alexa Derivatization in mass spectrometry--1. Silylation.
Bioinformatics & Systems Biology

Bioinformatics & Systems Biology

Journal of Glycomics & Lipidomics

Author(s): Halket JM, Zaikin VG

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Abstract This is the first of a series of reviews on the application of derivatization in mass spectrometry. A description is given of advances in silylation as a powerful tool used for increasing the volatility, thermal and thermo-catalytic stability, and chromatographic mobility of polar and unstable organic compounds. In addition to chemical aspects of silylation, mass spectral properties of silyl derivatives useful for structure determination and quantitation of various organic and biologically-active compounds, mainly by GC/MS, are described. Practically all tested and widely used silylating agents are described. The role of comprehensive libraries containing reference mass spectra for various silyl derivatives and search systems in structure determination is emphasized. Applications of silylation for particular analyses are summarised.

This article was published in Eur J Mass Spectrom (Chichester) and referenced in Journal of Glycomics & Lipidomics

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