A concept integrating sampling and protein digestion is introduced here combining fast and simple fabrication by wax printing on filter paper with trypsin immobilized polymer beads. The paper reactors showed promising results with a high degree of protein digestion within fifty minutes in model protein mixtures as well as in human blood. The model protein mixture was used for the evaluation of performance both with and without a reduction and alkylation step. The paper reactors without reduction and alkylation showed between 46% and 75% protein sequence coverage and between five and 20 high confidence peptides (one and five zero missed cleavage peptides, respectively). Compared to a conventional in-solution approach, the paper reactor showed 10% less protein sequence coverage, 29% fewer high confidence peptides and 19% fewer high confidence peptides with zero missed cleavages. Placement …
Øystein Skjærvø, Cecilie Rosting, Trine Grønhaug Halvorsen, Léon Reubsaet.