S-Nitrosylation (SNO) is a cysteine post-translational modification that increases with normal aging and is present in Alzheimer’s disease and other aging-related illnesses. Detection of SNO-modified proteins can be challenging; however, we previously developed a robust quantitative proteomics approach termed “Oxidized Cysteine-Selective combined precursor isobaric labeling and isobaric tagging (OxcyscPILOT)” that allows for detection of endogenous SNO-modified proteins. OxcyscPILOT involves enrichment of SNO-modified proteins using a thiol-based resin. This enrichment is performed manually, and wash stages with the resin require numerous steps and buffer reagents. The goal of this study is to transfer the manual protocol to an automated liquid handler system in order to reduce wash steps, increase sample throughput, and minimize experimental error. In order to accomplish this, we evaluated the Biomek i7 liquid handler automated workstation and a Positive Pressure ALP (PPA) apparatus as a means to conduct automated on resin enrichment. Our findings provide starting pressure conditions for the use of PPA in an automated OxcyscPILOT proteomics workflow that could be transferred to other robotic liquid handling systems.
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