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Rapid Commun Mass Spectrom. 2004;18(4):511-7.

A fully automated method for accurate mass determination using high-performance liquid chromatography with a quadrupole/orthogonal acceleration time-of-flight mass spectrometer.

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Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacia Italia S.p.A., via Pasteur 10, 20014 Nerviano-Milan, Italy.


A generic LC/ESI(+)-oaTOFMS method has been developed for routine automated high accuracy mass determinations of different classes of substances. The system makes use of micro-high-performance liquid chromatography and a hybrid quadrupole/orthogonal acceleration time-of-flight (Q-oaTOF) mass spectrometer. Reproducible and accurate mass measurements were obtained using an electrospray dual sprayer with reserpine as reference compound, introduced into the mass spectrometer alternating with the samples. Experiments were performed to optimize analyte/reference response ratio, statistical algorithm correction setting, and analyte concentration. In these experiments, a clear dependence of the mass measurement error on the analyte/reference response ratio was observed. The dependence of average mass error versus different dead time correction algorithm settings (Np factors) was also explored. In the final automated procedure, verified for a statistically significant set of compounds ( approximately 550) obtained from a medicinal chemistry department, about 70% of the analyzed samples satisfied the acceptance criteria fixed at a maximum error of +/-5 ppm (mass range 150-800 Da).

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