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J Mass Spectrom. 1999 Apr;34(4):395-407.

Characterization of O-glycosylation sites in MUC2 glycopeptides by nanoelectrospray QTOF mass spectrometry.

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Institute for Medical Physics and Biophysics, University of Muenster, Germany.


Sequencing of eight O-glycosylated peptides by nanoESI-QTOF-MS/MS was carried out to provide a sensitive general characterization method for determination of glycosylation site(s) and of the type of the attached carbohydrate moiety in a single experiment. The glycopeptide structures were chosen to demonstrate the feasibility of this sensitive and accurate approach, where isobaric peptide structures either (i) with the same number of attachment sites in different position in the peptide backbone, and (ii) with the same number of sugar moieties distributed on different attachment sites in the peptide backbone, can be clearly distinguished. Beside the B-type carbohydrate sequence ions of high abundance, it is possible to register diagnostic b- and y-type glycosylated peptide ions of lower abundance due to high dynamic range of the QTOF analyser. The applicability of this approach for detailed analysis of highly clustered O-glycan structures as found in biological mucin samples is discussed.

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