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J Am Soc Mass Spectrom. 2005 May;16(5):772-8.

Leveling response factors in the electrospray ionization process using a heated capillary interface.

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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota 55905, USA.


Several investigators have observed a discrepancy in electrospray response of complementary strands from denatured DNA, which has been attributed to the difference in hydrophobicity between the two strands; the more hydrophobic species tend to have higher ion abundances. The implementation of a heated electrospray source has allowed us to "level" the electrospray response for two equimolar complementary strands with different hydrophobicities. As the temperature was increased, the ratio of ion abundances of the less hydrophobic noncoding strand to the more hydrophobic coding strand approached unity. Furthermore, the heated electrospray source was used to denature amplicons containing 7-deaza purines, which can be used to facilitate sequencing by mass spectrometry.

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