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Anal Chem. 2006 May 1;78(9):3208-12.

Alternately pulsed nanoelectrospray ionization/atmospheric pressure chemical ionization for ion/ion reactions in an electrodynamic ion trap.

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Department of Chemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2084, USA.


The alternate operation of nanoelectrospray ionization and atmospheric pressure chemical ionization, using a common atmosphere/vacuum interface and ion path, has been implemented to facilitate ion/ion reaction experiments in a linear ion trap-based tandem mass spectrometer. The ion sources are operated in opposite polarity modes whereby one of the ion sources is used to form analyte ions while the other is used to form reagent ions of opposite polarity. This combination of ion sources is well-suited to implementation of experiments involving multiply charged ions in reaction with singly charged ions of opposite polarity. Three analytically useful ion/ion reaction types are illustrated: the partial deprotonation of a multiply protonated protein, the partial protonation of a multiply deprotonated oligonucleotide, and electron transfer to a multiply protonated peptide. The approach described herein is attractive in that it enables both single proton-transfer and single electron-transfer ion/ion reaction experiments to be implemented without requiring major modifications to the tandem mass spectrometer hardware. Furthermore, a wide range of reactant ions can be formed with these ionization methods and the pulsed nature of operation appears to lead to no significant compromise in the performance of either ion source.

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