Welcome to the Koç University Proteomics Facility (KUPAM)

The Koç University ProFac service offers high-throughput protein analysis of complex biological samples such as cells, tissue specimen or body liquids. Our center was founded in 2013 and uses state-of-the-art proteomics techniques for protein identification and quantification.

The widely followed proteomics workflow is the bottom-up approach which is characterized by sample analysis on the peptide level and subsequent in-silico assignment of peptide sequences to corresponding proteins using spectral databases. A schematic overview is depicted in the picture below. The first step includes protein extraction from send-in biological samples and modification of isolated proteins by using denaturing, reducing and alkylating agents. Depending on experimental conditions the modified proteins are in-gel, in-solution or on-bead digested. Peptide identification and quantification is performed on a liquid chromatography-coupled tandem mass spectrometer (QExactive, Thermo Scientific).

The standard software for data analysis is Proteome Discoverer (coupled to the search engines Sequest HT or Mascot). Other programs such as MaxQuant, ProteinPilot or Scaffold are also used depending on the experimental conditions of the samples.
Proteomics Facility uses two different LC systems (nanoLC and UltiMate 3000) which are shown below.
UltiMateTM 3000  (Thermo Fisher Scientific)
nanoLC (Thermo Fisher Scientific)
For further technical information on our mass spectrometer QExactive, please visit Thermo Scientific’s website in the link below.

Important points to consider before sending your samples for Proteomics Analysis 

If you wish to send samples for MS analysis please fill out the query form in the provided link. If you have questions or would like to have price information please send an email to proteomics@ku.edu.tr.

IMPORTANT: Since MS analysis requires high purity standards to protect our analytical system from harmful agents, please pay attention to faithful sample preparation. You can find useful information on avoiding contaminants in the link below.