J. Proteome Res. 20 (9) 4610-4620 [2021-09-03; online 2021-07-28]
High abundant protein depletion is a common strategy applied to increase analytical depth in global plasma proteomics experiment setups. The standard strategies for depletion of the highest abundant proteins currently rely on multiple-use HPLC columns or multiple-use spin columns. Here we evaluate the performance of single-use spin columns for plasma depletion and show that the single-use spin reduces handling time by allowing parallelization and is easily adapted to a nonspecialized lab environment without reducing the high plasma proteome coverage and reproducibility. In addition, we evaluate the effect of viral heat inactivation on the plasma proteome, an additional step in the plasma preparation workflow that allows the sample preparation of SARS-Cov2-infected samples to be performed in a BSL3 laboratory, and report the advantage of performing the heat inactivation postdepletion. We further show the possibility of expanding the use of the depletion column cross-species to macaque plasma samples. In conclusion, we report that single-use spin columns for high abundant protein depletion meet the requirements for reproducibly in in-depth plasma proteomics and can be applied on a common animal model while also reducing the sample handling time.