Author(s): Chang DY, Lee CC, Shiea J
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Abstract A novel fused-droplet electrospray ionization (FD-ESI) source was developed to generate peptide and protein ions. The sample solution was first ultrasonically nebulized to form fine aerosols. The aerosols were then purged into a glass reaction chamber via nitrogen. Charged methanol droplets were continuously generated through electrospraying the acidic methanol solution from a capillary, which was located at the center of the reaction chamber. As the sample aerosols entered the reaction chamber, they fused with the charged methanol droplets from which electrospray proceeded continuously. The mass spectra of peptide and protein that FD-ESI-MS produced were practically identical to those that conventional ESI-MS produced. However, FD-ESI-MS resulted in an extremely high salt tolerance. Cytochrome c ions were detected in the solutions that contained 10\% (w/w; 1.709 M) NaCl or 2.5\% (425 mM) NaH2PO4. As with those obtained from the solution that lacked NaCl and NaH2PO4, the width of cytochrome c ion peaks remained nearly unchanged.
This article was published in Anal Chem
and referenced in Journal of Analytical & Bioanalytical Techniques