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J Mass Spectrom. 2003 Dec;38(12):1281-7.

Protein identification by peptide mass fingerprinting and peptide sequence tagging with alternating scans of nano-liquid chromatography/infrared multiphoton dissociation Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry.

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Biomedical Research Laboratories, Sankyo Co, Ltd, 2-58 Hiromachi 1-chome, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-8710, Japan.


We have developed a method for protein identification with peptide mass fingerprinting and sequence tagging using nano liquid chromatography (LC)/Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FTICR-MS). To achieve greater sensitivity, a nanoelectrospray (nano-ES) needle packed with reversed-phase medium was used and connected to the nano-ES ion source of the FTICR mass spectrometer. To obtain peptide sequence tag information, infrared multiphoton dissociation (IRMPD) was carried out in nano-LC/FTICR-MS analysis. The analysis involves alternating nano-ES/FTICR-MS and nano-ES/IRMPD-FTICR-MS scans during a single LC run, which provides sets of parent and fragment ion masses of the proteolytic digest. The utility of this alternating-scan nano-LC/IRMPD-FTICR-MS approach was evaluated by using bovine serum albumin as a standard protein. We applied this approach to the protein identification of rat liver diacetyl-reducing enzyme. It was demonstrated that this enzyme was correctly identified as 3-alpha-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase by the alternating-scan nano-LC/IRMPD-FTICR-MS approach with accurate peptide mass fingerprinting and peptide sequence tagging.

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