Author(s): Ogorzalek Loo RR, Winger BE, Smith RD
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Abstract Proton transfer reactions of multiply charged ions at high mass-to-charge ratios were explored with a low frequency quadrupole mass spectrometer. This instrument enabled a qualitative comparison of proton transfer reaction rates at low charge states for ions generated by electrospray ionization (ESI) from different solution conformations and for disulfide-linked versus disulfide-reduced protein ions. Proton transfer reactions that efficiently reduced the number of charges for ESI-generated ions to approximately the number of arginines in the polypeptide sequence were observed. No significant differences in gas-phase reaction rates were noted between different solution conformers. Differences in reaction rates between "native" and disulfide-reduced proteins were much smaller than those observed below m/z 2000 with lower proton affinity reagents or by using lower reagent concentrations. These smaller differences in reaction rates are thought to reflect the reduced electrostatic contributions from widely spaced charge sites and thus, the reduced sensitivi ty to an ion's three-dimensional structure or U compactness.
This article was published in J Am Soc Mass Spectrom
and referenced in Journal of Analytical & Bioanalytical Techniques