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Rapid direct detection of the major fish allergen, parvalbumin, by selected MS/MS ion monitoring mass spectrometry

Carrera, M., CaƱas, B., Gallardo, J.M.,

Journal of Proteomics (2012), 75, 11, 3211--20 DOI: 10.1016/j.jprot.2012.03.030


Parvalbumins beta are considered the major fish allergens. A new strategy for the rapid and direct detection of these allergens in any foodstuff is presented in this work. The proposed methodology is based on the purification of Beta-PRVBs by treatment with heat, the use of accelerated in-solution trypsin digestion under an ultrasonic field provided by High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) and the monitoring of only nineteen Beta-PRVB peptide biomarkers by Selected MS/MS Ion Monitoring (SMIM) in a linear ion trap (LIT) mass spectrometer. The present strategy allows the direct detection of the presence of fish ?-PRVBs in any food product in less than 2 hours.