MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry Database

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The database of microbial MALDI-TOF mass spectra from the Robert Koch-Institute (RKI) contains mass spectral entries from highly pathogenic (biosafety level 3, BSL-3) bacteria such as Bacillus anthracis, Yersinia pestis, Burkholderia mallei, Burkholderia pseudomallei and Francisella tularensis as well as a selection of spectra from their close and more distant relatives. The RKI mass spectral database can be used as a reference for the diagnostics of BSL-3 bacteria using proprietary and free software packages, such as MicrobeMS, for MALDI-TOF MS-based microbial identification. The database itself is distributed as a zip archive that contains the original mass spectra in its native data format (Bruker Daltonics). For the future it is intended to update the databases on a regular basis.

The RKI MALDI-TOF MS database can be downloaded from the following locations:

 1. Zenodo database version 1 (20161027):
    Lasch, Peter, Stämmler, Maren, & Schneider, Andy. (2016). A MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry
    Database for Identification and Classification of Highly Pathogenic Microorganisms from 
    the Robert Koch-Institute (RKI). Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.163517
    Version October 27, 2016, creative commons CC BY-NC 4.0 license
 2. Zenodo database version 2 (20170523):
    Lasch, Peter, Stämmler, Maren, & Schneider, Andy. (2016). Version 2 (20170523) of the 
    MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry Database for Identification and Classification of Highly
    Pathogenic Microorganisms from the Robert Koch-Institute (RKI). 
    Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.582602
    Version May 23, 2017, creative commons CC BY-NC 4.0 license