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DIA-NN: neural networks and interference correction enable deep proteome coverage in high throughput


We present an easy-to-use integrated software suite, DIA-NN, that exploits deep neural networks and new quantification and signal correction strategies for the processing of data-independent acquisition (DIA) proteomics experiments. DIA-NN improves the identification and quantification performance in conventional DIA proteomic applications, and is particularly beneficial for high-throughput applications, as it is fast and enables deep and confident proteome coverage when used in combination with fast chromatographic methods.

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Fig. 1: DIA-NN workflow and its performance on conventional and short chromatographic gradients.
Fig. 2: LFQbench test performance of DIA-NN.

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Data availability

The newly generated mass spectrometry proteomics data have been deposited to the ProteomeXchange Consortium via the PRIDE32 partner repository with the dataset identifier PXD014690; previously published data were also used to benchmark the software (repositories with identifiers PXD005573, PXD002952, PXD010529 and PXD006722). All the precursor and protein identification and quantification information has been uploaded to the OSF repository (

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DIA-NN (1.6.0) is open-source and is freely available at under a permissive licence.


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We thank R. Bruderer (Biognosys) for providing the spectral libraries. This work was supported by the Francis Crick Institute, which receives its core funding from Cancer Research UK (FC001134), the UK Medical Research Council (FC001134), and the Wellcome Trust (FC001134), and received specific funding from the BBSRC (BB/N015215/1 and BB/N015282/1) and the Wellcome Trust (200829/Z/16/Z) as well as a Crick Idea to Innovation (i2i) initiative (grant number 10658).

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V.D., M.R. and K.S.L. designed the study, V.D. and M.R. wrote the first manuscript draft, V.D. designed and implemented the algorithms, C.B.M., V.D. and S.I.V. performed the experiments, and all authors discussed the results and commented on the manuscript.

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Correspondence to Markus Ralser.

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Demichev, V., Messner, C.B., Vernardis, S.I. et al. DIA-NN: neural networks and interference correction enable deep proteome coverage in high throughput. Nat Methods 17, 41–44 (2020).

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