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Soft laser desorption

Soft laser desorption
Acronym SLD
Classification Mass spectrometry
Analytes Biomolecules
Synthetic polymers
Other Techniques
Related Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization
Surface-enhanced laser desorption/ionization

Soft laser desorption is laser desorption of large molecules that results in ionization without fragmentation. "Soft" in the context of ion formation means forming ions without breaking chemical bonds. "Hard" ionization is the formation of ions with the breaking of bonds and the formation of fragment ions.



The term "soft laser desorption" has not been widely used by the mass spectrometry community, which in most cases uses matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) to indicate soft laser desorption ionization that is aided by a separate matrix compound. The term soft laser desorption was used most notably by the Nobel Foundation in public information released in conjunction with the 2002 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.[1] Koichi Tanaka was awarded 1/4 of the prize for his use of a mixture of cobalt nanoparticles and glycerol in what he called the “ultra fine metal plus liquid matrix method” of laser desorption ionization. With this approach, he was able to demonstrate the soft ionization of proteins.[2] The MALDI technique was demonstrated (and the name coined) in 1985 by Michael Karas, Doris Bachmann, and Franz Hillenkamp,[3] but ionization of proteins by MALDI was not reported until 1988, immediately after Tanaka's results were reported.

Some have argued that Karas and Hillenkamp were more deserving of the Nobel Prize than Tanaka because their crystalline matrix method is much more widely used than Tanaka's liquid matrix.[4][5] Countering this argument is the fact that Tanaka was the first to use a 337 nm nitrogen laser while Karas and Hillenkamp were using a 266 nm Nd:YAG laser. The "modern" MALDI approach came into being several years after the first soft laser desorption of proteins was demonstrated.[6][7][8]

Examples in mass spectrometry

The matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization approach[9] typically uses a small organic acid solid matrix, although liquids have been used. The light source is a pulsed IR or UV laser. The surface-enhanced laser desorption/ionization (SELDI) variand is similar to MALD, but uses a biochemical affinity target.[10][11] The technique known as surface-enhanced neat desorption (SEND)[12] is a variant of MALDI with the matrix is covalently linked to the target surface.The surface-assisted laser desorption/ionization (SALDI) approach[13] can be described as MALDI using a liquid plus particulate matrix. The desorption ionization on silicon (DIOS) approach[14] is laser desorption/ionization of a sample deposited on a porous silicon surface. The technique known as laser induced acoustic desorption (LIAD ) is transmission geometry LDI with a metal film target.[15][16]

See also


  1. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2002: Information for the Public", The Nobel Foundation, 9 October 2002. Retrieved on 2007-08-29. 
  2. ^ Tanaka, Koichi; Hiroaki Waki, Yutaka Ido, Satoshi Akita, Yoshikazu Yoshida, Tamio Yoshida, T. Matsuo (1988). "Protein and polymer analyses up to m/z 100 000 by laser ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry". Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 2 (8): 151-153. doi:10.1002/rcm.1290020802. Retrieved on 2007-08-29.
  3. ^ Karas, M.; Bachmann, D.; Hillenkamp, F. (1985). "Influence of the Wavelength in High-Irradiance Ultraviolet Laser Desorption Mass Spectrometry of Organic Molecules". Anal. Chem. 57: 2935-9.
  4. ^ Spinney, Laura. "Nobel Prize controversy", The Scientist, December11, 2002. Retrieved on 2007-08-29. 
  5. ^ "ABC News Online: 2002 Nobel chemistry choice sparks protest", B.U. Bridge, Boston University, Week of 13 December 2002. Retrieved on 2007-08-29. 
  6. ^ Beavis RC, Chait BT (1989). "Matrix-assisted laser-desorption mass spectrometry using 355 nm radiation". Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom. 3 (12): 436-9. PMID 2520224.
  7. ^ Beavis RC, Chait BT (1989). "Cinnamic acid derivatives as matrices for ultraviolet laser desorption mass spectrometry of proteins". Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom. 3 (12): 432-5. PMID 2520223.
  8. ^ Strupat K, Karas M, Hillenkamp F (1991). "2,5-Dihidroxybenzoic acid: a new matrix for laser desorption-ionization mass spectrometry.". Int. J. Mass Spectrom. Ion Processes 72 (111): 89-102.
  9. ^ Karas, M.; Bachmann, D.; Hillenkamp, F., Influence of the Wavelength in High-Irradiance Ultraviolet Laser Desorption Mass Spectrometry of Organic Molecules. Anal. Chem. 1985, 57, 2935-2939.
  10. ^ Hutchens, T. W.; Yip, T. T., New desorption strategies for the mass spectrometric analysis of macromolecules. Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom. 1993, 7, 576-580.doi:10.1002/rcm.1290070703
  11. ^ Poon TC (2007). "Opportunities and limitations of SELDI-TOF-MS in biomedical research: practical advices". Expert review of proteomics 4 (1): 51-65. doi:10.1586/14789450.4.1.51. PMID 17288515.
  12. ^ (Hutchens 1993
  13. ^ Sunner, J.; Dratz, E.; Chen, Y.-C., Graphite surface-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry of peptides and proteins from liquid solutions. Anal. Chem. 1995, 67, 4335-42.
  14. ^ Wei, J.; Buriak, J. M.; Siuzdak, G., Desorption-ionization mass spectrometry on porous silicon. Nature 1999, 399, 243-246.
  15. ^ Golovlev, V. V.; Allman, S. L.; Garrett, W. R.; Taranenko, N. I.; Chen, C. H. (12/1997). "Laser-induced acoustic desorption". International Journal of Mass Spectrometry and Ion Processes 169-170: 69-78. Retrieved on 2007-08-29.
  16. ^ Somuramasami J, Kenttämaa HI (2007). "Evaluation of a novel approach for peptide sequencing: laser-induced acoustic desorption combined with P(OCH(3))(2)(+) chemical ionization and collision-activated dissociation in a Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer". J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom. 18 (3): 525-40. doi:10.1016/j.jasms.2006.10.009. PMID 17157527.
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