Services

How to start

First-time users. Browse our website to learn about our services and reach out to us by email at MassSpec@wustl.edu to schedule a meeting to discuss your project. You can also submit a Collaboration Request by scrolling down on this page. We will provide the best experimental and study design for your mass spectrometry needs through an in-person meeting, live video conference, or telephone call.


Returning-users. If you have worked with us before and know what you need, download and fill out a Sample Submission PDF Form from the options available for proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics, or imaging MS samples. Email the completed form to MassSpec@wustl.edu and drop off your sample at our drop-off locations. Note that we cannot start work until a WashU CC# or purchase order is provided.


Drop-off Locations

CWE Campus: 

Room 4200, 4444 Forest Park Ave, St. Louis, MO63108

Samples can be dropped off Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30pm 

Acknowledgement

Work performed by the MTAC should be acknowledged as shown below:

"Mass Spectrometry analyses were performed by the Mass Spectrometry Technology Access Center at the McDonnell Genome Institute (MTAC@MGI) at Washington University School of Medicine, supported by the Diabetes Research Center/NIH grant P30 DK020579, Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences/NCATS CTSA award UL1 TR002345, and Siteman Cancer Center/NCI CCSG grant P30 CA091842."


Contact MassSpec@wustl.edu to get more information

Available Services Provided by WashU Mass Spec MTAC

Routine Core Services

Washington University's Mass Spectrometry Technology Access Center (MTAC) offers a set of routine analyses for rapid turnaround that require minimal customization. These services are typically for samples requiring qualitative or semi-quantitative analysis.


Note: The prices listed on this page are for budget estimation only. For approved pricing, click here. For an accurate quotation, please submit a Collaboration Request or contact MTAC at MassSpec@wustl.edu




Work performed by the MTAC should be acknowledged as shown below:


"Mass Spectrometry analyses were performed by the Mass Spectrometry Technology Access Center at the McDonnell Genome Institute (MTAC@MGI) at Washington University School of Medicine, supported by the Diabetes Research Center/NIH grant P30 DK020579, Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences/NCATS CTSA award UL1 TR002345, and Siteman Cancer Center/NCI CCSG grant P30 CA091842."



Protein Identification

Proteins are identified after in-gel or in-solution digestion. Proteins can be optionally fractionated prior to digestion. The cost for this analysis depends on the complexity of sample preparation and the number of samples that are being analyzed.

Pricing

WashU: Starting at $ (depending on the number of samples submitted and length of LCMS gradient)

External Academic/Nonprofit: Starting at $ (depending on the number of samples submitted and length of LCMS gradient)

External For-Profit Industry: Starting at $ (depending on the number of samples submitted and length of LCMS gradient)

Instruments Used

Orbitrap Eclipse Tribrid

Orbitrap Exploris 480

timsTOF Pro 2

Orbitrap Astral

IP-MS

Co-immunoprecipitation (CO-IP) is a popular technique to identify physiologically relevant protein-protein interactions by using target protein-specific antibodies to indirectly capture proteins that are bound to a specific target protein. These protein complexes can then be analyzed to identify new binding partners, binding affinities, the kinetics of binding and the function of the target protein.

Pricing

WashU: Starting at $ (depending on the number of samples submitted and length of LCMS gradient)

External Academic/Nonprofit: Starting at $ (depending on the umber of samples submitted and length of LCMS gradient)

External For-Profit Industry: Starting at $ (depending on the number of samples submitted and length of LCMS gradient)

Instruments Used

Orbitrap Eclipse Tribrid

Orbitrap Exploris 480

timsTOF Pro 2

Chip-MS

Mol Cell Proteomics, 2009 Apr;8(4):870-82.

Proximity Labeling Proteomics

Proximity labeling relies on a labeling enzyme that can biotinylate nearby biomolecules promiscuously. Using the high affinity of “biotin-streptavidin”, this technique has been used for identifying the components of novel cellular structures and for determining protein-protein interaction partners. Depending on the species of labeling enzyme, biotin labeling can be achieved through several different methods.


BioID: BioID is a mutant E. coli biotin ligase that catalyzes the activation of biotin by ATP. The activated biotin is short-lived and thus can only diffuse to a region proximal to BioID. Labeling is achieved when the activated biotin reacts with nearby amines, such as the lysine sidechain amines found in proteins.


TurboID: TurboID is a biotin ligase engineered via yeast surface display directed evolution. TurboID enables ~10 minute labeling times instead of the ~18 hour labeling times required by BioID.


APEX: APEX is an ascorbate peroxidase derivative reliant on hydrogen peroxide for catalyzing the oxidation of biotin-tyramide, also known as biotin-phenol, to a short-lived and reactive biotin-phenol free radical.


APEX2: APEX2 is a derivative of APEX engineered via yeast surface display directed evolution. APEX2 shows improved labeling efficiency and cellular expression levels.


RIME: RIME can be used in parallel with ChIP-seq experiments to provide information on both the cistrome and interactome for a given protein. It uses formaldehyde fixation to stabilize the protein complex, and cross-linked protein complexes are affinity purified by bead-bound antibodies and analyzed by MS.


ChIP-MS: ChIP-mass spectrometry captures chromatin bound protein interactions and modified histones associated with a protein of interest (a bait protein). We provide consultation for study design and MS analysis.

Pricing

WashU: Starting at $ (depending on the number of samples submitted and length of LCMS gradient)

External Academic/Nonprofit: Starting at $ (depending on the number of samples submitted and length of LCMS gradient)

External For-Profit Industry: Starting at $ (depending on the number of samples submitted and length of LCMS gradient)

Instruments Used

Orbitrap Eclipse Tribrid

Orbitrap Exploris 480

timsTOF Pro 2

Electro Spray Ionization

Specialized Core Services 

Washington University Mass Spectrometry Technology Access Center (MTAC) provides a set of specialized services that require more study design and deeper staff commitment to provide a comprehensive view of qualitative or quantitative analysis.


Note: Prices listed here are for budgetary estimation only. To see approved pricing, click here. For an accurate quotation, please submit a Collaboration Request or contact MTAC at MassSpec@wustl.edu.


Work performed in the MTAC should be acknowledged as shown below:


"Mass Spectrometry analyses were performed by the Mass Spectrometry Technology Access Center at the McDonnell Genome Institute (MTAC@MGI) at Washington University School of Medicine, supported by the Diabetes Research Center/NIH grant P30 DK020579, Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences/NCATS CTSA award UL1 TR002345, and Siteman Cancer Center/NCI CCSG grant P30 CA091842."


Quantitative Proteomics, 2014, pp. 1-25 

Untargeted Quantitative Proteomics

Protein quantification requires a consultation to help design the experiment first. Depending on the project and budget, we can use a variety of methods to achieve the protein quantification analysis.


1. Heavy Isotope label-based Quantification

1) Metabolic Label: SILAC (Stable Isotope Labeling of Amino Acids in Cell Culture)

Best suited for cell culture system, up to 3 states to compare.

2) Isobaric Label: TMT/iTRAQ

Comparison for >10 states, fewer MS runs, please add reagents cost


2. Label-free Quantification (LFQ)

Technical replicates required, no reagent needed.

Pricing

WashU: Contact us for a quote

External Academic/Nonprofit: Contact us for a quote

External For-Profit Industry: Contact us for a quote

Instruments Used

Orbitrap Eclipse Tribrid

Orbitrap Exploris 480

timsTOF Pro 2

Targeted Quantitative Proteomics 

When you want quantify specific target peptides or proteins, 'Targeted Proteomics' can be used. It requires a method development for the most accurate quantification of targets. After the protocol is established, it offers a high throughput at low cost to quantify up to hundreds of proteins.

There is a method development cost and heavy peptide cost to consider in order to establish the assay. The cost would vary depending on the number of analytes and whether or not you want absolute quantitation (i.e. There are exactly 10.25 picomoles of your peptide in this sample) or relative quantitation (i.e. The level of your peptide in sample A is four-fold higher than in sample B). Depending on the experiment design, we can either use MRM or PRM.

Typically, discovery experiments using untargeted methods lead to targeted methods for a validation stage which require less sample and less time on high throughput scale 

Pricing

WashU: Contact us for a quote

External Academic/Nonprofit: Contact us for a quote

External For-Profit Industry: Contact us for a quote

Instruments Used

TSQ Altis Plus

Orbitrap Exploris 480

Epiproteomic Histone Modification Panel

The Epiproteomic Histone PTM Panel provides rapid profiling of site-specific methylation and acetylation states on histones. At present, more than 9o modification states on Lysine residues can be tracked and quantified by triple-quadrupole based MRM assay.


Sample requirements for histone assay:

1) Cells Requirement: 1 – 5million

2) Tissue Requirement: 25 – 100mg

Pricing

WashU: $

External Academic/Nonprofit: $

External For-Profit Industry: $

Instruments Used

TSQ Altis Plus

Phosphoproteomics

Phosphorylation is a key reversible modification that regulates protein function, subcellular localization, complex formation, degradation of proteins, and therefore cell signaling networks. In this assay, Phosphopeptides are enriched using titanium dioxide (TiO2 ) and high pH reverse phase fractionation into four fractions prior to being analyzed by orbitrap-based MS. The phosphopeptides are identified and site-specific quantification of phosphorylation is achieved by MaxQuant software.


Sample requirements for phosphoproteomics:

Start soluble protein amount, 5-6mg

Pricing

WashU: $

External Academic/Nonprofit: $

External For-Profit Industry: $

Instruments Used

Orbitrap Eclipse Tribrid

Orbitrap Exploris 480

timsTOF Pro 2

PTMScan

PTMScan® Technology employs a proprietary methodology from Cell Signaling Technology (CST) for peptide enrichment by immunoprecipitation using a specific bead-conjugated antibody in conjunction with LC-MS for quantitative profiling of post-translational modification (PTM) sites in cellular proteins. These include ubiquitination (UbiScan®), acetylation (AcetylScan®), methylation (MethylScan®), and phosphorylation (PhosphoScan®) among others.


Sample requirements for PTMScan:

Grow approximately 1-2 x 108 cells for each experimental condition (enough cells to produce approximately 10-20 mg of soluble protein).

Pricing

WashU: $ (Plus PTMSCan Kit)

External Academic/Nonprofit: $ (Plus PTMSCan Kit)

External For-Profit Industry: $ (Plus PTMSCan Kit)

Instruments Used

Orbitrap Eclipse Tribrid

Orbitrap Exploris 480

timsTOF Pro 2

IgG Glycosylation Analysis

IgG heavy chain carries an N-glycan attached to each Asn297 residue of the IgG1-Fc modulating its biological function. The heterogeneity of glycan moieties has implicated on the stability, conformation, aggregation, and effector function of (therapeutic) antibodies. At present, we can detect and quantify 17 different glycoforms (attached to the IgG1-Fc) simultaneously in one MS acquisition.

Pricing

WashU: $

External Academic/Nonprofit: $

External For-Profit Industry: $

Instruments Used

Orbitrap Eclipse Tribrid

Orbitrap Exploris 480

timsTOF Pro 2

Cross-linking mass spectrometry (XL-MS)  

Cross-linking mass spectrometry (XL-MS) is a powerful technique used to study protein-protein interactions and protein structures in solution. It involves chemically cross-linking proteins at or near interacting sites, typically using a bifunctional cross-linker, which forms covalent bonds between amino acid residues that are in close proximity.

After cross-linking, the proteins are enzymatically digested into peptides, preserving the cross-linked residues. These cross-linked peptides are then analyzed using mass spectrometry to identify the amino acid residues involved in the interaction.


Pricing

WashU: Starting at $ (depending on the number of samples submitted and length of LCMS gradient)

External Academic/Nonprofit: Starting at $ (depending on the number of samples submitted and length of LCMS gradient)

External For-Profit Industry: Starting at $ (depending on the number of samples submitted and length of LCMS gradient)

Instruments Used

Orbitrap Eclipse Tribrid



ADC by Native MS

MTAC has established a Native Mass Spectrometry workflow specifically tailored for determining the ratio of antibodies to drugs in Antibody-Drug Conjugates (ADCs). This precise determination is instrumental in designing ADCs that enhance the therapeutic index by delivering chemotherapeutics preferentially to target cells while minimizing impact on normal cells.


Pricing

WashU: Starting at $ (depending on the number of samples submitted and length of LCMS gradient)

External Academic/Nonprofit: Starting at $ (depending on the number of samples submitted and length of LCMS gradient)

External For-Profit Industry: Starting at $ (depending on the number of samples submitted and length of LCMS gradient)

Instruments Used

Orbitrap Exploris 480 Biopharma with FAIMS


Targeted Metabolomics/Lipidomics

We provide Targeted Metabolomics/Lipidomics, the measurement of defined groups of chemically characterized and biochemically annotated metabolites. Nitrogenous metabolites, including the amino acids, lipids, and intermediary metabolites, including the TCA cycle oxoacids, from body fluids, tissues, cells, and fecal can be measured. There is a method development cost to establish the custom assay that varies depending on the number of metabolites to target, different matrix testing, and whether or not you want quantitation



Pricing

WashU: Starting at $ (Once assay has developed)

External Academic/Nonprofit: Starting at $ (Once assay has developed)

External For-Profit Industry: Starting at $ (Once assay has developed)

Instruments Used

Orbitrap ID-X

Orbitrap Exploris 240

Untargeted  (Global) Metabolomics/Lipidomics

Untargeted (Global) Metabolomics/Lipidomics, an intended comprehensive analysis of all the measurable analytes in a sample including chemical unknowns. MTAC employs multiple columns, mobile phases and ion modes togetehr with databased contain >1.5M features to cast in-depth profiling of compounds in various sample types including body fluids, tissues, cells, and fecal from any species. 

MTAC Offers:

1-, 2- ,3- or 4-columns system.



Pricing

WashU: Starting at $ (Once assay has developed)

External Academic/Nonprofit: Starting at $ (Once assay has developed)

External For-Profit Industry: Starting at $ (Once assay has developed)

Instruments Used

Orbitrap ID-X

Orbitrap Exploris 240

Stable Isotope Tracing

Study how cells metabolize various nutrients, such as glucose, in both healthy and cancerous conditions.

Stable isotope tracing with C13-glucose can reveal differences in glucose metabolism between healthy cells and cancer cells.

This technique helps researchers understand how cancer cells rewire their metabolism to support their growth and survival, potentially uncovering new targets for therapeutic interventio 


Pricing

WashU: Starting at $ (Once assay has developed)

External Academic/Nonprofit: Starting at $ (Once assay has developed)

External For-Profit Industry: Starting at $ (Once assay has developed)

Instruments Used

Orbitrap ID-X

Orbitrap Exploris 240

Spatially resolved MALDI mass spectrometric imaging of human brain tissue for metabolites, lipids, and peptides. Link

MTAC's multi-omics by MSI:

-Spatial Metabolomics

-Spatial Lipidomics

-Spatial Glycomics

-Spatial Peptidomics

-Spatial Proteomics



Spatial Multi-Omics by Mass Spectrometry Imaging (MSI)

Imaging mass Spectrometry has proven immense value in studying molecular distributions in tissue sections in a variety of application areas, ranging from clinical research to environmental sciences, and the pharmaceutical industry. MTAC has developed a robust workflow to facilitate Spatial Multi-Omics through Mass Spectrometry Imaging (MSI). This comprehensive approach allows for the visualization of analytes such as metabolites, lipids, peptides, proteins, and glycans in various tissues, including those from human, mouse, rat, ant, and zebrafish. Compatible with fresh-frozen, FFPE, and Davidson’s fixative paraffin-embedded (DFPE) tissues, MTAC enables high-quality imaging across diverse anatomical structures, including the brain, kidney, liver, spleen, pancreas, lung, intestine, knee joint, larynx, and muscle tissues.


 

Pricing

WashU: Contact us for a quote

External Academic/Nonprofit: Contact us for a quote

External For-Profit Industry: Contact us for a quote

Instruments Used

timsTOF fleX MALDI-2


MTAC's MALDI-Guided-LCM Applicaitons:

-Spatial Proteomics

-Spatial Metabolomics

-Spatial Lipidomics

Spatial Multi-Omics by MALDI-LCM-MS/MS

MTAC has established a cutting-edge application, MALDI-MSI-guided LCM-MS, combining mass spectrometry imaging and laser capture microdissection (LCM). Our approach enables comprehensive profiling and quantitative analysis of proteome, metabolome, and lipidome, providing new insights into complex biological systems and molecular distribution.


 

Pricing

WashU: Contact us for a quote

External Academic/Nonprofit: Contact us for a quote

External For-Profit Industry: Contact us for a quote

Instruments Used

Orbitrap ID-X

Orbitrap Eclipse Tribrid

timsTOF Pro 2

timsTOF fleX MALDI-2



Bruker timsTOF fleX MALDI-2

Developing Core Services 

Washington University Mass Spectrometry Technology Access Center (MTAC) also develops new service lines with a collaboration on grant support or based on the fee structure. Please submit a Collaboration Request below to initiate a consultation or contact MTAC at MassSpec@wustl.edu.



Work performed in the MTAC should be acknowledged as shown below:


"Mass Spectrometry analyses were performed by the Mass Spectrometry Technology Access Center at the McDonnell Genome Institute (MTAC@MGI) at Washington University School of Medicine, supported by the Diabetes Research Center/NIH grant P30 DK020579, Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences/NCATS CTSA award UL1 TR002345, and Siteman Cancer Center/NCI CCSG grant P30 CA091842."


Single Cell Proteomics 

MTAC has developed a robust Single-Cell Proteomics (SCP) approach that delves into individual cells at the protein level. This method offers insights into the heterogeneity of cell populations, revealing diverse molecular characteristics. Applicable across various biological systems, including cancer, the immune system, and neurodegenerative disorders, our SCP allows for the exploration of cellular heterogeneity and protein networks associated with distinct cell types.


Pricing

WashU: Contact us for a quote

External Academic/Nonprofit: Contact us for a quote

External For-Profit Industry: Contact us for a quote

Instruments Used

Orbitrap Astral

timsTOF Pro2

Epiproteomic Histone Modification Panel - PRM

The Epiproteomic Histone PTM Panel provides rapid profiling of site-specific methylation and acetylation states on histones. At present, more than 40 modification states on Lysine residues can be tracked and quantified by high mass accuracy Orbitrap-based Parallel Reaction Monitoring (PRM) assay. More sites will be added to the list as they get developed.


Sample requirements for histone assay:

1) Cells Requirement: 1 – 5million

2) Tissue Requirement: 25 – 100mg

Pricing

WashU: Contact us for a quote

External Academic/Nonprofit: Contact us for a quote

External For-Profit Industry: Contact us for a quote

Instruments Used

Orbitrap Eclipse Tribrid

Orbitrap Exploris 480

Top-Down Proteomics

Top-down proteomics include the ability to detect degradation products, protein isoforms, sequence variants, combinations of post-translational modifications. (Native) TD is tailored to the analysis of semi-pure proteins with minimal non-target protein contamination. Examples of good candidates for this approach include recombinant-expressed proteins, in vitro enzyme assay experiments, and the characterization of bioactive peptides.

Pricing

WashU: Starting at $ (depending on the number of samples submitted and length of LCMS gradient)

External Academic/Nonprofit: Starting at $ (depending on the number of samples submitted and length of LCMS gradient)

External For-Profit Industry: Starting at $ (depending on the number of samples submitted and length of LCMS gradient)

Instruments Used

Orbitrap Eclipse Tribrid with FAIMS

Orbitrap Exploris 480 Biopharma with FAIMS

Mol Cell Proteomics, 2012 Dec;11(12):1758-67.

Top-Down Antibody Profiling 

We can provide relative quantitation of antibodies, detect a number of modifications, and tandem MS information to confirm its sequence.

Typical amounts of material required are 50 uG solution of each antibody dialyzed against 100 mM ammonium acetate overnight at 4°C.

Pricing

WashU: Contact us for a quote

External Academic/Nonprofit: Contact us for a quote

External For-Profit Industry: Contact us for a quote

Instruments Used

Orbitrap Eclipse Tribrid with FAIMS

Orbitrap Exploris 480 Biopharma with FAIMS

Ask for a Project Consultation

Initiate a new project, start a new collaboration or request a services consultation to discuss your Mass Spectrometry needs.

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Select your service. Download the service PDF form and complete.

Submit a Sample

Notify us of your sample submission by uploading your PDF form or email the form to us. Let us know if you have any inquiries.

*PDF upload requires Google Drive sign-in however MTAC does NOT collect, sell, or share your Google sign-in information. Alternatively, PDFs can be submitted to MassSpec@wustl.edu