The Molecular Medicine: Proteomics Core Facility is equipped with a Thermo Scientific Q Exactive HF-X Hybrid Quadrupole-Orbitrap Mass Spectrometer with a Nanospray Flex Series ion source that is coupled to a Thermo Easy-nLC 1200 (LC-MS/MS). Proteomic data analysis is performed by SEQUEST and MS Amanda search engines from the Proteome Discoverer software.
Q Exactive HF-X Hybrid Quadrupole-Orbitrap Mass Spectrometer
Features of HF-X
- Combines HRAM (high-resolution, accurate-mass) ultra-high-field Orbitrap mass analyzer, a high capacity transfer tube with electrodynamic ion funnel and a high-performance quadrupole precursor ion selection to help deliver unsurpassed speed and sensitivity.
- Resolution up to 240,000 (FWHM) at m/z 200
- Mass Range from 50 to 6,000 m/z
- Scan Rates up to 40 Hz at resolution setting of 7,500 at m/z 200
- Better than 1 ppm mass accuracy
- Scan Modes available:
- Full MS scan, Selected Ion Monitoring (SIM),
- Parallel Reaction Monitoring (PRM),
- Data-Independent Acquisition (DIA),
- All Ion Fragmentation (AIF),
- in-source fragmentation,
- rapid polarity switching
- Improved Efficiency using the Advanced Peak Determination (APD) Algorithm
- Femtogram-level sensitivity
Benefits of HF-X
- New innovative instrument control features empower unrivaled data-dependent performance. The new Advanced Peak Determination (APD) algorithm is used to generate high quality MS/MS spectra from low signal-to-noise signals. APD helps provide extreme sensitivity and resolution by identifying the charge states and monoisotopic m/z values of isotopic envelopes at significantly improved peak depth.
- Optimized aHCD (Accelerated Higher-Energy Collisional Dissociation) maximizes ion accumulation time within a shorter transient time to produce the highest MS2 spectral quality.
- The enhanced HCTT and EDIF front-end design architecture as well as the new aHCD, scan rates, making proteomics discovery faster with deeper sequencing.
- The Q Exactive HF-X MS can identify the same amount of proteins as older Q Exactive Mass Spec in half the time. Using the same gradient, the HF-X is able to identify ~40% more peptides than the Q Exactive HF MS and ~95% more than the Q Exactive MS.