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Improved application of RNAModMapper – An RNA modification mapping software tool – For analysis of liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) data

Author:
Lobue, Peter A., Yu, Ningxi, Jora, Manasses, Abernathy, Scott, Limbach, Patrick A.
Source:
Methods 2019 v.156 pp. 128-138
ISSN:
1046-2023
Subject:
RNA, computer software, data collection, gene expression regulation, liquid chromatography, tandem mass spectrometry
Abstract:
Research into post-transcriptional processing and modification of RNA continues to speed forward, as their ever-emerging role in the regulation of gene expression in biological systems continues to unravel. Liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) has proven for over two decades to be a powerful ally in the elucidation of RNA modification identity and location, but the technique has not proceeded without its own unique technical challenges. The throughput of LC-MS/MS modification mapping experiments continues to be impeded by tedious and time-consuming spectral interpretation, particularly during for the analysis of complex RNA samples. RNAModMapper was recently developed as a tool to improve the interpretation and annotation of LC-MS/MS data sets from samples containing post-transcriptionally modified RNAs. Here, we delve deeper into the methodology and practice of RNAModMapper to provide greater insight into its utility, and remaining hurdles, in current RNA modification mapping experiments.
Agid:
6197471