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In-source H/D exchange and ion-molecule reactions using matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry with pulsed collision and reaction gases.

Controlled in-source ion-molecule reactions are performed for the first time in an external matrix assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) source of a Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer. The MALDI source with a hexapole ion guide that was originally designed to incorporate pulsed gas to collisionally cool ions (Baykut, G.; Jertz, R.; Witt, M. Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom. 2000, 14, 1238-1247) has been modified to allow the study of in-source ion-molecule reactions. Upon laser desorption, a reaction gas was introduced through a second inlet and allowed to interact with the MALDI-generated ions trapped in the hexapole ion guide. Performing ion-molecule reactions in the high pressure range of the ion source prior to analysis in the ion cyclotron resonance (ICR) cell allows to maintain the ultra high vacuum in the cell which is crucial for high mass resolution measurements. In addition, due to the reaction gas pressure in the hexapole product ion formation is much faster than would be otherwise possible in the ICR cell. H/D exchange reactions with different peptides are investigated, as are proton-bound complex formations. A typical experimental sequence would be ion accumulation in the hexapole ion guide from multiple laser shots, addition of cooling gas during ion formation, addition of reaction gas, varied time delays for the ion-molecule reactions, and transmission of the product ions into the ICR cell for mass analysis. In this MALDI source H/D exchange reactions for different protonated peptides are investigated, as well as proton-bound complex formations with the reaction gas triethylamine. Amino acid sequence, structural flexibility and folding state of the peptides can be seen to play a part in the reactivity of such ions.[1]


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