A Fast and Quantitative Method for Post-translational Modification and Variant Enabled Mapping of Peptides to Genomes.

Christoph Schlaffner, Georg Pirklbauer, Andreas Bender, Judith Steen, Jyoti Choudhary

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Cross-talk between genes, transcripts, and proteins is the key to cellular responses; hence, analysis of molecular levels as distinct entities is slowly being extended to integrative studies to enhance the understanding of molecular dynamics within cells. Current tools for the visualization and integration of proteomics with other omics datasets are inadequate for large-scale studies. Furthermore, they only capture basic sequence identify, discarding post-translational modifications and quantitation. To address these issues, we developed PoGo to map peptides with associated post-translational modifications and quantification to reference genome annotation. In addition, the tool was developed to enable the mapping of peptides identified from customized sequence databases incorporating single amino acid variants. While PoGo is a command line tool, the graphical interface PoGoGUI enables non-bioinformatics researchers to easily map peptides to 25 species supported by Ensembl genome annotation. The generated output borrows file formats from the genomics field and, therefore, visualization is supported in most genome browsers. For large-scale studies, PoGo is supported by TrackHubGenerator to create web-accessible repositories of data mapped to genomes that also enable an easy sharing of proteogenomics data. With little effort, this tool can map millions of peptides to reference genomes within only a few minutes, outperforming other available sequence-identity based tools. This protocol demonstrates the best approaches for proteogenomics mapping through PoGo with publicly available datasets of quantitative and phosphoproteomics, as well as large-scale studies.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere57633
JournalJournal of Visualized Experiments
Issue number135
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2018


  • Annotation
  • Genetics
  • Genome browser
  • Genomics
  • Issue 135
  • Large-scale
  • Mapping
  • Open-source software
  • Proteogenomics
  • Proteomics
  • Track-hubs
  • Visualization
  • Genomics/methods
  • Protein Processing, Post-Translational/genetics
  • Genome/genetics
  • Peptides/genetics
  • Proteomics/methods

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