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Anal Chem. 2004 Sep 15;76(18):5423-30.

Complementary use of MALDI and ESI for the HPLC-MS/MS analysis of DNA-binding proteins.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon 97331, USA.


Proteins from Escherichia coli were isolated based on their ability to bind DNA and digested in-solution with trypsin; the resulting peptides were separated using HPLC and subsequently analyzed using MALDI TOF/TOF and ESI Q-TOF instruments. Various properties of the peptides observed with the two ionization techniques were compared taking into account the differences between the mass analyzers. This empirical analysis of a data set containing hundreds of peptides and thousands of individual amino acids supports some of the currently held notions regarding the complementary nature of the two ionization processes. Specifically, ESI tends to favor the identification of hydrophobic peptides whereas MALDI tends to lead to the identification of basic and aromatic species. Findings from the present study suggest that ESI and MALDI may be complementary due to the biases of the two ionization techniques for certain classes of amino acids. From a practical standpoint, these biases indicate that, for the present at least, analyses must be performed on both types of instruments in order to gain the most information possible out of a given set of samples in a proteomics study.

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