We are able to sequence any species because we use de novo protein sequencing by tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS). This type of protein sequencing by mass spectrometry does not rely on existing databases that might introduce bias or wrong amino acid calls.
We recommend that you ship your samples either lyophilized or in solution. If your samples are already lyophilized it is best to ship them to us in that form, they can be shipped at ambient temperatures, and are suitable for transfers longer than 24h.
How much protein and what purity is needed for protein sequencing? A: We typically accept samples at 100 µg with at least 80% purity, rare in the field. To measure the amount of protein, you can use a microvolume spectrophotometer such as the Nanodrop or a traditional Bradford assay.
The most common protein contaminants include keratin and serum albumin. Other Mass Spectrometry (MS) protein contaminants identified in research labs worldwide by a recent Human Proteome Organization study are casein and E. coli proteins.