doi:10.1186/1477-5956-9-S1-S2

Published: 14 October 2011



Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometry coupled with Liquid Chromatography(LC-FTMS) has been widely used in proteomics. Past investigation has revealed that there exists an intensity dependent random suppression in peptide elution profiles in LC-FTMS data. The suppression is homogenous for the same peptide but non-homogenous for different peptides. The correction of suppressed profiles and an estimation on the range of suppression are necessary for accurate and reliable quantification using FTMS data.


A software package, Gcorr, is presented. The software corrects peptide profiles that satisfy correction conditions, and it can predict fold change null distributions at different intensity levels. Subsequently, the significance P-values of measured fold changes can be estimated based on the predicted null distributions. We have used an 1:1 LC-FTMS label-free dataset pair collected based on the same sample to verify that our predicted null distributions conforms to that of the observed null distribution.


This software is able to provide suppression correction for peptide profiles, suppression distribution analysis and peptide differential expression analysis in terms of its fold change significance. The software is freely available at webcite.