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See detailFragmentation and isomerization due to field heating in traveling wave ion mobility
Morsa, Denis ULg; Gabelica, Valérie ULg; De Pauw, Edwin ULg

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2014), 25(6), 1384-1393

During their travel inside a traveling wave ion mobility cell (TW IMS), ions are susceptible to heating because of the presence of high intensity electric fields. Here, we report effective temperatures T ... [more ▼]

During their travel inside a traveling wave ion mobility cell (TW IMS), ions are susceptible to heating because of the presence of high intensity electric fields. Here, we report effective temperatures T eff,vib obtained at the injection and inside the mobility cell of a SYNAPT G2 HDMS spectrometer for different probe ions: benzylpyridinium ions and leucine enkephalin. Using standard parameter sets, we obtained a temperature of ~800 K at injection and 728 ± 2 K into the IMS cell for p-methoxybenzylpyridinium. We found that T eff,vib inside the cell was dependent on the separation parameters and on the nature of the analyte. While the mean energy of the Boltzmann distributions increases with ion size, the corresponding temperature decreases because of increasing numbers of vibrational normal modes. We also investigated conformational rearrangements of 7+ ions of cytochrome c and reveal isomerization of the most compact structure, therefore highlighting the effects of weak heating on the gas-phase structure of biologically relevant ions. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluences of proline and cysteine residues on fragment yield in matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization in-source decay mass spectrometry
Asakawa, Daiki; Smargiasso, Nicolas ULg; Quinton, Loïc ULg et al

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2014)

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See detailMALDI-FTICR MS Imaging as a Powerful Tool to Identify Paenibacillus Antibiotics Involved in the Inhibition of Plant Pathogens
Debois, Delphine ULg; Ongena, Marc ULg; Cawoy, Hélène ULg et al

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2013), 24(8), 1202-1213

Nowadays, microorganisms are more and more often used as biocontrol agents for crop protection against diseases. Among them, bacteria of Bacillus and Paenibacillus genders are already used as commercial ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, microorganisms are more and more often used as biocontrol agents for crop protection against diseases. Among them, bacteria of Bacillus and Paenibacillus genders are already used as commercial biocontrol agents. Their mode of action is supposed to be related to their production of antibiotics, such as cyclic lipopeptides, which exhibit great antimicrobial activities. We chose to work with a Paenibacillus polymyxa strain (Pp56) very resistant to various microorganisms. The bacteria were grown simultaneously with Fusarium oxysporum and we applied matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (MALDI-FTICR) mass spectrometry to identify the antibiotics compounds present in the fungus growth inhibition area. We, therefore, identified fusaricidins A, B, and C and numerous members of the LI-F antibiotics family. MALDIFTICR mass spectrometry imaging was then used to follow the diffusion of lipopeptides involved in the inhibitory activity over time. We analyzed the molecular content of the inhibitory area at different Pp56 and Fusarium incubation durations and concluded that some lipopeptides such as fusaricidin B and a mixture of LI-F05b/06b/08a were mainly involved in the defense mechanism of Pp56. Our study confirms that MALDI imaging may be a powerful tool to quickly determine which molecular species is involved in an antagonism with another microorganism, avoiding time-consuming steps of extraction, purification, and activity tests, which are still commonly used in microbiology. [less ▲]

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See detailDiscrimination of Isobaric Leu/Ile Residues by MALDI In-source Decay Mass Spectrometry
Asakawa, Daiki; Smargiasso, Nicolas ULg; De Pauw, Edwin ULg

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2013), 24(2), 297-300

MALDI in-source decay (ISD) has been used for the top-down sequencing of proteins. The use of 1,5-diaminonapthalene (1,5-DAN) gave strong intensity of w ions, which are informative fragments and can be ... [more ▼]

MALDI in-source decay (ISD) has been used for the top-down sequencing of proteins. The use of 1,5-diaminonapthalene (1,5-DAN) gave strong intensity of w ions, which are informative fragments and can be helpful for the distinction of the isobaric amino acids, Leu and Ile. Our data suggests that the w fragments are formed from z* radical fragment by unimolecular dissociation and high abundance of w ions in MALDI-ISD with 1,5-DAN can be understood as resulting from the low collision rate in the MALDI plume. The MALDI-ISD with 1,5-DAN could be a useful method for the top-down sequencing of proteins including discrimination of Leu and Ile near the C-terminal end. [less ▲]

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See detailAn Unusual Family of Glycosylated Peptides Isolated from Dendroaspis angusticeps Venom and Characterized by Combination of Collision Induced and Electron Transfer Dissociation
Quinton, Loïc ULg; Gilles, Nicolas; Smargiasso, Nicolas ULg et al

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2011), 22(11), 1891-1897

This study describes the structural characterization of a totally new family of peptides from the venom of the snake green mamba (Dendroaspis angusticeps). Interestingly, these peptides differ in several ... [more ▼]

This study describes the structural characterization of a totally new family of peptides from the venom of the snake green mamba (Dendroaspis angusticeps). Interestingly, these peptides differ in several points from other already known mamba toxins. First of all, they exhibit very small molecular masses, ranging from 1.3 to 2.4 kDa. The molecular mass of classical mamba toxins is in the range of 7 to 25 kDa. Secondly, the new peptides do not contain disulfide bonds, a post-translational modification commonly encountered in animal toxins. The third difference is the very high proportion of proline residues in the sequence accounting for about one third of the sequence. Finally, these new peptides reveal a carbohydrate moiety, indicating a glycosylation in the sequence. The last two features have made the structural characterization of the new peptides by mass spectrometry a real analytical challenge. Peptides were characterized by a combined use of MALDI- TOF/TOF and nanoESI-IT-ETD experiments to determine not only the peptide sequence but also the composition and the position of the carbohydrate moiety. Anyway, such small glycosylated and proline-rich toxins are totally different from any other known snake peptide and form, as a consequence, a new family of peptides. [less ▲]

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See detailMALDI imaging and profiling MS of higher mass proteins from tissue.
Van Remoortere, Alexandra; Van Zeijl, René; Van den Oever, Nico et al

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2010), 21(11), 1922-9

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See detailNew Advances in the Understanding of the In-Source Decay Fragmentation of Peptides in MALDI-TOF-MS.
Demeure, Kevin ULg; Gabelica, Valérie ULg; De Pauw, Edwin ULg

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2010), 21(11), 1906-17

In-source decay (ISD) is a rapid fragmentation occurring in the matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) source before the ion extraction. Despite the increasing interest for peptides de novo ... [more ▼]

In-source decay (ISD) is a rapid fragmentation occurring in the matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) source before the ion extraction. Despite the increasing interest for peptides de novo sequencing by ISD, the influence of the matrix and of the peptide itself is not yet fully understood. Here we compare matrices with high ISD efficiencies to gain deeper insight in the ISD fragmentation process(es). The major ISD fragments are the c- and z-ions, but other types of fragments are also observed, and their origin is studied here. Two main pathways lead to fragmentation in the source: a radical-induced pathway that leads to c-, z-, w-, and d-ions, and a thermally activated pathway that leads to y-, b-, and a-ions. A detailed analysis of the ISD spectra of selected peptides revealed that (1) the extents of the two in-source pathways are differently favored depending on the matrix used, that (2) the presence of a positive/negative charge on the radical-induced fragments is necessary for their observation in positive/negative mode, respectively, and that (3), for a same peptide, the patterns of the different types of fragments differ according to the matrix used. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of Fragmentation Channels of Dinucleotides Using Deuterium Labeling.
Balbeur, D.; Dehareng, Dominique ULg; De Pauw, Edwin ULg

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2010), 21(1), 23-33

The fragmentation of the totally deuterated dinucleotide dAT(-) in labile positions (heteroatom-bound hydrogens) was compared for different MS/MS methods: CID, IRMPD, and EID. These experiments allowed us ... [more ▼]

The fragmentation of the totally deuterated dinucleotide dAT(-) in labile positions (heteroatom-bound hydrogens) was compared for different MS/MS methods: CID, IRMPD, and EID. These experiments allowed us to affirm the coexistence of several fragmentation channels. They can be classified according to the involvement of nonlabile or labile protons in the fragmentation process. Moreover, double resonance experiments were performed in IRMPD and EID. They demonstrated the existence of consecutive fragmentation processes. The probability with which each channel is taken depends on the fragmentation technique used, i.e., the energy and the time scale of the method. The fragmentation channels that involve labile protons requiring peculiar three-dimensional structures are entropically unfavorable and enthalpically favorable. They are more observed in IRMPD and EID. The involvement of labile and, therefore, exchangeable protons in the fragmentation mechanism casts doubt on the use of tandem mass spectrometry to localize incorporated deuteriums in oligonucleotides. [less ▲]

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See detailGas Phase Fullerene Anions Hydrogenation by Methanol Followed by IRMPA Dehydrogenation
Greisch, Jean-François ULg; Leyh, Bernard ULg; Remacle, Françoise ULg et al

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2010), 21(1), 117-126

The characterization in the gas phase of the mechanisms responsible for hydride formation can <br />contribute to the development of new materials for hydrogen storage. The present work <br />provides ... [more ▼]

The characterization in the gas phase of the mechanisms responsible for hydride formation can <br />contribute to the development of new materials for hydrogen storage. The present work <br />provides evidence of a hydrogenation-dehydrogenation catalytic cycle for C60 anions in the <br />gas phase using methanol vapor at room temperature as hydrogen donor. [less ▲]

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See detailDetection of Oligonucleotide Gas-Phase Conformers: H/D Exchange and Ion Mobility as Complementary Techniques
Balbeur, Dorothée ULg; Widart, Joëlle ULg; Leyh, Bernard ULg et al

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2008), 19(7), 938-946

Gas-phase hydrogen/deuterium exchange of small oligonucleotides (dTG, dC6 and C6) with CD3OD was performed in the second hexapole of a Fourier transform ion-cyclotron resonance (FTICR) mass spectrometer ... [more ▼]

Gas-phase hydrogen/deuterium exchange of small oligonucleotides (dTG, dC6 and C6) with CD3OD was performed in the second hexapole of a Fourier transform ion-cyclotron resonance (FTICR) mass spectrometer. Ion activation experiments were conducted by accelerating the ions at the entrance of the H/D exchange cell under conditions promoting exclusively collisional isomerization. These experiments allowed us to assess the presence of several conformers, and to probe the height of the isomerization barrier separating these conformers. Ion mobility experiments were also performed. Their results were consistent with the H/D exchange data. A model accounting for the competing isomerization and H/D exchange reactions is proposed. Comparing the ion acceleration experiments for H/D exchange and for ion mobility reveals that the most compact conformer displays the fastest H/D exchange. This observation shows that H/D exchange and ion mobility provide us with complementary information because hydrogen accessibility and macromolecule compactness are not univocally associated. [less ▲]

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See detailConformationally driven gas-phase H/D exchange of dinucleotide negative ions
Balbeur, Dorothée ULg; Dehareng, Dominique ULg; De Pauw, Edwin ULg

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2007), 18(10), 1827-1834

Gas-phase hydrogen/deuterium exchange of six deprotonated dinucleoticles with CD3OD was performed in the second hexapole of a Fourier transform ion-cyclotron resonance (FTICR) mass spectrometer. To ... [more ▼]

Gas-phase hydrogen/deuterium exchange of six deprotonated dinucleoticles with CD3OD was performed in the second hexapole of a Fourier transform ion-cyclotron resonance (FTICR) mass spectrometer. To complete these experiments, dynamic simulations were carried out to investigate the different conformations adopted by the dinucleotides. In the experimental conditions and in integrating the experimental and theoretical results, H/D exchange was shown to be controlled by hydrogen accessibility and not by the chemical nature of the heteroatom bearing the exchangeable hydrogen. A model including simultaneous H/D exchanges at the experimental time scale was used to reproduce the dinucleotide H/D exchange kinetic plots. The relay mechanism was not relevant for dinucleotides. This allowed the H/D exchange rates to be directly linked to conformations. [less ▲]

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See detailLigand binding mode to duplex and triplex DNA assessed by combining electrospray tandem mass spectrometry and molecular modeling
Rosu, Frédéric ULg; Nguyen, Chi-Hung; De Pauw, Edwin ULg et al

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2007), 18(6), 1052-1062

In this paper, we report the analysis of seven benzopyridoindole and benzopyridoquinoxaline drugs binding to different duplex DNA and triple helical DNA, using an approach combining electrospray ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we report the analysis of seven benzopyridoindole and benzopyridoquinoxaline drugs binding to different duplex DNA and triple helical DNA, using an approach combining electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS), tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS), and molecular modeling. The ligands were ranked according to the collision energy (CE(50)) necessary to dissociate 50% of the complex with the duplex or the triplex in tandem MS. To determine the probable ligand binding site and binding mode, molecular modeling was used to calculate relative ligand binding energies in different binding sites and binding modes. For duplex DNA binding, the ligand-DNA interaction energies are roughly correlated with the experimental CE(50), with the two benzopyridoindole ligands more tightly bound than the benzopyridoquinoxaline ligands. There is, however, no marked AT versus GC base preference in binding, as supported both by the ESI-MS and the calculated ligand binding energies. Product ion spectra of the complexes with triplex DNA show only loss of neutral ligand for the benzopyridoquinoxalines, and loss of the third strand for the benzopyridoindoles, the ligand remaining on the duplex part. This indicates a higher binding energy of the benzopyridoindoles, and also shows that the ligands interact with the triplex via the duplex. The ranking of the ligand interaction energies compared with the CE(50) values obtained by MS/MS on the complexes with the triplex clearly indicates that the ligands intercalate via the minor groove of the Watson-Crick duplex. Regarding triplex versus duplex selectivity, our experiments have demonstrated that the most selective drugs for triplex share the same heteroaromatic core. [less ▲]

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See detailElectron photodetachment dissociation of DNA anions with covalently or noncovalently bound chromophores
Gabelica, Valérie ULg; Rosu, Frédéric ULg; De Pauw, Edwin ULg et al

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2007), 18(11), 1990-2000

Double stranded DNA multiply charged anions coupled to chromophores were subjected to UV-Vis photoactivation. in a quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometer. The chromophores included noncovalently bound ... [more ▼]

Double stranded DNA multiply charged anions coupled to chromophores were subjected to UV-Vis photoactivation. in a quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometer. The chromophores included noncovalently bound minor groove binders (activated in the near UV), noncovalently bound intercalators (activated with visible light), and covalently linked fluorophores and quenchers (activated at their maximum absorption wavelength). We found that the activation of only chromophores having long fluorescence lifetimes did result in efficient electron photodetachment from the DNA complexes. In the case of ethidium-dsDNA complex excited at 500 nm, photodetachment is a multiphoton process. The MS3 fragmentation of radicals produced by photodetachment at lambda = 260 nm (DNA excitation) and by photodetachment at lambda > 300 nm (chromophore excitation) were compared. The radicals keep no memory of the way they were produced. A weakly bound noncovalent ligand (m-amsacrine) allowed probing experimentally that a fraction of the electronic internal energy was converted into vibrational internal energy. This fragmentation channel was used to demonstrate that excitation of the quencher DABSYL resulted in internal conversion, unlike the fluorophore 6-FAM. Altogether, photodetachment of the DNA complexes upon chromophore excitation can be interpreted by the following mechanism: (1) ligands with sufficiently long excited-state lifetime undergo resonant two-photon excitation to reach the level of the DNA excited states, then (2) the excited-state must be coupled to the DNA excited states for photodetachment to occur. Our experiments also pave the way towards photodissociation probes of biomolecule conformation in the gas-phase by Forster resonance energy transfer (FRET). [less ▲]

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See detailMonitoring the zinc affinity of the metallo-beta-lactamase CphA by automated nanoESI-MS
De Vriendt, K.; Van Driessche, G.; Devreese, B. et al

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2006), 17(2), 180-188

Metallo-beta-lactamases are zinc containing enzymes that are able to hydrolyze and inactivate beta-lactam antibiotics. The subclass B2 enzyme CphA of Aeromonas hydrophila is a unique metallo-p-lactamase ... [more ▼]

Metallo-beta-lactamases are zinc containing enzymes that are able to hydrolyze and inactivate beta-lactam antibiotics. The subclass B2 enzyme CphA of Aeromonas hydrophila is a unique metallo-p-lactamase because it degrades only carbapenems efficiently and is only active when it has one zinc ion bound. A zinc titration experiment was used to study the zinc affinity of the wild-type and of several mutant CphA enzymes. It shows that a second Zn2+ is also bound at high ion concentrations. All samples were analyzed using mass spectrometry in combination with an automated nanoESI source. The metal-free enzyme has a bimodal charge distribution indicative of two conformational states. A completely folded enzyme is detected when the apo-enzyme has bound the first zinc. Intensity ratios of the different enzyme forms were used to deduce the zinc affinities. CphA enzymes mutated in metal ligands show decreased zinc affinity compared to wild-type, especially D120 mutants. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of the matrix on analyte fragmentation in atmospheric pressure MALDI
Schulz, Eric; Karas, Michael; Rosu, Frédéric ULg et al

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2006), 17(7), 1005-1013

In this paper, we report the measurement of the degree of analyte fragmentation in AP-MALDI as a function of the matrix and of the laser fluence. The analytes include p-OCH3-benzylpyridinium, three ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we report the measurement of the degree of analyte fragmentation in AP-MALDI as a function of the matrix and of the laser fluence. The analytes include p-OCH3-benzylpyridinium, three peptides containing the sequence EEPP (which cleave very efficiently at the E-P site), and three deoxynucleosides (dA, dG, and dC), which lose the neutral sugar to give the protonated base. We found that the matrix hardness/softness was consistent when comparing the analytes, with a consensus ranking from hardest to softest: CHCA >> DHB > SA approximate to THAP > ATT > HPA. However, the exact ranking can be fluence-dependent, for example between ATT and HPA. Our goal here was to provide the scientific community with a detailed dataset that can be used to compare with theoretical predictions. We tried to correlate the consensus ranking with different matrix properties: sublimation or decomposition temperature (determined using thermogravimetry), analyte initial velocity, and matrix proton affinity. The best correlation was found with the matrix proton affinity. [less ▲]

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See detailAlkali cation attachment to derivatized fullerenes studied by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization
Fati, D.; Leeman, V.; Vasil'ev, Y. V. et al

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2002), 13(12), 1448-1458

The complexation of alkali metal ions with amphiphilic fullerene derivatives has been investigated by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometry. The ... [more ▼]

The complexation of alkali metal ions with amphiphilic fullerene derivatives has been investigated by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometry. The formation of analyte ions occurs via two competing mechanisms including electron transfer from matrix-derived ions and metal ion attachment. The interplay of these processes has been examined by laser fluence dependent sample activation and by variation of the target composition. The attachment of metal ions has been established as the gentler and thus more efficient route towards the formation of intact analyte ions. Investigations into the metal ion complexation have been conducted to reveal the reactivity order of the alkali metals in these reactions and to elucidate the influence of structural differences of the analytes, as well as to unravel effects caused by the anionic counter ion of the metal. The experimental data have been derived by two complementary approaches. Competing reactants were either studied simultaneously, so that the product distribution would provide direct insight into the reactivity pattern, and/or product distributions were obtained in a large variety of separate experiments and normalized for reliable comparison. It has been found that the extent to which complexation is observed follows the charge density order of the alkali metal ions. The structural features of the fullerene-attached ligands were of profound influence on the attachment of the metal ion, inducing enhanced selectivity for the complexation with less reactive metals. The metal ion attachment is reduced with the use of smaller anionic counter ions. Rationalization of these findings is provided within the framework of the mechanisms of ion formation in MALDI. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of the collision-induced dissociation of duplex DNA at different collision regimes: Evidence for a multistep dissociation mechanism
Gabelica, Valérie ULg; De Pauw, Edwin ULg

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2002), 13(1), 91-98

The dissociation mechanism of duplex DNA has been investigated in detail by collision-induced dissociation experiments at different collision regimes. MS/MS experiments were performed either in a ... [more ▼]

The dissociation mechanism of duplex DNA has been investigated in detail by collision-induced dissociation experiments at different collision regimes. MS/MS experiments were performed either in a quadrupole collision cell (hybrid quadrupole-TOF instrument) or in a quadrupole ion trap with different activation times and energies. In addition to the noncovalent dissociation of the duplex into the single strands, other covalent bond fragmentation channels were observed. Neutral base loss from the duplex is favored by slow activation. In fast activation conditions, however, the major reaction channel is the noncovalent dissociation into single strands, which is highly entropy-favored. Fast activation regimes can favor the entropy-driven noncovalent dissociation, while in slow heating conditions the competition with enthalpy-driven covalent fragmentation can completely hinder the dissociation of the complex. We also evidence that the noncovalent dissociation of DNA duplex is a multistep process involving a progressive unzipping, preferentially at terminal positions. This is proposed to be a general feature for complexes containing a high number of contributing interactions organized at the interface of the ligands. The overall (observed) dissociation kinetics of noncovalent complexes can therefore depend on a complicated mechanism for which a single transition state description of the kinetics is too simplistic. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the specificity of cyclodextrin complexes detected by electrospray mass spectrometry
Gabelica, Valérie ULg; Galic, Nives; De Pauw, Edwin ULg

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2002), 13(8), 946-953

alpha-cyclodextrin complexes with linear alpha,omega-dicarboxylic acids were investigated by electrospray mass spectrometry. These hydrophobic complexes are known to have an equilibrium binding constant ... [more ▼]

alpha-cyclodextrin complexes with linear alpha,omega-dicarboxylic acids were investigated by electrospray mass spectrometry. These hydrophobic complexes are known to have an equilibrium binding constant that increases with the diacid chain length. However, the electrospray mass spectrometry (ES-MS) spectra showed that the relative intensity of the complex did not vary significantly with chain length. This contradiction is caused by a contribution of nonspecific adducts to the signal of the complex in ES-MS. In order to estimate the contribution of nonspecific adducts to the total intensity of the complexes with alpha-cyclodextrin, the comparison was made between alpha-cyclodextrin and maltohexaose, the latter being incapable of making inclusion complexes in solution. The signal observed for complexes between diacids and maltohexaose can only result from nonspecific electrostatic aggregation, and is found to be more favorable with the shorter diacids. This is also supported by MS/MS experiments. A procedure is described which allows estimation of the contribution of the nonspecific complex in the spectra of the complexes with alpha-cyclodextrin by using the relative intensity of the complex with maltohexaose. The contribution of the specific complex to the total signal intensity is found to increase with the diacid chain length, which is in agreement with solution behavior. [less ▲]

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See detailQualitative Comparison between the Quantum Calculations and Electrospray Mass Spectra of Complexes of Polyammonium Macrotricyclic Ligands with Dicarboxylic Acids
Collette, Caroline ULg; Dehareng, Dominique ULg; De Pauw, Edwin ULg et al

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2001), 12(3), 304-16

The host-guest interactions play a very important role in chemical and biological processes. It is therefore important to be able to characterize these complexes. Electrospray mass spectrometry can be ... [more ▼]

The host-guest interactions play a very important role in chemical and biological processes. It is therefore important to be able to characterize these complexes. Electrospray mass spectrometry can be used to characterize the complex formation. It provides information on the mass and the charge of these ionic complexes. In this article, we show that the use of ab initio and semiempirical calculations, in addition to the results obtained by electrospray mass spectrometry, reveal to be a promising tool for the study of these noncovalent complexes. In this article, host-guest complexes formed by macropolycyclic polyammonium host molecules and dicarboxylic acids are studied. [less ▲]

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