timsTOF Pro

timsTOF Pro - The new standard for 4D shotgun proteomics

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Dig deeper and faster into the proteome

Mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomics has become a powerful technology for the identification and quantification of thousands of proteins. However, the coverage of complete proteomes is still very challenging due to the limited speed, sensitivity and resolution of current mass spectrometers.

The timsTOF Pro uses the Parallel Accumulation Serial Fragmentation (PASEF) acquisition method to provide extremely high speed and sensitivity to reach new depths in shotgun proteomics and phosphoproteomics, using low sample amounts.


Achieve near 100% duty cycle for shotgun proteomics

A near 100% duty cycle for high sensitivity, high speed shotgun proteomics can now be achieved with the dual TIMS technology. The novel design allows for ions to be accumulated in the front section, while ions in the rear section are sequentially released depending on their ion mobility. This process is called Parallel Accumulation Serial Fragmentation, or PASEF.

PASEF: the perfect fit for shotgun proteomics

The timsTOF Pro powered by PASEF offers sequencing speed > 100 Hz without losing sensitivity or resolution. This is achieved by synchronizing the quadrupole isolation mass window with the elution time of the specific peptide packages from the TIMS funnel.

Superior robustness, no cleaning required

Many MS instruments used for shotgun proteomics require biweekly or monthly cleaning when run 24 hours a day on large sample cohorts, and performance degradation is noticeable over even shorter time periods. The superior robustness of the timsTOF Pro means that the instrument can be run 24/7 over many days ot weeks without noticeable loss of sensitivity or other performance metrics.

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Digging into the 4th dimension: MaxQuant/Perseus and PEAKS Studio data processing

An open-file data format allows researchers to work directly with the raw data and use industry leading software. MaxQuant has been adapted to manage 4-dimensional (4D) features in the space spanned by retention time, ion mobility, mass, and signal intensity which benefit the identification and quantification of peptides, proteins, and posttranslational modifications. PEAKS Studio combines de novo sequencing with tradtional databbase searches and is optimized for processing timsTOF raw data.

Interview and presentation given by Prof. Juergen Cox at US HUPO 2019

Mathias Mann

"We now know that the peptide mixtures are still extremely complex when analyzing them in two dimensions (retention time and m/z). Adding one more dimension should in principle get us a long way ahead. In addition to the additional dimension of separation, the timsTOF Pro gives us extremely high speed and sensitivity to get deeper into the proteome and using less sample material.”

Prof. Dr. Matthias Mann, Director Department of Proteomics and Signal Transduction,
Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry, Germany

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