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Rapid communications in mass spectrometry : RCM

Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry of phosphorylated compounds using a novel phosphate capture molecule.


PMID 12955736

Abstract

This paper introduces a simple, rapid, and sensitive procedure for the analysis of phosphorylated compounds (ROPO(3) (2-)) by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOFMS). The method is based on a characteristic mass shift and a total-charge change (from -2 to +1) of the phosphate residue due to complexation of ROPO(3) (2-) with a dinuclear zinc(II) complex (1,3-bis[bis(2-pyridinylmethyl)amino]-2-propanolato dizinc(II) complex, Zn(2)L(3+)) in aqueous solution at physiological pH. Furthermore, the use of single zinc-isotope derivatives ((64)Zn(2)L(3+) and (68)Zn(2)L(3+)) enables improvement of the sensitivity and accuracy of the analysis.