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J Am Soc Mass Spectrom. 2002 Jan;13(1):47-58.

Investigation of the influence of charge derivatization on the fragmentation of multiply protonated peptides.

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Institute of Biochemistry, Koln, Germany.


The fragmentation of the multiply charged peptides b-chain of bovine insulin and glucagon have been investigated under low energy collision induced dissociation (CID) conditions using an electrospray ion trap mass spectrometer. The influence of charge state, specific amino acids such as aspartate or proline, the location of basic sites, and the derivatization on the fragmentation behavior has been the focus of interest. As a basis for understanding the fragmentation process, the concept of the mobile proton was applied. A set of different derivatives was used to manipulate the sites of protonation of the peptides in order to control and improve the fragmentation behavior. These results can be applied for de novo sequencing, although the sequence-specific fragmentation processes have significant influence on the dissociation behavior of the peptides.

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