Pharmaceutical Sciences Faculty Publications

Title

Design and Performance of an ESI Interface for Selective External Ion Accumulation Coupled to a Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Mass Spectrometer

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-15-2001

Journal Title

Analytical Chemistry

ISSN

0003-2700

Volume

73

Issue

2

First Page

253

Last Page

261

DOI

10.1021/ac000633w

PubMed ID

11199974

Abstract

The coupling of Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FTICR MS) with electrospray ionization has advanced the analysis of large biopolymers and provided the basis for high-throughput protein characterization (e.g., for rapid "proteome" analyses). In this work, the combination of high-performance capillary liquid chromatography with FTICR mass spectrometry and external ion accumulation has been shown to increase both sensitivity and analysis duty cycle. Instrument versatility is further improved by ion preselection followed by ion accumulation in an external linear quadrupole ion trap. The interface was tested with a 3.5-T FTICR mass spectrometer and evaluated with a number of peptides and proteins whose molecular weights ranged from 500 to 66000. A significant increase in the sensitivity, duty cycle, and dynamic range over that of the previously used accumulated trapping was achieved, exhibiting a detection limit of approximately 10 zmol (approximately 6000 molecules) for smaller proteins such as cytochrome c. Capillary LC external accumulation interface with FTICR was successfully applied for the study of whole-proteome mouse tryptic digests.

Keywords

Chromatography, liquid, cyclotrons, fourier analysis, hydrolysis, mass spectrometry, proteome, trypsin

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