Desorption ionization combined with tandem mass spectrometry: Advantages for investigating complex lipids, disaccharides and organometallic complexes

Ronald L. Cerny, Kenneth B. Tomer, Michael L. Gross

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Combining desorption ionization with tandem mass spectrometry overcomes the disadvantage of limited fragmentation accompanying desorption and permits mixtures of closely related substances to be investigated directly. These features of the combination are illustrated by completing the structure‐proof of a minor component of an ornithine‐containing lipid mixture isolated from Thiobacillus thiooxidans. The minor component is a homolog of the major constituent and differs from the principal component owing to the presence of a double bond in lieu of a cyclopropyl ring in one of the constituent fatty acids. Another feature of the combined method is the potentially complementary nature of collision‐activated dissociation spectra of protonated and cationized biomolecules. This is illustrated by the differences in the collision‐activated dissociations of the [M + Na]+ of sucrose, desorbed by field desorption, and [M + H]+, desorbed by fast atom bombardment. A third illustration is the application of field desorption and tandem mass spectrometry to an organometallic compound. The combined approach allows the ligands to be identified and the relative ligand binding energies to be approximated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)655-660
Number of pages6
JournalOrganic Mass Spectrometry
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1986


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Instrumentation

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