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  1. Mass spectrometric immunoassay

    Nelson, Randall W; Williams, Peter; Krone, Jennifer Reeve

    2007-12-04

    Rapid mass spectrometric immunoassay methods for detecting and/or quantifying antibody and antigen analytes utilizing affinity capture to isolate the analytes and internal reference species (for quantification) followed by mass spectrometric analysis of the isolated analyte/internal reference species. Quantification is obtained by normalizing and calibrating obtained mass spectrum against the mass spectrum obtained for an antibody/antigen of known concentration.

  2. The analysis of comet mass spectrometric data

    Balm, S. P.; Hare, J. P.; Kroto, H. W.

    1991-04-01

    The mass spectra from the Giotto PICCA experiment have been studied using computer simulations based on tabulated mass spectrometric data. It is shown that random mixtures of organic compounds give rise to mass spectra with peaks at about 45, 60, 75, and 90 amu; i.e., separated by about 15 amu. In particular it is shown that the products of Urey-Miller type experiments give mass spectra which can match the observed Giotto data closely. The analysis indicates that the material consists mainly of C/H/O/N (i.e., it is organic), but that the assignment to any well defined organic material is less certain. It is not clear that mass spectrometric studies of complex mixtures have the prospect of yielding this type of information without some form of preseparation.

  3. Mass spectrometric examinations of Hungarian triassic dolomites

    A limited number of mass spectrometric investigations (viz.:57) of representative rock types were applied both in the research work of geology and the mining for the industry of building materials of Hungary. Tabulated results covering all rock types and all stratigraphic levels of the Hungarian Triassic are given. Sr, Mn, Ti and Cr trace elements had the highest occurrence and Zn, Y or Pb, Ba, V or Cu, depending on the genetical type of the rock studied, has relatively higher concentrations as well. The results of the examinations of Hungarian Triassic dolomites were discussed according to genetical types, all represented by a small level of trace elements. (Sz.J.)

  4. Mass Spectrometric Immunoassays in Characterization of Clinically Significant Proteoforms

    Olgica Trenchevska

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Proteins can exist as multiple proteoforms in vivo, as a result of alternative splicing and single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs, as well as posttranslational processing. To address their clinical significance in a context of diagnostic information, proteoforms require a more in-depth analysis. Mass spectrometric immunoassays (MSIA have been devised for studying structural diversity in human proteins. MSIA enables protein profiling in a simple and high-throughput manner, by combining the selectivity of targeted immunoassays, with the specificity of mass spectrometric detection. MSIA has been used for qualitative and quantitative analysis of single and multiple proteoforms, distinguishing between normal fluctuations and changes related to clinical conditions. This mini review offers an overview of the development and application of mass spectrometric immunoassays for clinical and population proteomics studies. Provided are examples of some recent developments, and also discussed are the trends and challenges in mass spectrometry-based immunoassays for the next-phase of clinical applications.

  5. Recent advances in mass spectrometric applications in hydrology

    The recent advances in mass spectrometric applications in hydrology include 18O of nitrates and sulphates, 37Cl of chlorides for studying origin of groundwater pollution, 3He/4He for geothermal fluids and analysis, 14C, 36Cl and 129I for dating groundwater by Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS)

  6. Characterization of nuclear fuels by ICP mass-spectrometric techniques

    Isotopic analyses of radioactive materials such as irradiated nuclear fuel are of major importance for the optimization of the nuclear fuel cycle and for safeguard aspects. Among the mass-spectrometric techniques available, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and thermal ionization mass spectrometry are the most frequently applied methods for nuclear applications. Because of the low detection limits, the ability to analyze the isotopic composition of the elements and the applicability of the techniques for measuring stable as well as radioactive nuclides with similar sensitivity, both mass-spectrometric techniques are an excellent amendment to classical radioactivity counting methods. The paper describes selected applications of multicollector ICP-MS in combination with chromatographic separation techniques and laser ablation for the isotopic analysis of irradiated nuclear fuels. The advantages and limitations of the selected analytical technique for the characterization of such a heterogeneous sample matrix are discussed. (orig.)

  7. Challenges and recent advances in mass spectrometric imaging of neurotransmitters

    Gemperline, Erin; Chen, Bingming; Li, Lingjun

    2014-01-01

    Mass spectrometric imaging (MSI) is a powerful tool that grants the ability to investigate a broad mass range of molecules, from small molecules to large proteins, by creating detailed distribution maps of selected compounds. To date, MSI has demonstrated its versatility in the study of neurotransmitters and neuropeptides of different classes toward investigation of neurobiological functions and diseases. These studies have provided significant insight in neurobiology over the years and curre...

  8. Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometric Analysis of Highly Reactive Glycosyl Halides

    Lajos Kovács

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Highly reactive glycosyl chlorides and bromides have been analysed by a routine mass spectrometric method using electrospray ionization and lithium salt adduct-forming agents in anhydrous acetonitrile solution, providing salient lithiated molecular ions [M+Li]+, [2M+Li]+ etc. The role of other adduct-forming salts has also been evaluated. The lithium salt method is useful for accurate mass determination of these highly sensitive compounds.

  9. Mass spectrometric detection, identification, and fragmentation of arseno-phytochelatins.

    Schmied-Tobies, Maria I H; Arroyo-Abad, Uriel; Mattusch, Jürgen; Reemtsma, Thorsten

    2014-11-01

    Phytochelatins (PC) are cystein-rich oligopeptides in plants for coordination with toxic metals and metalloids via their thiol groups. The composition, structure, and mass spectrometric fragmentation of arseno-PC (As-PC) with PC of different degree of oligomerization (PC2-PC5) in solution were studied using liquid chromatography coupled in parallel to inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and electrospray ionization quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry. As-PC were detected from As(PC2) to As(PC5) with an increasing number of isomers that differ in the position of thiol groups bound to As. Thermodynamic modeling supported the identification process in case of these isomers. Mass spectrometric fragmentation of the As-PC does not follow the established pattern of peptides but is governed by the formation of series of As-containing annular cations, which coordinate to As via S, N, or O. Structure proposals for 30 As-PC fragment ions in the range m/z 147.92 to m/z 1290.18 are elaborated. Many of these fragment ions are characteristic to several As-PC and may be suited for a screening for As-PC in plant extracts. The mass spectrometric data offer the perspective for a future more sensitive determination of As-PC by means of liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry with multiple reaction monitoring. PMID:25395130

  10. Mass spectrometric analysis of protein interactions

    Borch, Jonas; Jørgensen, Thomas J. D.; Roepstorff, Peter

    2005-01-01

    Mass spectrometry is a powerful tool for identification of interaction partners and structural characterization of protein interactions because of its high sensitivity, mass accuracy and tolerance towards sample heterogeneity. Several tools that allow studies of protein interaction are now...... available and recent developments that increase the confidence of studies of protein interaction by mass spectrometry include quantification of affinity-purified proteins by stable isotope labeling and reagents for surface topology studies that can be identified by mass-contributing reporters (e.g. isotope...... labels, cleavable cross-linkers or fragment ions. The use of mass spectrometers to study protein interactions using deuterium exchange and for analysis of intact protein complexes recently has progressed considerably....

  11. Mass Spectrometric Analysis of Water-soluble Gold Nanoclusters

    Batches of water-soluble gold nanoclusters of nominal 2.0 or 3.5-nm diameter were prepared to evaluate particle size determinations by a number of techniques such as transmission electron microscopy or atomic force microscopy and to validate estimates derived by mass spectrometric analysis using matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI). Good agreement was found and MALDI lends itself to analyses even in the presence of aggregates

  12. Hydrogen preparation system for mass spectrometric analysis

    A gas source mass spectrometer has been recently set up at PINSTECH to carry out hydrological mapping of Pakistan by measuring isotopic ratio variations in H2, O2 and CO2 in waters of different origin. For D/H ratio analyses using this mass spectrometer water sample of size 20-25 microliter is to be converted to hydrogen gas. The preparation system developed for this purpose is described. (author)

  13. Mass spectrometric imaging of ginsenosides localization in Panax ginseng root

    Taira, Shu; Ikeda, Ryuzo; Yokota, Naohiko; OSAKA, Issey; Sakamoto, Manabu; Kato, Mitsuro; Sahashi, Yuko

    2010-01-01

    We succeeded in performing mass spectrometric imaging (MSI) of the localization of ginsenosides (Rb_1, Rb_2 or R_c, and Rf) in cross-sections of the Panax ginseng root at a resolution of 100 μm using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS). Tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) of alkali metal-adducted ginsenoside ions revealed structural information of the corresponding saccharides and agricones. MALDI-MSI confirmed that localization of ginsenosides in the cortex ...

  14. Mass spectrometric analysis of monolayer protected nanoparticles

    Zhu, Zhengjiang

    Monolayer protected nanoparticles (NPs) include an inorganic core and a monolayer of organic ligands. The wide variety of core materials and the tunable surface monolayers make NPs promising materials for numerous applications. Concerns related to unforeseen human health and environmental impacts of NPs have also been raised. In this thesis, new analytical methods based on mass spectrometry are developed to understand the fate, transport, and biodistributions of NPs in the complex biological systems. A laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (LDI-MS) method has been developed to characterize the monolayers on NP surface. LDI-MS allows multiple NPs taken up by cells to be measured and quantified in a multiplexed fashion. The correlations between surface properties of NPs and cellular uptake have also been explored. LDI-MS is further coupled with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) to quantitatively measure monolayer stability of gold NPs (AuNPs) and quantum dots (QDs), respectively, in live cells. This label-free approach allows correlating monolayer structure and particle size with NP stability in various cellular environments. Finally, uptake, distribution, accumulation, and excretion of NPs in higher order organisms, such as fish and plants, have been investigated to understand the environmental impact of nanomaterials. The results indicate that surface chemistry is a primary determinant. NPs with hydrophilic surfaces are substantially less toxic and present a lower degree of bioaccumulation, making these nanomaterials attractive for sustainable nanotechnology.

  15. Mass spectrometric study of fluorinated. beta. -diketones

    Lozinskii, M.O.; Fialkov, Yu.A.; Khomenko, V.S.; Krasovskaya, L.I.; Rasshinina, T.A.; Berenblit, V.V.

    1985-09-01

    Mass spectrometry has been applied in an investigation of fluorinated ..beta..-diketones and the decomposition of these compounds under electron impact. It has been shown that there is a possibility that intramolecular hydrogen bonds of the -H...O double bond and -H...F- types may exist in the fluorinated delta-diketones and the products of their decomposition in the gas phase, these bonds playing an important role in the mechanism fragmentation. The formation of cyclic structures in this process is postulated.

  16. The hydrolysis of aluminium, a mass spectrometric study

    Sarpola, A.

    2007-01-01

    Abstract This thesis is focused on the hydrolysis of aluminium, the polymerisation of the hydrolysis products, and how these can be monitored by mass spectrometric methods. The main aim of this research is to figure out how the aqueous speciation of aluminium changes as a function of pH (3.2–10), concentration (1–100 mM), reaction time (1s–14d), and counter anion (Cl-, SO42-, HCOO-). The method used was electrospray mass spectrometry. The results showed more variable speciation than those ...

  17. Mass spectrometric thermodynamic studies of oxide systems and materials

    Stolyarova, V. L.

    2016-01-01

    Progress in methods of synthesis of advanced materials as well as utilization of such materials at high temperatures requires information on the vaporization processes and thermodynamic properties of oxide systems. The optimal experimental method for these purposes is high-temperature mass spectrometry. This review summarizes and classifies experimental results obtained in mass spectrometric studies of the high-temperature thermodynamic properties of oxide systems and materials carried out in the last two decades. Published data on the vaporization processes and thermodynamic properties of oxide materials for high-temperature technologies are discussed from the standpoint of acid-base concept and model approaches including statistical thermodynamic methods. The bibliography includes 248 references.

  18. Mass spectrometric analysis of simple hydrogen compounds

    A uranium furnace is inserted in the gas inlet line of a mass spectrometer between the leak and the source. The line is fed with simple hydrogen compounds (H2O, NH3, H2S) which are in this way reduced to hydrogen gas. Memory effects are largely avoided by heating the sample line to 90 deg. C. The speed of the isotopic analysis is only slightly less than that of hydrogen gas itself; the accuracy is better due to the reduction of fractionating effects in the leak. For the absolute measurements of deuterium in water, the presence of H3+ is a problem. Water samples, prepared by mixing an unknown light water sample with different amounts of heavy water, are equilibrated with hydrogen sulphide and analysis of the two phases of each sample enables the zero of the concentration scale to be determined from the point of intersection of the two curves obtained by plotting mixture composition against the observed isotope ratio in the two phases. The whole experiment can be carried out in the apparatus described which analyses hydrogen in H2S and H2O in the same way. (author)

  19. Mass spectrometric detection of radiocarbon for dating applications

    Synal, H.-A., E-mail: synal@phys.ethz.ch [ETH Zurich, Laboratory of Ion Beam Physics, Building HPK, 8093 Zurich (Switzerland); Schulze-Koenig, T.; Seiler, M.; Suter, M.; Wacker, L. [ETH Zurich, Laboratory of Ion Beam Physics, Building HPK, 8093 Zurich (Switzerland)

    2013-01-15

    Radiocarbon is still the most important nuclide measured by accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS). The related capabilities for dating and tracer studies are eminent not only in archaeology but also drive important applications in the earth and environmental sciences as well as in biomedical research. So far, standard mass spectrometric systems have not been capable of radiocarbon dating because of interfering molecular isobars which, however, can be completely eliminated in charge changing processes at high ion beam energies (MeV) [1,2]. Here, we present a novel type mass spectrometry system for radiocarbon analyses. Radiocarbon dating was performed using 45 keV {sup 14}C ions from the ion source and a molecule dissociation unit kept at ground potential. This proof-of-principle experiment demonstrates for the first time the feasibility of mass spectrometric radiocarbon dating without an accelerator. The results obtained will be the basis of an optimized design for a radiocarbon dating instrument comparable in size, complexity and cost to standard mass spectrometers.

  20. Mass-spectrometric monitoring of the stress reaction during anesthesia

    Elizarov, A. Yu.; Levshankov, A. I.; Faizov, I. I.; Shchegolev, A. V.

    2013-10-01

    Clinical testing data for a mass-spectrometric method of estimating the patient's stress reaction to an injury done during anesthesia are presented. The essence of the method is monitoring the respiratory coefficient, which is defined as ratio N of the expiratory mass concentration of CO2 to the inspiratory mass concentration of O2 at each breathing cycle. For on-line monitoring of N, an electron ionization mass spectrometer connected to the breathing circuit of an inhalational anesthesia machine is used. Estimates of the anesthesia adequacy obtained with this method are compared with those obtained with the method that analyzes induced acoustic encephalographic potentials. It is shown that the method suggested is more sensitive to the level of the patient's stress reaction during anesthesia than the induced potential method.

  1. Mass spectrometric investigation of fluorated europium. beta. -diketonates. [Electrons

    Khomenko, V.S.; Lozinskij, M.O.; Fialkov, Yu.A.; Rasshinina, T.A.; Suboch, V.P. (AN Belorusskoj SSR, Minsk. Inst. Fiziki; AN Ukrainskoj SSR, Kiev. Inst. Organicheskoj Khimii)

    Ternary complexes of europium with two organic ligands - fluorated ..beta..-diketone and organic base - in the aqueous phase at electron shock are investigated; regroupings that take place in them are established. Mass-spectrometric investigation has shown that complexes with ..beta..-diketones, containing in oxygen atom in a fluorated radical, eliminate stable molecules of difluorophosgen, CoF/sub 2/. For the complexes studied under the above conditions the Co molecule elimination is also typical which is accompanied by the formation of ions with a metal-carbon bond.

  2. Targeted quantitative mass spectrometric immunoassay for human protein variants

    Nedelkov Dobrin

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Post-translational modifications and genetic variations give rise to protein variants that significantly increase the complexity of the human proteome. Modified proteins also play an important role in biological processes. While sandwich immunoassays are routinely used to determine protein concentrations, they are oblivious to protein variants that may serve as biomarkers with better sensitivity and specificity than their wild-type proteins. Mass spectrometry, coupled to immunoaffinity separations, can provide an efficient mean for simultaneous detection and quantification of protein variants. Results Presented here is a mass spectrometric immunoassay method for targeted quantitative proteomics analysis of protein modifications. Cystatin C, a cysteine proteinase inhibitor and a potential marker for several pathological processes, was used as a target analyte. An internal reference standard was incorporated into the assay, serving as a normalization point for cystatin C quantification. The precision, linearity, and recovery characteristics of the assay were established. The new assay was also benchmarked against existing cystatin C ELISA. In application, the assay was utilized to determine the individual concentration of several cystatin C variants across a cohort of samples, demonstrating the ability to fully quantify individual forms of post-translationally modified proteins. Conclusions The mass spectrometric immunoassays can find use in quantifying specific protein modifications, either as a part of a specific protein biomarker discovery/rediscovery effort to delineate the role of these variants in the onset of the disease, progression, and response to therapy, or in a more systematic study to delineate and understand human protein diversity.

  3. Mass spectrometric determination of early and advanced glycation in biology.

    Rabbani, Naila; Ashour, Amal; Thornalley, Paul J

    2016-08-01

    Protein glycation in biological systems occurs predominantly on lysine, arginine and N-terminal residues of proteins. Major quantitative glycation adducts are found at mean extents of modification of 1-5 mol percent of proteins. These are glucose-derived fructosamine on lysine and N-terminal residues of proteins, methylglyoxal-derived hydroimidazolone on arginine residues and N(ε)-carboxymethyl-lysine residues mainly formed by the oxidative degradation of fructosamine. Total glycation adducts of different types are quantified by stable isotopic dilution analysis liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) in multiple reaction monitoring mode. Metabolism of glycated proteins is followed by LC-MS/MS of glycation free adducts as minor components of the amino acid metabolome. Glycated proteins and sites of modification within them - amino acid residues modified by the glycating agent moiety - are identified and quantified by label-free and stable isotope labelling with amino acids in cell culture (SILAC) high resolution mass spectrometry. Sites of glycation by glucose and methylglyoxal in selected proteins are listed. Key issues in applying proteomics techniques to analysis of glycated proteins are: (i) avoiding compromise of analysis by formation, loss and relocation of glycation adducts in pre-analytic processing; (ii) specificity of immunoaffinity enrichment procedures, (iii) maximizing protein sequence coverage in mass spectrometric analysis for detection of glycation sites, and (iv) development of bioinformatics tools for prediction of protein glycation sites. Protein glycation studies have important applications in biology, ageing and translational medicine - particularly on studies of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, renal failure, neurological disorders and cancer. Mass spectrometric analysis of glycated proteins has yet to find widespread use clinically. Future use in health screening, disease diagnosis and therapeutic monitoring, and

  4. Mass spectrometric searches for superheavy elements in terrestrial matter

    Korschinek, Gunther; Kutschera, Walter

    2015-12-01

    Recent searches for traces of long-lived superheavy elements (SHEs) in terrestrial materials by mass spectrometric means are reviewed. Positive evidence for long-lived neutron-deficient Th isotopes in Th and Rg isotopes in Au, and a possible A = 292, Z ∼ 122 nuclide in Th was reported from experiments with Inductively Coupled Plasma Sector Field Mass Spectrometry (ICP-SF-MS). These findings were not confirmed with Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS), with abundance limits lower by several orders of magnitude. In addition, the extensive AMS searches for 42 SHE nuclides (A = 288- 310) around the much discussed "island of stability" (Z = 114, N = 184) in natural Pt, Au, Pb, Bi materials are reviewed. Due to the flatness of the mass distribution and the relatively large bandwidth of the mass acceptance in AMS searches, an effectively much larger number of SHE nuclides was scanned in the respective materials. No positive evidence for the existence of long-lived SHEs (t1/2 >108 yr) with abundance limits of 10-12 to 10-16 was found.

  5. Determination of iodine to compliment mass spectrometric measurements

    The dose of iodine-129 to facility personnel and the general public as a result of past, present, and future activities at DOE sites is of continuing interest, WINCO received about 160 samples annually in a variety of natural matrices, including snow, milk, thyroid tissue, and sagebrush, in which iodine-129 is determined in order to evaluate this dose, Currently, total iodine and the isotopic ratio of iodine-127 to iodine-129 are determined by mass spectrometry. These two measurements determine the concentration of iodine-129 in each sample, These measurements require at least 16 h of mass spectrometer operator time for each sample. A variety of methods are available which concentrate and determine small quantities of iodine. Although useful, these approaches would increase both time and cost. The objective of this effort was to determine total iodine by an alternative method in order to decrease the load on mass spectrometry by 25 to 50%. The preparation of each sample for mass spectrometric analysis involves a common step--collection of iodide on an ion exchange bed. This was the focal point of the effort since the results would be applicable to all samples

  6. Surface acoustic wave nebulization facilitating lipid mass spectrometric analysis.

    Yoon, Sung Hwan; Huang, Yue; Edgar, J Scott; Ting, Ying S; Heron, Scott R; Kao, Yuchieh; Li, Yanyan; Masselon, Christophe D; Ernst, Robert K; Goodlett, David R

    2012-08-01

    Surface acoustic wave nebulization (SAWN) is a novel method to transfer nonvolatile analytes directly from the aqueous phase to the gas phase for mass spectrometric analysis. The lower ion energetics of SAWN and its planar nature make it appealing for analytically challenging lipid samples. This challenge is a result of their amphipathic nature, labile nature, and tendency to form aggregates, which readily precipitate clogging capillaries used for electrospray ionization (ESI). Here, we report the use of SAWN to characterize the complex glycolipid, lipid A, which serves as the membrane anchor component of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and has a pronounced tendency to clog nano-ESI capillaries. We also show that unlike ESI SAWN is capable of ionizing labile phospholipids without fragmentation. Lastly, we compare the ease of use of SAWN to the more conventional infusion-based ESI methods and demonstrate the ability to generate higher order tandem mass spectral data of lipid A for automated structure assignment using our previously reported hierarchical tandem mass spectrometry (HiTMS) algorithm. The ease of generating SAWN-MS(n) data combined with HiTMS interpretation offers the potential for high throughput lipid A structure analysis. PMID:22742654

  7. Functional proteomics with new mass spectrometric and bioinformatics tools

    A comprehensive range of mass spectrometric tools is required to investigate todays life science applications and a strong focus is on addressing the needs of functional proteomics. Application examples are given showing the streamlined process of protein identification from low femtomole amounts of digests. Sample preparation is achieved with a convertible robot for automated 2D gel picking, and MALDI target dispensing. MALDI-TOF or ESI-MS subsequent to enzymatic digestion. A choice of mass spectrometers including Q-q-TOF with multipass capability, MALDI-MS/MS with unsegmented PSD, Ion Trap and FT-MS are discussed for their respective strengths and applications. Bioinformatics software that allows both database work and novel peptide mass spectra interpretation is reviewed. The automated database searching uses either entire digest LC-MSn ESI Ion Trap data or MALDI MS and MS/MS spectra. It is shown how post translational modifications are interactively uncovered and de-novo sequencing of peptides is facilitated

  8. Use of mass spectrometric methods for field screening of VOC's

    While mass spectrometric (MS) methods of chemical analysis, particularly gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC/MS), have been the mainstay of environmental organic analytical techniques in the laboratory through the use of EPA and other standard methods, field implementation is relatively rare. Instrumentation and methods now exist for utilizing MS and GC/MS techniques in the field for analysis of VOC's in gas phase, aqueous, and soil media. Examples of field investigations utilizing HP 5971A and Viking SpectraTrak systems for analysis of VOC's in all three media will be presented. Mass spectral methods were found to offer significant advantages in terms of speed of analysis and reliability of compound identification over field gas chromatography (GC) methods while preserving adequate levels of detection sensitivity. The soil method in particular provides a method for rapid in-field analysis of methanol preserved samples thus minimizing the problem of volatiles loss which typically occurs with routine use of the EPA methods and remote analysis. The high cost of MS instrumentation remains a major obstacle to more widespread use

  9. Mass spectrometric isotope dilution analysis of small calcium concentrations in minerals

    A mass spectrometric isotope dilution analysis for the determination of small calcium contents is developed. The different steps (decomposition of the mineral including isotope dilution technique, calcium separation and mass spectrometric measurement) of the analytical procedure are described. For a 42Ca spike the optimum spike addition is calculated. The dependence of the analysis error on the mass spectrometric measurements is discussed. Using a chromatographic method with a strong acidic ion exchanger calcium can be completely separated from potassium. The calcium content in the range of 0.15-0.004% of two feldspars and of one lepidolite is determined with external relative standard deviations of 0.9-5.1%. (orig.)

  10. Method of double tracer addition for determining uranium in geological samples by mass spectrometric isotope dilution

    The present work shows the experimental details on the uranium determination in materials by mass spectrometric isotope dilution technique with double tracer (233U + 235U). The mass discrimination phenomenon effect is studied. The uranium concentration values obtained by mass spectrometric isotope dilution technique with double tracer are compared with other techniques. The influence of the sampling in the accurate determination of uranium in the rock sample is discussed. (author)

  11. Rapid identification of viridans streptococci by mass spectrometric discrimination.

    Friedrichs, C; Rodloff, A C; Chhatwal, G S; Schellenberger, W; Eschrich, K

    2007-08-01

    Viridans streptococci (VS) are responsible for several systemic diseases, such as endocarditis, abscesses, and septicemia. Unfortunately, species identification by conventional methods seems to be more difficult than species identification of other groups of bacteria. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the use of cell matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS) for the rapid identification of 10 different species of VS. A total of 99 VS clinical isolates, 10 reference strains, and 20 strains from our in-house culture collection were analyzed by MALDI-TOF-MS. To evaluate the mass-spectrometric discrimination results, all strains were identified in parallel by phenotypic and genotypic methods. MALDI-TOF-MS identified 71 isolates as the mitis group, 23 as the anginosus group, and 5 as Streptococcus salivarius. Comparison of the species identification results obtained by the MALDI-TOF-MS analyses and with the phenotypic/genotypic identification systems showed 100% consistency at the species level. Thus, MALDI-TOF-MS seems to be a rapid and reliable method for the identification of species of VS from clinical samples. PMID:17553974

  12. Mass spectrometric study of the amipurimycin hexopyranosidic sugar moiety

    Almoster Ferreira, M. A.; Borges, C.; Oliveira, M. C.; Pocsfalvi, G.; Rauter, A. P.; Fernandes, A. C.

    1997-11-01

    Amipurimycin is a natural nucleoside that displays a remarkable activity in vitro and in vivo against Pyricularia oryzae, which is responsible for the rice blast disease. Six important precursors for the synthesis of the Amipurimycin sugar moiety were prepared. In order to obtain structural information a mass spectrometric study of these compounds was performed using liquid secondary ion mass spectrometry (LSIMS) with high-energy collision-induced dissociation (CID) experiments on a four-sector instrument. Elimination of methanol is the preferential fragmentation path for five of the six protonated molecules, indicating that protonation plays an important role in the process, whilst for the other protonated molecule loss of water is the main fragmentation. Examination of the [M + Li]+ precursor ion spectra shows that loss of methanol does not occur in three of them, but in the other three gives rise to fairly abundant ions, indicating that in this case methanol elimination implies intramolecular hydrogen transfer, the resulting ion having a very stable structure.

  13. High-precision mass spectrometric hydrogen isotope ratio measurements

    The analytical capabilities of mass spectrometric ion-current measurement systems are described on both a theoretical and a practical basis. From the theoretical standpoint, a signal-to-noise ratio (S/N) model that evaluated the fundamental sources of noise present in ion-current measurement systems was developed. Use of this model accurately predicted the performance (precision) for ion-current ratio measurements made by two isotope ratio mass spectrometers, one designed for carbon isotopic measurements, and the other designed for hydrogen isotopic measurements. Isotope ratio measurements differ from current-ratio measurements in that the observed ion-current ratio must be corrected to reflect the ratio of the ion currents due to the isotopic species of interest, which, for hydrogen isotope ratio mass spectrometry, are HD+ and H2+. Interfaces to these two ion currents are described in detail. To compensate for H3+ three measurement procedures, the two-standard calibration, the one-standard differential measurement with electronic H3+ compensation, and the two-standard differential measurement, are described. The one- and two-standard differential measurements were successfully used for measurement of isotopic abundances. Results of a collaborative investigation to validate the use of 18O in place of D as an isotopic label for total body water measurements are presented. In this research both 18O and D were administered simultaneously to several subjects. The weight of total body water of these subjects as measured by the dilution of D into the body water was in good agreement with the results of the 18O measurements. A brief description of the laboratory computer system is also given

  14. Single hair cocaine consumption monitoring by mass spectrometric imaging.

    Porta, Tiffany; Grivet, Chantal; Kraemer, Thomas; Varesio, Emmanuel; Hopfgartner, Gérard

    2011-06-01

    Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometric imaging (MALDI-MSI) was used to image the distribution of cocaine and its metabolites in intact single hair samples from chronic users down to a concentration of 5 ng/mg. Acquisitions were performed in rastering mode, at a speed of 1 mm/s and in the selected reaction monitoring (SRM) mode on a MALDI triple quadrupole linear ion trap fitted with a high repetition rate laser (1 kHz). Compared to traditional methods based on LC-MS/MS or GC-MS(/MS) which require to segment the hair to obtain spatial resolution, MALDI-MSI, with a straightforward sample preparation beforehand, allowed obtaining a spatial resolution of 1 mm and thus the chronological information about cocaine consumption contained in a single intact hair over several months could be monitored. The analysis time of an intact single hair sample of 6 cm is approximately of 6 min. Cocaine and its metabolites benzoylecgonine, ethylcocaine, and norcocaine were investigated in nine sets of hair samples for forensic purposes. The analyses were accomplished by spraying α-cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid (CHCA), 4-chloro-α-cyano-cinnamic acid (Cl-CCA), or (E)-2-cyano-3-(naphthalen-2-yl)acrylic acid (NpCCA) as MALDI matrices. We also propose a rapid strategy for sensitive confirmatory analyses with both MS/MS and MS(3) experiments performed directly on intact hair samples. Since only part of the hair strand is analyzed, additional analyses are possible at any time on the remaining hair from the strand. PMID:21510611

  15. Mass spectrometric analysis of integral membrane proteins: application to complete mapping of bacteriorhodopsins and rhodopsin.

    Ball, L. E.; Oatis, J. E.; Dharmasiri, K.; Busman, M.; Wang, J.; Cowden, L. B.; Galijatovic, A.; N. Chen; Crouch, R K; Knapp, D R

    1998-01-01

    Integral membrane proteins have not been readily amenable to the general methods developed for mass spectrometric (or internal Edman degradation) analysis of soluble proteins. We present here a sample preparation method and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) separation system which permits online HPLC-electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) and -tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) analysis of cyanogen bromide cleavage fragments of integral membrane proteins. This method has...

  16. Mass spectrometric methods for the direct elemental and isotopic analysis of solid material

    Ganeev, A. A.; Gubal, A. R.; Potapov, S. V.; Agafonova, N. N.; Nemets, V. M.

    2016-04-01

    Methods for the direct analysis of solids have a number of undeniable advantages over the methods that require preliminary dissolution of samples. High sensitivity and selectivity make the direct mass spectrometric techniques the most in-demand. The review concerns spark source mass spectrometry, laser ionization mass spectrometry, laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, secondary ion mass spectrometry, secondary neutral mass spectrometry and glow discharge mass spectrometry. Basic principles, analytical characteristics and trends in the development of these techniques are discussed. Particular attention is given to applications of the techniques as well as to their competitive advantages and drawbacks. The bibliography includes 123 references.

  17. Thermal ionization mass spectrometric study of U-Pu-O system

    First inference from a thermal ionization mass spectrometric study of samples corresponding to the ternary U-Pu-O system, especially if high surface ionization temperatures are employed, is likely to be at variance with that from equilibrium vaporization thermodynamic studies, that the atomic species U and Pu dominate the vapor phase

  18. QuEChERS sample preparation approach for mass spectrometric analysis of pesticide residues in foods

    This chapter describes an easy, rapid, and low-cost sample preparation approach for the determination of pesticide residues in foods using gas and/or liquid chromatographic (GC and/or LC) analytical separation and mass spectrometric (MS) detection. The approach is known as QuEChERS, which stands fo...

  19. Critical comparison of radiometric and mass spectrometric methods for the determination of radionuclides in environmental, biological and nuclear waste samples

    Hou, Xiaolin; Roos, Per

    2008-01-01

    The radiometric methods, alpha (alpha)-, beta (beta)-, gamma (gamma)-spectrometry, and mass spectrometric methods, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, accelerator mass spectrometry, thermal ionization mass spectrometry resonance ionization mass spectrometry, secondary ion mass spectrometry, and glow discharge mass spectrometry are reviewed for the determination of radionuclides. These methods are critically compared for the determination of long-lived radionuclides important for rad...

  20. Mathematical treatment of mass spectrometric data for analysis of gas mixtures

    A mass spectrometric technique for gas analysis is described. To interpretate the often complex spectra, the authors propose a mathematical treatment. In a series of matrix calculations, deviations between evaluated and measured ion currents are reduced to a minimum. The necessary computer program was developed. The procedure was tested with synthetically generated mass spectra as well as with calibrated gas mixtures. It could be demonstrated that all gases in a preselected mass range, here between 1 and 60, can be determined. For individual components, the limits of detection are correlated to the degree of peak overlapping. Thus they are typical for each problem. The full range of mass spectrometric sensitivity, between 100% and about 10 ppm (vol), is accessible, when base or major peaks, which do not overlap, can be used for calculations. Otherwise, the significance of determination can be derived from the standard deviations, which are calculated with the gas fractions simultaneously

  1. Mass spectrometric analysis of the volatiles released by heating or crushing rocks

    Barker, C.; Sommer, M. A.

    1973-01-01

    Vacuum extraction with subsequent mass spectrometric analysis of evolved volatiles was selected as the analytical procedure. The high-vacuum gas-handling system was constructed of stainless steel. The system was completely free from mercury, grease, or volatile organic materials. The furnace for heating the samples is discussed together with the high-vacuum crusher, the mass spectrometer, and approaches for water determination. The analytical procedure is considered, giving attention to the extraction of volatiles, adsorption studies, and the analysis of volatiles.

  2. Development of resin-bead isotope-dilution mass spectrometric techniques for Tc-99 analysis

    An isotope dilution mass spectrometric method was developed for the analysis of Tc-99 after isolating it onto anion exchange resin beads. A single resin bead containing Tc-99 and Tc-97 spike is loaded onto a rhenium V-shaped filament for thermal emission mass spectrometry. The application of this technique requires the use of a mass spectrometer of high abundance sensitivity and pulse counting capability for the necessary ion detection sensitivity. This paper discusses the development of the technique, including the mass spectrometer, choice of filament material, scanning modes, interferences, and present achievable sample sensitivities

  3. New FORTRAN computer programs to acquire and process isotopic mass-spectrometric data

    The computer programs described in New Computer Programs to Acquire and Process Isotopic Mass Spectrometric Data have been revised. This report describes in some detail the operation of these programs, which acquire and process isotopic mass spectrometric data. Both functional and overall design aspects are addressed. The three basic program units - file manipulation, data acquisition, and data processing - are discussed in turn. Step-by-step instructions are included where appropriate, and each subsection is described in enough detail to give a clear picture of its function. Organization of file structure, which is central to the entire concept, is extensively discussed with the help of numerous tables. Appendices contain flow charts and outline file structure to help a programmer unfamiliar with the programs to alter them with a minimum of lost time

  4. Recent developments of nanoparticle-based enrichment methods for mass spectrometric analysis in proteomics

    2010-01-01

    In proteome research, rapid and effective separation strategies are essential for successful protein identification due to the broad dynamic range of proteins in biological samples. Some important proteins are often expressed in ultra low abundance, thus making the pre-concentration procedure before mass spectrometric analysis prerequisite. The main purpose of enrichment is to isolate target molecules from complex mixtures to reduce sample complexity and facilitate the subsequent analyzing steps. The introduction of nanoparticles into this field has accelerated the development of enrichment methods. In this review, we mainly focus on recent developments of using different nanomaterials for pre-concentration of low-abundance peptides/ proteins, including those containing post-translational modifications, such as phosphorylation and glycosylation, prior to mass spectrometric analysis.

  5. Standard test methods for chemical, mass spectrometric, and spectrochemical analysis of nuclear-grade boron carbide

    American Society for Testing and Materials. Philadelphia

    2004-01-01

    1.1 These test methods cover procedures for the chemical, mass spectrometric, and spectrochemical analysis of nuclear-grade boron carbide powder and pellets to determine compliance with specifications. 1.2 The analytical procedures appear in the following order: Sections Total Carbon by Combustion and Gravimetry 7-17 Total Boron by Titrimetry 18-28 Isotopic Composition by Mass Spectrometry 29-38 Chloride and Fluoride Separation by Pyrohydrolysis 39-45 Chloride by Constant-Current Coulometry 46-54 Fluoride by Ion-Selective Electrode 55-63 Water by Constant-Voltage Coulometry 64-72 Impurities by Spectrochemical Analysis 73-81 Soluble Boron by Titrimetry 82-95 Soluble Carbon by a Manometric Measurement 96-105 Metallic Impurities by a Direct Reader Spectrometric Method 106-114

  6. Standard test methods for chemical, mass spectrometric, spectrochemical, nuclear, and radiochemical analysis of nuclear-grade plutonium metal

    American Society for Testing and Materials. Philadelphia

    2004-01-01

    1.1 These test methods cover procedures for the chemical, mass spectrometric, spectrochemical, nuclear, and radiochemical analysis of nuclear-grade plutonium metal to determine compliance with specifications.

  7. Sublimation as a Method of Matrix Application for Mass Spectrometric Imaging

    Hankin, Joseph A.; Barkley, Robert M.; Murphy, Robert C.

    2007-01-01

    Common organic MALDI matrices, 2,5-dihydroxybenzoic acid, 3,5-dimethoxy-4-hydroxycinnamic acid, and alpha-cyano-4-hydroxy-cinnamic acid were found to undergo sublimation without decomposition under conditions of reduced pressure and elevated temperature. This solid to vapor phase transition was exploited to apply MALDI matrix onto tissue samples over a broad surface in a solvent-free application for mass spectrometric imaging. Sublimation of matrix produced an even layer of small crystals acr...

  8. Mass spectrometric characterization of urinary fibrinogen-derived peptides in prostate cancer and renal cell carcinoma

    Mesihää, M. (Markus)

    2015-01-01

    In previous studies we have found that urinary fibrinogen-derived peptides are potential tumor markers for renal cell carcinoma. These peptides occur at low concentrations in urine. Identification of a low-abundant tumor marker requires optimal sample preparation and a highly sensitive analyzer. In this work different chromatographic and mass spectrometric methods were compared and evaluated for tumor marker discovery. We used urine samples from patients with renal cell carcinoma and pro...

  9. Quantification of salsolinol enantiomers by stable isotope dilution liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometric detection

    Cai, Min; Liu, Yi-Ming

    2008-01-01

    Salsolinol, 1-methyl-6,7-dihydroxy-2,3,4,5-tetrahydroisoquinoline (SAL), is a precursor of a Parkinsonian neurotoxin, N-methysalsolinol (N-methyl-SAL). Previous studies have shown that individual enantiomers of N-methyl-SAL possess distinct neurotoxicological properties. In this work, a chiral high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method with electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometric (ESI-MS/MS) detection was developed for the quantification of (R/S)-SAL enantiomers. Enantiose...

  10. Comparison of Metal and Metal Oxide Media for Phosphopeptide Enrichment Prior to Mass Spectrometric Analyses

    Gates, Matthew B.; Tomer, Kenneth B.; Deterding, Leesa J.

    2010-01-01

    Several affinity resins consisting of ionic metals or metal oxides were investigated for their phosphopeptide enrichment capabilities with subsequent mass spectrometric analyses. Commercially-available enrichment MOAC resins using manufacturer’s and/or published protocols were compared and evaluated for the most efficient and selective method that could be implemented as a standard enrichment procedure. From these comparative analyses using a tryptic digest of casein proteins, it was determin...

  11. Mass Spectrometric Detection of Nanoparticle Host–Guest Interactions in Cells

    Yan, Bo; Yesilbag Tonga, Gulen; Hou, Singyuk; Fedick, Patrick W.; Yeh, Yi-Cheun; Alfonso, Felix S.; Mizuhara, Tsukasa; Vachet, Richard W.; Rotello, Vincent M.

    2014-01-01

    Synthetic host–guest chemistry is a versatile tool for biomedical applications. Characterization and detection of host–guest complexes in biological systems, however, is challenging due to the complexity of the biological milieu. Here, we describe and apply a mass spectrometric method to monitor the association and dissociation of nanoparticle (NP)-based host–guest interactions that integrates NP-assisted laser desorption/ionization (LDI) and matrix assisted laser desoption/ionization (MALDI)...

  12. Reversed-phase liquid-chromatographic mass spectrometric N-glycan analysis of biopharmaceuticals

    Higel, Fabian; Demelbauer, Uwe; Seidl, Andreas; Friess, Wolfgang; Sörgel, Fritz

    2013-01-01

    N-Glycosylation is a common post-translational modification of monoclonal antibodies with a potential effect on the efficacy and safety of the drugs; detailed knowledge about this glycosylation is therefore crucial. We have developed a reversed-phase liquid chromatographic–mass spectrometric method, with different fluorescent labels, for analysis of N-glycosylation, and compared the sensitivity and selectivity of the methods. Our work demonstrates that anthranilic acid as fluorescent label in...

  13. A BASIC program for handling strontium mass spectrometric data

    A commentary is given for a BASIC program, which operates the HAL microprocessor system on the MM30B solid source mass spectrometer used for rubidium strontium dating. Specifically, the program controls the acquisition of rubidium and strontium isotopic data and performs calculations for determination of the 86Sr/87Sr ratio in geological materials. Some basic technical data and operating parameters for the mass spectrometer and annotated program listing are given

  14. Mass spectrometric studies on irradiated (U, Pu) mixed carbide fuel of Fbtr

    Balasubramanian, R. [Fuel Chemistry Division, IGCAR, Kalpakkam 603 102, Tamil Nadu (India)]. E-mail: rbs@igcar.ernet.in; Darwin Albert Raj, D.; Nalini, S.; Sai Baba, M. [Fuel Chemistry Division, IGCAR, Kalpakkam 603 102, Tamil Nadu (India)

    2005-07-01

    Mass spectrometry was employed to characterise the irradiated mixed carbide fuel of fast breeder test reactor (FBTR) for assessing its performance: thermal ionisation mass spectrometry to determine the isotopic composition, concentrations of U, Pu and Nd in the dissolver solutions and to deduce the burn-up, and a quadrupole mass spectrometric system to obtain the percentage release of fission gases (Kr + Xe). A summary and analysis of the results obtained with the fuel at 25,000 and 50,000 MWd/t in these studies is given in this paper. (author)

  15. Mass spectrometric studies on irradiated (U, Pu) mixed carbide fuel of Fbtr

    Mass spectrometry was employed to characterise the irradiated mixed carbide fuel of fast breeder test reactor (FBTR) for assessing its performance: thermal ionisation mass spectrometry to determine the isotopic composition, concentrations of U, Pu and Nd in the dissolver solutions and to deduce the burn-up, and a quadrupole mass spectrometric system to obtain the percentage release of fission gases (Kr + Xe). A summary and analysis of the results obtained with the fuel at 25,000 and 50,000 MWd/t in these studies is given in this paper. (author)

  16. Mass spectrometric studies of the cluster formation of radon progeny

    A new experimental system is developed to study the cluster formation of radon progeny with neutral molecules in the environment, which includes a modified mass spectrometer and a surface barrier detector. With the system, the cluster research is carried out at molecular level at which the mass of individual cluster formed is measured. A theory is also proposed to treat the cluster formation as a discrete process based on the ion-dipole and dipole-dipole interactions. Comparison between the theory and experiment is given. (author). 16 refs., 6 figs

  17. Mass-spectrometric investigation of thermochemical properties of lanthanide chlorides

    Sapegin, A.M.; Baluev, A.V.; Evdokimov, V.I. (AN SSSR, Chernogolovka. Inst. Novykh Khimicheskikh Problem)

    1984-12-01

    Ionization potentials are measured for ions formed during lanthanide chloride molecules ionization by an electron shock with the use of the improved technique of mass-spectral data processing. Energies of atomization and atomic bond scission in molecules of tri-, di-, and monochlorides are defined along with enthalpies of formation of these molecules in a gaseous state.

  18. Mass-spectrometric investigation of thermochemical properties of lanthanide chlorides

    Ionization potentials are measured for ions formed during lanthanide chloride molecules ionization by an electron shock with the use of the improved technique of mass-spectral data processing. Energies of atomization and atomic bond scission in molecules of tri-, di-, and monochlorides are defined along with enthalpies of formation of these molecules in a gaseous state

  19. Mass Spectrometric Characterization of Oligomers in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Azurin Solutions

    Sokolová, L.; Williamson, H.; Sýkora, Jan; Hof, Martin; Gray, H. B.; Brutschy, B.; Vlček Jr., Antonín

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 115, č. 16 (2011), s. 4790-4800. ISSN 1520-6106 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) ME10124; GA MŠk(CZ) LC06063 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Keywords : mass spectrometry * oligomers * pseudomonas aeruginosa azurin solutions Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 3.696, year: 2011

  20. Classification of terverticillate Penicillia by electrospray mass spectrometric profiling

    Smedsgaard, Jørn; Hansen, Michael Edberg; Frisvad, Jens Christian

    2004-01-01

    429 isolates of 58 species belonging to Penicillium subgenus Penicillium are classified from direct infusion electrospray mass spectrometry (diMS) analysis of crude extracts by automated data processing. The study shows that about 70% of the species can be classified correctly into species using ...

  1. Mass spectrometric determination of boron isotope in boron carbide

    Boron isotopes in boron carbide are measured by thermionic ionization mass spectrometry with no prior chemical separation. Boron is converted to sodium borate by fusion of the boron carbide with sodium hydroxide (or sodium carbonate) directly on the rhenium filament. The boron isotopic ratios are measured by using the Na2BO2+ ion

  2. Mass spectrometric studies on the interaction of cisplatin and insulin.

    Li, Jing; Yue, Lei; Liu, Yaqin; Yin, Xinchi; Yin, Qi; Pan, Yuanjiang; Yang, Lirong

    2016-04-01

    The interaction of antitumor drug, cisplatin (cis-[PtCl2(NH3)2], CDDP) with insulin from porcine pancreas has been investigated by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry and high resolution hybrid ion trap/time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALIDI-TOF/TOF-MS and ESI-IT/TOF MS). The MALDI-TOF/TOF-MS results demonstrated that the presence of cisplatin complex resulted in the reduction of the disulfide bond in porcine pancreas after the incubations of the two substances were performed in vitro. It indicated that the presence of cisplatin would destroy the native configuration of insulin, which may lead to the inactivation of insulin. High resolution mass values and the characteristic isotopic pattern of the platinated insulin ions allowed the analysis of platinated mono-, di- and triadducts of cisplatin and insulin in the incubations under different conditions. The laser-induced dissociation of the monoadduct obtained in MALDI source was carried out and one platinum was found to bind to insulin B chain was determined. The platinum binding sites were further identified to be the N terminus (B chain), cysteine 7 (B chain) and cysteine 19 (B chain) residues by electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry. The identification of the interaction between insulin and cisplatin broadens the horizon of the knowledge in the interaction of the proteins and metallodrugs. PMID:26724920

  3. Extending the frontiers of mass spectrometric instrumentation and methods

    Schieffer, Gregg Martin [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2010-01-01

    The focus of this dissertation is two-fold: developing novel analysis methods using mass spectrometry and the implementation and characterization of a novel ion mobility mass spectrometry instrumentation. The novel mass spectrometry combines ion trap for ion/ion reactions coupled to an ion mobility cell. The long term goal of this instrumentation is to use ion/ion reactions to probe the structure of gas phase biomolecule ions. The three ion source - ion trap - ion mobility - qTOF mass spectrometer (IT - IM - TOF MS) instrument is described. The analysis of the degradation products in coal (Chapter 2) and the imaging plant metabolites (Appendix III) fall under the methods development category. These projects use existing commercial instrumentation (JEOL AccuTOF MS and Thermo Finnigan LCQ IT, respectively) for the mass analysis of the degraded coal products and the plant metabolites, respectively. The coal degradation paper discusses the use of the DART ion source for fast and easy sample analysis. The sample preparation consisted of a simple 50 fold dilution of the soluble coal products in water and placing the liquid in front of the heated gas stream. This is the first time the DART ion source has been used for analysis of coal. Steven Raders under the guidance of John Verkade came up with the coal degradation projects. Raders performed the coal degradation reactions, worked up the products, and sent them to me. Gregg Schieffer developed the method and wrote the paper demonstrating the use of the DART ion source for the fast and easy sample analysis. The plant metabolite imaging project extends the use of colloidal graphite as a sample coating for atmospheric pressure LDI. DC Perdian and I closely worked together to make this project work. Perdian focused on building the LDI setup whereas Schieffer focused on the MSn analysis of the metabolites. Both Perdian and I took the data featured in the paper. Perdian was the primary writer of the paper and used it as a

  4. Rapid identification of viridans streptococci by mass spectrometric discrimination.

    Friedrichs, C.; Rodloff, A C; Chhatwal, G. S.; Schellenberger, W; Eschrich, K

    2007-01-01

    Viridans streptococci (VS) are responsible for several systemic diseases, such as endocarditis, abscesses, and septicemia. Unfortunately, species identification by conventional methods seems to be more difficult than species identification of other groups of bacteria. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the use of cell matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS) for the rapid identification of 10 different species of VS. A total of 99 V...

  5. Targeted quantitative mass spectrometric immunoassay for human protein variants

    Nedelkov Dobrin; Trenchevska Olgica

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Background Post-translational modifications and genetic variations give rise to protein variants that significantly increase the complexity of the human proteome. Modified proteins also play an important role in biological processes. While sandwich immunoassays are routinely used to determine protein concentrations, they are oblivious to protein variants that may serve as biomarkers with better sensitivity and specificity than their wild-type proteins. Mass spectrometry, coupled to i...

  6. Mass spectrometric studies on Ce-Cd system

    Molten salt electrorefining process, which is a pyrochemical reprocessing method, is ideally suited for reprocessing of metallic fuels. Separation of fuel material and fission products is carried out by electrorefining of spent fuel by using solid mandrel and liquid cadmium as cathodes for the electrodeposition of uranium and transuranium elements, respectively. Due to the standard electrode potentials of rare earths being close to that of transuranium elements, some amount of rare-earths are accompanied during the electrodeposition of Pu and minor actinides at liquid cadmium cathode. Therefore the investigation of thermodynamic properties of rare earth-cadmium system is essential. As part of this, vaporization studies on Ce-Cd system with the initial composition of 63.3 at % Cd (corresponding to Cd2Ce+CdCe phase region) has been investigated by Knudsen effusion mass spectrometry. This paper reports the preliminary studies carried out on this system. High purity cadmium (99.99%, M/s. Johnson Matthey Chemical Ltd, England) and cerium (99.8%, M/s. Alfa Aesar) were used for the preparation. The sample was prepared by isopiestic method by equilibrating Cd vapours over the Ce samples in a vacuum sealed quartz set up kept in a gradient furnace. The quartz set up was subsequently quenched and opened inside an argon atmosphere glove box to retrieve the sample. The phase characterization was carried out by XRD. A VG Micromass 30 BK mass spectrometer was employed for the vaporisation studies. The sample was taken in an alumina Knudsen cell (Sample loading carried out inside an argon atmosphere glovebox) and this was placed inside a molybdenum outer cup and a tungsten lid. The cell was heated by electron bombardment and the vapour effusing from Knudsen cell was ionized by electron impact, the ions produced were mass analysed by a 90° sector magnetic analyser and detected by a secondary electron multiplier. Cd+ was the ion detected in the mass spectra of the equilibrium

  7. Mass spectrometric analysis with cluster projectiles and coincidence counting

    Cox, B.D.

    1992-01-01

    Methods for maximizing the amount of secondary ion information, per primary projectile, are described. The method is based on time-of-flight mass spectrometry and event-by-event coincidence counting. The information obtained from coincidence counting time-of-flight mass spectrometry includes: (a) surface composition, (b) relative concentrations, and (c) degree of intermolecular mixing. The technique was applied to the study of an important new class of polymers: polymer blends. Secondary ion mass spectrometry, when applied to the analysis of synthetic polymers, induces backbone fragmentation which is characteristic of the homopolymer. The characteristic fingerprint peaks from polystyrene and poly(vinyl methyl ether) were used to identify the presence of these two polymers in a polymer blend. The percent coincidence between the characteristic secondary ions from each component of the blend were used to determine both the relative concentration and the degree of molecular mixing. Results indicate molecular segregation of the two polymers on the film surface. The largest degree of segregation was determined for the phase separated blends. The performance of this technique depends on the desorption efficiency of the primary projectiles. In practice one seeks primary ions which are surface sensitive, have controllable parameters such as size, velocity, and charge state, and generate high secondary ion yields. Focus was placed on the use of keV organic cluster projectiles to meet these criteria. Of interest to this study were C[sub 18] (chrysene), C[sub 24] (coronene), and C[sub 60] (buckminster-fulleren). Results indicate enhanced secondary ion yields for C[sub 60]. For example, when CsI is bombarded with 30 keV C[sub 60], the yields for I[sup [minus

  8. Mass spectrometric diagnosis of an atmospheric pressure helium microplasma jet

    Ambient molecular beam mass spectrometry (MBMS) has been used to study how different capillary widths (530 µm and 2.4 mm) and excitation waveforms (continuous wave kHz and pulsed dc) affect the ionic composition of atmospheric pressure plasma jets. It is shown from time-averaged ion intensities that reducing the width of the jet capillary results in a significant increase in the variety of both positive and negative ions detected within the discharge. We discuss this in terms of changes in flow velocity and the onset of turbulence within the plasma plume. Changing the mode of excitation had little effect on the ionic species detected from the microplasma jet; however, there was a notable shift in dominance towards higher mass ions when operated in a continuous wave kHz mode. The temporal evolution of the ions within the microplasma jet was observed for both excitation sources, operated at 5 and 15 kHz. Positive ions were created during periods correlated with the positive and negative peaks in discharge current, while negative ions were predominantly created at times when the discharge current peak was negative. This phenomenon was independent of the driving waveform. For pulsed dc excitation, considerably fewer positive ions were created in periods related to the negative current peaks, especially at higher frequencies. We propose a simple explanation for these processes based on ideas of streamer propagation and the influence of self-induced electric fields in the plasma plume. (paper)

  9. Mass-spectrometric analysis of trace oxygen in carbon dioxide

    The mass spectrum of pure CO2 contains a peak of weight 32 whose relationship to peak at 44 varies greatly depending on the previous history of the source of ions and even during the course of an analysis. The fact that this peak is more or less proportional to the pressure and that its appearance potential is the same as that of oxygen leads us to suppose that it is produced from oxygen formed by dissociation of the carbon dioxide on the tungsten filament. A prior treatment of the ion source with acetylene reduces the ratio 32/44 to a value of about 15.10-5. This same treatment also stabilises the spectrometer's sensitivity to oxygen. Two lines of introduction enable pure carbon dioxide, the specimen to be estimated and a reference mixture of known oxygen content to be sent into the mass spectrometer in quick succession. Oxygen in the carbon dioxide in amounts ranging between 0 and 500 p.p.m. can thus be determined to an accuracy of ± 5 p.p.m., the analysis taking 30 minutes. (author)

  10. Extraction-mass spectrometric determination of platinum metals in materials of complex composition

    A method is developed for the extraction mass-spectrometric determination of platinum metals, including ruthenium. The loWer limit of detectable contents is 1.6x10-6 mass.% (a coefficient of concentration is 50). The relative standard deviation is 0.19-0.38. Relative sensitivity coefficients determined experimentally with the aid of reference samples for platinum metals enable the systematic errors of analysis results to be taken into account. The method is most advisably used for the simultaneous determination of platinum metals in complex objects (minerals, rocks, etc.)

  11. Terverticillate Penicillia studied by direct electrospray mass spectrometric profiling of crude extracts: I. Chemosystematics

    Smedsgaard, Jørn; Frisvad, Jens Christian

    1997-01-01

    mass profile, but a noise level was applied. Cluster analysis using the correlation coefficient resulted in dendrograms where approximately 75% of the included taxa could be considered segregated in distinct clusters. Standard normalized data (mass spectra) resulted in clear clusters, but grouped taxa......A chemosystematic study of 339 isolates from all known terverticillate Penicillium taxa was performed using electrospray mass spectrometric analysis of extractable metabolites. The mass profiles were made by injecting crude plug extracts made from cultures grown on Czapek Yeast Autolysate agar (CYA......) and Yeast Extract Sucrose agar (YES) directly into the electrospray source of the mass spectrometer. A data matrix was made from each substrate by transferring the complete centroid mass spectrum from 200 to 700 amu as 501 variables to individual columns. No attempt was made to identify ions in the...

  12. Mass spectrometric measurements of the isotopic anatomies of molecules (Invited)

    Eiler, J. M.; Krumwiede, D.; Schlueter, H.

    2013-12-01

    Site-specific and multiple isotopic substitutions in molecular structures potentially provide an extraordinarily rich set of constraints on their sources, conditions of formation, reaction and transport histories, and perhaps other issues. Examples include carbonate ';clumped isotope' thermometry, clumped isotope measurements of CO2, O2, and, recently, methane, ethane and N2O; site-specific 15N measurements in N2O and 13C and D analyses of fatty acids, sugars, cellulose, food products, and, recently, n-alkanes. Extension of the principles behind these tools to the very large number of isotopologues of complex molecules could potentially lead to new uses of isotope chemistry, similar to proteomics, metabolomics and genomics in their complexity and depth of detail (';isotomics'?). Several technologies are potentially useful for this field, including ';SNIF-NMR', gas source mass spectrometry and IR absorption spectroscopy. However, all well established methods have restrictive limits in the sizes of samples, types of analyzes, and the sorts of isotopologues that can be measured with useful precision. We will present an overview of several emerging instruments and techniques of high-resolution gas source mass spectrometry that may enable study of a large proportion of the isotopologues of a wide range of volatile and semi-volatile compounds, including many organics, with precisions and sample sizes suitable for a range of applications. A variety of isotopologues can be measured by combining information from the Thermo 253 Ultra (a new high resolution, multi-collector gas source mass spectrometer) and the Thermo DFS (a very high resolution single collector, but used here on a novel mode to achieve ~per mil precision ratio measurements), sometimes supplemented by conventional bulk isotopic measurements. It is possible to design methods in which no one of these sources of data meaningfully constrain abundances of specific isotopologues, but their combination fully and

  13. Mass Spectrometric Screening of Ovarian Cancer with Serum Glycans

    Jae-Han Kim

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Changes of glycosylation pattern in serum proteins have been linked to various diseases including cancer, suggesting possible development of novel biomarkers based on the glycomic analysis. In this study, N-linked glycans from human serum were quantitatively profiled by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry (MS and compared between healthy controls and ovarian cancer patients. A training set consisting of 40 healthy controls and 40 ovarian cancer cases demonstrated an inverse correlation between P value of ANOVA and area under the curve (AUC of each candidate biomarker peak from MALDI-TOF MS, providing standards for the classification. A multibiomarker panel composed of 15 MALDI-TOF MS peaks resulted in AUC of 0.89, 80~90% sensitivity, and 70~83% specificity in the training set. The performance of the biomarker panel was validated in a separate blind test set composed of 23 healthy controls and 37 ovarian cancer patients, leading to 81~84% sensitivity and 83% specificity with cut-off values determined by the training set. Sensitivity of CA-125, the most widely used ovarian cancer marker, was 74% in the training set and 78% in the test set, respectively. These results indicate that MALDI-TOF MS-mediated serum N-glycan analysis could provide critical information for the screening of ovarian cancer.

  14. Vacuum ultraviolet photoionization mass spectrometric study of cyclohexene.

    Chen, Jun; Cao, Maoqi; Wei, Bin; Ding, Mengmeng; Shan, Xiaobin; Liu, Fuyi; Sheng, Liusi

    2016-02-01

    In this work, photoionization and dissociation of cyclohexene have been studied by means of coupling a reflectron time-of-flight mass spectrometer with the tunable vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) synchrotron radiation. The adiabatic ionization energy of cyclohexene as well as the appearance energies of its fragment ions C6 H9 (+) , C6 H7 (+) , C5 H7 (+) , C5 H5 (+) , C4 H6 (+) , C4 H5 (+) , C3 H5 (+) and C3 H3 (+) were derived from the onset of the photoionization efficiency (PIE) curves. The optimized structures for the transition states and intermediates on the ground state potential energy surfaces related to photodissociation of cyclohexene were characterized at the ωB97X-D/6-31+g(d,p) level. The coupled cluster method, CCSD(T)/cc-pVTZ, was employed to calculate the corresponding energies with the zero-point energy corrections by the ωB97X-D/6-31+g(d,p) approach. Combining experimental and theoretical results, possible formation pathways of the fragment ions were proposed and discussed in detail. The retro-Cope rearrangement was found to play a crucial role in the formation of C4 H6 (+) , C4 H5 (+) and C3 H5 (+) . Intramolecular hydrogen migrations were observed as dominant processes in most of the fragmentation pathways of cyclohexene. The present research provides a clear picture of the photoionization and dissociation processes of cyclohexene in the 8- to 15.5-eV photon energy region. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26889934

  15. Mass spectrometric measurements in inductively coupled CF4/Ar plasmas

    Positive ion fluxes, mean ion energies and ion energy distribution functions in low pressure CF4/Ar plasmas have been measured. The experiments were conducted in a Gaseous Electronics Conference cell using an inductively coupled plasma device powered by a 13.56 MHz radiofrequency (rf) power source. The measurements were made at 200 and 300 W of input rf power and at 10, 20, 30 and 50 mTorr gas pressures for three gas mixtures: (i) 20% CF4 : 80% Ar, (ii) 50% CF4 : 50% Ar and (iii) 80% CF4 : 20% Ar. A Langmuir probe was also used to measure plasma parameters such as ne, ni+ and electron energy distribution functions (EEDF) which were subsequently used to reconcile the mass spectrometer data. CF3+ is the most dominant fluorocarbon ion product of the plasma, followed by CF2+ and CF+. Ar+ is also detected in significant amounts with its relative flux increasing with the increase in Ar content in the gas mixture. Significant amounts of etch products, SiFx+/COF+x (x = 0-3), of the quartz window were also detected. The fluorocarbon ions are produced by direct electron impact and by ion-molecule reactions between Ar+ and CF4 as well as between CF3+ and CF4. However, the concentrations of CF2+ and CF+ are much larger than that which can be possibly produced from these two processes. The available cross-section data suggest that the direct electron impact ionization of the fragment neutrals and negative ion production by electron attachment may be responsible for the increase in the concentrations of the minor ions. F- densities, estimated by using the measured EEDF and positive ion flux data and the available cross-section data, agree well with the published experimental data

  16. Determination of Mass Spectrometric Sensitivity of Different Metalloporphyrin Esters Relative to Porphyrin Ester

    Larsen, Elfinn; Egsgaard, Helge; Møller, J.; With, T. K.

    1977-01-01

    Quantitative determination of metalloporphyrin contamination in preparations of biologically important porphyrins was achieved mass spectrometrically by application of the integrated ion current technique. For this purpose, the relative molecular ion sensitivities of the contaminating metal compl...... complexes were determined from the ratios of the integrated molecular ion currents of a series of calibration samples containing a porphyrin ester and one of its metal complexes in known molar ratio. Complexes formed with divalent ions of Cu, Zn, Fe, Co and Ni of copro- as well as uro...

  17. Chemical, mass spectrometric, and spectrochemical analysis of nuclear-grade boron carbide

    1981-01-01

    The standard covers analytical procedures to determine compliance of nuclear-grade boron carbide powder and pellets to specifications. The following methods are described in detail: total carbon by combustion and gravimetry; total boron by titrimetry; isotopic composition by mass spectrometry; chloride and fluoride separation by pyrohydrolysis; chloride by constant-current coulometry; fluoride by ion-selective electrode; water by constant-voltage coulometry; impurities by spectrochemical analysis; soluble boron by titrimetry; soluble carbon by a manometric measurement; metallic impurities by a direct reader spectrometric method. (JMT)

  18. Determination of trace quantities of uranium in rocks mass spectrometric isotope dilution technique

    A detailed experimental investigation on the thermionic emission of uranium deposited on a single flat type rhenium filament has been carried out. The study was aimed at determining the influence of various forms of deposition on the emission sensitivity and thermal stability of U+ , UO+ and UO2+ ions. Based on these investigations, a technique, involving an addition of a small quantity of colloidal suspension of graphite on top of the uranyl nitrate sample deposited, was chosen because of its higher, emission sensitivity for uranium metal ions. The experimental parameters of the technique were optimised and the technique was employed in the determination of trace quantities of uranium in rock samples using mass spectrometric isotope dilution method. For the mass spectrometric isotope dilution analysis National Bureau of Standards uranium isotopic standard NBS-U 970 was employed as a tracer, where as the mass discrimination effect in the uranium isotope analysis was corrected using the uranium isotopic standard NBS-U500. Uranium was determined in each of the seven granite samples from Wyoming, USA and two USGS standard rocks. The precision of the analysis was found to be ±1% . The uranium values obtained on the rock samples were compared with the analyses of other investigators. Influence of the sample splitting on the uranium analysis was discussed in the light of the analytical results obtained.(author)

  19. Assessment of current mass spectrometric workflows for the quantification of low abundant proteins and phosphorylation sites

    Manuel Bauer

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The data described here provide a systematic performance evaluation of popular data-dependent (DDA and independent (DIA mass spectrometric (MS workflows currently used in quantitative proteomics. We assessed the limits of identification, quantification and detection for each method by analyzing a dilution series of 20 unmodified and 10 phosphorylated synthetic heavy labeled reference peptides, respectively, covering six orders of magnitude in peptide concentration with and without a complex human cell digest background. We found that all methods performed very similarly in the absence of background proteins, however, when analyzing whole cell lysates, targeted methods were at least 5–10 times more sensitive than directed or DDA methods. In particular, higher stage fragmentation (MS3 of the neutral loss peak using a linear ion trap increased dynamic quantification range of some phosphopeptides up to 100-fold. We illustrate the power of this targeted MS3 approach for phosphopeptide monitoring by successfully quantifying 9 phosphorylation sites of the kinetochore and spindle assembly checkpoint component Mad1 over different cell cycle states from non-enriched pull-down samples. The data are associated to the research article ‘Evaluation of data-dependent and data-independent mass spectrometric workflows for sensitive quantification of proteins and phosphorylation sites׳ (Bauer et al., 2014 [1]. The mass spectrometry and the analysis dataset have been deposited to the ProteomeXchange Consortium (http://proteomecentral.proteomexchange.org via the PRIDE partner repository with the dataset identifier PXD000964.

  20. GNU polyxmass: a software framework for mass spectrometric simulations of linear (bio-polymeric analytes

    Rusconi Filippo

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Nowadays, a variety of (bio-polymers can be analyzed by mass spectrometry. The detailed interpretation of the spectra requires a huge number of "hypothesis cycles", comprising the following three actions 1 put forth a structural hypothesis, 2 test it, 3 (invalidate it. This time-consuming and painstaking data scrutiny is alleviated by using specialized software tools. However, all the software tools available to date are polymer chemistry-specific. This imposes a heavy overhead to researchers who do mass spectrometry on a variety of (bio-polymers, as each polymer type will require a different software tool to perform data simulations and analyses. We developed a software to address the lack of an integrated software framework able to deal with different polymer chemistries. Results The GNU polyxmass software framework performs common (bio-chemical simulations–along with simultaneous mass spectrometric calculations–for any kind of linear bio-polymeric analyte (DNA, RNA, saccharides or proteins. The framework is organized into three modules, all accessible from one single binary program. The modules let the user to 1 define brand new polymer chemistries, 2 perform quick mass calculations using a desktop calculator paradigm, 3 graphically edit polymer sequences and perform (bio-chemical/mass spectrometric simulations. Any aspect of the mass calculations, polymer chemistry reactions or graphical polymer sequence editing is configurable. Conclusion The scientist who uses mass spectrometry to characterize (bio-polymeric analytes of different chemistries is provided with a single software framework for his data prediction/analysis needs, whatever the polymer chemistry being involved.

  1. Mass-spectrometric determination of trace elements in aqueous media without preconcentration

    Foss, G. O.

    1981-10-01

    Feasibility of using a low pressure glow discharge as an ion source for the mass spectrometric determination of trace elements in aqueous media was investigated. A cryogenically cooled hollow cathode ion source was developed to analyze aqueous samples without external preconcentration. Aqueous solutions containing seventy elements were analyzed and the detection limits, sensitivity factors, and linear regression correlation coefficients were determined. A standard test solution of trace elements in water was analyzed and the concentrations of trace elements were calculated using the sensitivity factors determined previously. The results compared favorably within the error limits predicted by the semiquantitative survey methods used. Tap water and natural lake water samples were examined and minimal interference effects due to organic compounds and biological compounds were noted. A research ion optical system (RIOS) was developed as a flexible mass analyzer for the development of new ion sources. The RIOS is a double focussing mass analyzer designed utilizing the Mattauch-Herzog geometry with externally adjustable slit assemblies.

  2. Mass spectrometric identification of proteins and characterization of their post-translational modifications in proteome analysis

    Roepstorff, P; Larsen, Martin Røssel

    2001-01-01

    more than 425.000 protein sequences. However, the cellular functions are determined by the set of proteins expressed in the cell--the proteome. Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis, mass spectrometry and bioinformatics have become important tools in correlating the proteome with the genome. The current...... dominant strategies for identification of proteins from gels based on peptide mass spectrometric fingerprinting and partial sequencing by mass spectrometry are described. After identification of the proteins the next challenge in proteome analysis is characterization of their post-translational...... modifications. The general problems associated with characterization of these directly from gel separated proteins are described and the current state of art for the determination of phosphorylation, glycosylation and proteolytic processing is illustrated....

  3. Automatic recognition of polychlorinated biphenyls in gas-chromatographic/mass spectrometric analysis

    A computer code for automatic recognition of mass spectra of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) has been developed and used as a specific PCB detector in the gas-chromatographic/mass spectrometric analysis. The recognition is based on numerical features to be extracted from the mass spectrum. The code is in Fortran. The result of a classification are the so-called classification chromatograms for the particular groups of PCBs of equal chlorine number. The practical application has been tested on water- and waste oil samples, with PCBs added. The sensitivity is 0,5-1 ng for separate PCB components and 5-20 ng for technical PCD mixtures. 59 refs., 50 figs., 5 tabs. (qui)

  4. MALDI mass spectrometric imaging meets "omics": recent advances in the fruitful marriage.

    Crecelius, A C; Schubert, U S; von Eggeling, F

    2015-09-01

    Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometric imaging (MALDI MSI) is a method that allows the investigation of the molecular content of surfaces, in particular, tissues, within its morphological context. The applications of MALDI MSI in the field of large-scale mass spectrometric studies, which are typically denoted by the suffix "omics", are steadily increasing. This is because, on the one hand, technical advances regarding sample collection and preparation, matrix application, instrumentation, and data processing have enhanced the molecular specificity and sensitivity of MALDI MSI; on the other hand, the focus of the "omics" community has moved from establishing an inventory of certain compound classes to exploring their spatial distribution to gain novel insights. Thus, the aim of this mini-review is twofold, to display the state-of-the-art in terms of technical aspects in MALDI MSI and to highlight selected applications in the last two years, which either have significantly advanced a certain "omics" field or have introduced a new one through pioneering efforts. PMID:26161715

  5. Mass Spectrometric Calibration of Controlled Fluoroform Leak Rate Devices Technique and Uncertainty Analysis

    Balsley, S D; Laduca, C A

    2003-01-01

    Controlled leak rate devices of fluoroform on the order of 10 sup - sup 8 atm centre dot cc sec sup - sup 1 at 25 C are used to calibrate QC-1 War Reserve neutron tube exhaust stations for leak detection sensitivity. Close-out calibration of these tritium-contaminated devices is provided by the Gas Dynamics and Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, Organization 14406, which is a tritium analytical facility. The mass spectrometric technique used for the measurement is discussed, as is the first principals calculation (pressure, volume, temperature and time). The uncertainty of the measurement is largely driven by contributing factors in the determination of P, V and T. The expanded uncertainty of the leak rate measurement is shown to be 4.42%, with a coverage factor of 3 (k=3).

  6. Mass-spectrometric online monitoring of metabolism for estimation of adequacy of anesthesia

    Elizarov, A. Yu.; Levshankov, A. I.; Faizov, I. I.; Shchegolev, A. V.

    2012-08-01

    The possibility of using a mass-spectrometric method for estimation of the adequacy of anesthesia has been demonstrated. The method is based on online monitoring of metabolism by determining the CO2/O2 concentration ratio during expiration in each breathing cycle, which allows the patient's response to surgical injury in the course of total anesthesia to be evaluated. The proposed method has been clinically tested using an electron-impact ionization mass spectrometer connected to the breathing circuit of an inhalation anesthesia machine. It is shown that, using this technique, the time of the patient's organism response to drug correction of the adequacy of lung ventilation during anesthesia can be monitored online.

  7. Standard test methods for chemical, mass spectrometric, spectrochemical, nuclear, and radiochemical analysis of uranium hexafluoride

    American Society for Testing and Materials. Philadelphia

    2011-01-01

    1.1 These test methods cover procedures for subsampling and for chemical, mass spectrometric, spectrochemical, nuclear, and radiochemical analysis of uranium hexafluoride UF6. Most of these test methods are in routine use to determine conformance to UF6 specifications in the Enrichment and Conversion Facilities. 1.2 The analytical procedures in this document appear in the following order: Note 1—Subcommittee C26.05 will confer with C26.02 concerning the renumbered section in Test Methods C761 to determine how concerns with renumbering these sections, as analytical methods are replaced with stand-alone analytical methods, are best addressed in subsequent publications. Sections Subsampling of Uranium Hexafluoride 7 - 10 Gravimetric Determination of Uranium 11 - 19 Titrimetric Determination of Uranium 20 Preparation of High-Purity U3O 8 21 Isotopic Analysis 22 Isotopic Analysis by Double-Standard Mass-Spectrometer Method 23 - 29 Determination of Hydrocarbons, Chlorocarbons, and Partially Substitut...

  8. Mass spectrometric behaviour of carboxylated polyethylene glycols and carboxylated octylphenol ethoxylates.

    Frańska, Magdalena; Zgoła, Agnieszka; Rychłowska, Joanna; Szymański, Andrzej; Łukaszewski, Zenon; Frański, Rafał

    2003-01-01

    Mass spectrometric behaviour of mono- and di-carboxylated polyethylene glycols (PEGCs and CPEGCs) and carboxylated octylphenol ethoxylates (OPECs) are discussed. The tendency for ionisation (deprotonation, protonation and cationisation by alkali metal cations) of carboxylated PEGs was compared with that of non-carboxylated correspondents by using both secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and electrospray ionisation (ESI). The fragmentation of the PEGCs and CPEGCs is discussed and also compared with their neutral correspondents, PEGs. The B/E mass spectra were recorded, using secondary ion mass spectrometry as a method for generation, for deprotonated and protonated molecules and molecules cationised by alkali metal cations. The fragmentation behaviour of PEGs is found to be different from that of CPEGCs, The presence of carboxylic groups may be confirmed not only by the determination of molecular weights of the ethoxylates studied, but also on the basis of the fragment ions formed. The metastable decomposition of the [OPEC-H](-) ions proceed through the cleavage of the bond between the octylphenol moiety and the ethoxylene chain leading to the octylphenoxy anions. It permits determination of the mass of the hydrophobic moiety of the studied carboxylated alkylphenol ethoxylate. ESI mass spectra recorded in the negative ion mode were found to be more suitable for the determination of the average molecular weight of carboxylated ethoxylates than SI mass spectra. PMID:12939494

  9. Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometric determination of rufinamide in low volume plasma samples.

    Gáll, Zsolt; Vancea, Szende; Dogaru, Maria T; Szilágyi, Tibor

    2013-12-01

    Quantification of rufinamide in plasma was achieved using a selective and sensitive liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method. The chromatographic separation was achieved on a reversed phase column (Zorbax SB-C18 100mm×3mm, 3.5μm) under isocratic conditions. The mobile phase consisted of a mixture of water containing 0.1% formic acid and methanol (50:50, v/v). The mass spectrometric detection of the analyte was in multiple reaction monitoring mode (MRM) using an electrospray positive ionization (ESI positive). The monitored ions were 127m/z derived from 239m/z rufinamide and 108m/z derived from 251m/z the internal standard (lacosamide). Protein precipitation with methanol was applied for sample preparation using only 50μl aliquots. The concentration range was 40-2000ng/ml for rufinamide in plasma. The limit of detection was 1.25ng/ml and the lower limit of quantification was established at 5ng/ml rufinamide concentration. Selectivity and matrix effect was verified using individual human, rat and rabbit plasma samples. Short-term, post-preparative and freeze-thaw stability was also investigated. The proposed method provides accuracy, precision and high-throughput (short runtime 4.5min) for quantitative determination of rufinamide in plasma. This is the first reported liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric (LC-MS/MS) method for analysis of rufinamide from low volume plasma samples. The LC-MS/MS method was validated according to the current official guidelines and can be applied to accurately measure rufinamide level of large number of plasma samples from clinical studies or therapeutic drug monitoring. PMID:24140655

  10. MASS SPECTROMETRIC ANALYSIS FOR THE IDENTIFICATION OF THUNNUS GENUS FOUR SPECIES

    T. Pepe

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available An accurate identification of similar fish species is necessary to prevent illegal substitution and is imposed by labeling regulations in UE countries (1. The genus Thunnus comprises many species of different quality and commercial value. The increasing trade of fish preparations of the species included in this genus and the consequent loss of the external anatomical and morphological features enables fraudulent substitutions. This study reports data relating to the proteomic analysis of four tuna species (T. thynnus, T. alalunga, T. albacares, T. obesus. Sarcoplasmic proteins were studied by mono and two dimensional electrophoresis. The most significant proteins for the characterization of the species were analyzed by mass spectrometric techniques. As reported in a previous study (2, an accurate identification of the species seems possible, owing to the polymorphism displayed by the species of the Thunnus genus.

  11. Molecular beam mass spectrometric sampling of minor species from coal dust-air flames

    It has been demonstrated that unaugmented, unconfined, premixed coal dust-air flames can be stabilized on small conical or flat, Meeker type burners. Since these flames are laminar, they can be used to study the kinetics of various processes in coal combustion and related areas such as understanding mechanisms of fireside corrosion and of flame and explosive inhibition. Some of the current work with these flames is directed toward identification and measurement of minor alkali metal and other species responsible for fireside corrosion. In order to make these measurements, molecular beam mass spectrometric sampling techniques have been adpated for use with these heterogeneous flames. In this paper, the equipment and techniques used are reviewed and some preliminary results presented

  12. Separation Techniques for Uranium and Plutonium at Trace Levels for the Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometric Determination

    Suh, M. Y.; Han, S. H.; Kim, J. G.; Park, Y. J.; Kim, W. H

    2005-12-15

    This report describes the state of the art and the progress of the chemical separation and purification techniques required for the thermal ionization mass spectrometric determination of uranium and plutonium in environmental samples at trace or ultratrace levels. Various techniques, such as precipitation, solvent extraction, extraction chromatography, and ion exchange chromatography, for separation of uranium and plutonium were evaluated. Sample preparation methods and dissolution techniques for environmental samples were also discussed. Especially, both extraction chromatographic and anion exchange chromatographic procedures for uranium and plutonium in environmental samples, such as soil, sediment, plant, seawater, urine, and bone ash were reviewed in detail in order to propose some suitable methods for the separation and purification of uranium and plutonium from the safeguards environmental or swipe samples. A survey of the IAEA strengthened safeguards system, the clean room facility of IAEA's NWAL(Network of Analytical Laboratories), and the analytical techniques for safeguards environmental samples was also discussed here.

  13. New fortran computer programs to acquire and process isotopic mass spectrometric data

    This report describes in some detail the operation of newly written programs that acquire and process isotopic mass spectrometric data. Both functional and overall design aspects are addressed. The three basic program units - file manipulation, data acquisition, and data processing - are discussed in turn. Step-by-step instructions are included where appropriate, and each subsection is described in enough detail to give a clear picture of its function. Organization of the file structure, which is central to the entire concept, is extensively discussed with the help of numerous tables. Appendices contain flow charts and definitions of variables to help a programmer unfamiliar with the programs to alter them with a minimum of lost time. 12 figures, 17 tables

  14. Determination of Mass Spectrometric Sensitivity of Different Metalloporphyrin Esters Relative to Porphyrin Ester

    Larsen, Elfinn; Egsgaard, Helge; Møller, J.;

    1977-01-01

    Quantitative determination of metalloporphyrin contamination in preparations of biologically important porphyrins was achieved mass spectrometrically by application of the integrated ion current technique. For this purpose, the relative molecular ion sensitivities of the contaminating metal...... complexes were determined from the ratios of the integrated molecular ion currents of a series of calibration samples containing a porphyrin ester and one of its metal complexes in known molar ratio. Complexes formed with divalent ions of Cu, Zn, Fe, Co and Ni of copro- as well as uro......-prophyrin permethylester were all found to have the same molecular ion sensitivities as their metal-free porphyrin ester. The relative metalloporphyrin ester content in a sample of porphyrin ester was thus obtained directly as the integrated ion current ratios of the normalized molecular ions. The preparation of...

  15. Separation Techniques for Uranium and Plutonium at Trace Levels for the Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometric Determination

    This report describes the state of the art and the progress of the chemical separation and purification techniques required for the thermal ionization mass spectrometric determination of uranium and plutonium in environmental samples at trace or ultratrace levels. Various techniques, such as precipitation, solvent extraction, extraction chromatography, and ion exchange chromatography, for separation of uranium and plutonium were evaluated. Sample preparation methods and dissolution techniques for environmental samples were also discussed. Especially, both extraction chromatographic and anion exchange chromatographic procedures for uranium and plutonium in environmental samples, such as soil, sediment, plant, seawater, urine, and bone ash were reviewed in detail in order to propose some suitable methods for the separation and purification of uranium and plutonium from the safeguards environmental or swipe samples. A survey of the IAEA strengthened safeguards system, the clean room facility of IAEA's NWAL(Network of Analytical Laboratories), and the analytical techniques for safeguards environmental samples was also discussed here

  16. Standard test methods for chemical and mass spectrometric analysis of nuclear-grade gadolinium oxide (Gd2O3) powder

    American Society for Testing and Materials. Philadelphia

    2006-01-01

    1.1 These test methods cover procedures for the chemical and mass spectrometric analysis of nuclear-grade gadolinium oxide powders to determine compliance with specifications. 1.2 The analytical procedures appear in the following order: Sections Carbon by Direct CombustionThermal Conductivity C1408 Test Method for Carbon (Total) in Uranium Oxide Powders and Pellets By Direct Combustion-Infrared Detection Method Total Chlorine and Fluorine by Pyrohydrolysis Ion Selective Electrode C1502 Test Method for Determination of Total Chlorine and Fluorine in Uranium Dioxide and Gadolinium Oxide Loss of Weight on Ignition 7-13 Sulfur by CombustionIodometric Titration Impurity Elements by a Spark-Source Mass Spectrographic C761 Test Methods for Chemical, Mass Spectrometric, Spectrochemical,Nuclear, and Radiochemical Analysis of Uranium Hexafluoride C1287 Test Method for Determination of Impurities In Uranium Dioxide By Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry Gadolinium Content in Gadolinium Oxid...

  17. Mass spectrometric characterization of the rubber elongation factor - major allergen in natural latex gloves

    The aim of the present work is the mass spectrometric characterization of the possible latex allergens present in natural latex gloves. The introduction covers a brief description of the molecular basis and types of allergens, and some of the promising therapeutic possibilities. It shows the composition of the natural latex milk and gives a summary of the conversion of the raw material into its products. The most important natural latex allergens are described and the knowledge about the medical aspects of this illness are summarized. The different chemical and biological methods applied during this study are also introduced in this chapter from the simple methods for protein extraction to the sophisticated ones for primary structure characterization. Chapter 4.1. describes the mass spectrometric analysis of the natural latex milk. Different samples - representing subsequent steps of processing of the raw material before the production of the gloves - were investigated. The effects of the sample preparation methods on the MALDI MS measurements were studied and compared. Several compounds could be detected in the freshly tapped natural latex sap and the change of the composition of the milk following the steps of preparation could be observed. Natural latex gloves were investigated in chapter 4.2. without extraction, directly by means of MALDI mass spectrometry. The protein pattern of the gloves during production - before and after the washing steps - was investigated. We found not only a difference between these two stages of the process, but also a variation of the protein pattern on the inner and outer sides of the gloves. Several types of finished products were studied and it could be concluded, that the detection of a part of the proteins revealed in the natural latex milk is still possible in this goods with MALDI mass spectrometry, without extraction and purification. It turned out, that the characteristics of the surface and the pore structure of the gloves

  18. Mass spectrometric survey of peptides in cephalopods with an emphasis on the FMRFamide-related peptides.

    Sweedler, J V; Li, L; Floyd, P; Gilly, W

    2000-12-01

    A matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) mass spectrometric (MS) survey of the major peptides in the stellar, fin and pallial nerves and the posterior chromatophore lobe of the cephalopods Sepia officinalis, Loligo opalescens and Dosidicus gigas has been performed. Although a large number of putative peptides are distinct among the three species, several molecular masses are conserved. In addition to peptides, characterization of the lipid content of the nerves is reported, and these lipid peaks account for many of the lower molecular masses observed. One conserved set of peaks corresponds to the FMRFamide-related peptides (FRPs). The Loligo opalescens FMRFa gene has been sequenced. It encodes a 331 amino acid residue prohormone that is processed into 14 FRPs, which are both predicted by the nucleotide sequence and confirmed by MALDI MS. The FRPs predicted by this gene (FMRFa, FLRFa/FIRFa and ALSGDAFLRFa) are observed in all three species, indicating that members of this peptide family are highly conserved across cephalopods. PMID:11060217

  19. Chemical, mass spectrometric, and spectrochemical analysis of nuclear-grade uranium dioxide powders and pellets

    Uranium dioxide is used as a nuclear-reactor fuel. In order to be suitable for this purpose, the material must meet certain criteria for uranium content, stoichiometry, isotopic composition, impurity content. The following analytical procedures, which are described in detail, are designed to show whether or not a given material meets specifications: uranium by ferrous sulfate reduction in phosphoric acid and dichromate titration method; uranium and oxygen uranium atomic ratio by the ignition (gravimetric) impurity correction method; oxygen to uranium atomic ratios by the polarographic method; carbon (total) by direct combustion-thermal conductivity method; total chlorine and fluorine by pyrohydrolysis ion-selective electrode method; moisture by the coulometric, electrolytic moisture analyzer method; nitrogen by the Kjeldahl method; total sulfur by distillation-spectrophotometric method; isotopic uranium composition by multiple-filament surface-ionization mass spectrometric method; spectrochemical determination of trace elements in high-purity uranium dioxide; volatile fluoride impurities by spectrochemical method using the rotating-disk spark technique; spectrochemical determination of silver by gallium oxide carrier D-C arc technique; rare earths by copper spark-spectrochemical method; impurity elements by a spark-source mass spectrographic method; surface area by nitrogen absorption method; total gas in reactor-grade uranium dioxide pellets; thorium and rare earth elements by spectroscopy; hydrogen by inert gas fusion; and uranium isotopic analysis by mass spectrometry

  20. Combined chromatographic and mass spectrometric toolbox for fingerprinting migration from PET tray during microwave heating.

    Alin, Jonas; Hakkarainen, Minna

    2013-02-13

    A combined chromatographic and mass spectrometric toolbox was utilized to determine the interactions between poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) food packaging and different food simulants during microwave heating. Overall and specific migration was determined by combining weight loss measurements with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). This allowed mapping of low molecular weight migrants in the molecular range up to 2000 g/mol. Microwave heating caused significantly faster migration of cyclic oligomers into ethanol and isooctane as compared to migration during conventional heating at the same temperature. This effect was more significant at lower temperature at which diffusion rates are generally lower. It was also shown that transesterification took place between PET and ethanol during microwave heating, leading to formation of diethyl terephthalate. The detected migrants included cyclic oligomers from dimer to hexamer, in most cases containing extra ethylene glycol units, and oxidized Irgafos 168. ESI-MS combined with CID MS-MS was an excellent tool for structural interpretation of the nonvolatile compounds migrating to the food simulants. The overall migration was below the overall migration limit of 10 mg/dm(2) set by the European commission after 4 h of microwave heating at 100 °C in all studied food simulants. PMID:23343184

  1. Chemical, mass spectrometric, and spectrochemical analysis of nuclear-grade uranium dioxide powders and pellets

    1981-01-01

    Uranium dioxide is used as a nuclear-reactor fuel. In order to be suitable for this purpose, the material must meet certain criteria for uranium content, stoichiometry, isotopic composition, impurity content. The following analytical procedures, which are described in detail, are designed to show whether or not a given material meets specifications: uranium by ferrous sulfate reduction in phosphoric acid and dichromate titration method; uranium and oxygen uranium atomic ratio by the ignition (gravimetric) impurity correction method; oxygen to uranium atomic ratios by the polarographic method; carbon (total) by direct combustion-thermal conductivity method; total chlorine and fluorine by pyrohydrolysis ion-selective electrode method; moisture by the coulometric, electrolytic moisture analyzer method; nitrogen by the Kjeldahl method; total sulfur by distillation-spectrophotometric method; isotopic uranium composition by multiple-filament surface-ionization mass spectrometric method; spectrochemical determination of trace elements in high-purity uranium dioxide; volatile fluoride impurities by spectrochemical method using the rotating-disk spark technique; spectrochemical determination of silver by gallium oxide carrier D-C arc technique; rare earths by copper spark-spectrochemical method; impurity elements by a spark-source mass spectrographic method; surface area by nitrogen absorption method; total gas in reactor-grade uranium dioxide pellets; thorium and rare earth elements by spectroscopy; hydrogen by inert gas fusion; and uranium isotopic analysis by mass spectrometry. (JMT)

  2. Systematic development of an enzymatic phosphorylation assay compatible with mass spectrometric detection.

    de Boer, A R; Letzel, T; Lingeman, H; Irth, H

    2005-02-01

    The enzymatic peptide phosphorylation by cAMP-dependent protein kinase A (PKA) was optimized and monitored by means of electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). The direct detection of phosphorylated peptides by MS renders labeling unnecessary, reduces time and labor, due to less initial sample pretreatment. In this study the phosphorylation of the peptide malantide by PKA was performed in batch and reaction compounds were detected by ESI-MS after the incubation time. The subsequent product quantitation was accomplished by using one-point normalization. Applying this set-up, optimum solvent conditions (such as salt and modifier content), concentrations of essential reaction compounds (such as cAMP, Mg2+ and ATP), and the influence of reaction properties (such as pH and reaction time) were determined. The reaction milieu has to be suitable for both, the enzymatic reaction and the mass spectrometric detection. We found that the modifier content and the pH value had to be changed after the enzymatic reaction occurred. Through the addition of methanol and acetic acid, the reaction stopped immediately and a more sensitive mass spectrometric detection could be obtained simultaneously. Furthermore, an inhibitor study was performed, testing the inhibition potency of three protein kinase A inhibitors (PKIs). IC50 values were determined and used to calculate the Ki values, that were 7.4, 19.0 and 340.0 nmol/L for PKI(6-22)amide, PKI(5-24)amide, and PKI(14-24)amide, respectively. These data vary between factor 4.4 (for PKI(6-22)amide) and 8.3 (for PKI(5-24)amide) compared to the Ki values described in literature. However, the Ki values are in good agreement with the data mainly obtained by fluorescence- or radioactivity-based methods. Nevertheless, our results indicate that ESI-MS is a realistic alternative to radioactivity and fluorescence detection in determining enzymatic activity. Furthermore we were able to illustrate its high potential as a quantitative

  3. Targeted selected reaction monitoring mass spectrometric immunoassay for insulin-like growth factor 1.

    Eric E Niederkofler

    Full Text Available Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1 is an important biomarker of human growth disorders that is routinely analyzed in clinical laboratories. Mass spectrometry-based workflows offer a viable alternative to standard IGF1 immunoassays, which utilize various pre-analytical preparation strategies. In this work we developed an assay that incorporates a novel sample preparation method for dissociating IGF1 from its binding proteins. The workflow also includes an immunoaffinity step using antibody-derivatized pipette tips, followed by elution, trypsin digestion, and LC-MS/MS separation and detection of the signature peptides in a selected reaction monitoring (SRM mode. The resulting quantitative mass spectrometric immunoassay (MSIA exhibited good linearity in the range of 1 to 1,500 ng/mL IGF1, intra- and inter-assay precision with CVs of less than 10%, and lowest limits of detection of 1 ng/mL. The linearity and recovery characteristics of the assay were also established, and the new method compared to a commercially available immunoassay using a large cohort of human serum samples. The IGF1 SRM MSIA is well suited for use in clinical laboratories.

  4. Molecular assessment of surgical-resection margins of gastric cancer by mass-spectrometric imaging.

    Eberlin, Livia S; Tibshirani, Robert J; Zhang, Jialing; Longacre, Teri A; Berry, Gerald J; Bingham, David B; Norton, Jeffrey A; Zare, Richard N; Poultsides, George A

    2014-02-18

    Surgical resection is the main curative option for gastrointestinal cancers. The extent of cancer resection is commonly assessed during surgery by pathologic evaluation of (frozen sections of) the tissue at the resected specimen margin(s) to verify whether cancer is present. We compare this method to an alternative procedure, desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometric imaging (DESI-MSI), for 62 banked human cancerous and normal gastric-tissue samples. In DESI-MSI, microdroplets strike the tissue sample, the resulting splash enters a mass spectrometer, and a statistical analysis, here, the Lasso method (which stands for least absolute shrinkage and selection operator and which is a multiclass logistic regression with L1 penalty), is applied to classify tissues based on the molecular information obtained directly from DESI-MSI. The methodology developed with 28 frozen training samples of clear histopathologic diagnosis showed an overall accuracy value of 98% for the 12,480 pixels evaluated in cross-validation (CV), and 97% when a completely independent set of samples was tested. By applying an additional spatial smoothing technique, the accuracy for both CV and the independent set of samples was 99% compared with histological diagnoses. To test our method for clinical use, we applied it to a total of 21 tissue-margin samples prospectively obtained from nine gastric-cancer patients. The results obtained suggest that DESI-MSI/Lasso may be valuable for routine intraoperative assessment of the specimen margins during gastric-cancer surgery. PMID:24550265

  5. Activity-Based Costing Application in an Urban Mass Transport Company

    Popesko Boris

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this paper is to provide a basic overview of the application of Activity-Based Costing in an urban mass transport company which operates land public transport via buses and trolleys within the city. The case study was conducted using the Activity-Based Methodology in order to calculate the true cost of individual operations and to measure the profitability of particular transport lines. The case study analysis showed the possible effects of the application of the Activity-Based Costing for an urban mass transport company as well as the limitations of using the ABC methodology in the service industry. With regards to the application of the ABC methodology, the primary limitation of the accuracy of the conclusions is the quality of the non-financial information which had to be gathered throughout the implementation process. A basic limitation of the accurate data acquisition is the nature of the fare system of the transport company which does not allow the identification of the route that is taken by an individual passenger. The study illustrates the technique of ABC in urban mass transport and provides a real company example of information outputs of the ABC system. The users indicated that, the ABC model is very useful for profitability reporting and profit management. Also, the paper shows specific application of the Activity-Based Methodology in conditions of urban mass transport companies with regional specifics.

  6. Mass spectrometric analysis of electrophoretically separated allergens and proteases in grass pollen diffusates

    Geczy Carolyn L

    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Pollens are important triggers for allergic asthma and seasonal rhinitis, and proteases released by major allergenic pollens can injure airway epithelial cells in vitro. Disruption of mucosal epithelial integrity by proteases released by inhaled pollens could promote allergic sensitisation. Methods Pollen diffusates from Kentucky blue grass (Poa pratensis, rye grass (Lolium perenne and Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon were assessed for peptidase activity using a fluorogenic substrate, as well as by gelatin zymography. Following one- or two-dimensional gel electrophoresis, Coomassie-stained individual bands/spots were excised, subjected to tryptic digestion and analysed by mass spectrometry, either MALDI reflectron TOF or microcapillary liquid chromatography MS-MS. Database searches were used to identify allergens and other plant proteins in pollen diffusates. Results All pollen diffusates tested exhibited peptidase activity. Gelatin zymography revealed high Mr proteolytic activity at ~ 95,000 in all diffusates and additional proteolytic bands in rye and Bermuda grass diffusates, which appeared to be serine proteases on the basis of inhibition studies. A proteolytic band at Mr ~ 35,000 in Bermuda grass diffusate, which corresponded to an intense band detected by Western blotting using a monoclonal antibody to the timothy grass (Phleum pratense group 1 allergen Phl p 1, was identified by mass spectrometric analysis as the group 1 allergen Cyn d 1. Two-dimensional analysis similarly demonstrated proteolytic activity corresponding to protein spots identified as Cyn d 1. Conclusion One- and two-dimensional electrophoretic separation, combined with analysis by mass spectrometry, is useful for rapid determination of the identities of pollen proteins. A component of the proteolytic activity in Bermuda grass diffusate is likely to be related to the allergen Cyn d 1.

  7. Mass spectrometric and high-performance liquid chromatographic studies of medroxyprogesterone acetate metabolites in human plasma.

    Sturm, G; Häberlein, H; Bauer, T; Plaum, T; Stalker, D J

    1991-01-01

    Medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) treatment has been shown to exert several beneficial effects in cancer patients. It has been suggested that such effects are due in part to the metabolites derived from MPA in vivo. The first results are reported on the identification of 2 alpha-hydroxy- and 21-hydroxy-MPA, 20-dihydro-MPA, 17 alpha-acetoxy-2 alpha,3 beta-dihydroxy-6 alpha-methylpregn-1,4-dien-20-one and two X,21-dihydroxy-MPAs, one of them presumably being 6 alpha-hydroxymethyl-21-hydroxy-MPA, in patient's plasma by high-performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC), gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric and NMR methods. Additionally, the presence of other metabolites such as di- and tetrahydro-MPAs and 6,21-dihydroxy-MPA, found in urine and other samples, was demonstrated in plasma. For routine clinical examinations an HPLC method is described for determination of, e.g., the unreduced MPA metabolite group in Sep-Pak-ODS column extracts of patients' plasma. PMID:1827448

  8. Determination of ractopamine in pig hair using liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometric detection.

    Wu, Junlin; Liu, Xiaoyun; Peng, Yunping

    2014-01-01

    A quantitative analytical procedure for the determination of ractopamine in pig hair has been developed and validated. The hair samples were washed and incubated at 75°C with isoxuprine and hair extraction buffer. The drug present was quantified using mixed solid-phase extraction and liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometric detection. The limit of quantization (LOQ) was 10pg/mg and the intra-day precision at 25pg/mg and 750pg/mg was 0.49% and 2.8% respectively. Inter-day precision was 0.88% and 3.52% at the same concentrations. The hair extraction percentage recovery at 25pg/mg and 50ng/mL was 99.47% and 103.83% respectively. The extraction percentage recovery at 25pg/mg and 50ng/mg was 93.52% and 100.26% respectively. Our results showed that ractopamine residues persist in hair in 24days of withdrawal and also showed the possibility to test ractopamine from pig hair samples. PMID:24548851

  9. Analysis of Endocrine Disrupting Pesticides by Capillary GC with Mass Spectrometric Detection

    Svetlana Hrouzková

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Endocrine disrupting chemicals, among them many pesticides, alter the normal functioning of the endocrine system of both wildlife and humans at very low concentration levels. Therefore, the importance of method development for their analysis in food and the environment is increasing. This also covers contributions in the field of ultra-trace analysis of multicomponent mixtures of organic pollutants in complex matrices. With this fact conventional capillary gas chromatography (CGC and fast CGC with mass spectrometric detection (MS has acquired a real importance in the analysis of endocrine disrupting pesticide (EDP residues. This paper provides an overview of GC methods, including sample preparation steps, for analysis of EDPs in a variety of matrices at ultra-trace concentration levels. Emphasis is put on separation method, mode of MS detection and ionization and obtained limits of detection and quantification. Analysis time is one of the most important aspects that should be considered in the choice of analytical methods for routine analysis. Therefore, the benefits of developed fast GC methods are important.

  10. Quantum dots assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometric detection of carbohydrates: qualitative and quantitative analysis.

    Bibi, Aisha; Ju, Huangxian

    2016-04-01

    A quantum dots (QDs) assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometric (QDA-LDI-MS) strategy was proposed for qualitative and quantitative analysis of a series of carbohydrates. The adsorption of carbohydrates on the modified surface of different QDs as the matrices depended mainly on the formation of hydrogen bonding, which led to higher MS intensity than those with conventional organic matrix. The effects of QDs concentration and sample preparation method were explored for improving the selective ionization process and the detection sensitivity. The proposed approach offered a new dimension to the application of QDs as matrices for MALDI-MS research of carbohydrates. It could be used for quantitative measurement of glucose concentration in human serum with good performance. The QDs served as a matrix showed the advantages of low background, higher sensitivity, convenient sample preparation and excellent stability under vacuum. The QDs assisted LDI-MS approach has promising application to the analysis of carbohydrates in complex biological samples. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:27041659

  11. Mass spectrometric methods for studying nutrient mineral and trace element absorption and metabolism in humans using stable isotopes: a review

    Mass spectrometric methods for determining stable isotopes of nutrient minerals and trace elements in human metabolic studies are described and discussed. The advantages and disadvantages of the techniques of electron ionization, fast atom bombardment, thermal ionization, and inductively coupled plasma and gas chromatography mass spectrometry are evaluated with reference to their accuracy, precision, sensitivity, and convenience, and the demands of human nutrition research. Examples of specific applications are described and the significance of current developments in mass spectrometry are discussed with reference to present and probable future research needs. (Author)

  12. Metabolism of boldione in humans by mass spectrometric techniques: detection of pseudoendogenous metabolites.

    de la Torre, Xavier; Curcio, Davide; Colamonici, Cristiana; Molaioni, Francesco; Botrè, Francesco

    2013-01-01

    Boldione is an anabolic androgenic steroid (AAS) related to boldenone, androstenedione, and testosterone bearing two double bonds in C1 and C4 positions. Boldione is rapidly transformed to the well-known AAS boldenone, being both compounds included in the list of prohibited substances and methods published yearly by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). After the administration of boldione to a male volunteer, the already described urinary metabolites of boldenone produced after reduction in C4, oxydoreduction in C3 and C17, and hydroxylation have been detected. In addition, minor new metabolites have been detected and their structure postulated after mass spectrometric analyses. Finally, the reduction of the double bound in C1 produces metabolites identical to the endogenously produced ones. A method based on gas chromatography coupled to isotope ratio mass spectrometry (GC/C/IRMS) after a urine sample purification by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) permitted to confirm the main synthetic like boldione/boldenone metabolite (17β-hydroxy-5β-androst-1-en-3-one) and boldenone at trace levels (synthetic or endogenous origin, and to determine the exogenous origin of metabolites with the same chemical structure of the endogenous ones. The detection of pseudoendogenous androgens of synthetic origin partially overlapped boldenone and its main metabolite detection, being an additional proof of synthetic steroids misuse. By the use of IRMS, the correct evaluation of the modifications of the steroid profile after the administration of synthetic AAS that could be converted into endogenous like ones is possible. PMID:24259377

  13. Rapid Mass Spectrometric Analysis of a Novel Fucoidan, Extracted from the Brown Alga Coccophora langsdorfii

    Stanislav D. Anastyuk

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The novel highly sulfated (35% fucoidan fraction Cf2 , which contained, along with fucose, galactose and traces of xylose and uronic acids was purified from the brown alga Coccophora langsdorfii. Its structural features were predominantly determined (in comparison with fragments of known structure by a rapid mass spectrometric investigation of the low-molecular-weight fragments, obtained by “mild” (5 mg/mL and “exhaustive” (maximal concentration autohydrolysis. Tandem matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectra (MALDI-TOF/TOFMS of fucooligosaccharides with even degree of polymerization (DP, obtained by “mild” autohydrolysis, were the same as that observed for fucoidan from Fucus evanescens, which have a backbone of alternating (1 → 3- and (1 → 4 linked sulfated at C-2 and sometimes at C-4 of 3-linked α-L-Fucp residues. Fragmentation patterns of oligosaccharides with odd DP indicated sulfation at C-2 and at C-4 of (1 → 3 linked α-L-Fucp residues on the reducing terminus. Minor sulfation at C-3 was also suggested. The “exhaustive” autohydrolysis allowed us to observe the “mixed” oligosaccharides, built up of fucose/xylose and fucose/galactose. Xylose residues were found to occupy both the reducing and nonreducing termini of FucXyl disaccharides. Nonreducing galactose residues as part of GalFuc disaccharides were found to be linked, possibly, by 2-type of linkage to fucose residues and were found to be sulfated, most likely, at position C-2.

  14. Critical comparison of radiometric and mass spectrometric methods for the determination of radionuclides in environmental, biological and nuclear waste samples.

    Hou, Xiaolin; Roos, Per

    2008-02-11

    The radiometric methods, alpha (alpha)-, beta (beta)-, gamma (gamma)-spectrometry, and mass spectrometric methods, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, accelerator mass spectrometry, thermal ionization mass spectrometry, resonance ionization mass spectrometry, secondary ion mass spectrometry, and glow discharge mass spectrometry are reviewed for the determination of radionuclides. These methods are critically compared for the determination of long-lived radionuclides important for radiation protection, decommissioning of nuclear facilities, repository of nuclear waste, tracer application in the environmental and biological researches, these radionuclides include (3)H, (14)C, (36)Cl, (41)Ca, (59,63)Ni, (89,90)Sr, (99)Tc, (129)I, (135,137)Cs, (210)Pb, (226,228)Ra, (237)Np, (241)Am, and isotopes of thorium, uranium and plutonium. The application of on-line methods (flow injection/sequential injection) for separation of radionuclides and automated determination of radionuclides is also discussed. PMID:18215644

  15. Solid-state UV-MALDI mass spectrometric quantitation of fluroxypyr and triclopyr in soil.

    Ivanova, Bojidarka; Spiteller, Michael

    2015-06-01

    The work presented here refers firstly to solid-state UV-MALDI-Orbitrap-mass spectrometric analysis of fluroxypyr (A) and triclopyr (B) in soils under laboratory conditions. The experimental design has involved the following: (a) determination of analytes A and B in polycrystalline composites of organic materials 1-7, based on 2-piperidine (pyrrolidine or piperazine)-1-yl-ethyl ammonium salts in order to determine the effect of sample preparation techniques on method performance using commercial herbicide formulations and (b) analysis of non-(X j,k,l (i) ) and sterilized (Y j,k,l (i) ) soil samples (i-fold rate 1, 10, 100, or 1,000; j-pesticide type A or B; k-time (0, 5, 10, 20, and 50 days) and l = 1-3 replicated samples) having clay content ∈ 5.0-12.0 %, silt ∈ 23.0-51.1 %, sand ∈ 7.2-72.0 %, and pH ∈ 4.0-8.1. In order to obtain a high representativeness of the data toward real-field experiments, the pollution scheme has involved 1-, 10-, 100-, and 1,000-fold rates. The firstfold rate has concentration of pollutant A of 2.639 × 10(-4) g in 625 cm(2) soil horizon of 0-25 cm(2) (5 cm depth) according to registration report (PSM-Zulassungbericht) of German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (Bundesamt für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit) 6337/26.10.2009. The experimental design has involved quincunx systematic statistical approach for collection of soil samples. The performance has been compared with the corresponding statistical variable obtained, using an independent HPLC-ESI-(APCI-)-MS/MS analysis. PMID:25555463

  16. Mass Spectrometric Studies of Non-Covalent Binding Interactions Between Metallointercalators and DNA

    Urathamakul, Thitima; Talib, Jihan; Beck, Jennifer L.; Ralph, Stephen F.

    Over the past 2 decades there has been increasing interest in metal complexes that bind non-covalently to DNA, driven in part by a host of potential applications for molecules that can accomplish this task with high affinity and selectivity. As a result many workers have used a wide variety of experimental techniques, several of which are discussed in other chapters of this book, to unravel the details of the precise intermolecular interactions involved. Here we discuss one of the most recent additions to the armory of techniques used by chemists to interrogate metal complex/DNA interactions. For the majority of its existence mass spectrometry (MS) has proven to be of enormous advantage to chemists by virtue of its ability to provide the molecular weights of compounds as well as structural information via fragmentation patterns. However, the high energies associated with many earlier MS techniques which result in fragmentation of covalent bonds, prevent its application for studying weaker intermolecular interactions. The advent of soft ionisation methods such as matrix assisted laser desorption ionisation (MALDI) and electrospray ionisation (ESI) has revolutionised mass spectrometric analysis of biomolecules, by allowing these normally fragile molecules to be introduced into the gas phase for analysis with minimal, if any, fragmentation. It was then recognised that ESI-MS, in particular, might be suitable for investigating non-covalent interactions between small molecules and either proteins or nucleic acids. This was confirmed by a number of early studies involving organic intercalators and minor groove binding ligands, prompting our interest in evaluating ESI-MS as a tool for studying non-covalent interactions between metal complexes and DNA. This chapter contains a discussion of the basic principles behind ESI-MS that enable it to introduce representative samples of solutions containing metal complexes and DNA into the gas phase for analysis. This will be

  17. Mass Spectrometric Analysis of Eight Common Chemical Explosives Using Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer

    Park, Sehwan; Lee, Jihyeon; KIm, Jeongkwon [Chungnam National Univ., Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Cho, Soo Gyeong; Goh, Eun Mee [Agency for Defense Development, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Sungman; Koh, Sungsuk [Sensor Tech Inc., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-12-15

    Eight representative explosives (ammonium perchlorate (AP), ammonium nitrate (AN), trinitrotoluene (TNT), 2,4-dinitrotoluene (DNT), cyclonite (RDX), cyclotetramethylenetetranitramine (HMX), pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN), and hexanitrostilbene (HNS)) were comprehensively analyzed with an ion trap mass spectrometer in negative ion mode using direct infusion electrospray ionization. MS/MS experiments were performed to generate fragment ions from the major parent ion of each explosive. Explosives in salt forms such as AP or AN provided cluster parent ions with their own anions. Explosives with an aromatic ring were observed as either [M.H]{sup -} for TNT and DNT or [M]{sup ·-}. for HNS, while explosives without an aromatic ring such as RDX, HMX, and PETN were detected as an adduct ion with a formate anion, i. e., [M+HCOO]{sup -}. These findings provide a guideline for the rapid and accurate detection of explosives once portable MS instruments become more readily available.

  18. Mass Spectrometric Analysis of Eight Common Chemical Explosives Using Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer

    Eight representative explosives (ammonium perchlorate (AP), ammonium nitrate (AN), trinitrotoluene (TNT), 2,4-dinitrotoluene (DNT), cyclonite (RDX), cyclotetramethylenetetranitramine (HMX), pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN), and hexanitrostilbene (HNS)) were comprehensively analyzed with an ion trap mass spectrometer in negative ion mode using direct infusion electrospray ionization. MS/MS experiments were performed to generate fragment ions from the major parent ion of each explosive. Explosives in salt forms such as AP or AN provided cluster parent ions with their own anions. Explosives with an aromatic ring were observed as either [M.H]- for TNT and DNT or [M]·-. for HNS, while explosives without an aromatic ring such as RDX, HMX, and PETN were detected as an adduct ion with a formate anion, i. e., [M+HCOO]-. These findings provide a guideline for the rapid and accurate detection of explosives once portable MS instruments become more readily available

  19. Lipopeptides from the Banyan Endophyte, Bacillus subtilis K1: Mass Spectrometric Characterization of a Library of Fengycins

    Pathak, Khyati V.; Keharia, Haresh; Gupta, Kallol; Thakur, Suman S.; Balaram, Padmanabhan

    2012-10-01

    Mass spectrometric analysis of a banyan endophyte, Bacillus subtilis K1, extract showing broad spectrum antifungal activity revealed a complex mixture of lipopeptides, iturins, surfactins, and fengycins. Fractionation by reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) facilitated a detailed analysis of fengycin microheterogeneity. Matrix assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) and electrospray ionization (ESI) mass spectrometric studies permitted the identification of several new fengycin variants. Four major sites of heterogeneity are identified: (1) N-terminus β-hydroxy fatty acid moiety, where chain length variation and the presence of unsaturation occur, (2) position 6 (Ala/Val/Ile/Leu), (3) position 10 (Val/Ile) within the macrocyclic ring, and (4) Gln to Glu replacement at position 8, resulting in fengycin variants that differ in mass by 1 Da. Diagnostic fragment ions provide a quick method for localizing the sites of variation in the macrocycle or the linear segment. Subsequent establishment of the sequences is achieved by MS/MS analysis of linear fengycin species produced by hydrolysis of the macrocyclic lactone. Unsaturation in the fatty acid chain and the presence of linear precursors in the B. subtilis K1 extract are also established by mass spectrometry. The anomalous distribution of intensities within isotopic multiplets is a diagnostic for Gln/Glu replacements. High resolution mass spectrometry facilitates the identification of fengycin species differing by 1 Da by localizing the variable position (Gln8/Glu8) in the fengycin variants.

  20. Integrated Post-Experiment Monoisotopic Mass Refinement: An Integrated Approach to Accurately Assign Monoisotopic Precursor Masses to Tandem Mass Spectrometric Data

    Jung, Hee-Jung; Purvine, Samuel O.; Kim, Hokeun; Petyuk, Vladislav A.; Hyung, Seok-Won; Monroe, Matthew E.; Mun, Dong-Gi; Kim, Kyong-Chul; Park, Jong-Moon; Kim, Su-Jin; Tolic, Nikola; Slysz, Gordon W.; Moore, Ronald J.; Zhao, Rui; Adkins, Joshua N.; Anderson, Gordon A.; Lee, Hookeun; Camp, David G.; Yu, Myeong-Hee; Smith, Richard D.; Lee, Sang-Won

    2010-10-15

    Accurate assignment of monoisotopic precursor masses to tandem mass spectrometric (MS/MS) data is a fundamental and critically important step for successful peptide identifications in mass spectrometry based proteomics. Here we describe an integrated approach that combines three previously reported methods of treating MS/MS data for precursor mass refinement. This combined method, “integrated Post-Experiment Monoisotopic Mass Refinement” (iPE MMR), integrates steps: 1) generation of refined MS/MS data by DeconMSn, 2) additional refinement of the resultant MS/MS data by a modified version of PE-MMR, and 3) elimination of systematic errors of precursor masses using DtaRefinery. iPE-MMR is the first method that utilizes all MS information from multiple MS scans of a precursor ion and multiple charge states of it in an MS scan to determine precursor mass. By combining the synergistic features of each of method, iPE MMR increases sensitivity in peptide identification and provides increased accuracy when applied to complex high-throughput proteomics data. iPE MMR also allows incorporating additional data processing step(s) or skipping step(s), if necessary, to enable new developments or applications of the tools, as each step of iPE MMR produces output data in a common and conventional format used in proteomics data processing.

  1. Desorption Electrospray Ionization (DESI Mass Spectrometric Imaging of the Distribution of Rohitukine in the Seedling of Dysoxylum binectariferum Hook. F.

    Patel Mohana Kumara

    Full Text Available Ambient ionization mass spectrometric imaging of all parts of the seedling of Dysoxylum binectariferum Hook. f (Meliaceae was performed to reconstruct the molecular distribution of rohitukine (Rh and related compounds. The species accumulates Rh, a prominent chromone alkaloid, in its seeds, fruits, and stem bark. Rh possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and immuno-modulatory properties. Desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry imaging (DESI MSI and electrospray ionization (ESI tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS analysis detected Rh as well as its glycosylated, acetylated, oxidized, and methoxylated analogues. Rh was predominantly distributed in the main roots, collar region of the stem, and young leaves. In the stem and roots, Rh was primarily restricted to the cortex region. The identities of the metabolites were assigned based on both the fragmentation patterns and exact mass analyses. We discuss these results, with specific reference to the possible pathways of Rh biosynthesis and translocation during seedling development in D. binectariferum.

  2. High-Performance Liquid Chromatographic-Tandem Mass Spectrometric Determination of Itraconazole in Human Plasma for Bioavailability and Bioequivalence Studies

    Choi, Young Wook; Nam, Dae Young; Kang, Kyoung Hoon; Ha, Kyung Wook; Han, In Hee; Chang, Byung Kon; Yoon, Mi Kyeong; Lee, Jae Hwi [Chung-Ang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2006-02-15

    A highly sensitive high-performance liquid chromatographic-tandem mass spectrometric method (HPLC-MSMS) has been developed to quantify itraconazole in human plasma for the purpose of pharmacokinetic studies. Sample preparation was carried out by liquid-liquid extraction using loratadine as an internal standard. Chromatographic separation used a YMC C{sub 18} column, giving an extremely fast total run time of 3 min. The method was validated and used for the bioequivalence study of itraconazole tablets in healthy male volunteers (n = 31). The lower limit of detection proved to be 0.2 ng /mL for itraconazole.

  3. Mass spectrometric analysis of laser evaporation products of ceramics of Bi2Sr2CaCu2Ox composition

    Mass spectrometric analysis is used to study mechanism of laser evaporation of superconducting ceramics of Bi2Sr2CaCu2Ox composition. During evaporation as a result of pulsed laser irradiation of a sample placed in vaccum ions of all metals containing in ceramics and also neutral O2, Ca, Sr, Cu, Bi and metal oxides were detected on yttrium aluminate. Time-of-flight spectra had two peaks corresponding to ion and neutral components. Comparison of neutral components. Comparison of neutral particle rates points to the fact that gas dynamic processes connected with formation of dense gas cloud near the target surface play an important

  4. High-Performance Liquid Chromatographic-Tandem Mass Spectrometric Determination of Itraconazole in Human Plasma for Bioavailability and Bioequivalence Studies

    A highly sensitive high-performance liquid chromatographic-tandem mass spectrometric method (HPLC-MSMS) has been developed to quantify itraconazole in human plasma for the purpose of pharmacokinetic studies. Sample preparation was carried out by liquid-liquid extraction using loratadine as an internal standard. Chromatographic separation used a YMC C18 column, giving an extremely fast total run time of 3 min. The method was validated and used for the bioequivalence study of itraconazole tablets in healthy male volunteers (n = 31). The lower limit of detection proved to be 0.2 ng /mL for itraconazole

  5. Development of a combined chemical and enzymatic approach for the mass spectrometric identification and quantification of aberrant N-glycosylation.

    Chen, Rui; Wang, Fangjun; Tan, Yexiong; Sun, Zhen; Song, Chunxia; Ye, Mingliang; Wang, Hongyang; Zou, Hanfa

    2012-02-16

    Direct mass spectrometric analysis of aberrant protein glycosylation is a challenge to the current analytical techniques. Except lectin affinity chromatography, no other glycosylation enrichment techniques are available for analysis of aberrant glycosylation. In this study, we developed a combined chemical and enzymatic strategy as an alternative for the mass spectrometric analysis of aberrant glycosylation. Sialylated glycopeptides were enriched with reverse glycoblotting, cleaved by endoglycosidase F3 and analyzed by mass spectrometry with both neutral loss triggered MS(3) in collision induced dissociation (CID) and electron transfer dissociation (ETD). Interestingly, a great part of resulted glycopeptides were found with fucose attached to the N-acetylglucosamine (N-GlcNAc), which indicated that the aberrant glycosylation that is carrying both terminal sialylation and core fucosylation was identified. Totally, 69 aberrant N-glycosylation sites were identified in sera samples from hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients. Following the identification, quantification of the level of this aberrant glycosylation was also carried out using stable isotope dimethyl labeling and pooled sera sample from liver cirrhosis and HCC was compared. Six glycosylation sites demonstrated elevated level of aberrancy, which demonstrated that our developed strategy was effective in both qualitative and quantitative studies of aberrant glycosylation. PMID:22202184

  6. Mass spectrometric protein characterization in proteome analysis using GELoader tip micro-columns packed with various chromatographic material

    In the early 90'ies mass spectrometry (MS) was introduced as a tool for identifying proteins in protein sequence databases. Since then it has become an integrated tool in protein characterization and is today routinely used to identify proteins separated by gel electrophoresis. A two-tiered mass spectrometric protein identification strategy has recently been proposed. In the first strategy peptide mass maps obtained from the protein of interest are compared with theoretically derived peptide mass maps from proteins in protein sequence databases. If the protein cannot be identified by this strategy, tandem mass spectrometric sequencing is used to generate enough sequence data to identify the protein in protein sequence databases or expressed sequence tag (EST) databases. However, the above strategies primarily identify a protein relatively to the DNA sequence, in which no information about e.g. post-translational modifications (PTMs) is stored. PTMs are known to modify the function, location, solubility and activity of proteins in the cell, and they are therefore very important for understanding living cells. More than 200 different PTMs are known, of which glycosylation, phosphorylation and proteolytic processing are the most common ones. Mass spectrometric analysis of PTMs on gel-separated proteins requires a higher amount of protein than for identification only. In addition, higher sequence coverage from the peptide mass maps or pre-purification of the modified peptides prior to MS analysis, is necessary for detection of putative modified peptides. In this study a multi-tiered strategy, in which GELoader tip micro-columns packed with increasingly more hydrophobic chromatographic material are used in combination with mass spectrometry, is described. The ultimate aim was to gain increased sequence coverage from peptide mixtures derived from gel-separated proteins, in order to locate modified peptides. Graphite powder is described as an alternative to traditional

  7. Mass distributions of a macromolecular assembly based on electrospray ionization mass spectrometric masses of the constituent subunits

    Leonid Hanin; Brian Green; Franck Zal; Serge Vinogradov

    2003-09-01

    Macromolecular assemblies containing multiple protein subunits and having masses in the megadalton (MDa) range are involved in most of the functions of a living cell. Because of variation in the number and masses of subunits, macromolecular assemblies do not have a unique mass, but rather a mass distribution. The giant extracelular erythrocruorins (Ers), ∼ 3.5 MDa, comprized of at least 180 polypeptide chains, are one of the best characterized assemblies. Three-dimensional reconstructions from cryoelectron microscopic images show them to be hexagonal bilayer complexes of 12 subassemblies, each comprised of 12 globin chains, anchored to a subassembly of 36 nonglobin linker chains. We have calculated the most probable mass distributions for Lumbricus and Riftia assemblies and their globin and linker subassemblies, based on the Lumbricus Er stoichiometry and using accurate subunit masses obtained by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. The expected masses of Lumbricus and Riftia Ers are 3.517 MDa and 3.284 MDa, respectively, with a possible variation of ∼ 9% due to the breadth of the mass distributions. The Lumbricus Er mass is in astonishingly good agreement with the mean of 23 known masses, 3.524 ± 0.481 MDa.

  8. Standard test methods for chemical, mass spectrometric, and spectrochemical analysis of nuclear-grade plutonium dioxide powders and pellets

    American Society for Testing and Materials. Philadelphia

    2010-01-01

    1.1 These test methods cover procedures for the chemical, mass spectrometric, and spectrochemical analysis of nuclear-grade plutonium dioxide powders and pellets to determine compliance with specifications. 1.2 The analytical procedures appear in the following order: Sections Plutonium Sample Handling 8 to 10 Plutonium by Controlled-Potential Coulometry Plutonium by Ceric Sulfate Titration Plutonium by Amperometric Titration with Iron(II) Plutonium by Diode Array Spectrophotometry Nitrogen by Distillation Spectrophotometry Using Nessler Reagent 11 to 18 Carbon (Total) by Direct Combustion–Thermal Conductivity 19 to 30 Total Chlorine and Fluorine by Pyrohydrolysis 31 to 38 Sulfur by Distillation Spectrophotometry 39 to 47 Plutonium Isotopic Analysis by Mass Spectrometry Rare Earth Elements by Spectroscopy 48 to 55 Trace Elements by Carrier–Distillation Spectroscopy 56 to 63 Impurities by ICP-AES Impurity Elements by Spark-Source Mass Spectrography 64 to 70 Moisture by the Coulomet...

  9. Spectrometric techniques 4

    Vanasse, George A

    2013-01-01

    Spectrometric Techniques, Volume IV discusses three widely diversified areas of spectrometric techniques. The book focuses on three spectrometric methods. Chapter 1 discusses the phenomenology and applications of Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy (CARS), the most commonly used optical technique that exploit the Raman effect. The second chapter is concerned with diffraction gratings and mountings for the Vacuum Ultraviolet Spectral Region. Chapter 3 accounts the uses of mass spectrometry, detectors, types of spectrometers, and ion sources. Physicists and chemists will find the book a go

  10. The mechanism of 2-furaldehyde formation from D-xylose dehydration in the gas phase. A tandem mass spectrometric study.

    Ricci, Andreina; Piccolella, Simona; Pepi, Federico; Garzoli, Stefania; Giacomello, Pierluigi

    2013-07-01

    The mechanism of reactions occurring in solution can be investigated also in the gas phase by suited mass spectrometric techniques, which allow to highlight fundamental mechanistic features independent of the influence of the medium and to clarifying controversial hypotheses proposed in solution studies. In this work, we report a gas-phase study performed by electrospray triple stage quadrupole mass spectrometry (ESI-TSQ/MS) on the dehydration of D-xylose, leading mainly to the formation of 2-furaldehyde (2-FA). It is generally known in carbohydrate chemistry that the thermal acid catalyzed dehydration of pentoses leads to the formation of 2-FA, but several aspects on the solution-phase mechanism are controversial. Here, gaseous reactant ions corresponding to protonated xylose molecules obtained from ESI of a solution containing D-xylose and ammonium acetate as protonating reagent were allowed to undergo collisionally activated decomposition (CAD) into the triple stage quadrupole analyzer. The product ion mass spectra of protonated xylose are characterized by the presence of ionic intermediates arising from xylose dehydration, which were structurally characterized by their fragmentation patterns. As expected, the xylose triple dehydration leads to the formation of the ion at m/z 97, corresponding to protonated 2-FA. On the basis of mass spectrometric evidences, we demonstrated that in the gas phase, the formation of 2-FA involves protonation at the OH group bound to the C1 atom of the sugar, the first ionic intermediate being characterized by a cyclic structure. Finally, energy resolved product ion mass spectra allowed to obtain information on the energetic features of the D-xylose→2-FA conversion. ᅟ PMID:23690250

  11. In Situ Probing of Cholesterol in Astrocytes at the Single Cell Level using Laser Desorption Ionization Mass Spectrometric Imaging with Colloidal Silver

    Perdian, D.C.; Cha, Sangwon; Oh, Jisun; Sakaguchi, Donald S.; Yeung, Edward S.; and Lee, Young Jin

    2010-03-18

    Mass spectrometric imaging has been utilized to localize individual astrocytes and to obtain cholesterol populations at the single-cell level in laser desorption ionization (LDI) with colloidal silver. The silver ion adduct of membrane-bound cholesterol was monitored to detect individual cells. Good correlation between mass spectrometric and optical images at different cell densities indicates the ability to perform single-cell studies of cholesterol abundance. The feasibility of quantification is confirmed by the agreement between the LDI-MS ion signals and the results from a traditional enzymatic fluorometric assay. We propose that this approach could be an effective tool to study chemical populations at the cellular level.

  12. 2DB: a Proteomics database for storage, analysis, presentation, and retrieval of information from mass spectrometric experiments

    Hippler Michael

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The amount of information stemming from proteomics experiments involving (multi dimensional separation techniques, mass spectrometric analysis, and computational analysis is ever-increasing. Data from such an experimental workflow needs to be captured, related and analyzed. Biological experiments within this scope produce heterogenic data ranging from pictures of one or two-dimensional protein maps and spectra recorded by tandem mass spectrometry to text-based identifications made by algorithms which analyze these spectra. Additionally, peptide and corresponding protein information needs to be displayed. Results In order to handle the large amount of data from computational processing of mass spectrometric experiments, automatic import scripts are available and the necessity for manual input to the database has been minimized. Information is in a generic format which abstracts from specific software tools typically used in such an experimental workflow. The software is therefore capable of storing and cross analysing results from many algorithms. A novel feature and a focus of this database is to facilitate protein identification by using peptides identified from mass spectrometry and link this information directly to respective protein maps. Additionally, our application employs spectral counting for quantitative presentation of the data. All information can be linked to hot spots on images to place the results into an experimental context. A summary of identified proteins, containing all relevant information per hot spot, is automatically generated, usually upon either a change in the underlying protein models or due to newly imported identifications. The supporting information for this report can be accessed in multiple ways using the user interface provided by the application. Conclusion We present a proteomics database which aims to greatly reduce evaluation time of results from mass spectrometric experiments and enhance

  13. A small azide-modified thiazole-based reporter molecule for fluorescence and mass spectrometric detection

    Stefanie Wolfram

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Molecular probes are widely used tools in chemical biology that allow tracing of bioactive metabolites and selective labeling of proteins and other biomacromolecules. A common structural motif for such probes consists of a reporter that can be attached by copper(I-catalyzed 1,2,3-triazole formation between terminal alkynes and azides to a reactive headgroup. Here we introduce the synthesis and application of the new thiazole-based, azide-tagged reporter 4-(3-azidopropoxy-5-(4-bromophenyl-2-(pyridin-2-ylthiazole for fluorescence, UV and mass spectrometry (MS detection. This small fluorescent reporter bears a bromine functionalization facilitating the automated data mining of electrospray ionization MS runs by monitoring for its characteristic isotope signature. We demonstrate the universal utility of the reporter for the detection of an alkyne-modified small molecule by LC–MS and for the visualization of a model protein by in-gel fluorescence. The novel probe advantageously compares with commercially available azide-modified fluorophores and a brominated one. The ease of synthesis, small size, stability, and the universal detection possibilities make it an ideal reporter for activity-based protein profiling and functional metabolic profiling.

  14. Thermodynamic properties of the UO2-ZrO2 system studied by the isothermal mass spectrometric vaporization method

    The Knudsen effusion high-temperature mass spectrometric method was used to study the vaporization processes and thermodynamic properties of the UO2-ZrO2 system in the temperature range 2200-2650 K. The work was carried out with the MS 1301 mass spectrometer developed for studies of physico-chemical properties of inorganic substances at high temperatures. Vaporization of the solid solutions containing 0.02-0.45 mol fractions of UO2 was done using tungsten cells. The vaporization processes and the chemical potentials of ZrO2 in the UO2-ZrO2 system and in the Y2O3-ZrO2, Lu2O3-ZrO2 and HfO2-ZrO2 systems, available in the literature, were discussed from the point of view of the acid-base concept. (orig.)

  15. Standard test methods for chemical, mass spectrometric, spectrochemical, nuclear, and radiochemical analysis of nuclear-grade plutonium nitrate solutions

    American Society for Testing and Materials. Philadelphia

    2010-01-01

    1.1 These test methods cover procedures for the chemical, mass spectrometric, spectrochemical, nuclear, and radiochemical analysis of nuclear-grade plutonium nitrate solutions to determine compliance with specifications. 1.2 The analytical procedures appear in the following order: Sections Plutonium by Controlled-Potential Coulometry Plutonium by Amperometric Titration with Iron(II) Plutonium by Diode Array Spectrophotometry Free Acid by Titration in an Oxalate Solution 8 to 15 Free Acid by Iodate Precipitation-Potentiometric Titration Test Method 16 to 22 Uranium by Arsenazo I Spectrophotometric Test Method 23 to 33 Thorium by Thorin Spectrophotometric Test Method 34 to 42 Iron by 1,10-Phenanthroline Spectrophotometric Test Method 43 to 50 Impurities by ICP-AES Chloride by Thiocyanate Spectrophotometric Test Method 51 to 58 Fluoride by Distillation-Spectrophotometric Test Method 59 to 66 Sulfate by Barium Sulfate Turbidimetric Test Method 67 to 74 Isotopic Composition by Mass Spectrom...

  16. Ultraviolet irradiation-induced substitution of fluorine with hydroxyl radical for mass spectrometric analysis of perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride.

    Wang, Peng; Tang, Xuemei; Huang, Lulu; Kang, Jie; Zhong, Hongying

    2016-01-28

    A rapid and solvent free substitution reaction of a fluorine atom in perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride (PFOSF) with a hydroxyl radical is reported. Under irradiation of ultraviolet laser on semiconductor nanoparticles or metal surfaces, hydroxyl radicals can be generated through hole oxidization. Among all fluorine atoms of PFOSF, highly active hydroxyl radicals specifically substitute the fluorine of sulfonyl fluoride functional group. Resultant perfluorooctane sulfonic acid is further ionized through capture of photo-generated electrons that switch the neutral molecules to negatively charged odd electron hypervalent ions. The unpaired electron subsequently initiates α O-H bond cleavage and produces perfluorooctane sulfonate negative ions. Hydroxyl radical substitution and molecular dissociation of PFOSF have been confirmed by masses with high accuracy and resolution. It has been applied to direct mass spectrometric imaging of PFOSF adsorbed on surfaces of plant leaves. PMID:26755143

  17. Vitamin D-metabolites from human plasma and mass spectrometric analysis by fast heavy ion induced desorption

    D-vitamin metabolites have been isolated from human serum employing chromatographic techniques. The serum carrier protein for vitamin D (DBP) was first isolated by immunosorbent chromatography. Lipid ligands associated with DBP were then extracted with hexane and separated by high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC). Detection of vitamin D metabolites by their absorbance of ultraviolet light is not sufficiently sensitive to monitor all vitamin D derivatives from a few millilitres of serum. Therefore, further analyses are necessary to quantitative these compounds. We have begun to develop a mass spectrometric method to achieve a reliable, quantitative procedure. As a first step towards this goal a number of pure samples of vitamin D compounds have been studied in a time-of-flight mass spectrometer based on fast heavy ion induced desorption. All vitamin D compounds examined could be detected and identified by their molecular ion and fragment spectra. (orig.)

  18. Application and evaluation of the mass spectrometric isotope dilution technique in the determination of rare earths in geological materials

    Establishment of the experimental procedures employed in the rare earth element determination of geological samples by mass spectrometric isotope dilution analysis is discussed in the present work. The procedures involve preparation and calibration of the isotope tracers isotope dilution, dissolution in a teflon pressure vessel, chemical separation and isotope analysis using a fully automated Micromass VG ISOTOPES model 354 thermal ionization mass spectrometer. For the initial chemical separation of total rare earths the cationic resin was employed and HC1 and HNO3 acids as eluents. In the second step rare earths elements were separated into individual (La, Ce and Nd) and subgroups (Sm-Eu-Gd, Yb-Er-Dy) fractions using the same cationic resin and α-HIBA as eluent. Nine elements La, Ce, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Dy, Er and Yb are determined by this method in the ''United States Geological Survey'' (USGS) standard samples GSP-1, AGV-1 and G-2, with an overall precision of +- 1 to 2% and an accuracy of 5%. The concentration of rare earth element determined in the standard sample PCC-1 showed that the total analytical blanks are in submicrogram levels. The concentration of rare earth elements in the same USGS standard samples were also determined by Instrumental neutron activation analysis, neutron activation analysis with chemical separation before irradiation and inductively coupled argon plasma spectroscopy. The chemical procedures employed for these methods are the same as that used for mass spectrometric isotope dilution. Based on the results obtained, each method was evaluated pointing out their merits and defects. The study clearly showed that the chemical procedure employed for all these techniques was satisfactory. (author)

  19. Differentiation of the four major types (C. Burmannii, C. Verum, C. cassia, And C. Loureiroi) of cinnamons using a flow-injection mass spectrometric (FIMS) fingerprinting method

    A simple and efficient flow-injection mass spectrometric (FIMS) method was developed to differentiate cinnamon (Cinnamomum) bark (CB) samples of the four major species (C. burmannii, C. verum, C. aromaticum, and C. loureiroi) of cinnamon. Fifty cinnamon samples collected from China, Vietnam, Indon...

  20. Quantitative analysis of flavonols, flavones, and flavanones in fruits, vegetables and beverages by high-performance liquid chromatography with photo-diode array and mass spectrometric detection

    Justesen, U.; Knuthsen, Pia; Leth, Torben

    A high-performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) separation method viith photo-diode array (PDA) and mass spectrometric (MS) detection was developed to determine and quantify flavonols, flavones, and flavanones in fruits, vegetables and beverages. The compounds were analysed as aglycones, obtained...

  1. Mass-spectrometric monitoring of the intravenous anesthetic concentration in the breathing circuit of an anesthesia machine

    Elizarov, A. Yu.; Levshankov, A. I.

    2011-04-01

    Interaction between inhalational anesthetic sevoflurane and an absorber of CO2 (soda lime) in the breathing circuit of an anesthesia machine during low-flow anesthesia (0.5 l of a fresh gaseous mixture per minute) is studied with the mass-spectrometric method. Monitoring data for the concentration of sevoflurane and three toxic products of sevoflurane decompositions (substances A, B, and C) during anesthesia in the inspiration-expiration regime are presented. The highest concentration of substance A is found to be 65 ppm. The biochemical blood analysis before and after anesthesia shows that nephropathy is related to the function of liver toxicity. It is found that inhalational anesthetic sevoflurane influences the concentration of intravenous hypnotic propofol in blood.

  2. Standard methods for chemical, mass spectrometric, spectrochemical, nuclear, and radiochemical analysis of nuclear-grade plutonium metal

    Methods are described for the analysis of matrix materials and various impurities in Pu metal. Controlled-potential coulometry, amperometric titration with Fe2+, or titration with ceric sulfate methods are described for the determination of Pu. A mass spectrometric method is given for determination of the isotopic content of the metal. Determination of C by direct combustion-thermal conductivity is described. Methods for the spectrophotometric determination of U with arsenazo I, Th with thorin, Fe with 1,10-phenanthroline or α,α'-dipyridyl, and Cl-, F-, N, and S following separation by distillation are described. If the Pu metal does not contain significant amounts of other radioactive fission products or high specific-activity γ emitters, 241Am may be determined by γ counting. Determination of γ-emitting fission products, U and Th, is determined by γ spectroscopy. Spectrochemical methods for the determination of rare earths, W, Nb, Ta, and about 40 other trace elements are included

  3. Development of a mass spectrometrical isotope dilution analysis for determination of trace iodine levels and its application for food samples

    A mass spectrometrical isotope dilution procedure for the determination of trace amounts of iodine in various materials was developed using 129I as indicator isotope, based on the determination of the 129I/127I isotope relationship. Negative thermionization was used as ionization method. The analysis procedure, which worked with a standard deviation of between 0,1 and 10% (depending on material tested), was used to determine the iodine level of table salt - both iodized and normal salt (3-6 ppm and less than 0,006 ppm respectively), and food samples with an organic matrix. For comparison the iodine levels were also measured with an iodine-selective electrode. Special preparation and separation procedures were done to suit the sample material. A comparison of the levels of iodine concentration in various powdered milks which were measured by international collaborators using varying methods shows the superior reproducibility of the MS-IDA. (RB)

  4. Standard test methods for chemical, mass spectrometric, spectrochemical, nuclear, and radiochemical analysis of nuclear-grade uranyl nitrate solutions

    American Society for Testing and Materials. Philadelphia

    1999-01-01

    1.1 These test methods cover procedures for the chemical, mass spectrometric, spectrochemical, nuclear, and radiochemical analysis of nuclear-grade uranyl nitrate solution to determine compliance with specifications. 1.2 The analytical procedures appear in the following order: Sections Determination of Uranium 7 Specific Gravity by Pycnometry 15-20 Free Acid by Oxalate Complexation 21-27 Determination of Thorium 28 Determination of Chromium 29 Determination of Molybdenum 30 Halogens Separation by Steam Distillation 31-35 Fluoride by Specific Ion Electrode 36-42 Halogen Distillate Analysis: Chloride, Bromide, and Iodide by Amperometric Microtitrimetry 43 Determination of Chloride and Bromide 44 Determination of Sulfur by X-Ray Fluorescence 45 Sulfate Sulfur by (Photometric) Turbidimetry 46 Phosphorus by the Molybdenum Blue (Photometric) Method 54-61 Silicon by the Molybdenum Blue (Photometric) Method 62-69 Carbon by Persulfate Oxidation-Acid Titrimetry 70 Conversion to U3O8 71-74 Boron by ...

  5. Mass spectrometric detection of proteins in non-aqueous media : the case of prion proteins in biodiesel

    Douma, M.D.; Kerr, G.M.; Brown, R.S.; Keller, B.O.; Oleschuk, R.D. [Queen' s Univ., Kingston, ON (Canada). Dept. of Chemistry

    2008-08-15

    This paper presented a filtration method for detecting protein traces in non-aqueous media. The extraction technique used a mixture of acetonitrile, non-ionic detergent and water along with filter disks with embedded C{sub 8}-modified silica particles to capture the proteins from non-aqueous samples. The extraction process was then followed by an elution of the protein from the filter disk and direct mass spectrometric detection and tryptic digestion with peptide mapping and MS/MS fragmentation of protein-specific peptides. The method was used to detect prion proteins in spiked biodiesel samples. A tryptic peptide with the sequence YGQGSPGGNR was used for unambiguous identification. Results of the study showed that the method is suitable for the large-scale testing of protein impurities in tallow-based biodiesel production processes. 33 refs., 6 figs.

  6. Microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography with on-line atmospheric pressure photoionization-mass spectrometric detection of medium polarity compounds.

    Himmelsbach, Markus; Haunschmidt, Manuela; Buchberger, Wolfgang; Klampfl, Christian W

    2007-08-01

    In this paper, we present the determination of pharmaceuticals employing microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) with atmospheric pressure photoionization-mass spectrometric (APPI-MS) detection. This recent hyphenated technique allows to overcome some disadvantages of MEEKC, namely its inherent incompatibility with MS detection. Important parameters like microemulsion (ME) composition, the composition of the sheath liquid and APPI-MS detection parameters have been investigated. Using the optimized set of parameters, the eight selected substances could be detected down to concentrations between 3 mg L(-1) (phenacetin) and 41 mg L(-1) (diltiazem). Switching to the MS2 mode, the use of specific transitions for the detection of each analyte provided improved detection limits in the range of 0.6 mg L(-1) (carbamazepine) to 6 mg L(-1) (metoprolol). Calibration curves were linear over one to two orders of magnitude with correlation coefficients better than 0.98. PMID:17416381

  7. A microchip electrophoresis-mass spectrometric platform with double cell lysis nano-electrodes for automated single cell analysis.

    Li, Xiangtang; Zhao, Shulin; Hu, Hankun; Liu, Yi-Ming

    2016-06-17

    Capillary electrophoresis-based single cell analysis has become an essential approach in researches at the cellular level. However, automation of single cell analysis has been a challenge due to the difficulty to control the number of cells injected and the irreproducibility associated with cell aggregation. Herein we report the development of a new microfluidic platform deploying the double nano-electrode cell lysis technique for automated analysis of single cells with mass spectrometric detection. The proposed microfluidic chip features integration of a cell-sized high voltage zone for quick single cell lysis, a microfluidic channel for electrophoretic separation, and a nanoelectrospray emitter for ionization in MS detection. Built upon this platform, a microchip electrophoresis-mass spectrometric method (MCE-MS) has been developed for automated single cell analysis. In the method, cell introduction, cell lysis, and MCE-MS separation are computer controlled and integrated as a cycle into consecutive assays. Analysis of large numbers of individual PC-12 neuronal cells (both intact and exposed to 25mM KCl) was carried out to determine intracellular levels of dopamine (DA) and glutamic acid (Glu). It was found that DA content in PC-12 cells was higher than Glu content, and both varied from cell to cell. The ratio of intracellular DA to Glu was 4.20±0.8 (n=150). Interestingly, the ratio drastically decreased to 0.38±0.20 (n=150) after the cells are exposed to 25mM KCl for 8min, suggesting the cells released DA promptly and heavily while they released Glu at a much slower pace in response to KCl-induced depolarization. These results indicate that the proposed MCE-MS analytical platform may have a great potential in researches at the cellular level. PMID:27207575

  8. Novel concepts and strategies in anticancer metallodrug development : towards oral activity, peptide conjugation and mass spectrometric applications

    including top-down electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). Mass spectrometry is an invaluable tool in the analysis of molecular interactions between metallodrugs and biomolecules, such as DNA or proteins and their constituents. Furthermore, the molecular reactivity may give insight into the mode of action of a particular metallodrug or family of metallodrugs. Within the frame of this Ph.D. thesis, mass spectrometric techniques have been used to characterize the reactivity of representative (thio)pyr(id)onato RuII–p-cymene metallodrugs towards amino acids, nucleotides and proteins and an inverse correlation was found between extent of protein binding and antiproliferative activity, at least for these families of metallodrugs. Furthermore, the analysis of metallation sites of metallodrugs on proteins by mass spectrometric methods poses significant challenges in many cases due to low adduct detection efficiencies. Top-down mass spectrometric analysis is a promising approach to determine oxaliplatin binding sites on ubiquitin and different fragmentation techniques were investigated with the combination of higher energy C-trap dissociation (HCD) and electron transfer dissociation (ETD) tandem mass spectrometry yielding the highest information content. This approach led to the confirmation of methionine-1 as the primary and histidine-68 as the secondary binding site. (author)

  9. Mass Spectrometric Fragmentation of 1-(Benzyloxycarbonyl)amino-2-alkyl/cycloalkyl Thioacetates: a Thioester Pyrolysis-type Rearrangement under Electron Impact Ionization

    Shu XU; Jia Xi XU

    2006-01-01

    The mass spectrometric fragmentation of 1-(benzyloxycarbonyl)amino-2-alkyl/cycloalkyl thioacetates has been studied with the aid of mass-analysed ion kinetic energy spectrometry under electron impact ionization. All compounds show a tendency to eliminate a ketene, thioacetic acid, and benzyl carbamate molecule, or an acetyl and benzyloxy radicals. A thioester pyrolysis-type rearrangement under electron impact ionizations was observed.

  10. Product Identification and Mass Spectrometric Analysis of n-Butane and i-Butane Pyrolysis at Low Pressure

    Yi-jun Zhang; Wen-hao Yuan; Jiang-huai Cai; Li-dong Zhang; Fei Qi; Yu-yang Li

    2013-01-01

    The pyrolysis of n-butane andi-butane at low pressure was investigated from 823-1823 K in an electrically heated flow reactor using synchrotron vacuum ultraviolet photoionization mass spectrometry.More than 20 species,especially several radicals and isomers,were detected and identified from the measurements of photoionization efficiency (PIE) spectra.Based on the mass spectrometric analysis,the characteristics of n-butane and i-butane pyrolysis were discussed,which provided experimental evidences for the discussion of decomposition pathways of butane isomers.It is concluded that the isomeric structures of n-butane and i-butane have strong influence on their main decomposition pathways,and lead to dramatic differences in their mass spectra and PIE spectra such as the different dominant products and isomeric structures of butene products.Furthermore,compared with n-butane,i-butane can produce strong signals of benzene at low temperature in its pyrolysis due to the enhanced formation of benzene precursors like propargyl and C4 species,which provides experimental clues to explain the higher sooting tendencies of iso-alkanes than n-alkanes.

  11. A review of recent advances in mass spectrometric methods for gas-phase chiral analysis of pharmaceutical and biological compounds.

    Wu, Lianming; Vogt, Frederick G

    2012-10-01

    Chirality has been of great interest in pharmaceutical and biological sciences. The capabilities of mass spectrometry (MS) for rapid analysis of complex mixtures have encouraged its exploration for gas-phase chiral differentiation. Although particular instances of successful discrimination between enantiomers have been reported over the past three decades, a general method of quantitative chiral analysis by MS has only been demonstrated recently. This review describes the current state of the chiral MS methods without chiral chromatographic separation, which fall into five main categories: (1) the kinetic method, (2) host-guest (H-G) diastereomeric adduct formation, (3) ion/molecule (equilibrium) reactions, (4) collision-induced dissociation (CID) of diastereomeric adducts, and (5) the emerging technique for gas-phase separation using ion mobility spectrometry (IMS). It emphasizes tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS), which provides several unique analytical advantages for quantitative chiral analysis. These include intrinsically high sensitivity, molecular specificity, and tolerance to impurities as well as the simplicity and speed of the mass spectrometric measurements. Practical prospects and current challenges in quantitative chiral MS techniques for QbD (quality-by-design)-based pharmaceutical applications are also discussed. PMID:22579598

  12. Terverticillate penicillia studied by direct electrospray mass spectrometric profiling of crude extracts II. Database and identification

    Smedsgaard, Jørn

    1997-01-01

    A mass spectral database was built using standard instrument software from 678 electrospray mass spectra (mass profiles) from crude fungal extracts of terverticillate taxa within the genus Penicillium. The match factors calculated from searching all the mass profiles stored in the database were...... isolates stored according to classical taxonomic criteria. Mass profiles collected in previous studies could be identified by a search in the database. (C) 1997 Elsevier Science Ltd....

  13. Partial vapor-phase hydrolysis of peptide bonds: A method for mass spectrometric determination of O-glycosylated sites in glycopeptides

    Mirgorodskaya, E; Hassan, H; Wandall, H H;

    1999-01-01

    resulting mass spectra allowed unambiguous determination of the glycosylation sites. Examples are shown with mannosyl- and mucin-type glycopeptides. Performing the hydrolysis in vapor eliminates the risk for contamination of the sample with impurities from the reagents, thus allowing analysis of the......In this study we present a method for determination of O-glycosylation sites in glycopeptides, based on partial vapor-phase acid hydrolysis in combination with mass spectrometric analysis. Pentafluoropropionic acid and hydrochloric acid were used for the hydrolysis of glycosylated peptides. The...... reaction conditions were optimized for efficient polypeptide backbone cleavages with minimal cleavage of glycosidic bonds. The glycosylated residues were identified by mass spectrometric analysis of the hydrolytic cleavage products. Although glycosidic bonds are partially cleaved under acid hydrolysis, the...

  14. Investigation of signaling molecules and metabolites found in crustacean hemolymph via in vivo microdialysis using a multifaceted mass spectrometric platform.

    Jiang, Shan; Liang, Zhidan; Hao, Ling; Li, Lingjun

    2016-04-01

    Neurotransmitters (NTs) are endogenous signaling molecules that play an important role in regulating various physiological processes in animals. Detection of these chemical messengers is often challenging due to their low concentration levels and fast degradation rate in vitro. In order to address these challenges, herein we employed in vivo microdialysis (MD) sampling to study NTs in the crustacean model Cancer borealis. Multifaceted separation tools, such as CE and ion mobility mass spectrometry (MS) were utilized in this work. Small molecules were separated by different mechanisms and detected by MALDI mass spectrometric imaging (MALDI-MSI). Performance of this separation-based MSI platform was also compared to LC-ESI-MS. By utilizing both MALDI and ESI-MS, a total of 208 small molecule NTs and metabolites were identified, of which 39 were identified as signaling molecules secreted in vivo. In addition, the inherent property of sub microscale sample consumption using CE enables shorter time of MD sample collection. Temporal resolution of MD was improved by approximately tenfold compared to LC-ESI-MS, indicating the significant advantage of applying separation-assisted MALDI-MS imaging platform. PMID:26691021

  15. Synthesis, purification and mass spectrometric characterisation of a fluorescent Au9@BSA nanocluster and its enzymatic digestion by trypsin

    Fernández-Iglesias, Nerea; Bettmer, Jörg

    2013-12-01

    Nanoclusters of noble metals like Ag and Au have attracted great attention as they form a missing link between isolated metal atoms and nanoparticles. Their particular properties like luminescence in the visible range and nontoxicity make them attractive for bioimaging and biolabelling purposes, especially with use of proteins as stabilising agents. In this context, this study intends the synthesis of a specific Au nanocluster covered by bovine serum albumin (BSA). It is shown that size-exclusion chromatography is feasible for the purification and isolation of the nanocluster. A mass spectrometric characterisation, preferably by ESI-MS, indicates the presence of an Au9@BSA nanocluster. Enzymatic digestion of the nanocluster with trypsin results in a significant increase of the fluorescence intensity at 650 and 710 nm, whereas complementary MALDI-MS studies are presented for the identification of generated peptides and show a distinctive pattern in comparison to the pure protein. It can be concluded that Au9@BSA might be, in future, an interesting candidate for in vitro studies of protease activities.Nanoclusters of noble metals like Ag and Au have attracted great attention as they form a missing link between isolated metal atoms and nanoparticles. Their particular properties like luminescence in the visible range and nontoxicity make them attractive for bioimaging and biolabelling purposes, especially with use of proteins as stabilising agents. In this context, this study intends the synthesis of a specific Au nanocluster covered by bovine serum albumin (BSA). It is shown that size-exclusion chromatography is feasible for the purification and isolation of the nanocluster. A mass spectrometric characterisation, preferably by ESI-MS, indicates the presence of an Au9@BSA nanocluster. Enzymatic digestion of the nanocluster with trypsin results in a significant increase of the fluorescence intensity at 650 and 710 nm, whereas complementary MALDI-MS studies are presented

  16. MALDI-TOF mass spectrometric detection of multiplex single base extended primers

    Mengel-From, Jonas; Sanchez Sanchez, Juan Jose; Børsting, Claus;

    2004-01-01

    One of the most promising techniques for typing of multiple single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) is detection of single base extension primers (SBE) by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS). We present a new MALDI-TOF MS protocol for typing of...... triethylamine purification. The biotin-labeled ddNTPs contained linkers with different masses ensuring a clear separation of the alleles even for SBE primers with a mass of 10 300 Da. Furthermore, only 25-350 fmol of SBE primers were necessary in order to obtain reproducible MALDI-TOF spectra. Similar signal...... intensities were obtained in the 5500-10 300 m/z mass range by increasing the concentration of the longer SBE primers in the reaction. To validate the technique, 17 Y-chromosome SNPs were analyzed in 200 males. The precision and accuracy of the mass determination were analyzed by parametric statistic, and the...

  17. Comparison of accelerator mass spectrometric measurement with liquid scintillation counting measurement for the determination of {sup 14}C in environmental samples

    Yasuike, Kaeko, E-mail: k-yasuike@hokuriku-u.ac.j [Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hokuriku University, Ho-3, Kanagawa-machi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-1181 (Japan); Yamada, Yoshimune [Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hokuriku University, Ho-3, Kanagawa-machi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-1181 (Japan); Amano, Hikaru [AMS Management Section, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 4-24, Minato-machi, Mutsu, Aomori 035-0064 (Japan)

    2010-04-15

    The concentrations of organically-bound {sup 14}C in tree-ring cellulose of a Japanese Black Pine grown in Shika-machi (37.0 deg. N, 136.8 deg. E) and those of a Japanese Cedar grown in Kanazawa (36.5 deg. N, 136.7 deg. E), Japan, were analyzed for the ring-years from 1989 to 1998 by the accelerator mass spectrometric measurement. The results were compared with those of the same samples analyzed by the liquid scintillation counting measurement to determine the reliability of liquid scintillation counting measurement. An important result of this study is that the sensitivity and reproducibility of accelerator mass spectrometric measurement was almost equal to that of liquid scintillation counting measurement.

  18. Preprocessing of Tandem Mass Spectrometric Data Based on Decision Tree Classification

    Jing-Fen Zhang; Si-Min He; Jin-Jin Cai; Xing-Jun Cao; Rui-Xiang Sun; Yan Fu; Rong Zeng; Wen Gao

    2005-01-01

    In this study, we present a preprocessing method for quadrupole time-of-flight(Q-TOF) tandem mass spectra to increase the accuracy of database searching for peptide (protein) identification. Based on the natural isotopic information inherent in tandem mass spectra, we construct a decision tree after feature selection to classify the noise and ion peaks in tandem spectra. Furthermore, we recognize overlapping peaks to find the monoisotopic masses of ions for the following identification process. The experimental results show that this preprocessing method increases the search speed and the reliability of peptide identification.

  19. Mass spectrometric studies of the electrical breakdown of thin polymer films

    Kendall, B. R. F.; Rohrer, V. S.; Bojan, V. J.

    1986-01-01

    The composition of the neutral particles released during the electrical breakdown of 50-micron and 75-micron insulating films of the type used on spacecraft exteriors investigated experimentally using a time-of-flight mass spectrometer triggered by the breakdown event. The experimental apparatus is described in detail, and the results are presented in photographs. It is found that the particle flux from Teflon FEP and PFA films comprise mainly fluorocarbon fragments, some with mass 350 amu or greater, but the flux from Kapton oxygen-ion-beam treated Kapton, Tefzel, and Mylar comprises mainly molecules of mass 44 amu or less.

  20. Differentiation of the Four Major Species of Cinnamons (C. burmannii, C. verum, C. cassia, and C. loureiroi) Using a Flow Injection Mass Spectrometric (FIMS) Fingerprinting Method

    Chen, Pei; Sun, Jianghao; Ford, Paul

    2014-01-01

    A simple and efficient flow injection mass spectrometric (FIMS) method was developed to differentiate cinnamon (Cinnamomum) bark (CB) samples of the four major species (C. burmannii, C. verum, C. aromaticum, and C. loureiroi) of cinnamon. Fifty cinnamon samples collected from China, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka were studied using the developed FIMS fingerprinting method. The FIMS fingerprints of the cinnamon samples were analyzed using principal component analysis (PCA). The FIMS techniq...

  1. Algorithm for comprehensive analysis of datasets from hyphenated high resolution mass spectrometric techniques using single ion profiles and cluster analysis.

    Erny, Guillaume L; Acunha, Tanize; Simó, Carolina; Cifuentes, Alejandro; Alves, Arminda

    2016-01-15

    Various algorithms have been developed to improve the quantity and quality of information that can be extracted from complex datasets obtained using hyphenated mass spectrometric techniques. While different approaches are possible, the key step often consists in arranging the data into a large series of profiles known as extracted ion profiles. Those profiles, similar to mono-dimensional separation profiles, are then processed to detect potential chromatographic peaks. This allows extracting from the dataset a large number of peaks that are characteristics of the compounds that have been separated. However, with mass spectrometry (MS) detection, the response is usually a complex signal whose pattern depends on the analyte, the MS instrument and the ionization method. When converted to ionic profiles, a single separated analyte will have multiple images at different m/z range. In this manuscript we present a hierarchical agglomerative clustering algorithm to group profiles with very similar feature. Each group aims to contain all profiles that are due to the transport and monitoring of a single analyte. Clustering results are then used to generate a 2 dimensional representation, called clusters plot, which allows an in-depth analysis of the MS dataset including the visualization of poorly separated compounds even when their intensity differs by more than two orders of magnitude. The usefulness of this new approach has been validated with data from capillary electrophoresis time of flight mass spectrometry hyphenated via an electrospray ionization. Using a mixture of 17 low molecular endogenous compounds it was verified that ionic profiles belonging to each compounds were correctly clustered even with very low degree of separation (R below 0.03). The approach was also validated using a urine sample. While with the total ion profile 15 peaks could be distinguished, 70 clusters were obtained allowing a much thorough analysis. In this particular example, the total

  2. Mass Spectrometric-Based Selected Reaction Monitoring of Protein Phosphorylation during Symbiotic Signaling in the Model Legume, Medicago truncatula.

    Van Ness, Lori K; Jayaraman, Dhileepkumar; Maeda, Junko; Barrett-Wilt, Gregory A; Sussman, Michael R; Ané, Jean-Michel

    2016-01-01

    Unlike the major cereal crops corn, rice, and wheat, leguminous plants such as soybean and alfalfa can meet their nitrogen requirement via endosymbiotic associations with soil bacteria. The establishment of this symbiosis is a complex process playing out over several weeks and is facilitated by the exchange of chemical signals between these partners from different kingdoms. Several plant components that are involved in this signaling pathway have been identified, but there is still a great deal of uncertainty regarding the early events in symbiotic signaling, i.e., within the first minutes and hours after the rhizobial signals (Nod factors) are perceived at the plant plasma membrane. The presence of several protein kinases in this pathway suggests a mechanism of signal transduction via posttranslational modification of proteins in which phosphate is added to the hydroxyl groups of serine, threonine and tyrosine amino acid side chains. To monitor the phosphorylation dynamics and complement our previous untargeted 'discovery' approach, we report here the results of experiments using a targeted mass spectrometric technique, Selected Reaction Monitoring (SRM) that enables the quantification of phosphorylation targets with great sensitivity and precision. Using this approach, we confirm a rapid change in the level of phosphorylation in 4 phosphosites of at least 4 plant phosphoproteins that have not been previously characterized. This detailed analysis reveals aspects of the symbiotic signaling mechanism in legumes that, in the long term, will inform efforts to engineer this nitrogen-fixing symbiosis in important non-legume crops such as rice, wheat and corn. PMID:27203723

  3. Mass Spectrometric-Based Selected Reaction Monitoring of Protein Phosphorylation during Symbiotic Signaling in the Model Legume, Medicago truncatula.

    Lori K Van Ness

    Full Text Available Unlike the major cereal crops corn, rice, and wheat, leguminous plants such as soybean and alfalfa can meet their nitrogen requirement via endosymbiotic associations with soil bacteria. The establishment of this symbiosis is a complex process playing out over several weeks and is facilitated by the exchange of chemical signals between these partners from different kingdoms. Several plant components that are involved in this signaling pathway have been identified, but there is still a great deal of uncertainty regarding the early events in symbiotic signaling, i.e., within the first minutes and hours after the rhizobial signals (Nod factors are perceived at the plant plasma membrane. The presence of several protein kinases in this pathway suggests a mechanism of signal transduction via posttranslational modification of proteins in which phosphate is added to the hydroxyl groups of serine, threonine and tyrosine amino acid side chains. To monitor the phosphorylation dynamics and complement our previous untargeted 'discovery' approach, we report here the results of experiments using a targeted mass spectrometric technique, Selected Reaction Monitoring (SRM that enables the quantification of phosphorylation targets with great sensitivity and precision. Using this approach, we confirm a rapid change in the level of phosphorylation in 4 phosphosites of at least 4 plant phosphoproteins that have not been previously characterized. This detailed analysis reveals aspects of the symbiotic signaling mechanism in legumes that, in the long term, will inform efforts to engineer this nitrogen-fixing symbiosis in important non-legume crops such as rice, wheat and corn.

  4. Standard methods for chemical, mass spectrometric, and spectrochemical analysis of nuclear-grade plutonium dioxide powders and pellets

    Various methods are described in detail as to procedure, interferences, and limits of detection or applicability for the determination of Pu and various impurities in PuO2 powders and pellets. Methods for the determination of Pu are controlled-potential coulometry, ceric sulfate titration, and amperometric titration with Fe2+. Spectrophotometric methods are given for N and S, and a direct combustion-thermal conductivity method for the determination of total C is described. A pyrohydrolysis method is described for the determination of μg amounts of Cl- and F-. A mass spectrometric determination of the Pu isotopic content of the oxide is included, and general chemical methods are included for the determination of moisture in both powders and pellets and for total gas--exclusive of moisture--in pellets. Spectrochemical methods are described for the determination of rare earths, 36 trace elements whose recommended analytical spectral lines and concentration ranges are tabulated, and impurities occurring in the atom-ppB range

  5. Standard test methods for chemical, mass spectrometric, and spectrochemical analysis of nuclear-grade uranium dioxide powders and pellets

    American Society for Testing and Materials. Philadelphia

    1999-01-01

    1.1 These test methods cover procedures for the chemical, mass spectrometric, and spectrochemical analysis of nuclear-grade uranium dioxide powders and pellets to determine compliance with specifications. 1.2 This test method covers the determination of uranium and the oxygen to uranium atomic ratio in nuclear-grade uranium dioxide powder and pellets. 1.4 This test method covers the determination of chlorine and fluorine in nuclear-grade uranium dioxide. With a 1 to 10-g sample, concentrations of 5 to 200 g/g of chlorine and 1 to 200 μg/g of fluorine are determined without interference. 1.5 This test method covers the determination of moisture in uranium dioxide samples. Detection limits are as low as 10 μg. 1.6 This test method covers the determination of nitride nitrogen in uranium dioxide in the range from 10 to 250 μg. 1.7 This test method covers the spectrographic analysis of nuclear-grade UO2 for the 26 elements in the ranges indicated in Table 2. 1.8 For simultaneous determination of trace ele...

  6. Highly selective enrichment of phosphopeptides with high-index facets exposed octahedral tin dioxide nanoparticles for mass spectrometric analysis.

    Ma, Rongna; Hu, Junjie; Cai, Zongwei; Ju, Huangxian

    2014-02-01

    High-index facets exposed octahedral tin dioxide (SnO2) nanoparticles were successfully synthesized and applied to selectively enrich phosphopeptides for mass spectrometric analysis. The high selectivity and capacity of the octahedral SnO2 nanoparticles were demonstrated by effectively enriching phosphopeptides from digests of phosphoprotein (α- or β-casein), protein mixtures of β-casein and bovine serum albumin, milk, and human serum samples. The unique octahedral SnO2 with abundant unsaturated coordination Sn atoms exhibited enhanced affinity and selective coordination ability with phosphopeptides due to their high chemical activity. The strong affinity led to highly selective capture and enrichment of phosphopeptides for sensitive detection through the bidentate bonds formed between surface atoms and phosphate. The phosphopeptides could be detected in β-casein down to 4 × 10(-9)M or in the mixture of β-casein and BSA with a molar ratio of even 1:100. The performance in selective enrichment of phosphopeptides from drinking milk and human serum showed powerful evidence of high selectivity and efficiency in identifying the low-abundant phosphopeptides from complicated biological samples. This work provided a way to improve the physical and chemical properties of materials by tailoring their exposed facets for selective enrichment of phosphopeptides. PMID:24401440

  7. The IDA-80 measurement evaluation programme on mass spectrometric isotope dilution analysis of uranium and plutonium. Vol. 1

    The main objective was the acquisition of basic data on the uncertainties involved in the mass spectrometric isotope dilution analysis as applied to the determination of uranium and plutonium in active feed solutions of reprocessing plants. The element concentrations and isotopic compositions of all test materials used were determined by CBNM and NBS with high accuracy. The more than 60000 analytical data reported by the participating laboratories were evaluated by statistical methods applied mainly to the calculation of estimates of the variances for the different uncertainty components contributing to the total uncertainty of this analytical technique. Attention was given to such topics as sample ageing, influence of fission products, spike calibration, ion fractionation, Pu-241 decay correction, minor isotope measurement and errors in data transfer. Furthermore, the performance of the 'dried sample' technique and the 'in-situ' spiking method of undiluted samples of reprocessing fuel solution with U-235/Pu-242 metal alloy spikes, were tested successfully. Considerable improvement of isotope dilution analysis in this safeguards relevant application during the last decade is shown as compared to the results obtained in the IDA-72 interlaboratory experiment, organized by KfK in 1972 on the same subject. (orig./HP)

  8. Rapid ambient mass spectrometric profiling of intact, untreated bacteria using desorption electrospray ionization.

    Song, Yishu; Talaty, Nari; Tao, W Andy; Pan, Zhengzheng; Cooks, R Graham

    2007-01-01

    Desorption electrospray ionization (DESI) allows the rapid acquisition of highly reproducible mass spectra from intact microorganisms under ambient conditions; application of principal component analysis to the data allows sub-species differentiation. PMID:17279261

  9. Mass spectrometric analysis of stable carbon isotopes in abiogenic and biogenic natural compounds

    This report describes the general methodology of sup/13/ carbon analysis on mass spectrometer and various preparation systems developed for conversion of samples into isotopically non-fractionated and purified carbon dioxide. Laboratory standards required for sup/13/ C analysis have been calibrated against international standards. The reproducibility/accuracy of sample preparation and analysis on mass spectrometer for sup/13/ C or sup/12/ C measurement is well within the internationally acceptable limits. (author)

  10. Mass spectrometric base composition profiling: Implications for forensic mtDNA databasing

    Eduardoff, Mayra; Huber, Gabriela; Bayer, Birgit; Schmid, Dagmar; Anslinger, Katja; Göbel, Tanja; Zimmermann, Bettina; Schneider, Peter M; Röck, Alexander W; Parson, Walther

    2013-01-01

    In forensic genetics mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is usually analyzed by direct Sanger-type sequencing (STS). This method is known to be laborious and sometimes prone to human error. Alternative methods have been proposed that lead to faster results. Among these are methods that involve mass-spectrometry resulting in base composition profiles that are, by definition, less informative than the full nucleotide sequence. Here, we applied a highly automated electrospray ionization mass spectrometry ...

  11. Vacuum-Ultraviolet Photoionization and Mass Spectrometric Characterization of Lignin Monomers Coniferyl and Sinapyl Alcohols

    Takahashi, Lynelle K.

    2011-01-01

    The fragmentation mechanisms of monolignols under various energetic processes are studied with jet-cooled thermal desorption molecular beam (TDMB) mass spectrometry (MS), 25 keV Bi3+ secondary ion MS (SIMS), synchrotron vacuum-ultraviolet secondary neutral MS (VUV-SNMS) and theoretical methods. Experimental and calculated appearance energies of fragments observed in TDMB MS indicate that the coniferyl alcohol photoionization mass spectra contain the molecular parent and several dissociative ...

  12. High speed laser activated membrane introduction mass spectrometric evaluation of bulk methylcyclohexane dehydrogenation catalysts

    Laser activated membrane introduction mass spectrometry (LAMIMS) is a modification of membrane introduction mass spectrometry where a silicone membrane serves as a separator between an analyte stream and the vacuum of a quadrupole mass spectrometer. Carbon paper, commonly used as a fuel cell gas diffusion layer, has been overlaid upon the silicone membrane to serve as a support for catalyst array libraries that are heated by a CO2 laser during evaluation. The LAMIMS reactor is a closed environment permitting steady state exposure of the catalyst library to the reactant stream. In this work, Pt/Al2O3 catalysts for the dehydrogenation of methylcyclohexane (MCH) to toluene have been ranked by LAMIMS. Spot-to-spot evaluation times (after preconditioning) are 1 min in this study. The data suggests that by optimization of signal-to-noise and spot-to-spot dwell times, ranking can be conducted at substantially under a minute per array spot candidate

  13. Ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometric characterization of organic aerosol from European and Chinese cities

    Wang, Kai; Huang, Ru-Jin; Hoffmann, Thorsten

    2016-04-01

    Organic aerosol constitutes a substantial fraction (20-90%) of submicrometer aerosol mass, playing an important role in air quality and human health. Over the past few years, ultra-high resolution mass spectrometry (UHRMS) has been applied to elucidate the chemical composition of ambient aerosols. However, most of the UHRMS studies used direct infusion without prior separation by liquid chromatography, which may cause the loss of individual compound information and interference problems. In the present study, urban ambient aerosol with particle diameter pure water and prepared for the extraction of humic-like substances. The extracts were analyzed by ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with an Orbitrap mass spectrometer in both negative and the positive modes. The effects of pretreatment procedures on the characterization of organic aerosol and the city-wise difference in chemical composition of organic aerosol will be discussed in detail.

  14. High-throughput mass spectrometric discovery of protein post-translational modifications.

    Wilkins, M R; Gasteiger, E; Gooley, A A; Herbert, B R; Molloy, M P; Binz, P A; Ou, K; Sanchez, J C; Bairoch, A; Williams, K L; Hochstrasser, D F

    1999-06-11

    The availability of genome sequences, affordable mass spectrometers and high-resolution two-dimensional gels has made possible the identification of hundreds of proteins from many organisms by peptide mass fingerprinting. However, little attention has been paid to how information generated by these means can be utilised for detailed protein characterisation. Here we present an approach for the systematic characterisation of proteins using mass spectrometry and a software tool FindMod. This tool, available on the internet at http://www.expasy.ch/sprot/findmod.html , examines peptide mass fingerprinting data for mass differences between empirical and theoretical peptides. Where mass differences correspond to a post-translational modification, intelligent rules are applied to predict the amino acids in the peptide, if any, that might carry the modification. FindMod rules were constructed by examining 5153 incidences of post-translational modifications documented in the SWISS-PROT database, and for the 22 post-translational modifications currently considered (acetylation, amidation, biotinylation, C-mannosylation, deamidation, flavinylation, farnesylation, formylation, geranyl-geranylation, gamma-carboxyglutamic acids, hydroxylation, lipoylation, methylation, myristoylation, N -acyl diglyceride (tripalmitate), O-GlcNAc, palmitoylation, phosphorylation, pyridoxal phosphate, phospho-pantetheine, pyrrolidone carboxylic acid, sulphation) a total of 29 different rules were made. These consider which amino acids can carry a modification, whether the modification occurs on N-terminal, C-terminal or internal amino acids, and the type of organisms on which the modification can be found. We illustrate the utility of the approach with proteins from 2-D gels of Escherichia coli and sheep wool, where post-translational modifications predicted by FindMod were confirmed by MALDI post-source decay peptide fragmentation. As the approach is amenable to automation, it presents a

  15. Vacuum-Ultraviolet Photoionization and Mass Spectrometric Characterization of Lignin Monomers Coniferyl and Sinapyl Alcohols

    Takahashi, Lynelle K.; Zhou, Jia; Kostko, Oleg; Golan, Amir; Leone, Stephen R.; Ahmed, Musahid

    2011-02-09

    The fragmentation mechanisms of monolignols under various energetic processes are studied with jet-cooled thermal desorption molecular beam (TDMB) mass spectrometry (MS), 25 keV Bi3+ secondary ion MS (SIMS), synchrotron vacuum-ultraviolet secondary neutral MS (VUV-SNMS) and theoretical methods. Experimental and calculated appearance energies of fragments observed in TDMB MS indicate that the coniferyl alcohol photoionization mass spectra contain the molecular parent and several dissociative photoionization products. Similar results obtained for sinapyl alcohol are also discussed briefly. Ionization energies of 7.60 eV ? 0.05 eV for coniferyl alcohol and<7.4 eV for both sinapyl and dihydrosinapyl alcohols are determined. The positive ion SIMS spectrum of coniferyl alcohol shares few characteristic peaks (m/z = 137 and 151) with the TDMB mass spectra, shows extensive fragmentation, and does not exhibit clear molecular parent signals. VUV-SNMS spectra, on the other hand, are dominated by the parent ion and main fragments also present in the TDMB spectra. Molecular fragmentation in VUV-SNMS spectra can be reduced by increasing the extraction delay time. Some features resembling the SIMS spectra are also observed in the desorbed neutral products. The monolignol VUV-SNMS peaks shared with the TDMB mass spectra suggest that dissociative photoionization of ion-sputtered neutral molecules predominate in the VUV-SNMS mass spectra, despite the extra internal energy imparted in the initial ion impact. The potential applications of these results to imaging mass spectrometry of bio-molecules are discussed.

  16. Determination of suvorexant in human plasma using 96-well liquid-liquid extraction and HPLC with tandem mass spectrometric detection.

    Breidinger, S A; Simpson, R C; Mangin, E; Woolf, E J

    2015-10-01

    A method, using liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometric detection (LC-MS/MS), was developed for the determination of suvorexant (MK-4305, Belsomra(®)), a selective dual orexin receptor antagonist for the treatment insomnia, in human plasma over the concentration range of 1-1000ng/mL. Stable isotope labeled (13)C(2)H3-suvorexant was used as an internal standard. The sample preparation procedure utilized liquid-liquid extraction, in the 96-well format, of a 100μL plasma sample with methyl t-butyl ether. The compounds were chromatographed under isocratic conditions on a Waters dC18 (50×2.1mm, 3μm) column with a mobile phase consisting of 30/70 (v/v %) 10mM ammonium formate, pH3/acetonitrile at a flow rate of 0.3mL/min. Multiple reaction monitoring of the precursor-to-product ion pairs for suvorexant (m/z 451→186) and (13)C(2)H3-suvorexant (m/z 455→190) on an Applied Biosystems API 4000 tandem mass spectrometer was used for quantitation. Intraday assay precision, assessed in six different lots of control plasma, was within 10% CV at all concentrations, while assay accuracy ranged from 95.6 to 105.0% of nominal. Quality control (QC) samples in plasma were stored at -20°C. Initial within day analysis of QCs after one freeze-thaw cycle showed accuracy within 9.5% of nominal with precision (CV) of 6.7% or less. The plasma QC samples were demonstrated to be stable for up to 25 months at -20°C. The method described has been used to support clinical studies during Phase I through III of clinical development. PMID:26343269

  17. OpenChrom: a cross-platform open source software for the mass spectrometric analysis of chromatographic data

    Odermatt Juergen

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Today, data evaluation has become a bottleneck in chromatographic science. Analytical instruments equipped with automated samplers yield large amounts of measurement data, which needs to be verified and analyzed. Since nearly every GC/MS instrument vendor offers its own data format and software tools, the consequences are problems with data exchange and a lack of comparability between the analytical results. To challenge this situation a number of either commercial or non-profit software applications have been developed. These applications provide functionalities to import and analyze several data formats but have shortcomings in terms of the transparency of the implemented analytical algorithms and/or are restricted to a specific computer platform. Results This work describes a native approach to handle chromatographic data files. The approach can be extended in its functionality such as facilities to detect baselines, to detect, integrate and identify peaks and to compare mass spectra, as well as the ability to internationalize the application. Additionally, filters can be applied on the chromatographic data to enhance its quality, for example to remove background and noise. Extended operations like do, undo and redo are supported. Conclusions OpenChrom is a software application to edit and analyze mass spectrometric chromatographic data. It is extensible in many different ways, depending on the demands of the users or the analytical procedures and algorithms. It offers a customizable graphical user interface. The software is independent of the operating system, due to the fact that the Rich Client Platform is written in Java. OpenChrom is released under the Eclipse Public License 1.0 (EPL. There are no license constraints regarding extensions. They can be published using open source as well as proprietary licenses. OpenChrom is available free of charge at http://www.openchrom.net.

  18. Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric assay for ponatinib and N-desmethyl ponatinib in mouse plasma.

    Sparidans, Rolf W; Kort, Anita; Schinkel, Alfred H; Schellens, Jan H M; Beijnen, Jos H

    2016-06-15

    Ponatinib is a multi-targeted third generation BCR-ABL1 tyrosine-kinase inhibitor approved for specific types of leukemia. A bioanalytical assay for this drug and its N-desmethyl metabolite in mouse plasma was developed and validated using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric (LC-MS/MS) with liquid-liquid extraction as sample pre-treatment procedure. After extraction with tert-butyl methyl ether of both analytes with their isotopically labeled internal standards and evaporation and reconstitution of the extract, compounds were separated by reversed-phase liquid chromatography under alkaline conditions. After electrospray ionization, both compounds were quantified in the selected reaction monitoring mode of a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer. The linear assay was validated in the ranges 5-5000ng/ml for ponatinib and 1-1000ng/ml for N-desmethyl ponatinib. Within-run (n=18) and between-run (3 runs; n=18) precisions were 10% and 12% at the lower limit of quantification for the metabolite, all other precisions were ≤8% for the metabolite and ≤6% for ponatinib. Accuracies were between 92 and 108% for both compounds in the whole calibration range. The drug was sufficiently stable under most relevant analytical conditions, only ponatinib showed more than 15% hydrolytic degradation after storage for 6h and longer at ambient temperature in mouse plasma. Finally, the assay was successfully applied to determine plasma drug levels and study pharmacokinetics after oral administration of ponatinib to female FVB mice. PMID:27179188

  19. Linear quantification of a streptavidin-alkaline phosphatase probe for enzyme-linked immuno mass spectrometric assay.

    Florentinus-Mefailoski, Angelique; Marshall, John G

    2016-06-15

    The alkaline phosphatase-streptavidin (AP-SA) probe released adenosine (∼267.2 Da) from the substrate adenosine monophosphate (AMP), where a signal may be detected from as little as 0.5 μl of a 0.1-pg/ml dilution of the probe (2.6 × 10(-22) mol). The signal from the AP-SA probe was linear from 1 to 50 pg/ml by monitoring adenosine release at 268 m/z (M + H) with liquid chromatography, electrospray ionization, and quadrupole mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS). The safe limit of detection and quantification of the AP-SA probe was approximately 0.5 pg/well or 5 pg/ml. Enzyme-linked immuno mass spectrometric assay (ELIMSA) using the AP-SA probe provided a linear signal response for prostate-specific antigen (PSA) against external standards from 1 to 500 pg/ml. The ELIMSA showed a safe limit of detection and quantification at 5 pg PSA/well or 50 pg/ml (false positive detection rate P ≤ 0.01). Female samples of 100 μl plasma/well were read against standards and blanks made in normal female plasma, and the lowest sample quantified was approximately 9.8 pg/well or 98 pg/ml. Here ELIMSA was applied to measure PSA in plasma from female, normal male, prostatectomy patient, and cancer patient samples that showed significant differences by analysis of variance (ANOVA). PMID:26944413

  20. Mass spectrometric study of selected precursors and degradation products of chemical warfare agents.

    Papousková, Barbora; Bednár, Petr; Frysová, Iveta; Stýskala, Jakub; Hlavác, Jan; Barták, Petr; Ulrichová, Jitka; Jirkovský, Jaromír; Lemr, Karel

    2007-12-01

    Selected precursors and degradation products of chemical warfare agents namely N,N-dialkylaminoethane-2-ols, N,N-dialkylaminoethyl-2-chlorides and some of related N-quaternary salts were studied by means of electrospray ionization-multiple tandem mass spectrometry (ESI-MS(n)). Proposed structures were confirmed with accurate mass measurement. General fragmentation patterns of these compounds are discussed in detail and suggested processes are confirmed using deuterated standards. The typical processes are elimination of alkene, hydrogen chloride, or water, respectively. Besides, elimination of ethene from propyl chain under specific conditions was observed and unambiguously confirmed using exact mass measurement and labelled standard. The potential of mass spectrometry to distinguish the positional isomers occurring among the studied compounds is reviewed in detail using two different MS instruments (i.e. ion trap and hybrid quadrupole-time of flight (Q-TOF) analyzer). A new microcolumn liquid chromatography (microLC)/MS(n) method was designed for the cases where the resolution based solely on differences in fragmentation is not sufficient. Low retention of the derivatives on reversed phase (RP) was overcome by using addition of less typical ion pairing agent (1 mM/l, 3,5-dinitrobenzoic acid) to the mobile phase (mixture water : acetonitrile). PMID:18085550

  1. Gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric analysis of tar compounds formed during pyrolysis of rice husks

    Haanappel, V.A.C.; Stevens, T.W.; Hovestad, A.; Skolnik, V.; Visser, R.

    1991-01-01

    Pyrolysis of agricultural waste to produce fuel gas involves formation of tars as noxious by-products. In this paper the qualitative analysis of tars formed during pyrolysis of rice husks is presented, based on identification by gas chromatography—mass spectrometry and interpolation of retention tim

  2. Heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoproteins C1/C2 identified as autoantigens by biochemical and mass spectrometric methods

    Heegaard, N H; Larsen, Martin Røssel; Muncrief, T;

    2000-01-01

    gel and their contents were analyzed by matrix-assisted laser desorption-ionization (MALDI) or nanoelectrospray ionization time-of-flight (TOF) tandem mass spectrometry (MS) after in-gel digestion with trypsin. A database search identified the proteins as the C1 and C2 heterogeneous nuclear...

  3. Laser-mass spectrometric studies on measurement of isotopic ratios Sm and Nd

    Measurements of isotopic ratio is important in many areas of research such as nuclear technology, geochemistry etc. However, depending on the nature of application of such data, the required accuracy and precision will also vary. For instance, in geochemistry, with subnanogram foraminifera samples, one needs to measure the ratio to within a very small variation (± 50‰) compared to natural isotopic composition. Whereas, in the boron enrichment plant (20-90 atom %), the accuracy needed is about ± 1 atom %. In the former case, one needs to make measurements using an expensive instruments such as a magnetic sector mass spectrometer coupled with a suitable ionization method. For the latter application, one can use less expensive instruments such as, quadrupole mass filer (QMF) or time-of-flight mass spectrometer (TOF-MS) etc. In the present work the effect of pulse width of Nd-YAG laser on the measurement of isotopic ratio of Sm and Nd is studied using an in-house developed Laser Ionization Mass Spectrometer (LIMS) facility. The picosecond Cps) laser seems to provide better data compared to nanosecond (ns) laser. This LIMS method is a relatively simple method to measure the isotope ratios to within ± 1%. (author)

  4. FINAL REPORT. MASS SPECTROMETRIC FINGERPRINTING OF TANK WASTES USING TUNABLE, ULTRAFAST INFRARED LASERS

    The principal scientific thrust of this project was to demonstrate a novel method for precision matrix-assisted laser desorption-ionization (MALDI) mass spectrometry (MS) of model tank-waste materials, using the sodium nitrate component of the tank waste both as the matrix and as...

  5. Mass spectrometric characterization of low-molecular pI markers for their utilization in proteomics

    Mazanec, Karel; Šlais, Karel; Šťastná, Miroslava; Chmelík, Josef

    Padova : Servizi Grafici Editoriali, 2005. s. 84. ISBN 88-86281-96-X. [IMMS. Informal Meeting on Mass Spectrometry /23./. 15.05.2005-19.05.2005, Primiero] R&D Projects: GA MŠk 1M0570 Keywords : pI marker * IEF * MALDI-TOF Subject RIV: CB - Analytical Chemistry, Separation

  6. Mass spectrometric determination of glycation of barley protein Z during the malting process

    Laštovičková, Markéta; Petry-Podgorska, Inga; Bobálová, Janette

    Bremen : IMSF, 2009. s. 341. [International Mass Spectrometry Conference /18./, IMSC 2009. 30.08.2009-04.09.2009, Bremen] R&D Projects: GA MŠk 1M0570; GA MŠk MEB040807 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40310501 Keywords : malt * MALDI-TOF MS * glycation Subject RIV: CB - Analytical Chemistry, Separation

  7. Vacuum-ultraviolet photoionization and mass spectrometric characterization of lignin monomers coniferyl and sinapyl alcohols.

    Takahashi, Lynelle K; Zhou, Jia; Kostko, Oleg; Golan, Amir; Leone, Stephen R; Ahmed, Musahid

    2011-04-21

    The fragmentation mechanisms of monolignols under various energetic processes are studied with jet-cooled thermal desorption molecular beam (TDMB) mass spectrometry (MS), 25 keV Bi(3)(+) secondary ion MS (SIMS), synchrotron vacuum-ultraviolet secondary neutral MS (VUV-SNMS) and theoretical methods. Experimental and calculated appearance energies of fragments observed in TDMB MS indicate that the coniferyl alcohol photoionization mass spectra contain the molecular parent and several dissociative photoionization products. Similar results obtained for sinapyl alcohol are also discussed briefly. Ionization energies of 7.60 eV ± 0.05 eV for coniferyl alcohol and SNMS spectra, on the other hand, are dominated by the parent ion and main fragments also present in the TDMB spectra. Molecular fragmentation in VUV-SNMS spectra can be reduced by increasing the extraction delay time. Some features resembling the SIMS spectra are also observed in the desorbed neutral products. The monolignol VUV-SNMS peaks shared with the TDMB mass spectra suggest that dissociative photoionization of ion-sputtered neutral molecules predominate in the VUV-SNMS mass spectra, despite the extra internal energy imparted in the initial ion impact. The potential applications of these results to imaging MS of biomolecules are discussed. PMID:21410275

  8. Mass Spectrometric Identification of the Arginine and Lysine deficient Proline Rich Glutamine Rich Wheat Storage Proteins

    Tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) of enzymatic digest has made possible identification of a wide variety of proteins and complex samples prepared by such techniques as RP-HPLC or 2-D gel electrophoresis. Success requires peptide fragmentation to be indicative of the peptide amino acid sequence. The f...

  9. Photoionization mass spectrometric studies of selected compounds in a molecular beam

    Trott, W.M.

    1979-03-01

    Photoionization efficiency curves have been measured at moderate to high resolution for several species produced in supersonic molecular beams of acetone, acetone-d/sub 6/ and CS/sub 2/. The molecular beam photoionization mass spectrometer which has been assembled for this work is described. The performance of this instrument has been characterized by a number of experiments and calculations.

  10. Combination of a SAW-biosensor with MALDI mass spectrometric analysis.

    Treitz, G; Gronewold, T M A; Quandt, E; Zabe-Kühn, M

    2008-05-15

    A S-sens K5 surface acoustic wave biosensor was coupled with mass spectrometry (SAW-MS) for the analysis of a protein complex consisting of human blood clotting cascade factor alpha-thrombin and human antithrombin III, a specific blood plasma inhibitor of thrombin. Specific binding of antithrombin III to thrombin was recorded as a function of time with a S-sens K5 biosensor. Two out of five elements of the sensor chip were used as references. To the remaining three elements coated with RNA anti-thrombin aptamers, thrombin and antithrombin III were bound consecutively. The biosensor measures mass changes on the chip surface showing that 20% of about 400fmol/cm2 thrombin formed a complex with the 1.7-times larger antithrombin III. Mass spectrometry (MS) was applied to identify the bound proteins. Sensor chips with aptamer-captured (1) thrombin and (2) thrombin-antithrombin III complex (TAT-complex) were digested with proteases on the sensor element and subsequently identified by peptide mass fingerprint (PMF) with matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-ToF) mass spectrometry. A significant identification of thrombin was achieved by measuring the entire digest with MALDI-ToF MS directly from the sensor chip surface. For the significant identification of both proteins in the TAT-complex, the proteolytic peptides had to be separated by nano-capillary-HPLC prior to MALDI-ToF MS. SAW-MS is applicable to protein interaction analysis as in functional proteomics and to miniaturized diagnostics. PMID:18316185

  11. Glow discharge mass spectrometric analysis of nickel-based heat-resisting alloys

    GD-MS analysis of nickel-based heat-resisting alloys has been performed using a VG 9000 glow discharge (GD) mass spectrometer. Concentrations of not only alloying elements (Al, Si, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Cu, Y, Nb, Mo and W) but also trace elements (B, C, Mg, P, S, Zn, Ga, As, Zr, Cd, Sn, Sb, Te, Pb and Bi) were successfully determined in disk shaped samples. The examination of spectral interference confirmed the following. The influence of manganese argide (55Mn40Ar+) on the ion beam intensity of 95Mo+ was negligible because manganese content of the alloys is usually less than 1 mass%. Mass spectra of 31P+ and 32S+ may be affected by the spectral interference of 62Ni2+ and 64Ni2+, respectively, due to the matrix element. However, these ion species were sufficiently separated at the mass resolution 5000 (m/Δm, at 5% peak height) used in this study. Relative sensitivity factors (RSFs) were determined by analyzing standard reference materials: JAERI CRMs, a NIST SRM, a BS CRM, BCS CRMs and the alloys prepared in our Institute. The average RSF-values obtained for Ni=1 were 0.436 for Al, 0.826 for Si, 0.281 for Ti, 0.375 for V, 1.480 for Cr, 1.122 for Mn, 0.754 for Fe, 0.653 for Co, 3.321 for Cu, 0.303 for Y, 0.436 for Nb, 0.862 for Mo, 0.935 for Ta and 1.052 for W. The analytical accuracy (σd) obtained was comparable to that of FP-XRF analysis, except for chromium and iron determinations. Relative standard deviations (RSDs) of five replicate measurements were within about 2.5%, except for phosphorus (P; 0.003 mass%, RSD; 3.31%) and sulfur (S; 0.005 mass%, RSD; 3.08%). GD-MS analytical values for ODS MA6000 alloy were obtained using a RSF correction program, and the values were in good agreement with those obtained by FP-XRF and by chemical analysis (author)

  12. High-production laser ion source using plasma focusing for mass spectrometric analysis of solids

    A laser-plasma ion source having an ion collection coefficient of about 3x10-8 has been designed. The laser is an alumo-yttrium garnet giant pulse FM laser generating pulses with repetition rate of 100 Hz and energy of 20 mJ per pulse. When a sample is affected by a high-power light, plasma is formed the ions of which are extracted by the field of the ''spherical diode'', accelerated and focused on the mass-spectrometer aperture. This plasma-focused laser ion source in combination with a mass-spectrometer may be used for the massspectrometric analysis of solid bodies. The results of such analysis are consistent with the data known from previous publications

  13. Uses and challenges of bioinformatic tools in mass spectrometric-based proteomic brain perturbation studies.

    Guingab-Cagmat, Joy D; Cagmat, Emilio B; Kobeissy, Firas H; Anagli, John

    2014-01-01

    Mass spectrometry (MS) has become the method of choice to study the proteome of brain injury. The high throughput nature of MS-based proteomic experiments generates massive amount of mass spectral data presenting great challenges in downstream interpretation. Currently, different bioinformatics platforms are available for functional analysis and data mining of MS-generated proteomic data. These tools provide a way to convert data sets to biologically interpretable results and functional outcomes. In this review, a brief overview of the currently available bioinformatics strategies applied to neuroproteomic studies is presented. Application of commercially available bioinformatics software to different brain injury studies demonstrates integration of the data mining and analysis applications into neuroproteomic workflows that can identify major protein markers as well as highlight the biological processes and molecular functions involved. PMID:24449691

  14. Mass spectrometric study of the phase boundaries of the CdS-CdTe system

    Nunoue, S.Y.; Hemmi, T.; Kato, E. (Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, Waseda Univ., Shinjuku-ku Tokyo 160 (JP))

    1990-04-01

    An isothermal evaporation method by means of a Knudsen cell-mass spectrometer combination has been applied to the determination of the phase boundaries in the CdS-CdTe system in the temperature range of 650{degrees}--720{degrees}C. The phase boundaries obtained were compared with published phase boundaries. The advantages of the present method over the x-ray diffraction technique are discussed.

  15. Gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric analysis of tar compounds formed during pyrolysis of rice husks

    Haanappel, V.A.C.; Stevens, T.W.; Hovestad, A.; Skolnik, V.; Visser, R.

    1991-01-01

    Pyrolysis of agricultural waste to produce fuel gas involves formation of tars as noxious by-products. In this paper the qualitative analysis of tars formed during pyrolysis of rice husks is presented, based on identification by gas chromatography—mass spectrometry and interpolation of retention times on a polyaromatic hydrocarbon index scale. The influence of some reaction parameters on product formation is briefly discussed.

  16. Ultrafast High-Resolution Mass Spectrometric Finger Pore Imaging in Latent Finger Prints

    Christian Elsner; Bernd Abel

    2014-01-01

    Latent finger prints (LFPs) are deposits of sweat components in ridge and groove patterns, left after human fingers contact with a surface. Being important targets in biometry and forensic investigations they contain more information than topological patterns. With laser desorption mass spectrometry imaging (LD-MSI) we record ‘three-dimensional' finger prints with additional chemical information as the third dimension. Here we show the potential of fast finger pore imaging (FPI) in latent fin...

  17. A mass spectrometric strategy for absolute quantification of Plasmodium falciparum proteins of low abundance

    Hyde John E

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Selected reaction monitoring mass spectrometry has been combined with the use of an isotopically labelled synthetic protein, made up of proteotypic tryptic peptides selected from parasite proteins of interest. This allows, for the first time, absolute quantification of proteins from Plasmodium falciparum. This methodology is demonstrated to be of sufficient sensitivity to quantify, even within whole cell extracts, proteins of low abundance from the folate pathway as well as more abundant "housekeeping" proteins.

  18. A mass spectrometric strategy for absolute quantification of Plasmodium falciparum proteins of low abundance

    Hyde John E; Southworth Paul M; Sims Paul FG

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Selected reaction monitoring mass spectrometry has been combined with the use of an isotopically labelled synthetic protein, made up of proteotypic tryptic peptides selected from parasite proteins of interest. This allows, for the first time, absolute quantification of proteins from Plasmodium falciparum. This methodology is demonstrated to be of sufficient sensitivity to quantify, even within whole cell extracts, proteins of low abundance from the folate pathway as well as more abun...

  19. Targeted Selected Reaction Monitoring Mass Spectrometric Immunoassay for Insulin-like Growth Factor 1

    Eric E Niederkofler; Phillips, David A.; Krastins, Bryan; Kulasingam, Vathany; Kiernan, Urban A.; Tubbs, Kemmons A.; Peterman, Scott M.; Prakash, Amol; Diamandis, Eleftherios P.; Lopez, Mary F; Nedelkov, Dobrin

    2013-01-01

    Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) is an important biomarker of human growth disorders that is routinely analyzed in clinical laboratories. Mass spectrometry-based workflows offer a viable alternative to standard IGF1 immunoassays, which utilize various pre-analytical preparation strategies. In this work we developed an assay that incorporates a novel sample preparation method for dissociating IGF1 from its binding proteins. The workflow also includes an immunoaffinity step using antibody-de...

  20. Gas Chromatography/Electron Ionization Mass Spectrometric Analysis of Oligomeric Polyethylene Glycol Mono Alkyl Ethers

    Adebayo O. Onigbinde; Burnaby Munson; Bamidele M.W. Amos-tautua

    2013-01-01

    Polyethylene Glycol Monoalkyl Ethers, CxH2x+1 (OC2H4)n OH, (PEGMAE), are polar compounds like Polyethylene Glycols (PEG) and they undergo microbial degradation which produces toxic substances that are potentially dangerous to the environment. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to carry out proper identification and characterization of these compounds. The Electron Ionization (EI) and Chemical Ionization (CI) spectra of various PEGMAE were obtained by Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry ...

  1. Mass-spectrometric determination of serum cortisol: comparison of data from two independent laboratories

    Isotope dilution and mass spectrometry were used in two independent laboratories to determine cortisol in 15 plasma and serum pools used in the British and German national schemes for the external quality assessment of routine assays. For the concentration range 240-700 nmol/L, differences between the data obtained by the two laboratories were generally less than 4% but were approximately 7% in two instances. The discrepancies are nevertheless small in comparison with the bias observed for many routine assays

  2. Visualizing Dermal Permeation of Sodium Channel Modulators by Mass Spectrometric Imaging

    Eberlin, Livia S; Mulcahy, John V.; Tzabazis, Alexander; Zhang, Jialing; Liu, Huwei; Logan, Matthew M.; Roberts, Heather J.; Lee, Gordon K.; Yeomans, David C.; Du Bois, Justin; Zare, Richard N.

    2014-01-01

    Determining permeability of a given compound through human skin is a principal challenge owing to the highly complex nature of dermal tissue. We describe the application of an ambient mass spectrometry imaging method for visualizing skin penetration of sodium channel modulators, including novel synthetic analogs of natural neurotoxic alkaloids, topically applied ex vivo to human skin. Our simple and label-free approach enables successful mapping of the transverse and lateral diffusion of smal...

  3. Doping control analysis of trimetazidine and characterization of major metabolites using mass spectrometric approaches.

    Sigmund, Gerd; Koch, Anja; Orlovius, Anne-Katrin; Guddat, Sven; Thomas, Andreas; Schänzer, Wilhelm; Thevis, Mario

    2014-01-01

    Since January 2014, the anti-anginal drug trimetazidine [1-(2,3,4-trimethoxybenzyl)-piperazine] has been classified as prohibited substance by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), necessitating specific and robust detection methods in sports drug testing laboratories. In the present study, the implementation of the intact therapeutic agent into two different initial testing procedures based on gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) is reported, along with the characterization of urinary metabolites by electrospray ionization-high resolution/high accuracy (tandem) mass spectrometry. For GC-MS analyses, urine samples were subjected to liquid-liquid extraction sample preparation, while LC-MS/MS analyses were conducted by established 'dilute-and-inject' approaches. Both screening methods were validated for trimetazidine concerning specificity, limits of detection (0.5-50 ng/mL), intra-day and inter-day imprecision (trimetazidine and the corresponding sulfoconjugate, oxo-trimetazidine, and trimetazidine-N-oxide as identified in doping control samples were used to complement the LC-MS/MS-based assay, although intact trimetazidine was found at highest abundance of the relevant trimetazidine-related analytes in all tested sports drug testing samples. Retrospective data mining regarding doping control analyses conducted between 1999 and 2013 at the Cologne Doping Control Laboratory concerning trimetazidine revealed a considerable prevalence of the drug particularly in endurance and strength sports accounting for up to 39 findings per year. PMID:24913825

  4. Calibration of mass spectrometric measurements of gas phase reactions on steel surfaces

    The sampling of the surface-near gas composition using a mass spectrometer (MS-Probe) is a valuable tool within a hot dip process simulator. Since reference samples with well characterized surface coverage are usually not available, steel samples can deliver quantifiable amounts of the process relevant species H2O, CO and H2 using the decarburization reaction with water vapor. Such “artificial calibration samples” (ACS) can be used for the calibration of the MS-Probe measurements. The carbon release rate, which is governed by the diffusion law, was determined by GDOES, since the diffusion coefficients of carbon in steel samples are usually not known. The measured carbon concentration profiles in the ACS after the thermal treatment confirmed the validity of the diffusion model described in this paper. The carbon bulk concentration > 100 ppm is sufficient for the use of a steel material as ACS. The experimental results reported in this paper reveal, that with the MS-Probe the LOQ of less than one monolayer of iron oxide can be achieved. - Highlights: • Gas to surface reactions at steel sheets is monitored with a mass spectrometer on-line. • The experimental data are calibrated in absolute terms as oxide mass densities. • Standard steel samples can be used for the calibration procedure. • Additional GDOES analysis of the carbon depletion in the calibration samples was carried out. • Limits of quantitation below one monolayer of oxide surface coverage were achieved

  5. Flavonoids as matrices for MALDI-TOF mass spectrometric analysis of transition metal complexes

    Petkovic, Marijana; Petrovic, Biljana; Savic, Jasmina; Bugarcic, Zivadin D.; Dimitric-Markovic, Jasmina; Momic, Tatjana; Vasic, Vesna

    2010-02-01

    Matrix-assisted laser desorption and ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) is a suitable method for the analysis of inorganic and organic compounds and biomolecules. This makes MALDI-TOF MS convenient for monitoring the interaction of metallo-drugs with biomolecules. Results presented in this manuscript demonstrate that flavonoids such as apigenin, kaempferol and luteolin are suitable for MALDI-TOF MS analysis of Pt(II), Pd(II), Pt(IV) and Ru(III) complexes, giving different signal-to-noise ratios of the analyte peak. The MALDI-TOF mass spectra of inorganic complexes acquired with these flavonoid matrices are easy to interpret and have some advantages over the application of other commonly used matrices: a low number of matrix peaks are detectable and the coordinative metal-ligand bond is, in most cases, preserved. On the other hand, flavonoids do not act as typical matrices, as their excess is not required for the acquisition of MALDI-TOF mass spectra of inorganic complexes.

  6. mMass 3: A Cross-Platform Software Environment for Precise Analysis of Mass Spectrometric Data

    Strohalm, Martin; Kavan, Daniel; Novák, Petr; Volný, Michael; Havlíček, Vladimír

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 82, č. 11 (2010), s. 4648-4651. ISSN 0003-2700 R&D Projects: GA MŠk LC07017 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50200510 Keywords : mass spectrometry * mMass 3 * protein identification Subject RIV: CE - Biochemistry Impact factor: 5.874, year: 2010

  7. Use of flow injection mass spectrometric fingerprinting and chemometrics for differentiation of three black cohosh species

    Flow injection mass spectrometry (FIMS) was used to provide chemical fingerprints of black cohosh (Actaea racemosa L.) in a manner of minutes by omitting the separation step. This method has proven to be a powerful tool for botanical authentication and in this study it was used to distinguish between three Actaea species prior to a more detailed chemical analysis using ultra high-performance liquid chromatography high-resolution mass spectrometry (UHPLC–HRMS). Black cohosh has become increasingly popular as a dietary supplement in the United States for the treatment of symptoms related to menopause. However, it has been known to be adulterated with the Asian Actaea dahurica (Turcz. ex Fisch. & C.A.Mey.) Franch. species (syn. Cimicifuga dahurica (Turcz.) Maxim). Existing methods for identification of black cohosh and differentiation of Actaea species are usually lengthy, laborious, and lack robustness, often based on the comparison of a few pre-selected components. Chemical fingerprints were obtained for 77 black cohosh samples and their related species using FIMS in the negative ion mode. The analysis time for each sample was less than 2 min. All data were processed using principal component analysis (PCA). FIMS fingerprints could readily differentiate all three species. Representative samples from each of the three species were further examined using UHPLC–MS to provide detailed profiles of the chemical differences between the three species and were compared to the PCA loadings. This study demonstrates a simple, fast, and easy analytical method that can be used to differentiate A. racemosa, Actaea podocarpa, and A. dahurica. - Highlights: • Flow injection mass spectrometry (FIMS) was used to provide chemical fingerprints of black cohosh (Actaea racemosa L.) in a manner of minutes by omitting the separation step. • FIMS can discriminate between A. dahurica, A. podocarpa, and A. racemosa. • FIMS is a valuable screening tool for authentication of botanicals

  8. Raman spectroscopic and mass spectrometric investigations of the hydrogen isotopes and isotopically labelled methane

    Jewett, J.R., Fluor Daniel Hanford

    1997-02-24

    Suitable analytical methods must be tested and developed for monitoring the individual process steps within the fuel cycle of a fusion reactor and for tritium accountability. The utility of laser-Raman spectroscopy accompanied by mass spectrometry with an Omegatron was investigated using the analysis of all hydrogen isotopes and isotopically labeled methanes as an example. The Omegatron is useful for analyzing all hydrogen isotopes mixed with the stable helium isotopes. The application of this mass spectrometer were demonstrated by analyzing mixtures of deuterated methanes. In addition, it was employed to study the radiochemical Witzbach exchange reaction between tritium and methanes. A laser-Raman spectrometer was designed for analysis of tritium-containing gases and was built from individual components. A tritium-compatible, metal-sealed Raman cuvette having windows with good optical properties and additional means for measuring the stray light was first used successfully in this work. The Raman spectra of the hydrogen isotopes were acquired in the pure rotation mode and in the rotation-vibration mode and were used for on. The deuterated methanes were measured by Raman spectroscopy, the wavenumbers determined were assigned to the corresponding vibrations, and the wavenumbers for the rotational fine-structure were summarized in tables. The fundamental Vibrations of the deuterated methanes produced Witzbach reactions were detected and assigned. The fundamental vibrations of the molecules were obtained with Raman spectroscopy for the first time in this work. The @-Raman spectrometer assembled is well suited for the analysis of tritium- containing gases and is practical in combination with mass spectrometry using an Omegatron, for studying gases used in fusion.

  9. Use of flow injection mass spectrometric fingerprinting and chemometrics for differentiation of three black cohosh species

    Huang, Huilian [Food Composition and Methods Development Laboratory, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Beltsville, MD (United States); Key Laboratory of Modern Preparation of TCM, Jiangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ministry of Education, Nanchang, Jiangxi Province (China); Sun, Jianghao [Food Composition and Methods Development Laboratory, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Beltsville, MD (United States); McCoy, Joe-Ann [The North Carolina Arboretum Germplasm Repository, UNC Affiliate Campus, Asheville, NC (United States); Zhong, Haiyan [College of Food Science and Engineering, Central South University of Forestry and Technology, Changsha, Hunan Province (China); Fletcher, Edward J. [Strategic Sourcing, Inc., Banner Elk, NC 28604 (United States); Harnly, James, E-mail: harnly.james@ars.usda.gov [Food Composition and Methods Development Laboratory, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Beltsville, MD (United States); Chen, Pei, E-mail: pei.chen@ars.usda.gov [Food Composition and Methods Development Laboratory, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Beltsville, MD (United States)

    2015-03-01

    Flow injection mass spectrometry (FIMS) was used to provide chemical fingerprints of black cohosh (Actaea racemosa L.) in a manner of minutes by omitting the separation step. This method has proven to be a powerful tool for botanical authentication and in this study it was used to distinguish between three Actaea species prior to a more detailed chemical analysis using ultra high-performance liquid chromatography high-resolution mass spectrometry (UHPLC–HRMS). Black cohosh has become increasingly popular as a dietary supplement in the United States for the treatment of symptoms related to menopause. However, it has been known to be adulterated with the Asian Actaea dahurica (Turcz. ex Fisch. & C.A.Mey.) Franch. species (syn. Cimicifuga dahurica (Turcz.) Maxim). Existing methods for identification of black cohosh and differentiation of Actaea species are usually lengthy, laborious, and lack robustness, often based on the comparison of a few pre-selected components. Chemical fingerprints were obtained for 77 black cohosh samples and their related species using FIMS in the negative ion mode. The analysis time for each sample was less than 2 min. All data were processed using principal component analysis (PCA). FIMS fingerprints could readily differentiate all three species. Representative samples from each of the three species were further examined using UHPLC–MS to provide detailed profiles of the chemical differences between the three species and were compared to the PCA loadings. This study demonstrates a simple, fast, and easy analytical method that can be used to differentiate A. racemosa, Actaea podocarpa, and A. dahurica. - Highlights: • Flow injection mass spectrometry (FIMS) was used to provide chemical fingerprints of black cohosh (Actaea racemosa L.) in a manner of minutes by omitting the separation step. • FIMS can discriminate between A. dahurica, A. podocarpa, and A. racemosa. • FIMS is a valuable screening tool for authentication of botanicals.

  10. Chemometric profile of root extracts of Rhodiola imbricata Edgew. with hyphenated gas chromatography mass spectrometric technique.

    Amol B Tayade

    Full Text Available Rhodiola imbricata Edgew. (Rose root or Arctic root or Golden root or Shrolo, belonging to the family Crassulaceae, is an important food crop and medicinal plant in the Indian trans-Himalayan cold desert. Chemometric profile of the n-hexane, chloroform, dichloroethane, ethyl acetate, methanol, and 60% ethanol root extracts of R. imbricata were performed by hyphenated gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC/MS technique. GC/MS analysis was carried out using Thermo Finnigan PolarisQ Ion Trap GC/MS MS system comprising of an AS2000 liquid autosampler. Interpretation on mass spectrum of GC/MS was done using the NIST/EPA/NIH Mass Spectral Database, with NIST MS search program v.2.0g. Chemometric profile of root extracts revealed the presence of 63 phyto-chemotypes, among them, 1-pentacosanol; stigmast-5-en-3-ol, (3β,24S; 1-teracosanol; 1-henteracontanol; 17-pentatriacontene; 13-tetradecen-1-ol acetate; methyl tri-butyl ammonium chloride; bis(2-ethylhexyl phthalate; 7,8-dimethylbenzocyclooctene; ethyl linoleate; 3-methoxy-5-methylphenol; hexadecanoic acid; camphor; 1,3-dimethoxybenzene; thujone; 1,3-benzenediol, 5-pentadecyl; benzenemethanol, 3-hydroxy, 5-methoxy; cholest-4-ene-3,6-dione; dodecanoic acid, 3-hydroxy; octadecane, 1-chloro; ethanone, 1-(4-hydroxyphenyl; α-tocopherol; ascaridole; campesterol; 1-dotriacontane; heptadecane, 9-hexyl were found to be present in major amount. Eventually, in the present study we have found phytosterols, terpenoids, fatty acids, fatty acid esters, alkyl halides, phenols, alcohols, ethers, alkanes, and alkenes as the major group of phyto-chemotypes in the different root extracts of R. imbricata. All these compounds identified by GC/MS analysis were further investigated for their biological activities and it was found that they possess a diverse range of positive pharmacological actions. In future, isolation of individual phyto-chemotypes and subjecting them to biological activity will definitely prove fruitful

  11. New FORTRAN computer programs to acquire and process isotopic mass spectrometric data: Operator's manual

    This TM is one of a pair that describes ORNL-developed software for acquisition and processing of isotope ratio mass spectral data. This TM is directed at the laboratory analyst. No technical knowledge of the programs and programming is required. It describes how to create and edit files, how to acquire and process data, and how to set up files to obtain the desired results. The aim of this TM is to serve as a utilitarian instruction manual, a open-quotes how toclose quotes approach rather than a open-quotes why?close quotes

  12. Mass-spectrometric measurements of enhanced methanation activity over cobalt and nickel foils. Interim report

    Palmer, R.L.; Vroom, D.A.

    1976-12-20

    The kinetics of methane synthesis from H/sub 2//CO mixtures has been studied over Ni, Co, and Fe foils. The gas composition of a flowing reaction cell was analyzed using a differentially pumped, modulated mass-spectrometer. Ni and Co foils that have been previously oxidized, and then reduced in H/sub 2/ at 525-600/sup 0/K show a surprisingly high and specific catalytic activity for methane formation. No unusual activity was observed over iron for any of the surface treatments tried here. Evidence is also presented to support a mechanism for this highly specific reaction involving a labile surface carbon atom intermediate.

  13. Mass-spectrometric measurements of enhanced methanation activity over cobalt and nickel foils

    Palmer, R.L.; Vroom, D.A.

    1977-11-01

    The kinetics of methane synthesis from H/sub 2//CO mixtures has been studied over Ni, Co, and Fe foils. The gas composition of a flow reaction cell was analyzed using a differentially pumped, modulated mass spectrometer. Ni and Co foils that have been previously oxidized and then reduced in H/sub 2/ at 525 to 600/sup 0/CK show a surprisingly high and specific catalytic activity for methane formation. No unusual activity was observed over iron for any of the surface treatments tried here. Evidence is also presented to support a mechanism for this highly specific reaction involving a labile surface carbon atom intermediate.

  14. Mass spectrometric analysis of selected radiolyzed amino acids in an astrochemical context

    A selection of amino acids, namely arginine, proline and tyrosine previously irradiated to 3.2 mega-Gray in the solid state and analyzed by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and optical rotatory dispersion (ORD) were analyzed in the present work by mass spectrometry with the purpose to identify the radiolysis products and validate the results obtained previously with DSC and ORD. The radiolysis of amino acids is a top-down approach of a research program designed to assess the radiolysis resistance of these molecules for 4.6 x 109 years once buried in primitive bodies of the Solar System. (author)

  15. Nanodisc-based Co-immunoprecipitation for Mass Spectrometric Identification of Membrane-interacting Proteins

    Borch-Jensen, Jonas; Roepstorff, Peter; Møller-Jensen, Jakob

    2011-01-01

    interaction partners of the glycolipid ganglioside GM1 harbored by nanodiscs. Highly specific binding activity for nanodisc-GM1 immobilized on sensorchips was observed by surface plasmon resonance in culture media from enterotoxigenic Escherischia coli. To isolate the interaction partner(s) from...... enterotoxigenic Escherischia coli, GM1-nanodiscs were employed for co-immunoprecipitation. The B subunit of heat labile enterotoxin was identified as a specific interaction partner by mass spectrometry, thus demonstrating that nanodisc technology is useful for highly specific detection and identification of...

  16. Mass spectrometric characterization of a pyrolytic radical source using femtosecond ionization

    Frey, H.M.; Beaud, P.; Mischler, B.; Radi, P.P.; Tzannis, A.P.; Gerber, T. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland)

    1997-06-01

    Radicals play, as reactive species, an important role in the chemistry of combustion. In contrast to atmospheric flames where spectra are congested due to high vibrational and rotational excitation, experiments in the cold environment of a molecular beam (MB) yield clean spectra that can be easily attributed to one species by Resonantly Enhanced Multi Photon Ionization (REMP). A pyrolytic radical source has been set up. To characterize the efficiency of the source `soft` ionization with femto second pulses is applied which results in less fragmentation, simplifying the interpretation of the mass spectrum. (author) figs., tabs., refs.

  17. Gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric determination of ethyl carbamate in alcoholic beverages.

    Lau, B P; Weber, D; Page, B D

    1987-07-31

    A sensitive and specific method based on gas chromatography-mass spectrometry for the quantitative determination of ethyl carbamate in table wines, fortified wines (such as ports and sherries), distilled spirits, brandies and liqueurs has been developed. Three characteristic ions from ethyl carbamate [m/z 89 (molecular ion), 74 and 62] were monitored in the selected-ion monitoring (SIM) mode. The lowest detection limit (based on the response on the m/z 62 ion) was estimated to be 0.5 ng/g (ppb). Additional confirmation techniques, including high-resolution SIM, and methane or isobutane chemical ionization are described. PMID:3654867

  18. Pyrolysis-mass spectrometric prediction of liquefaction reactivity and structural analysis of coals

    Durfee, S.L.; Voorhees, K.J.

    1985-10-01

    Forty-seven PSOC coals were pyrolyzed with eight replicates each in a Curie point pyrolysis mass spectrometer. This large data set was normalized and then analyzed using principal component analysis. From the reduced data set, equations were developed by using stepwise linear regression which modeled reactivity of the coal in tubing bombs and in the Gulf continuous flow reactor. Through the use of factor and loading spectra, structural components of the coal which were correlated with reactivity were identified. 33 references, 9 figures, 1 table.

  19. Mass spectrometric study of the mercury isotopes in the Allende meteorite

    Nier, A. O.; Schlutter, D. J.

    1986-01-01

    Isotopic abundance ratios for mercury were determined by mass spectrometry in six samples of bulk material and in one sample of chondrules from the Allende meteorite. A primary purpose of the work was to attempt to verify the anomalous ratios reported for Hg-196/Hg-202 by neutron activation. Measurements were made on the mercury released at temperatures of 250, 450, 600 C, and in some cases, higher temperatures. The precision of the measurements was such that if an anomaly of the magnitude reported exists, it should have been seen. The isotopic abundance ratios for the other mercury isotopes were also measured. Within the errors of measurement these agreed with normal terrestrial values.

  20. Mass spectrometric determination of the dissociation energy of TcC(g)

    The TcC(g) molecule is observed above a liquid technetium carbide phase of unknown composition by using Knudsen effusion mass spectrometry. Intensity data for Tc(g) between 2229 and 25600K and for TcC(g) between 2393 and 23950K give a third-law bond energy of D00 = (134 +- 7) kcal mol-1 for TcC(g). A value of D00 = (140 +- 2) kcal mol-1 is obtained by the second-law method. 2 figures

  1. Comparison of mass spectrometric methods (TE, MTE and conventional) for uranium isotope ratio measurements

    The isotope ratio measurement techniques - total evaporation (TE), modified total evaporation (MTE), and conventional - used for characterization measurements of certified reference materials by thermal ionization mass spectrometer instruments are compared. The advantages of each method, the fractionation profiles resulting from the measurement techniques, and factors affecting systematic components of bias in the isotope ratio measurements are discussed. The TE and MTE techniques yield major ratios and the conventional and MTE techniques yield minor ratios of comparable quality (in terms of precision and accuracy). (author)

  2. New FORTRAN computer programs to acquire and process isotopic mass spectrometric data: Operator`s manual

    Smith, D.H.; McKown, H.S.

    1993-09-01

    This TM is one of a pair that describes ORNL-developed software for acquisition and processing of isotope ratio mass spectral data. This TM is directed at the laboratory analyst. No technical knowledge of the programs and programming is required. It describes how to create and edit files, how to acquire and process data, and how to set up files to obtain the desired results. The aim of this TM is to serve as a utilitarian instruction manual, a {open_quotes}how to{close_quotes} approach rather than a {open_quotes}why?{close_quotes}

  3. GAS CHROMATOGRAPHIC-MASS SPECTROMETRIC ANALYSIS OF HIGH PURITY SULFUR HEXAFLUORIDE ENRICHED WITH 32S ISOTOPE

    Krylov, V. A.; Sozin, A. Iu.; Chernova, O. Iu.

    2016-01-01

    The method of gas chromatography-mass spectrometry was used for the first time to investigate the impurity composition of high-purity sulfur hexafluoride enriched with 32S isotope. For the separation of impurities an adsorption capillary column GS-GasPro of 60 m ´ 0.32 mm with a modified silica gel and a column of 25 m × 0.26 mm, df = 0.25 microns with  a poly trimethylsilyl propyne (PTMSP) were used. It was shown that GS-GasPro column allowed separating the impurity substances with low molec...

  4. Characterization of spent nuclear fuels by an online combination of chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques

    The determination of the burn-up is one of the essential parts in post-irradiation examinations on nuclear fuel samples. In the frame of national and international research programs the analysis of the isotopic vectors of uranium, plutonium, neodymium and some other fission products and actinides was carried out in the Hot lab of the Paul Scherrer Institute in the last years by using high-performance liquid chromatography coupled online with an inductively coupled plasma quadrupole mass spectrometer. In the meantime a multicollector ICP-MS, suitable for high precision isotope ratio measurements, was installed within the Hot lab and has been used now in combination with a chromatographic separation system for the first time for burn-up determinations of nuclear fuel samples. The results of these investigations, a comparison of both methods with the classical technique for burn-up analyses (thermal ionization mass spectrometry), the advantages and limitations of the methods and the accuracy and precision of this type of analyses are presented in the paper. (author)

  5. Application of a Mass Spectrometric Approach to Detect the Presence of Fatty Acid Biosynthetic Phosphopeptides.

    Lau, Benjamin Yii Chung; Clerens, Stefan; Morton, James D; Dyer, Jolon M; Deb-Choudhury, Santanu; Ramli, Umi Salamah

    2016-04-01

    The details of plant lipid metabolism are relatively well known but the regulation of fatty acid production at the protein level is still not understood. Hence this study explores the importance of phosphorylation as a mechanism to control the activity of fatty acid biosynthetic enzymes using low and high oleic acid mesocarps of oil palm fruit (Elaeis guineensis variety of Tenera). Adaptation of neutral loss-triggered tandem mass spectrometry and selected reaction monitoring to detect the neutral loss of phosphoric acid successfully found several phosphoamino acid-containing peptides. These peptides corresponded to the peptides from acetyl-CoA carboxylase and 3-enoyl-acyl carrier protein reductase as identified by their precursor ion masses. These findings suggest that these enzymes were phosphorylated at 20th week after anthesis. Phosphorylation could have reduce their activities towards the end of fatty acid biosynthesis at ripening stage. Implication of phosphorylation in the regulation of fatty acid biosynthesis at protein level has never been reported. PMID:26993480

  6. Chemical, mass spectrometric, spectrochemical, nuclear, and radiochemical analysis of nuclear-grade uranyl nitrate solutions

    The standard covers analytical procedures to determine compliance of nuclear-grade uranyl nitrate solution to specifications. The following methods are described in detail: uranium by ferrous sulfate reduction-potassium dichromate titrimetry and by ignition gravimetry; specific gravity by pycnometry; free acid by oxalate complexation; thorium by the Arsenazo(III) (photometric) method; chromium by the diphenylcarbazide (photometric) method; molybdenum by the thiocyanate (photometric) method; halogens separation by steam distillation; fluorine by specific ion electrode; halogen distillate analysis: chloride, bromide and iodide by amperometric microtitrimetry; bromine by the fluorescein (photometric) method; sulfate sulfur by (photometric) turbidimetry; phosphorus by the molybdenum blue (photometric) method; silicon by the molybdenum blue (photometric) method; carbon by persulfate oxidation-acid titrimetry; nonvolatile impurities by spectrography; volatile impurities by rotating-disk spark spectrography; boron by emission spectrography; impurity elements by spark source mass spectrography; isotopic composition by multiple filament surface-ionization mass spectrometry; uranium-232 by alpha spectrometry; total alpha activity by direct alpha counting; fission product activity by beta and gamma counting; entrained organic matter by infrared spectrophotometry

  7. Thermogravimetric-Mass Spectrometric Study of the Pyrolysis Behavior of PVC

    SUN Qing-lei; SHI Xin-gang; LIN Yun-liang; ZHU He; WANG Xiao; CHENG Chuan-ge; LIU Jian-hua

    2007-01-01

    The pyrolysis characteristics of PVC were systematically investigated using a Netzschne TG thermo-balance coupled to a quadrupole mass spectrometer. The pyrolysis conditions were 0.1 MPa of Ar, a heating rate of 10 ℃/min and a final temperature of 1000 ℃. Both the thermogravimetric properties and the simultaneous evolution of gaseous products during pyrolysis were studied. The TG/DTG results showed that as the pyrolysis temperature increases the weight loss and weight loss rate of PVC increases. Near 412 ℃ the weight loss rate attained its peak value. At higher temperatures the rate of loss gradually decreases. The gases evolved during thermogravimetric analysis were analyzed by a mass spectrometer, monitoring the relative intensity of HCl, C6H6, light hydrocarbon and chlorine-containing gases. The evolution curves showed that HCl, C6H6, light hydrocarbon and chlorine-containing gases all peak at about 416 ℃. This is consistent with the fact that the weight loss curves also peak at about 412 ℃. The extensive HCl evolution is consistent with the high chlorine content of PVC. The formation of these gases can be explained by considering these reactions: dehydrochlorination, intramolecular cyclization and the addition of HCl to unsaturated hydrocarbons.

  8. Rapid mass-spectrometric determination of boron isotopic distribution in boron carbide.

    Rein, J E; Abernathey, R M

    1972-07-01

    Boron isotopic ratios are measured in boron carbide by thermionic ionization mass spectrometry with no prior chemical separation. A powder blend of boron carbide and sodium hydroxide is prepared, a small portion is transferred to a tantalum filament, the filament is heated to produce sodium borate, and the filament is transferred to the mass spectrometer where the(11)B/(10)B ratio is measured, using the Na(2)BO(2)(+) ion. Variables investigated for their effect on preferential volatilization of (10)B include the sodium hydroxide-boron carbide ratio and the temperature and duration of filament heating. A series of boron carbide pellets containing natural boron, of the type proposed for the control rods of the Fast Flux Test Facility reactor, were analysed with an apparently unbiased result of 4.0560 for the (11)B/(10)B ratio (standard deviation 0.0087). The pellets contained over 3% metal impurities typically found in this material. Time of analysis is 45 min per sample, with one analyst. PMID:18961131

  9. Mass spectrometric study of the release of volatile fission products from irradiated LWR fuel

    The chemical form and rate of release of volatile fission products (i.e., Xe, Kr, Cs, Te, I,...) effused from a section of an irradiated LWR fuel pin are being studied using quadrupole mass spectrometry. The released volatile fission products must effuse through a hole drilled in the cladding to reach the ionizer of the mass spectrometer. Experiments to a temperature of 14500C have identified krypton, xenon, cesium, tellurium, and atomic iodine (very weak signal) as the species released from the fuel. The source of the atomic iodine, i.e. dissociation of cesium iodide or dissociation of molecular iodine, has yet to be resolved. The observed rate of release of xenon is several orders of magnitude lower than previously reported. In complimentary experiments on nonradioactive material, the reaction of tellurium with the Zircaloy cladding was found to hinder its release. Above 12000C, gaseous SnTe was observed; its formation is attributed to reaction of the tin (in the cladding) with ZrTe/sub 2/

  10. New method for mass spectrometric trace analysis of metals in biology and medicine

    A first survey on the basic aspects and applications of a novel method for trace analyses of metals is given. The advantages of this methodology for analyses of trace metals which was developed by our group are: small sample amount, high sensitivity and selectivity, simple sample preparation for the measurement (no ashing) and reliability and precision of the results. The time consumption for one complete quantitative analysis lies below 30 min. The concentration of monoisotopic metals, as for example aluminium, cesium, manganese etc. is determined using a calibration curve. Using stable isotope dilution analysis quantification of metals with at least two stable isotopes further improved the precision of the results. If this technique is utilized, on one hand contamination of the environment by radioactive substances is avoided, on the other even the smallest changes in concentrations of trace metals are detected unambigeously. The accuracy of the resulting quantitative data has been confirmed test measurements with other analytical methods such as atomic absorption spectroscopy and thermal ionization mass spectrometry. Although there is no doubt that the greatest analytical capacity of field desorption mass spectrometry is in the field of high-molecular weight natural products, it has been possible in the last years to modify the method for qualitative and quantitative investigations of more than 60 metals. (orig./EF)

  11. Mass spectrometric characterization of elements and molecules in cell cultures and tissues

    Arlinghaus, H. F.; Kriegeskotte, C.; Fartmann, M.; Wittig, A.; Sauerwein, W.; Lipinsky, D.

    2006-07-01

    Time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) and laser post-ionization secondary neutral mass spectrometry (laser-SNMS) have been used to image and quantify targeted compounds, intrinsic elements and molecules with subcellular resolution in single cells of both cell cultures and tissues. Special preparation procedures for analyzing cell cultures and tissue materials were developed. Cancer cells type MeWo, incubated with boronated compounds, were sandwiched between two substrates, cryofixed, freeze-fractured and freeze-dried. Also, after injection with boronated compounds, different types of mouse tissues were extracted, prepared on a special specimen carrier and plunged with high velocity into LN 2-cooled propane for cryofixation. After trimming, these tissue blocks were freeze-dried. The measurements of the K/Na ratio demonstrated that for both cell cultures and tissue materials the special preparation techniques used were appropriate for preserving the chemical and structural integrity of the living cell. The boron images show inter- and intracellular boron signals with different intensities. Molecular images show distinct features partly correlated with the cell structure. A comparison between laser-SNMS and ToF-SIMS showed that especially laser-SNMS is particularly well-suited for identifying specific cell structures and imaging ultratrace element concentrations in tissues.

  12. Mass spectrometric characterization of elements and molecules in cell cultures and tissues

    Arlinghaus, H.F. [Physikalisches Institut, Universitaet Muenster, Wilhelm-Klemm-Str. 10, D-48149 Muenster (Germany)]. E-mail: arlinghaus@uni-muenster.de; Kriegeskotte, C. [Physikalisches Institut, Universitaet Muenster, Wilhelm-Klemm-Str. 10, D-48149 Muenster (Germany); Fartmann, M. [Physikalisches Institut, Universitaet Muenster, Wilhelm-Klemm-Str. 10, D-48149 Muenster (Germany); Wittig, A. [Strahlenklinik, Universitaetsklinikum Essen, D-45122 Essen (Germany); Sauerwein, W. [Strahlenklinik, Universitaetsklinikum Essen, D-45122 Essen (Germany); Lipinsky, D. [Physikalisches Institut, Universitaet Muenster, Wilhelm-Klemm-Str. 10, D-48149 Muenster (Germany)

    2006-07-30

    Time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) and laser post-ionization secondary neutral mass spectrometry (laser-SNMS) have been used to image and quantify targeted compounds, intrinsic elements and molecules with subcellular resolution in single cells of both cell cultures and tissues. Special preparation procedures for analyzing cell cultures and tissue materials were developed. Cancer cells type MeWo, incubated with boronated compounds, were sandwiched between two substrates, cryofixed, freeze-fractured and freeze-dried. Also, after injection with boronated compounds, different types of mouse tissues were extracted, prepared on a special specimen carrier and plunged with high velocity into LN{sub 2}-cooled propane for cryofixation. After trimming, these tissue blocks were freeze-dried. The measurements of the K/Na ratio demonstrated that for both cell cultures and tissue materials the special preparation techniques used were appropriate for preserving the chemical and structural integrity of the living cell. The boron images show inter- and intracellular boron signals with different intensities. Molecular images show distinct features partly correlated with the cell structure. A comparison between laser-SNMS and ToF-SIMS showed that especially laser-SNMS is particularly well-suited for identifying specific cell structures and imaging ultratrace element concentrations in tissues.

  13. A mass spectrometric investigation of the vaporisation behaviour in the (U + Pu + O) system

    Highlights: • Vapour pressure measurements performed at high temperatures on (U, Pu) oxide samples. • Experimental facility consisted of a Knudsen cell coupled with a mass spectrometer. • Partial pressures of gaseous species were assessed from ionisation efficiency curves. • Vapour pressure was calculated using a thermochemical model for the ternary system. -- Abstract: The vaporisation behaviour of (U, Pu)O2 mixed oxides (Pu/M = 0.25, 0.50 and 0.75, with M = U + Pu) was studied by means of mass spectrometry. Hyperstoichiometric samples were heated in a Knudsen cell up to T = 2300 K. The evolution of the uranium and plutonium bearing gaseous species was studied as a function of time in order to evaluate the congruent vapour composition. Ionisation efficiency measurements were performed and the partial pressures of the gaseous species involved in the vaporisation process were determined. The vapour pressure has also been calculated using a thermochemical model for the (U + Pu + O) system. A quasi congruent composition with respect to the O/M ratio has been assumed, in agreement with the experiments. Nevertheless, the evaluation of all the experimental and calculated results shows that a total congruent composition exists for a single composition of the mixed oxide (MOX) samples with a Pu/M content slightly lower than 0.50. A good agreement is obtained between the calculated and experimental vapour pressure data, as well as the quasi congruent vaporisation compositions

  14. Mass spectrometric studies of the vapour phase in the (Pu + O) system

    Highlights: → Vapour pressure measurements performed at high temperatures on PuO2-x samples. → Experimental facility consisted of a Knudsen cell coupled with a mass spectrometer. → Partial pressures of gaseous species were assessed from ionisation efficiency curves. → (Pu + O) system was studied for stoichiometry corresponding to O/M from 1.5 to 2.0. - Abstract: Vapour pressure measurements at high temperatures have been performed on plutonium oxide samples using a Knudsen cell coupled with a mass spectrometer. Different experimental conditions were applied for the derivation of the solid-gas phase relations for three composition in the Pu-O phase diagram: the (Pu2O3-PuO2-x) two-phase domain, the congruent vapourisation composition and near stoichiometric PuO2.00. The partial pressures of the gaseous species PuO2, PuO, and Pu were assessed from ionisation efficiency curves recorded at constant temperature. The vapour pressure results for different phase fields were discussed together with all the available literature data.

  15. Cryogenic micro-calorimeters for mass spectrometric identification of neutral molecules and molecular fragments

    Novotný, O; Enss, C; Fleischmann, A; Gamer, L; Hengstler, D; Kempf, S; Krantz, C; Pabinger, A; Pies, C; Savin, D W; Schwalm, D; Wolf, A

    2015-01-01

    We have systematically investigated the energy resolution of a magnetic micro-calorimeter (MMC) for atomic and molecular projectiles at impact energies ranging from $E\\approx13$ to 150~keV. For atoms we obtained absolute energy resolutions down to $\\Delta E \\approx 120$~eV and relative energy resolutions down to $\\Delta E/E\\approx10^{-3}$. We also studied in detail the MMC energy-response function to molecular projectiles of up to mass 56~u. We have demonstrated the capability of identifying neutral fragmentation products of these molecules by calorimetric mass spectrometry. We have modeled the MMC energy-response function for molecular projectiles and conclude that backscattering is the dominant source of the energy spread at the impact energies investigated. We have successfully demonstrated the use of a detector absorber coating to suppress such spreads. We briefly outline the use of MMC detectors in experiments on gas-phase collision reactions with neutral products. Our findings are of general interest fo...

  16. Interpretation of organic components from positive matrix factorization of aerosol mass spectrometric data

    I. M. Ulbrich

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available The organic aerosol (OA dataset from an Aerodyne Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (Q-AMS collected at the Pittsburgh Air Quality Study in September 2002 was analyzed for components with Positive Matrix Factorization (PMF. Three components – hydrocarbon-like organic aerosol OA (HOA, a highly-oxygenated OA (OOA-I that correlates well with sulfate, and a less-oxygenated, semi-volatile OA (OOA-II that correlates well with nitrate and chloride – are identified and interpreted as primary combustion emissions, aged SOA, and semivolatile, less aged SOA, respectively. The complexity of interpreting the PMF solutions of unit mass resolution (UMR AMS data is illustrated by a detailed analysis of the solutions as a function of number of components and rotational state. A public database of AMS spectra has been created to aid this type of analysis. A sensitivity analysis with realistic synthetic data is also used to characterize the behavior of PMF for choosing the best number of factors, rotations of non-unique solutions, and the retrievability of more (or less correlated factors. The ambient and synthetic data indicate that the variation of the PMF quality of fit parameter (Q, a normalized chi-squared metric vs. number of factors in the solution is useful to identify the minimum number of factors, but more detailed analysis and interpretation is needed to choose the best number of factors. The maximum value of the rotational matrix is not useful for determining the best number of factors. In synthetic datasets, factors are "split" into two or more components when solving for more factors than were used in the input. Elements of the "splitting" behavior are observed in solutions of real datasets with several factors. Significant structure remains in the residual of the real dataset after physically-meaningful factors have been assigned and an unrealistic number of factors would be required to explain the remaining variance. This residual structure appears to

  17. Comparative Studies on Mass Spectrometric Fragmentation of Linear Chiral Secondary Alcohols (R) -1-(4-Alkylphenyl) and (R) -1-(4-Alkoxyphenyl/Alkylthiophenyl) Alcohols

    2006-01-01

    Mass spectrometric behaviour of (R)-1-(4-alkylphenyl) alcohols, 1-(4-alkoxylphenyl) alcohols, and 1-(4-alkylthiophenyl) alcohols were studied with the aid of mass-analyzed ion kinetic energy spectrometry under electron impact ionization. All the title compounds show a tendency to eliminate a water molecule to form alkene ions and undergo an a-cleavage to produce protonated aldehyde ions by the loss of alkyl radicals. Except these two common fragment ions, they also show some different fragmentations due to with or without oxy/thioether-linkage.

  18. Nasal absorption studies of granisetron in rats using a validated high-performance liquid chromatographic method with mass spectrometric detection.

    Woo, Jong Soo

    2007-06-01

    Granisetron is a selective 5-HT3 receptor antagonist that is used therapeutically for the prevention of vomiting and nausea associated with emetogenic cancer chemotherapy. Although forms of the drug are commercially available for intravenous and oral dosage, there is a need for intranasal delivery formulations in specific patient populations in which the use of these dosage forms may be unfeasible and/or inconvenient. A rapid and specific high-performance liq uid chromatography method with mass spectrometric detection (LC-MS) was developed and validated for the analysis of granisetron in plasma after nasal administration in rats. Granisetron was separated in a reverse-phase C-18 column without interference from other components of plasma. This method involves a rapid assay for the determination of granisetron in a small volume of plasma with a run time of 12 min using ondansetron as an internal standard. Data were acquired in the electrospray ionization (ESI) mode with positive ion detection and application of single ion recording (SIR). Granisetron and ondansetron were detected at m/z values of 313.2 and 294.2, respectively. The method described was found to be suitable for the analysis of all samples collected during preclinical pharmacokinetic investigations of granisetron in rats after nasal administration. To date, the first pharmacokinetic study after intranasal administration of granisetron was performed and some pharmacokinetic parameters were presented in this paper. Granisetron was found to be well absorbed through nasal route and the bioavailability of this drug following nasal administration was comparable with that of intravenous administration. PMID:17679558

  19. Determination of rare earth elements by liquid chromatographic separation using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometric detection

    High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) is used to separate the rare earth elements (REEs) prior to detection by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The use of HPLC-ICP-MS in series combines the separation power and speed of HPLC with the sensitivity, isotopic selectivity and speed of ICP-MS. The detection limits for the REEs are in the sub-ng ml-1 range and the response is linear over four orders of magnitude. A preliminary comparison of isotope dilution and external standard results for the determination of REEs in National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Standard Reference Material (SRM 1633a) Fly Ash is presented. (author)

  20. Gas chromatographic and mass spectrometric analysis of conjugated steroids in urine

    Jong Man Yoon; Kyung Ho Lee

    2001-12-01

    This study was carried out qualitatively and quantitatively to investigate the presence and the concentrations of anabolic steroids in urine collected from orally administered humans. Microanalysis of conjugated steroids by gas chromatography and mass spectrometry (GC/MS) has been carried out. Following oral administration three major metabolites of anabolic steroid drugs have been detected and partially characterized. The six steroids can be analysed at the same time in 17 min. The lower detection limit was 10 ng/ml in 5 ml of urine. The conjugated steroids from urine were centrifuged to 2,430 for 10 min, the supernatant solution passed through Amberlite XAD-2 column and the steroids eluted fraction esterified by using MSTFA and TMSI. The rate of metabolism and urinary excretion seem to be reasonably fast.

  1. Laser R2PI spectroscopic and mass spectrometric studies of chiral neurotransmitters

    Giardini, A.; Marotta, V.; Paladini, A.; Piccirillo, S.; Rondino, F.; Satta, M.; Speranza, M.

    2007-07-01

    One color, mass selected resonant two-photon ionization (1cR2PI) spectra of supersonically expanded bare neurotransmitter, (1 S,2 S)-(+)- N-methyl pseudoephedrine (MPE), and its complexes with chiral and achiral molecules have been investigated. The excitation spectrum of bare MPE has been analyzed and discussed on the basis of theoretical predictions at the B3LYP/6-31G** level of theory. The results allowed to get information on the possible conformers of MPE molecule and on the intermolecular forces on its cluster formed with a variety of solvent molecules, including chiral alcohols, lactates and water. Further information on intermolecular interactions have been obtained with ESI-CID-MS 2 technique, applied to chiral biomolecules linked through a metal ion to the neurotransmitter. The experimental results are compared with theoretical predictions.

  2. Mass spectrometric investigation into thermal decomposition of double hafnium and ammonium sulfate

    The method of pyrolytic mass spectrometry has been used to investigate thermal decomposition doUble hafnium ammonium sulfate of the (Nr4)4Hf(SO4)4X4H2O composition during heating from 20 to 800 deg. In volatile destruction products the following ions are found: H2O+, NH3+, SO+, SO2+, O2+, H2S+, N2+, SO3+ ion is practically absent. Removal of crystallization water occurs in the 85-285 deg range, that of ammonium and sulfur oxides - at 300-775 deg. Higher than 300 deg the ratios of intensities of peaks of SO2+:SO+:O2+ ions do not exceed those standard for SO2, which proves a deeper destruction of sUlfUr dioxide under given conditions

  3. Chemical, mass spectrometric, spectrochemical, nuclear, and radiochemical analysis of nuclear-grade plutonium nitrate solutions

    These analytical procedures are designed to show whether a given material meets the purchaser's specifications as to plutonium content, effective fissile content, and impurity content. The following procedures are described in detail: plutonium by controlled-potential coulometry; plutonium by amperometric titration with iron(II); free acid by titration in an oxalate solution; free acid by iodate precipitation-potentiometric titration method; uranium by Arsenazo I spectrophotometric method; thorium by thorin spectrophotometric method; iron by 1,10-phenanthroline spectrophotometric method; chloride by thiocyanate spectrophotometric method; fluoride by distillation-spectrophotometric method; sulfate by barium sulfate turbidimetric method; isotopic composition by mass spectrometry; americium-241 by extraction and gamma counting; americium-241 by gamma counting; gamma-emitting fission products, uranium, and thorium by gamma-ray spectroscopy; rare earths by copper spark spectrochemical method; tungsten, niobium (columbium), and tantalum by spectrochemical method; simple preparation by spectrographic analysis for general impurities

  4. Mass spectrometric measurement of artificial radionuclides in environmental samples due to nuclear accidents

    The Hiroshima Atom bomb exploded on August 6, 1945 and about twenty to thirty minutes after explosion, there was 'black-rain' in the wide area that extended outside Hiroshima city more than 30 km to the north-west direction from the hypocenter. All these studies have been taken to assess doses to Hiroshima residents due to the 'black rain'. One of the main problems relating to dose assessment is estimation of qualitative and quantitative composition of fallout deposition. In case of 236U measurement, since there are no international standards available, it will be desirable to calibrate TIMS measurement with accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS). Some AMS data will be presented during the talk. More accurate determination of 236U/235U ratio in soil samples will be helpful for the assessment of external doses due to radionuclides deposited on the ground in the 'black rain area'

  5. Mass spectrometric determination of /sup 15/N contents of nitrates in polluted soils at Kasur area

    This study was carried out for the assessment of pollutants effect on soil profiles. Three sampling sites were selected in Kasur area, two in the vicinity of a pond which collects industrial / domestic waste water (polluted soil profiles) and the third at two kilometers away from the pond (non polluted soil profile) near the agricultural piece of land. Samples were collected from each profile in the interval of 50 cm depth up to wet sand. Bremmer and keeney method was adopted for the extraction of nitrate nitrogen from soil and its conversion to ammonium ions. Ammonium concentrates were converted to nitrogen gas using potassium hypo bromide solution and analyzer on GD-150 mass spectrometer. Mean values of N/sup 15/ of each profile is given. (orig./A.B.)

  6. [Mass Spectrometric Methods for Colorative Mechanism Analysis of Yaozhou Porcelain Glaze].

    Xiao, Yuan-fang; He, Miao-hong; Zhang, Shu-di; Hang, Wei

    2015-09-01

    An in-house-built femtosecond laser ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (fs-LI-TOFMS) has been applied to the multi-elemental analysis of porcelain glaze from Yaozhou kiln. The samples are selected representing products of different dynasties, including Tang, Five, Song, Jin, and Ming Dynasty. For exploring the colorative mechanism of Yaozhou porcelain through the elemental analysis of the glaze, the effects of all potential coloring elements, especially transition elements, were considered. There was a speculation that the typical Co-Cr-Fe-Mn recipe was used in the fabrication of Yaozhou black glaze; the low content of Fe and high content of Ni resulted in the porcelain of white glaze; an increase content of P could lead the porcelain to be yellow-glazed. Undoubtedly, this research is an important supplement to the study of the colorative mechanism of the Yaozhou porcelain system. PMID:26669145

  7. Sensitive and specific liquid chromatographic-tandem mass spectrometric assay for barnidipine in human plasma.

    Pawula, M; Watson, D; Teramura, T; Watanabe, T; Higuchi, S; Cheng, K N

    1998-11-20

    A sensitive and specific LC-MS-MS assay has been developed and validated for barnidipine (1-benzyl-3-pyrrolidinyl)methyl-2,6-dimethyl-4(m-nitrophenyl)-1,4-dihydr opyridine-3,5-dicarboxylate). The assay involves a simple and rapid solid-phase extraction procedure. Sample analysis was on a Spherisorb S3ODS2 100 mmX2 mm I.D. column, with a Finnigan TSQ 7000 mass spectrometer, using an electrospray interface and selective reaction monitoring (SRM). The intra- and inter-day precision and accuracy, determined as the coefficient of variation and relative error, respectively, were 11.8% or less. The limit of quantitation was 0.03 ng/ml, and the calibration was linear between 0.03 and 3.0 ng/ml. The method has been used successfully for the measurement of over two thousand human plasma samples from pharmacokinetic clinical trials. PMID:9869371

  8. Comparison of infrared and mass-spectrometric measurements of carbon-13/carbon-12 ratios

    The delta13C values of 20 breath samples and 10 tank-CO2 samples (delta13C values ranged from -31.3 to +148.9per mille vs PDB) and the CO2 concentrations of three breath samples and 10 tank-CO2 samples were measured with a commercial prototype of a diode-laser i.r. spectrophotometer, MAT I. The results were compared with those obtained by gas-isotope-ratio mass spectrometry and by gas chromatography. Precisions (ssub(x), n=10) of 0.2per mille and 0.6% were calculated for 13C/12C ratios and CO2 concentrations, respectively, using the MAT I system. (author)

  9. Honeybee Venom Proteome Profile of Queens and Winter Bees as Determined by a Mass Spectrometric Approach

    Ellen L. Danneels

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Venoms of invertebrates contain an enormous diversity of proteins, peptides, and other classes of substances. Insect venoms are characterized by a large interspecific variation resulting in extended lists of venom compounds. The venom composition of several hymenopterans also shows different intraspecific variation. For instance, venom from different honeybee castes, more specifically queens and workers, shows quantitative and qualitative variation, while the environment, like seasonal changes, also proves to be an important factor. The present study aimed at an in-depth analysis of the intraspecific variation in the honeybee venom proteome. In summer workers, the recent list of venom proteins resulted from merging combinatorial peptide ligand library sample pretreatment and targeted tandem mass spectrometry realized with a Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer (FT-ICR MS/MS. Now, the same technique was used to determine the venom proteome of queens and winter bees, enabling us to compare it with that of summer bees. In total, 34 putative venom toxins were found, of which two were never described in honeybee venoms before. Venom from winter workers did not contain toxins that were not present in queens or summer workers, while winter worker venom lacked the allergen Api m 12, also known as vitellogenin. Venom from queen bees, on the other hand, was lacking six of the 34 venom toxins compared to worker bees, while it contained two new venom toxins, in particularly serine proteinase stubble and antithrombin-III. Although people are hardly stung by honeybees during winter or by queen bees, these newly identified toxins should be taken into account in the characterization of a putative allergic response against Apis mellifera stings.

  10. Honeybee venom proteome profile of queens and winter bees as determined by a mass spectrometric approach.

    Danneels, Ellen L; Van Vaerenbergh, Matthias; Debyser, Griet; Devreese, Bart; de Graaf, Dirk C

    2015-11-01

    Venoms of invertebrates contain an enormous diversity of proteins, peptides, and other classes of substances. Insect venoms are characterized by a large interspecific variation resulting in extended lists of venom compounds. The venom composition of several hymenopterans also shows different intraspecific variation. For instance, venom from different honeybee castes, more specifically queens and workers, shows quantitative and qualitative variation, while the environment, like seasonal changes, also proves to be an important factor. The present study aimed at an in-depth analysis of the intraspecific variation in the honeybee venom proteome. In summer workers, the recent list of venom proteins resulted from merging combinatorial peptide ligand library sample pretreatment and targeted tandem mass spectrometry realized with a Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer (FT-ICR MS/MS). Now, the same technique was used to determine the venom proteome of queens and winter bees, enabling us to compare it with that of summer bees. In total, 34 putative venom toxins were found, of which two were never described in honeybee venoms before. Venom from winter workers did not contain toxins that were not present in queens or summer workers, while winter worker venom lacked the allergen Api m 12, also known as vitellogenin. Venom from queen bees, on the other hand, was lacking six of the 34 venom toxins compared to worker bees, while it contained two new venom toxins, in particularly serine proteinase stubble and antithrombin-III. Although people are hardly stung by honeybees during winter or by queen bees, these newly identified toxins should be taken into account in the characterization of a putative allergic response against Apis mellifera stings. PMID:26529016