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Anal Chem. 2000 Sep 15;72(18):4266-74.

Subfemtomole MS and MS/MS peptide sequence analysis using nano-HPLC micro-ESI fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry.

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Department of Chemistry, University of Virginia, Charlottesville 22904-4319, USA.


Subfemtomole peptide sequence analysis has been achieved using microcapillary HPLC columns, with integrated nanoelectrospray emitters, coupled directly to a Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer. Accurate mass (+/-0.010 Da) peptide maps are generated from a standard six-protein digest mixture, whose principle components span a concentration dynamic range of 1000:1. Iterative searches against approximately 189000 entries in the OWL database readily identify each protein, with high sequence coverage (20-60%), from as little as 10 amol loaded on-column. In addition, a simple variable-flow HPLC apparatus provides for on-line tandem mass spectrometric analysis of tryptic peptides at the 400-amol level. MS/MS data are searched against approximately 280000 entries in a nonredundant protein database using SEQUEST. Accurate precursor and product ion mass information readily identifies primary amino acid sequences differing by asparagine vs aspartic acid (deltam = 0.98 Da) and glutamine vs lysine (deltam = 0.036 Da).

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