Research Article Cites HemoVoid™ to Annotate Human Erythrocyte Proteome

Research Article Cites HemoVoid™ to Annotate Human Erythrocyte Proteome

MONMOUTH JUNCTION, NJ, March 7, 2014 — Biotech Support Group reports on a recent research article which describes the simplicity and efficiency of their proteomic sample preparation technology for depleting hemoglobin, and enriching the low abundance proteome from human erythrocyte lysates. The article states “…hemoglobin was depleted…using a commercial kit (HemoVoid™). This crude protein-level pre-fractionation proved helpful in identifying additional proteins and N-termini”.

The citation is:
Philipp F Lange, Pitter F Huesgen, Karen Nguyen, and Christopher M Overall. ” Annotating N termini for the Human Proteome Project: N termini and Nα-acetylation status differentiate stable cleaved protein species from degradation remnants in the human erythrocyte proteome”, J. Proteome Research., Just Accepted Manuscript • DOI: 10.1021/pr401191w • Publication Date (Web): 21 Feb 2014

In brief, the article describes a goal of the Chromosome-centric Human Proteome Project to identify all human protein species. With 3,844 proteins annotated as “missing” this is challenging. Enucleated and largely void of internal membranes and organelles, erythrocytes are simple yet proteomically challenging cells due to the high hemoglobin content (about 97% by mass) and wide dynamic range of protein concentrations that impedes protein identification. Using a N-terminomics procedure called TAILS, the authors identified 1369 human erythrocyte natural and neo-N-termini and 1234 proteins. From the HemoVoid™ treated, hemoglobin-depleted soluble fraction, 778 proteins were identified, 171of which were not represented in either the soluble non-depleted fraction or the membrane fraction. This study also establishes a general workflow suitable for the in-depth determination of the position and nature of human protein N termini in different tissues and disease states. The identification of 281 novel erythrocyte proteins and six missing proteins identified for the first time in the human proteome confirmed its utility.

“While the authors acknowledged other low abundance enrichment methods, our HemoVoid™ product was chosen for protein level enrichment. I am pleased to see it proved exceedingly useful in this exciting new area of proteomic identification.” states Swapan Roy, Ph.D., President and Founder of Biotech Support Group.

HemoVoid™ , is a proprietary porous silica-based protein enrichment matrix. It is designed to substantially deplete hemoglobin from erythrocyte lysates while concurrently enriching the low abundance proteome without bias towards pI or molecular weight. The HemoVoid™ protocol uses mild buffers so native enzyme activity is retained in elution fractions.

Key features are:

  • Hemoglobin voids in flow-through >98%
  • <30 minute bind/wash/elute protocol
  • Ideal for erythrocyte proteomics
  • Depletion from heavily hemolyzed serum, blood and dried blood spot/blood card
  • Applicable to hemoglobin variant analysis
  • Low abundance protein and enzyme enrichment
  • Mild conditions maintain biological or enzymatic activity
  • Disposable, cost-effective
  • Native structure uncompromised with simple transfer to post-treatment interrogations
  • Species and tissue agnostic
  • Compatible with LC-MS, activity-probe profiling and virtually all proteomic analyses
  • On-bead trypsin digestion protocols for simple, consistent LC-MS analysis

For more information visit:

About Biotech Support Group LLC

Biotech Support Group LLC is a leading developer of proteomic, metabolomic and genomic sample preparation and enrichment products. It’s principal products include: AlbuVoid™ & AlbuSorb™ for albumin depletion, Cleanascite™ for lipid adsorption and clarification, HemogloBind™ & HemoVoid™ for hemoglobin separation, NuGel™ for functional & chemical proteomics, and ProCipitate™ & ProPrep™ for nucleic acid isolation. For more information, go to

Matthew Kuruc & Dr.Swapan Roy
Biotech Support Group LLC
1 Deer Park Drive, Suite M
Monmouth Junction NJ 08852
732-274-2866 Worldwide
800-935-0628 North America

Story URL:
Posted on Date:
Sat, 03/08/2014