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Examining and Fine-tuning the Selection of Glycan Compositions with GlyConnect Compozitor

Published inMolecular & cellular proteomics, vol. 19, no. 10, p. 1602-1618
Publication date2020-10
First online date2020-07-07

A key point in achieving accurate intact glycopeptide identification is the definition of the glycan composition file that is used to match experimental with theoretical masses by a glycoproteomics search engine. At present, these files are mainly built from searching the literature and/or querying data sources focused on posttranslational modifications. Most glycoproteomics search engines include a default composition file that is readily used when processing MS data. We introduce here a glycan composition visualizing and comparative tool associated with the GlyConnect database and called GlyConnect Compozitor. It offers a web interface through which the database can be queried to bring out contextual information relative to a set of glycan compositions. The tool takes advantage of compositions being related to one another through shared monosaccharide counts and outputs interactive graphs summarizing information searched in the database. These results provide a guide for selecting or deselecting compositions in a file in order to reflect the context of a study as closely as possible. They also confirm the consistency of a set of compositions based on the content of the GlyConnect database. As part of the tool collection of the Glycomics@ExPASy initiative, Compozitor is hosted at https://glyconnect.expasy.org/compozitor/ where it can be run as a web application. It is also directly accessible from the GlyConnect database.

  • Glycoproteins
  • Bioinformatics software
  • Data evaluation
  • Glycomics
  • Glycoproteomics
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ROBIN, Thibault, MARIETHOZ, Julien, LISACEK, Frédérique. Examining and Fine-tuning the Selection of Glycan Compositions with GlyConnect Compozitor. In: Molecular & cellular proteomics, 2020, vol. 19, n° 10, p. 1602–1618. doi: 10.1074/mcp.RA120.002041
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