Need to observe all fragment ions? Like clarified spectra? More sensitivity? Higher sample throughput? Tryp-N™ can help!

Tryp-N™ is a thermophilic metalloprotease with N-terminal specificity for arginine and lysine developed by Protifi at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL). By placing basic centers of peptides (the amino terminus and side chains of K/R) in one location, b-ions predominate in MS/MS.


  • Digestions can be completed in minutes to hours, not over night.
  • Easy-to-read spectra. Tryp-N™ provides the complimentary b-ion series that can be missing from trypsin, allowing you to more easily find and specifically localize PTMs.
  • Ion current is not diluted between termini (like with trypsin), enhancing sensitivity for example in MRM experiments (see below).
  • Easily control digestion with the addition of EDTA for reproducible partial digests and increased sequence coverage.
  • Tryp-N™ cleavage is unaffected by proline.
  • It also doesn’t care about methylation.
  • At higher temperatures (its Topt is 65 °C), proteins are denatured, assisting in the analysis of difficult-to-digest proteins.
  • Tryp-N™ is highly stable across a wide variety of experimental conditions including pH (5-11), buffers, ionic strength and detergents (80% active in 0.5% SDS at 50 °C!). 
  • At higher temperatures, endogenous enzymes are denatured and inactive: useful if pesky phosphatases or proteases interfer with your analysis.
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Digestion is complete in 0.5 – 4 hrs, depending on temperature.
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Ion current is exactly inverted between trypsin and Tryp-N™.
Limits of detection in MRM experiments were determined for 17 peptides of catalase produced with trypsin or Tryp-N™. The median fold increase in sensitivity was 4.5x. Average = 35.4x. 50% CI = 1.96x – 18.6x increase.