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Anal Chem. 2000 Feb 1;72(3):552-8.

The characteristics of peptide collision-induced dissociation using a high-performance MALDI-TOF/TOF tandem mass spectrometer.

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Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of California, San Francisco 94143, USA.


A new matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) time-of-flight/time-of-flight (TOF/TOF) high-resolution tandem mass spectrometer is described for sequencing peptides. This instrument combines the advantages of high sensitivity for peptide analysis associated with MALDI and comprehensive fragmentation information provided by high-energy collision-induced dissociation (CID). Unlike the postsource decay technique that is widely used with MALDI-TOF instruments and typically combines as many as 10 separate spectra of different mass regions, this instrument allows complete fragment ion spectra to be obtained in a single acquisition at a fixed reflectron voltage. To achieve optimum resolution and focusing over the whole mass range, it may be desirable to acquire and combine three separate sections. Different combinations of MALDI matrix and collision gas determine the amount of internal energy deposited by the MALDI process and the CID process, which provide control over the extent and nature of the fragment ions observed. Examples of peptide sequencing are presented that identify sequence-dependent features and demonstrate the value of modifying the ionization and collision conditions to optimize the spectral information.

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