Informatic Tools for Proteome Profiling

Deb N. Chakravarti, Bulbul Chakravarti, Ioannis Moutsatsos
2002 BioTechniques  
In recent years, the practice of proteomics research has experienced a dramatic shift within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry with the widespread implementation of novel applications. The areas of interest extend all the way from discovery of novel drug, vaccine, and diagnostic targets, characterization of protein-based products, toxicology, and identification of surrogate markers of activity in clinical research, to the ability to provide information on the mechanisms of drug
more » ... n. The power of twodimensional gel electrophoresis as well as advances in mass spectrometric techniques combined with sequence database correlation have enabled speed and accuracy in identification of proteins in complex mixtures. This article surveys currently available software and informatic tools related to these methods for proteome profiling. The broad acceptance of these technologies, however, has not been accompanied by significant advances in the informatics and software tools necessary to support the analysis and management of the massive amounts of data generated in the process. In this context, this article also discusses the importance of relational databases for protein identification data management.
doi:10.2144/mar0202 fatcat:ef5hwrfqj5g4hlvt4gvn4yydl4