Skip to main content

Investigate mass spectra for chemical substances, especially ETD products.

Project description


Your Python3 module for investigating the Electron Transfer Dissociation in Mass Spectrometry, and more generally finding stuff in the mass spectrum.




The package can be installed directly from the Python Package Index:

pip install masstodon

Otherwise, download this github repo, use the default branch, and install the software with:

pip install .

from the folder containing This will let you import masstodon simply by

import masstodon


command line interface

It is possible to run masstodon from command line after installing it from PIP. Given that it would be not comfortable to input multiple compounds with their possible modifications and charges from the terminal, we have restricted (for now) the possibility to run masstodon in the traditional case of studying precisely one protein and its c/z fragmentation patterns.

To see a detailed description of the possible arguments, open the terminal (or the Anaconda prompt on Windows, but seriously, Windows? You should feel guilty...) and write

    masstodon -h

To run masstodon, you do need to supply at least:

  • the file with the spectrum
  • the tolerance for the search in the m/z axis
  • the amino acid sequence (fasta)
  • the charge of the substance

All other parameters can be skipped, but it might be silly. For instance, if you know that there is a particular PTM on a given amino acid, you should supply the -m parameter, and so on.

Python scripting

Importing data. You can analyze individual mass spectra with masstodon. This might very well be individual scans of an Orbitrap, or a general mass spectrum. The easiest way to import the mass spectrum is to present a plain ASCII file with m/z and intensity values in each row, separated by tab or some other whitespace sign.

Running masstodon. To call masstodon with a single compound, use the masstodon_single function.

For instance:

from import mz, intensity, fasta, modifications, z # input data
from masstodon.masstodon import masstodon_single # masstodon-proper
from pprint import pprint # nicer output in the terminal

# array([  61.01 ,   64.152,   66.515, ..., 1403.9  , 1485.578, 1497.226])
# array([844.4 ,  25.35, 190.1 , ...,  15.38,  55.62,  21.  ])
# {'11': {'C_carbo': {'H': 1, 'N': 1, 'O': -1}}}
# (modify 11th amino-acid [starting from 1 for user-friendliness],
# by adding the chemical diff unto the group of atoms that include the C_carbo.)
# 3

m = masstodon_single(mz, intensity, fasta, z,
                     min_mz_diff        = 1.1, # this is actually the default
                     modifications      = modifications,
                     orbitrap           = False, # this ain't an orbitrap profile spectrum
                     threshold          = "0.05 Da", # how far away to search for
                     isotopic_coverage  = .999, # IsoSpec isotopic envelope coverage
                     min_prob           = .8, # minimal acceptance probability of a candidate theoretical envelope.
                     std_cnt            = 3 # m/z standard deviation count filter)
# for min_prob and std_cnt check out the publication under the filtering procedures.

print("Save spectrum to where you started your python from.")
m.plotly("spectrum.html", shape='rectangles', show=True)

print("Getting stats on inintial and final number of nodes and edges in the deconvolution graph.")

print("Errors: absolute deviations and relative distance between spectra.")

print("Estimates of intensities of reactions and fragmentations.")

print("Save all things under the given path.")

Project details

Download files

Download the file for your platform. If you're not sure which to choose, learn more about installing packages.

Source Distribution

masstodon-0.16.tar.gz (83.5 kB view hashes)

Uploaded source

Supported by

AWS AWS Cloud computing and Security Sponsor Datadog Datadog Monitoring Fastly Fastly CDN Google Google Download Analytics Microsoft Microsoft PSF Sponsor Pingdom Pingdom Monitoring Sentry Sentry Error logging StatusPage StatusPage Status page