Fully-protected C-terminal free peptides can be conveniently analyzed by high-resolution electrospray tandem mass spectrometry (ESI-MS/MS) in a quadrupole quadrupole time-of-flight tandem hybrid mass spectrometer, operated in the negative (-) ionization mode. The unusual choice of negative ions in mass spectrometry applications to peptide analysis was needed to obtain exhaustive sequence and structural data. The low-energy collision-induced dissociation (CID) experiments provided, in fact, tandem mass spectra displaying highly diagnostic fragments with a good signal-to-noise ratio. The method is applied to segments of porcine calcitonin (Cal), Cal (10-16, 1), Cal (17-24, 2) and Cal (25-28, 3) whose [M - H](-) deprotonated molecular ions provided low-energy CID mass spectra which allow the evaluation either of the primary structure of the peptide and of the location of the side-chain protective groups. ESI (+) MS can be conveniently used, in the high resolution mode, to achieve precise information on the elemental composition of the examined peptides.
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|Titolo:||Gas-phase chemistry of the negative ions of fully-protected peptides by high-resolution electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2005|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|