Summary

MALDI-TOF MS is a rapid, sensitive and economic tool for bacterial identification. Highly abundant bacterial proteins are detected by this technique, including ribosomal proteins (r-protein), and the generated mass spectra are compared with a MALDI-TOF MS spectra database. Currently, it allows mainly the classification of clinical bacteria due to the limited number of environmental bacteria included in the spectra database. We present a wide-ranging bacterium classifier tool, called Ribopeaks, which was created based on r-protein data from the Genbank. The Ribopeaks database has more than 28 500 bacterial taxonomic records. It compares the incoming m/z data from MALDI-TOF MS analysis with models stored in the Ribopeaks database created by machine learning and then taxonomically classifies the bacteria.

Availability and implementation

The software is available at http://www.ribopeaks.com.

Supplementary information

Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

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