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New Insights into the Wavelength Dependence of MALDI Mass Spectrometry

The interplay between the wavelength of the laser and the absorption profile of the matrix constitutes a crucial factor in matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS). Numerous studies have shown that typically best analytical results are obtained if the laser wavelength matches the UV absorption band of the matrix in the solid state well. However, many powerful matrices exhibit peak absorptions which differ notably from the standard MALDI laser wavelengths of 337, 349, and 355 nm, respectively. Here we used two wavelength-tunable lasers to investigate the MALDI wavelength dependence with a selected set of such matrices. We studied 3-hydroxypicolinic acid (3-HPA), 2,4,6-trihydroxyacetophenon (THAP), dithranol (1,8-dihydroxy-10H-anthracen-9-on), 2-(4′-hydroxybenzeneazo)benzoic acid (HABA), and 6-aza-2-thiothymine (ATT). For analyte systems we investigated DNA oligomers (3-HPA), phospholipids (dithranol, THAP, HABA), and non-covalent peptide–peptide and protein–peptide complexes...

Authors:   Marcel Niehaus; Andreas Schnapp; Annika Koch; Jens Soltwisch; Klaus Dreisewerd
Journal:   Analytical Chemistry
Year:   2017
DOI:   10.1021/acs.analchem.7b01744
Publication date:   05-Jul-2017
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  • Matrix
  • dependence
  • absorption
  • complexes
  • benzoic acid
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