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Nano-LC in proteomics: recent advances and approaches


In proteomics, nano-LC is arguably the most common tool for separating peptides/proteins prior to MS. The main advantage of nano-LC is enhanced sensitivity, as compounds enter the MS in more concentrated bands. This is particularly relevant for determining low abundant compounds in limited samples. Nano-LC columns can produce peak capacities of 1000 or more, and very narrow columns can be used to perform proteomics of 1000 cells or less. Also, nano-LC can be coupled with online add-ons such as selective trap columns or enzymatic reactors, for faster and more automated analysis. Nano-LC is today an established tool for research laboratories; but can nano-LC-based systems soon be ready for more routine settings, such as in clinics?

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