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J Proteomics. 2013 Aug 2;88:109-19. doi: 10.1016/j.jprot.2013.04.009. Epub 2013 Apr 13.

Performance evaluation of a dual linear ion trap-Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer for proteomics research.

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Department of Genome Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.


A novel dual cell linear ion trap Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer (FT-ICR MS) and its performance characteristics are reported. A linear ion trap-Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer has been modified to incorporate a LTQ-Velos mass spectrometer. This modified instrument features efficient ion accumulation and fast MS/MS acquisition capabilities of dual cell linear RF ion trap instruments coupled to the high mass accuracy, resolution, and dynamic range of a FT-ICR for improved proteomic coverage. The ion accumulation efficiency is demonstrated to be an order of magnitude greater than that observed with LTQ-FT Ultra instrumentation. The proteome coverage with yeast was shown to increase over the previous instrument generation by 50% (100% increase on the peptide level). In addition, many lower abundance level yeast proteins were only detected with this modified instrument. This novel configuration also enables beam type CID fragmentation using a dual cell RF ion trap mass spectrometer. This technique involves accelerating ions between traps while applying an elevated DC offset to one of the traps to accelerate ions and induce fragmentation. This instrument design may serve as a useful option for labs currently considering purchasing new instrumentation or upgrading existing instruments.


A novel hybrid mass spectrometer that allows increased MS/MS acquisition rates with high mass measurement accuracy and new ion fragmentation methods greatly improves the number of proteins, posttranslational modifications and protein-protein interactions that can be identified from cells.


Dual cell fragmentation; Duty cycle; Dynamic range; Instrumentation; Velos-FT; Yeast

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