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Anal Chem. 2001 Mar 15;73(6):1247-51.

High-mass accuracy of product ions produced by SORI-CID using a dual electrospray ionization source coupled with FTICR mass spectrometry.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond 23284, USA.


High-mass accuracy is demonstrated using internal calibration for product ions produced by sustained off-resonance irradiation collision-induced dissociation (SORI-CID) of a 15-mer oligonucleotide, 5'-(CTG)5-3'. Internal calibration for this tandem MS experiment was accomplished using a dual electrospray ionization (ESI) source coupled with Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FTICR-MS) utilizing hexapole accumulation and gated trapping. The pulse sequence entails injection, trapping, and gas-phase isolation of the precursor ion of interest followed by the SORI-CID of this ion and, subsequently, injection and trapping of the internal mass calibrant (i.e., poly(ethylene glycol) with a 1000 Da average mass). The product ions and the poly(ethylene glycol) ions are then simultaneously excited by a broadband frequency chirp excitation waveform and detected. This technique corrects for space-charge effects on the measurement of an ion's cyclotron frequency experienced when externally calibrated data are used. While external calibration for FTICR-MS can result in mass errors of greater than 100 ppm, this internal standardization method demonstrated significantly more consistent accurate mass measurements with average mass errors ranging from -1.2 to -3.2 ppm for the 15-mer oligonucleotide used in this study. This method requires limited modifications to ESI-FTICR mass spectrometers and is applicable for both positive and negative modes of ionization as well as other sample types (e.g., pharmaceuticals, proteins, etc.).

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