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Population Variation

A Population Variation plug-in for the Skyline software program that can assist researchers in determining whether their target peptides have known mutations in the general human population.

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In the context of clinical or population studies using targeted proteomics (MRM/SRM), a peptide with a high natural variation is problematic. Subjects with the minor allele have a different amino acid sequence. Therefore, the targeted approach of MRM/SRM which isolates a specific m/z would register a null or noise value for the peptide target, confounding downstream analysis.

The Population Variation plug-in for the Skyline software program can assist researchers in determining whether their target peptides have known mutations in the general human population. Three kinds of mutations that alter protein coding sequences are reported: non-synonymous variants that change a single amino acid, and frame-shift and stop-gain mutations that alter all downstream amino acids.

Package icon Population Variation Plugin12.05 MB
Instructional Downloads: 
PDF icon Population Variation Tutorial308.96 KB


All publications that utilize this software should provide appropriate acknowledgement to PNNL and the OMICS.PNL.GOV website. However, if the software is extended or modified, then any subsequent publications should include a more extensive statement, as shown in the Readme file for the given application or on the website that more fully describes the application.



These programs are primarily designed to run on Windows machines. Please use them at your own risk. This material was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor the United States Department of Energy, nor Battelle, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness or any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights.

Portions of this research were supported by the NIH National Center for Research Resources (Grant RR018522), the W.R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory (a national scientific user facility sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research and located at PNNL), and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH/DHHS through interagency agreement Y1-AI-4894-01). PNNL is operated by Battelle Memorial Institute for the U.S. Department of Energy under contract DE-AC05-76RL0 1830.

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