With evidence emerging that the microbiome has a role in the onset of many human diseases, including cancer, analyzing these microbial communities and their proteins (i.e., the metaproteome) has become a powerful research tool. The Trans-Proteomic Pipeline (TPP) is a free, comprehensive software suite that facilitates the analysis of mass spectrometry (MS) data. By utilizing available microbial proteomes, TPP can identify microbial proteins and species, with an acceptable peptide false-discovery rate (FDR). An application to a publicly available oral cancer dataset is presented as an example to identify the viral metaproteome on the oral cancer invasive tumor front.
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- mass spectrometry
- microbial species