Pharmaceutical Sciences Faculty Publications

Title

Packed Capillary Reversed-Phase Liquid Chromatography with High-Performance Electrospray Ionization Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry for Proteomics

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-15-2001

Journal Title

Analytical Chemistry

ISSN

0003-2700

Volume

73

Issue

8

First Page

1766

Last Page

1775

DOI

10.1021/ac0011336

PubMed ID

11338590

Abstract

In this study, high-efficiency packed capillary reversed-phase liquid chromatography (RPLC) coupled on-line with high-performance Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FTICR) mass spectrometry has been investigated for the characterization of complex cellular proteolytic digests. Long capillary columns (80-cm) packed with small (3-micron) C18 bonded particles provided a total peak capacity of approximately 1000 for cellular proteolytic polypeptides when interfaced with an ESI-FTICR mass spectrometer under composition gradient conditions at a pressure of 10,000 psi. Large quantities of cellular proteolytic digests (e.g., 500 micrograms) could be loaded onto packed capillaries of 150-micron inner diameter without a significant loss of separation efficiency. Precolumns with suitable inner diameters were found useful for improving the elution reproducibility without a significant loss of separation quality. Porous particle packed capillaries were found to provide better results than those containing nonporous particles because of their higher sample capacity. Two-dimensional analyses from the combination of packed capillary RPLC with high-resolution FTICR yield a combined capacity for separations of > 1 million polypeptide components and simultaneously provided information for the identification of the separated components based upon the accurate mass tag concept previously described.

Keywords

Chromatography, liquid, cyclotrons, endopeptidases, eubacterium, fourier analysis, hydrolysis, proteome, spectrometry, mass, electrospray ionization

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