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The MPLEx Protocol for Multi-omic Analyses of Soil Samples

doi: 10.3791/57343 Published: May 30, 2018
* These authors contributed equally


A protocol is presented for simultaneously extracting metabolites, proteins, and lipids from a single soil sample, allowing reduced sample preparation times and enabling multi-omic mass spectrometry analyses of samples with limited quantities.


Mass spectrometry (MS)-based integrated metaproteomic, metabolomic, and lipidomic (multi-omic) studies are transforming our ability to understand and characterize microbial communities in environmental and biological systems. These measurements are even enabling enhanced analyses of complex soil microbial communities, which are the most complex microbial systems known to date. Multi-omic analyses, however, do have sample preparation challenges, since separate extractions are typically needed for each omic study, thereby greatly amplifying the preparation time and amount of sample required. To address this limitation, a 3-in-1 method for the simultaneous extraction of metabolites, proteins, and lipids (MPLEx) from the same soil sample was created by adapting a solvent-based approach. This MPLEx protocol has proven to be both simple and robust for many sample types, even when utilized for limited quantities of complex soil samples. The MPLEx method also greatly enabled the rapid multi-omic measurements needed to gain a better understanding of the members of each microbial community, while evaluating the changes taking place upon biological and environmental perturbations.


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Evaluating soil microbial communities has important implications for understanding carbon cycling and climate change. Recent studies have however highlighted difficulties, such as the lack of sequenced genomes for microbiota in various soil types and the unknown function of many of the proteins detected. These challenges result due to soil being the most complex microbial community known to date1,2,3. Multi-omic analyses, which combine results from metagenomic, metatranscriptomic, metaproteomic, metabolomic, and lipidomic studies, have recently been implemented in numerous soil studies to gain a greater understanding into the microbes present, while obtaining comprehensive information about the molecular changes taking place due to environmental perturbations1,4,5. One challenge with multi-omic studies is that the mass spectrometry (MS)-based metaproteomic, metabolomic, and lipidomic measurements typically require a specific extraction process for each omic to be MS compatible6,7,8,9. These precise procedures make their implementation extremely difficult or impossible when only a limited quantity of sample is available. These challenges have prompted us to investigate a simultaneous metabolite, protein, and lipid extraction (MPLEx) method capable of using smaller sample volumes or masses, improving accuracy, and providing faster sample preparations for all three analyses10. To date, there are no alternate soil extraction procedures that can achieve all of these goals.

To enable global multi-omic analyses of a single soil sample, an organic solvent extraction protocol based upon chloroform, methanol, and water separations was utilized10. This method was originally developed for total lipid extractions9,11 and more recently was amended for the simultaneous extraction of metabolites, proteins, and lipids from a single sample12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30, enabling less sample quantity and experimental variability10. In the MPLEx protocol, chloroform is not miscible with water, which provides the basis for the triphasic chemical separation of sample constituents into distinct fractions. The top aqueous phase therefore contains the hydrophilic metabolites, followed by a protein disk, and then a lipid layer in the bottom chloroform phase (Figure 1). When MPLEx is applied to most soils, particulate debris accumulates at the very bottom of the sampling tubes and can be discarded after all layers are collected. Each soil type can be different, however, and in highly organic soil such as peat, the soil debris stays in the middle layer and does not fall to the bottom of the sampling tube. MPLEx provides several advantages when isolating multiple molecule types from the same sample such as 1) smaller sample quantities can be used for multi-omic analyses, 2) multi-omic extractions from the same sample decrease overall experimental variability, and 3) greater numbers of samples can be prepared much faster for higher throughput studies10. Together these benefits are vital for providing better measurement capabilities for evaluating soil samples and their complex microbial communities.

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NOTE: Very wet soils can be lyophilized prior to extraction without detriment to the effectiveness of the extraction. Wet soil can also be used but should be considered when adding reagents at specific ratios.

NOTE: It is recommended to use 20 g of dry soil weight per extraction, which must be split between two 50 mL tubes (maximum of 10 g soil per 50 mL tube). Extractions can be scaled up or down dependent upon available sample.

NOTE: Dry soil samples can be sieved through a 3 mm screen in order to homogenize and remove small roots and rocks. Do not sieve wet soil samples, as the sample will get stuck in the screen.

1. Soil Cell Lysis and Extraction of Metabolites, Proteins, and Lipids (Timing ~1 d)

  1. Per 20 g soil sample, weigh 10 g into two separate 50 mL tubes that are methanol/chloroform compatible. Be extremely careful with the tubes chosen, as chloroform will leach most plastics, contaminating the samples. Use glass whenever possible or plastic tubes made from polypropylene or polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).
    NOTE: Keep the soil on ice and as cool as possible during the initial weighing and homogenization steps.
  2. Add 10 mL of chloroform-washed stainless steel and garnet beads to each tube. On ice, add 4 mL of cold ultrapure water (see Table of Materials for purification system) to each tube (one sample split between two tubes) and transfer the samples in an ice bucket into a fume hood.
  3. Using a 25 mL glass serological pipette, quickly add 20 mL of ice-cold 2:1 chloroform:methanol (v/v).
    Caution: Chloroform:methanol has acute potential health effects: skin irritation, possible chemical burns, and irritation to the respiratory system. It may affect the kidneys, liver, and heart. Wear suitable protective glasses, clothing, and gloves, and always work in a fume hood.
  4. Tighten the lids and vortex into solution. 2:1 choloroform:methanol helps break down the cell wall of prokaryotes and also inactivates enzymatic activities.
  5. Attach the tubes to 50 mL tube vortex attachments and horizontally vortex for 10 min at 4 °C inside a fridge if possible. Then, place the samples inside a -80 °C freezer for ~15 min in order to cool them down completely.
  6. Using a probe sonicator inside a fume hood, sonicate each sample with a 6 mm (1/4”) probe at amplitude 60% for 30 s each on ice.
    Caution: It is recommended to use a sound abating enclosure and ear protection while sonicating. High voltage is present in the power supply and high frequency cable. Avoid touching the bottom or sides of the sample vessel with an active probe; it may crack or melt the plastic.
  7. Place the samples in the -80 °C freezer for ~15 min, as sonicating can generate a lot of heat.
  8. Repeat steps 1.5 - 1.7.
    NOTE: Make sure the samples stay cold throughout the lysis procedure.
  9. Centrifuge the samples at 4,000 x g for 5 min, 4 °C. At this point, the sample will be separated into the upper metabolite layer, the protein interlayer, and the lower lipid layer (and remaining debris pellet). See Figure 1.
  10. Place the samples on ice in an ice bucket and, inside a fume hood and using a 10 mL glass serological pipette, remove the upper metabolite layers from the two 50 mL tubes into one large glass vial.
    NOTE: Avoid aspirating any of the protein layer into the pipette; leave a small layer of metabolite if necessary.
  11. Slightly tilt the 50 mL tube to release the protein interlayer so that it is free floating upon the lower lipid layer. Using a clean stainless steel flat-head lab spatula, carefully scoop both of the protein interlayers and place them together into one new 50 mL tube.
  12. Using a 25 mL glass serological pipette, remove the lower lipid layers into one large glass vial.
    NOTE: Try to avoid aspiring soil particles; however, some soil debris and particles aspired along with the lipids will be removed at a later time.
  13. Place breathable membranes over the top of the metabolite and lipid glass vials and dry in a vacuum concentrator until dryness (lipids ~4 - 5 h, metabolites overnight).
  14. To the protein sample tube and the remaining debris pellet tubes, add 20 mL of ice-cold methanol to each and vortex. This is done to the debris pellets to rinse off chloroform before attempting to solubilize any possible remaining protein out of the debris before tossing it.
  15. Centrifuge the debris pellets and protein interlayer at 4,000 x g for 5 min, 4 °C, then decant the methanol into a hazardous waste container inside a fume hood.
  16. Freeze the protein and debris pellets in liquid nitrogen and dry in a lyophilizer (with a collector temperature capable of -105 °C due to methanol having a very low freezing point of -98 °C) for ~2 hours.
    NOTE: Do not over-dry the pellets, as they will be more difficult to solubilize.
  17. Add 10 mL of protein solubilization buffer (4% SDS, 100mM DTT (DL-dithiothreitol) in 50mM tris buffer, pH 8.0; see Supplementary Reagent Set-up) to the protein interlayer tube and 20 mL to each of the debris pellets.
    Caution: SDS causes acute toxicity and is flammable. It is a skin, eye, and airway irritant. Wear gloves and safety glasses.
  18. In the fume hood, probe sonicate the samples at 20% amplitude for 30 s to bring them into solution. Vortex for 2 min.
  19. Place the protein interlayer sample into a lab tube rotator for 30 min at 300 rpm, 50 °C, to solubilize the protein.
  20. Horizontally vortex the debris samples for an additional 10 min to lyse any remaining intact cells, then rotate with the protein interlayer samples for the remaining 20 min.
  21. Centrifuge all of the samples at 4,500 x g for 10 min, room temperature (RT), and collect the supernatant from each tube per sample into two 50 mL tubes.
  22. Add 10 mL of solubilization buffer to the protein interlayer pellet, then sonicate and vortex back into solution and centrifuge as before.
  23. Combine the supernatants into the two 50 mL tubes equally and centrifuge at 8,000 x g for 10 min, 4 °C, in a fixed angle bucket rotor.
    NOTE: A final centrifugation is necessary to remove excessive contaminating humic substances.
  24. Decant the supernatants into two 50 mL tubes so that there is 30 mL in each. Then, using a 10 mL glass serological pipette, add 7.5 mL of TCA (trichloroacetic acid) to each tube. Vortex into solution. This makes 20% TCA in each 30 mL sample (adjust accordingly),
    Caution: TCA is caustic, toxic and may cause skin burns. Wear gloves and safety glasses.
  25. Place the samples in a -20 °C freezer for 2 h to overnight.
    NOTE: Proteins will typically precipitate within 1 h but can be left overnight (up to 18 h).
    NOTE: Do not let the TCA extraction go longer than 18 h due to possible acid hydrolysis of the protein. If the sample is frozen, thaw it on ice; do not let the sample warm up past thaw.
  26. To pellet the precipitated protein, centrifuge the sample at 4,500 x g for 10 min, 4 °C and decant the supernatant into waste.
  27. Add 10 mL of 100% ice-cold acetone to each protein pellet, vortex and combine like pellets into one tube.
  28. Centrifuge the tube containing the combined pellet (using a balance), and then decant the supernatant into waste.
    Caution: Acetone may cause respiratory tract and skin and eye irritation, and is a flammable liquid and vapor. Wear safety glasses gloves and a lab coat, work in a fume hood.
  29. Wash the pellet twice using 1.5mL of acetone and finally transferring to a 2 mL tube for the final spin at 10,000 x g for 5 min.
  30. Decant the supernatant into waste and allow the pellet to dry inverted on a paper wipe in a fume hood for ~20 min or under a nitrogen stream until the pellet slightly begins to crack.
  31. Add 100 - 200 µL of the protein solubilization buffer, depending on the size of the pellet.
    NOTE: Keep the volume of solubilization buffer added to the sample as low as possible. Subsequent Filter Aided Sample Preparation (FASP) can only use up to 50 μL of solubilized sample per column; any more must be split into multiple FASP columns.
  32. Sonicate and vortex the pellet into solution. Note that the sample may be viscous due to humic substances precipitating along with the protein, which will be removed with a subsequent centrifugation.
  33. Shake the sample in an incubator/shaker for 30 min at 300 rpm, 40 °C, to solubilize the protein into solution and proceed to protein digestion.
  34. Snap freeze the sample in liquid nitrogen and store in a -80 °C freezer until ready for protein digestion.

2. Lipid Preparation (Timing ~20 min)

  1. Once the lipid samples are dry, add 200 μL of 2:1 chloroform:methanol to the vial, vortex into solution and transfer into a 1.5 mL polypropylene tube, add an additional 200 μL to the glass vial, vortex and pipette the remaining lipids and transfer to the tube.
  2. Centrifuge the debris out of the sample at 12,000 x g for 5 min at 4 °C.
  3. Transfer the supernatant into a glass lipid vial and store at -20 °C until LC-MS/MS analysis (additional details for LC-MS/MS in Supplementary Methods).
  4. If the samples cannot be analyzed immediately after preparation, the lipids need to be stored in solvent at -20 °C to prevent oxidation and degradation.

3. Metabolite Preparation and Derivatization (Timing ~5 h)

  1. On the day following extraction, remove the metabolite samples from the Speed Vac and store dry at -20 °C until ready for derivatization and analysis on the GC. If not running the metabolites on a GC, then prepare them using the appropriate protocol for the instrument.
  2. Immediately before derivatizing the metabolites for analysis on the GC, transfer them from the large glass vials by adding 200 μL of methanol, vortexing and adding to a 1.5 mL polypropylene tube. Repeat once.
  3. Centrifuge the tube at 12,000 x g for 10 min, 4 °C. Transfer the supernatant into smaller glass vials, add a breathable membrane to the top, and completely dry in a Speed Vac.
  4. Derivatize the metabolites by adding 20 µL of methoxyamine solution to the sample vial and vortex for 30 s on a vortexer at medium speed.
    Caution: Methoxyamine hydrochloride causes severe burns and serious damage to eyes, may cause sensitization by skin contact. Wear safety glasses, gloves and lab coat, and work in a fume hood.
  5. Use a bath sonicator to ensure the sample is completely dissolved.
  6. Incubate the sample in an incubator with a condensation prevention lid maintained at 37 °C for 1 h 30 min with 1,000 rpm shaking.
  7. Invert the vial one time to mix the samples with condensed drops at the cap surface. Spin the sample down at 1,000 x g for 1 min, RT.
  8. Perform silylation by adding 80 µL (using a syringe) of N-Methyl-N-(trimethylsilyl)trifluoroacetamide with 1% trimethylchlorosilane. Vortex for 10s.
    Caution: MSTFA + 1% TMCS can cause skin corrosion, serious eye damage, and specific target organ toxicity, and is a flammable liquid and vapor. Wear safety glasses, gloves and lab coat, and work in a fume hood.
  9. Incubate the sample in an incubator with a condensation prevention lid maintained at 37 °C for 30 min with 1,000 rpm shaking.
  10. Invert the vial one time to mix the samples with condensed drops at the cap surface.
  11. Spin the sample down for 5 min at 2,000 x g, RT.
  12. Transfer the reacted solution into vials appropriate for the GC-MS analysis.

4. Protein Digestion (Timing ~1 d)

  1. Centrifuge the sample at 15,000 x g for 5 min, RT, to pellet any debris.
  2. Perform Filter-Aided-Sample-Preparation (FASP) for the digestion using FASP kits (see Table of Materials) following modified manufacturer’s instructions31,32:
    1. Add 400 μL of the 8 M urea buffer into a FASP column (500 μL 30K MWCO spin filter).
    2. Once the sample has finished centrifuging, pipette off the supernatant (discard the pellet) and add up to 50 μL of the sample to the 400 μL of 8 M urea in the column.
      NOTE: Add only up to 50 μL of sample per column. If there is more than 50 μL of sample, use multiple columns and combine the peptides after digestion. It’s best to leave this volume as low as possible (30 µL is ideal) in order to ensure the FASP column will remove all of the SDS which can dramatically interfere with mass spec analysis.
    3. Place the column into the included 1.5 mL tube and centrifuge the sample at 14,000 x g for 30 min, RT.
    4. Remove the flow-through into waste and add 400 μL of 8 M urea to the column and centrifuge again.
    5. Repeat previous step one more time for a total of 3 urea rinses.
      NOTE: Make sure the sample goes close to dryness on the column, if there is any more than ~ 30 µL remaining on the filter after each spin, continue centrifuging.
    6. Add 400 μL of 50 mM NH4HCO3 and centrifuge at 14,000 x g for 20 min, discard the waste, and repeat once.
    7. Transfer the columns to a clean 1.5 mL centrifuge tube.
    8. Add 75 μL of trypsin digestion buffer to the columns and incubate at 37 °C for 3 h in an incubator with a condensation prevention lid at 750 rpm.
    9. Add 40 µL of 50 mM NH4HCO3 to the columns.
    10. Centrifuge the sample at 14,000 x g for 15 min to collect the peptides into the tube while keeping the high molecular weight contaminants on top of the column.
    11. Add 40 μL of 50mM NH4HCO3 to the column and centrifuge again.
  3. Discard the column, dry down the peptides in the tube in a Speed Vac to ~30 µL, and BCA assay (Bicinchoninic acid protein assay kit; see Table of Materials) the peptides.
  4. Optionally, perform a clean-up step if SDS contamination is suspected (visible bubbles)33. A solid phase extraction must be done afterwards if choosing this option. Detailed information about this clean-up method is available in the Supplementary Methods.
  5. Dilute the sample for MS analysis or optionally proceed to HPLC fractionation (next two steps).
  6. To fractionate, dilute samples to a volume of 400 µL with 10 mM ammonium formate buffer (pH 10.0).
  7. Resolve on an C18 column (see Table of Materials) by separating at 0.5 mL/min using an HPLC system with mobile phases (A) 10 mM ammonium formate, pH 10.0 and (B) 10 mM ammonium formate, pH 10.0/acetonitrile (10:90).
    1. Adjust the gradient from at 100% A to 95% A over the first 10 min, 95% A to 65% A over min 10 to 70, 65% A to 30% A over min 70 to 85, maintain at 30% A over min 85 to 95.
    2. Re-equilibrate with 100% A over min 95 to 105 and hold at 100% A until min 120.
    3. Collect fractions every 1.25 min (96 fractions over the entire gradient) and finally combine every row for a total of 12 samples or every other row for 24 samples (each with n = 8 or n = 4 fractions pooled).
  8. Dry all fractions under vacuum and add 15 µL of ultrapure water to each for storage at -20 °C until LC-MS/MS analysis.

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Representative Results

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When the MPLEx protocol was used to extract molecules from Kansas native prairie soil (a Mollisol soil), the triplicate analyses provided results for 3376 peptides, 105 lipids, and 102 polar metabolites (all unique identifications). While the MPLEx protocol has been well-established for general extraction of lipids and metabolites12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30,34, its comparison to common soil protein extraction methods for microbial analyses, such as soil protein extraction kits (see Table of Materials) and SDS (sodium dodecyl sulfate) extractions35, is further evaluated here. To assess these techniques, Kansas native prairie soil proteins were extracted with each approach and analyzed directly with reversed-phase LC-MS/MS using a UPLC system coupled with a hybrid quadrupole/Orbitrap mass spectrometer. Detailed information about the method parameters are available in the Supplementary Methods. The resulting experimental peptide MS/MS spectra from each extraction approach were compared with predicted peptide sequences from the representative Kansas native prairie metagenome2 using a stringent MS-GF+ spectral probability cutoff of 1x10-10 36,37 and a mass error cutoff of less than 5 ppm. It should be noted that the analytes extracted from soil using the MPLEx protocol are suitable for MS-based studies and other analytical techniques. When initially comparing three replicates of the known methods of MoBio and SDS, only 12% of the peptides overlapped between the two techniques showing the complexity of the microbial community and different extraction effects (Figure 2). Upon comparison of MPLEx with MoBio and SDS extracts, ~38% of the peptides observed using the MPLEx method were also detected when using the SDS and/or MoBio extractions (Figure 2). Considering the number of species in the Kansas soil bacterial community and its metagenome2, the overlap of peptide identifications is reasonable and due to its complexity, the combination of the approaches extracts more peptides than each alone35. Also, since these samples were unfractionated and analyzed by only 1-dimensional LC-MS/MS, the extremely high sample complexity was possibly causing some bias in detection due to different peptide concentrations extracted by each approach. The MPLEx protocol has also been applied to other soil types such as permafrost and wetlands, and in all cases the preliminary proteomic results are of similar quality to that of the Kansas native prairie soil data presented here.

The broad applicability of the MPLEx approach, has been previously evaluated using a diverse set of samples, including the archaeon Sulfolobus acidocaldarius, a unicyanobacterial consortium38, mouse brain cortex tissue, human urine, and leaves from Arabidopsis thaliana (Figure 2)10. For all samples except A.thaliana, urea extractions are the most common way to extract proteins, so they were used as the control approach for evaluation. The A. thaliana MPLEx results were compared to an extraction performed with trichloroacetic acid (TCA) because plant leaves are rich in phenolic compounds that need to be removed prior to MS analyses39. In all cases, the number of proteins observed from the MPLEx method was similar to that for the controls10, indicating its utility for many different sample types. Also, there were no trends associated with the specific protein classes extracted in all the sample types (including soil). Therefore, the broad applicability of MPLEx to numerous biological and environmental systems makes it a promising approach.

Figure 1
Figure 1. A schematic showing the MPLEx process, in which metabolites, proteins and lipids are simultaneously extracted from the same soil sample for MS analyses. Please click here to view a larger version of this figure.

Figure 2
Figure 2. Venn diagrams illustrating the peptide overlap for a diverse set of samples extracted using MPLEx and a standard urea-based protein extraction method normally performed. Data from MPLEx extraction of the archaeon S.acidocaldarius, the unicyanobacterial consortium, human urine, mouse brain cortex, and A.thaliana plant leaves adapted from Nakayasu, E. S. et al. 201610. Please click here to view a larger version of this figure.

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It is important to note that not all laboratories will have the same available equipment so certain methods, for example the lysis step, can be adapted. Here we use vortexing and sonicating, however the use of a large 50 mL bead beater would work. If a lyophilizer with a collector temperature capable of -105 °C is not available, then samples can be dried under a nitrogen stream. Also soil types vary greatly and can include sand, silt, clay, peat, and loam (etc.), and they can also vary based on pH, salinity, and organic matter richness. Each of these variances can have an impact on the protocol, so it is important to be flexible and to make adjustments when needed. It is critical, however, that the ratios and percentages remain the same.

The MPLEx protocol shows great promise for application in numerous biological and environmental systems and the ability to enable multi-omic analyses of soil microbial communities. Previous comparisons of MPLEx to other extraction protocols for diverse systems illustrated a high degree of peptide overlap10. However, one observed limitation was that MPLEx was not applicable to blood plasma proteins that need to be depleted. In these cases, the precipitated proteins were not well recognized by the antibodies in the immunodepletion columns needed for broad coverage of the plasma proteome. Therefore, more standard extraction approaches should be used under these circumstances. One additional limitation noted for the MPLex extraction approach is that it does not discern between intracellular and extracellular protein, however this is true for all other soil protein extraction protocols as well.

In this manuscript, MPLEx provided results for 3376 peptides, 105 lipids, and 102 polar metabolites in Kansas native prairie soil using the extraction and analysis methods detailed in the protocol section. Better overlap was observed between the peptides extracted in the control and MPLEx approaches of individual systems compared to the soil microbial community (Figure 2). This is not a limitation, but one consequence of working with the extremely complicated soil microbial communities. These results are further noted as the well-known soil extraction techniques of SDS and MoBio did not overlap well either due to the great diversity and difficulties extracting soil proteins equally. Interestingly, the MPLEx protocol allowed the identification of more total peptides than either SDS or MoBio and also detected additional components not seen in either analysis.

These observations make MPLEx a very promising technique for working with small samples sizes, reducing overall multi-omic experimental variability, and reducing sample preparation time. The advantages possible with MPLEx look to enable the multi-omic capabilities and analyses required for large-scale microbial community studies.

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The authors declare that they have no competing financial interests.


The authors would like to thank Nathan Johnson for his assistance in preparing the figures. This research was supported by the Pan-omics Program that is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research (Genomic Science Program), the Microbiomes in Transition (MinT) Laboratory Directed Research Development Initiative at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, as well as the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (R01 ES022190) and NIH (P42 ES027704). KEBJ would like to thank R21 HD084788 for financial support to develop and validate novel multi-omic extraction techniques. This work was performed in the W. R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), a DOE national scientific user facility at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). PNNL is a multi-program national laboratory operated by Battelle for the DOE under Contract DE-AC06-76RL01830.


Name Company Catalog Number Comments
Chloroform Sigma-Aldrich 650498 Stored at -20°C !Caution chloroform has acute potential health effects, skin irritation and possible chemical burns, irritation to the respiratory system, may affect the kidneys, liver, heart. Wear suitable protective glasses, clothing and gloves, work in a fume hood.
Methanol Sigma-Aldrich 34860 Stored at -20°C !Caution Methanol may cause respiratory tract, skin and eye irritation, may damage the nerves, kidneys and liver. Wear suitable protective glasses, clothing and gloves, work in a fume hood.
Purified water from Millipore Milli-Q Water purification system.
Sodium dodecyl sulfate Sigma-Aldrich L6026 !Caution SDS causes acute toxicity and is flammable. It is a skin, eye and airway irritant. Wear gloves and safety glasses.
Soil protein extraction kit MoBio, NoviPure Soil Protein Extraction Kit, Qiagen 30000-20
DL-dithiothreitol Sigma-Aldrich 43815
1M Trizma HCL Sigma-Aldrich T2694
Trichloroacetic acid Sigma-Aldrich T0699 !Caution TCA is caustic, toxic and may cause skin burns. Wear gloves and safety glasses.
Acetone Sigma-Aldrich 650501 Stored at -20°C !Caution Acetone may cause respiratory tract and skin and eye irritation. Flammable liquid and vapor. Wear safety glasses gloves and a lab coat, work in a fume hood.
Urea Sigma-Aldrich 208884 !Caution Urea is an eye and skin irritant, use gloves and safety glasses
Ammonium bicarbonate Fluka 09830
Trypsin Promega V528A 20µg vials
Bicinchoninic acid protein assay kit Pierce 23227
Ammonium Formate Sigma-Aldrich 09735
Acetonitrile Sigma-Aldrich 34998 !Caution Acetonitrile is a skin and eye irritant. Highly flammable. Wear gloves and safety glasses. Work in a fume hood.
Trifluoroacetic acid Sigma-Aldrich T6508 !Caution TFA is extremely hazardous in case of skin contact, eye contact, ingestion and inhalation. May produce tissue damage particularly on mucous membranes of eyes, mouth and respiratory tract. Skin contact may produce burns. Wear gloves, lab coat, safety glasses and work in a fume hood.
Methoxyamine hydrochloride Sigma-Aldrich 226904 !Caution Methoxyamine hydrochloride causes severe burns and serious damage to eyes, may cause sensitization by skin contact. Wear safety glasses, gloves and lab coat, work in a fume hood.
Pyridine Sigma-Aldrich 270970 !Caution Pyridine can cause skin and eye irritation, central nervous system depression. Vapor may cause flash fire. Wear safety glasses, gloves and lab coat, work in a fume hood.
N-Methyl-N-(trimethylsilyl)trifluoroacetamide with 1% trimethylchlorosilane Sigma-Aldrich 69478 !Caution MSTFA + 1% TMCS can cause skin corrosion, serious eye damage and specific target organ toxicity. Flammable liquid and vapor. Wear safety glasses, gloves and lab coat, work in a fume hood.
Potassium chloride Sigma-Aldrich P9541
Milli-Q water purification system Millipore model MPGP04001
Vortex Scientific Industries SI-0236 Vortex Genie 2
Probe sonicator FisherBrand model FB505
Refrigerated centrifuge Eppendorf model 5810R
50mL tube swinging bucket rotor Eppendorf A-4-44
50mL fixed angle rotor Eppendorf FA-45-6-30
Balance OHAUS model V22PWE150IT
Serological pipette controller Eppendorf 12-654-100
10mL, 25mL glass serological pipettes FisherBrand 13-678-27F, 13-678-36D
Thermomixer with Thermotop Eppendorf 5382000015, 5308000003
0.9 – 2.0 mm blend stainless steel beads NextAdvance SSB14B
0.15 mm garnet beads MoBio 13122-500
Magnetic stir plate FisherBrand 11-100-16SH
Magnetic stir bar FisherBrand 14512130
pH paper strips, pH range 0–14 FisherBrand M95903
15mL, 50mL conical polypropylene centrifuge tube Genesee Scientific 21-103 21-108 chloroform compatible
50mL vortex attachment MoBio 13000-V1-50
Ice bucket FisherBrand 02-591-44
27.25x70mm glass vials FisherBrand 03-339-22K
Breathe Easier plate membranes Midwest Scientific BERM-2000
Alcohol wipes Diversified Biotech BPWP-1000
Heater shaker incubator Benchmark, Incu-Shaker Mini
Analog rotisserie tube rotator SoCal BioMed, LLC 82422001
Filter-Aided-Sample-Prep kit FASP; Expedeon 44250
Microplate reader Biotek, EPOCH
-20 Degree Celsius Freezer Fisher 13986149
-80 Degree Celsius Freezer Stirling Ultracold SU78OUE
Q-Exactive ion trap mass spectrometer Thermo Scientific
Agilent 7890A gas chromatograph coupled with a single quadrupole 5975C mass spectrometer Agilent Technologies, Inc.
LTQ-Orbitrap Velo Thermo Scientific
Waters NanoEquityTM UPLC system Millford, MA
250mL media bottle FisherBrand 1395-250
Waters vial Waters 186002805
Glass MS sample vial and inserts MicroSolv 9502S-WCV, 9502S-02ND
Glass HPLC vial and snap caps MicroSolv 9512C-0DCV, 9502C-10C-B
HPLC 96-well plate Agilent 5042-6454
Large glass vial 27.25x70mm FisherBrand 03-339-22K
Lyophilizer Labconco 7934021
Polished stainless steel flat head spatula Spoonula; FisherBrand 14-375-10
Kim wipes Kimberly-Clark 34721
XBridge C18, 250x4.6 mm, 5 μM with 4.6x20 mm guard column Waters 186003117, 186003064
Agilent 1100 series HPLC system Agilent Technologies G1380-90000
1.7mL centrifuge tube Sorenson 11700
Hamilton Glass Syringes, 5mL, 50µL and 250µL Hamilton 81517, 80975, 81175
Pasteur Pipettes FisherBrand 13-678-20A
Pasteur Pipette Bulbs Sigma-Aldrich Z111597
Bath Sonicator Branson 1800 Ultrasonic Cleaner
Vacuum Centrifuge Labconco Centrivap Acid-Resistant Concentrator System
MicroSpin Columns, C18 Silica The Nest Group SEM SS18V



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Nicora, C. D., Burnum-Johnson, K. E., Nakayasu, E. S., Casey, C. P., White III, R. A., Roy Chowdhury, T., Kyle, J. E., Kim, Y. M., Smith, R. D., Metz, T. O., Jansson, J. K., Baker, E. S. The MPLEx Protocol for Multi-omic Analyses of Soil Samples. J. Vis. Exp. (135), e57343, doi:10.3791/57343 (2018).More

Nicora, C. D., Burnum-Johnson, K. E., Nakayasu, E. S., Casey, C. P., White III, R. A., Roy Chowdhury, T., Kyle, J. E., Kim, Y. M., Smith, R. D., Metz, T. O., Jansson, J. K., Baker, E. S. The MPLEx Protocol for Multi-omic Analyses of Soil Samples. J. Vis. Exp. (135), e57343, doi:10.3791/57343 (2018).

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