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Detecting the Site of Phosphorylation in Phosphopeptides Without Loss of Phosphate Group Using MALDI TOF Mass Spectrometry

Author(s): Medicharla V. Jagannadham | Ramakrishnan Nagaraj

Journal: Analytical Chemistry Insights
ISSN 1177-3901

Volume: 3;
Start page: 21;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: phosphopeptides | mass spectrometry | positive ion | neutral loss | linear mode | reflector mode

Phosphopeptides with one and four phosphate groups were characterized by MALDI mass spectrometry. The molecular ion of monophosphopeptide could be detected both as positive and negative ions by MALDI TOF with delayed extraction (DE) and in the refl ector mode. The tetraphospho peptide could be detected in linear mode. When MS/MS spectra of the monophospho peptides were obtained in a MALDI TOF TOF instrument by CID, b and y ions with the intact phosphate group were observed, in addition the b and y ions without the phosphate group. Our study indicates that it is possible to detect phosphorylated peptides with out the loss of phosphate group by MALDI TOF as well as MALDI TOF TOF instruments with delayed extraction and in the reflector mode.
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