Journal article

N-terminal derivatization and fragmentation of neutral peptides via ion-molecule reactions with acylium ions: Toward gas-phase Edman degradation?

GE Reid, SE Tichy, J Perez, RAJ O'Hair, RJ Simpson, HI Kenttamaa

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY | AMER CHEMICAL SOC | Published : 2001

Abstract

The gas-phase ion-molecule reactions of neutral alanylglycine have been examined with various mass-selected acylium ions RCO(+) (R= CH(3), CD(3), C(6)H(5), C(6)F(5) and (CH(3))( 2)N), as well as the transacylation reagent O-benzoylbenzophenone in a Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer. Reactions of the gaseous dipeptide with acylium ions trapped in the ICR cell result in the formation of energized [M + RCO](+) adduct ions that fragment to yield N-terminal b-type and C-terminal y-type product ions, including a modified b(1) ion which is typically not observed in the fragmentation of protonated peptides. Judicious choice of the acylium ion employed allows some control ov..

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