α-Cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid

matrix substance for MALDI-MS, Ultra pure

α-CHCA, α-CCA, α-Cyano, ACCA, 4-HCCA
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matrix substance for MALDI-MS

analyte chemical class(es)

glycans, peptides, proteins


MALDI-MS: suitable


245-250 °C (lit.)
245-250 °C


methanol: 10 mg/mL, clear

cation traces

Al: ≤1 mg/kg
Ba: ≤1 mg/kg
Ca: ≤1 mg/kg
Cd: ≤1 mg/kg
Co: ≤1 mg/kg
Cr: ≤1 mg/kg
Cu: ≤1 mg/kg
Fe: ≤1 mg/kg
K: ≤1 mg/kg
Li: ≤1 mg/kg
Mg: ≤1 mg/kg
Mn: ≤1 mg/kg
Na: ≤1 mg/kg
Ni: ≤1 mg/kg
Pb: ≤1 mg/kg
Sr: ≤1 mg/kg
Zn: ≤1 mg/kg

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General description

α-Cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid (α-CHCA) functions as matrix and helps in facilitating ionization of proteins and peptides in a matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometer.


It was used as matrix in improving the detection of low concentration protein digests on MALDI-TOF.


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Hazard Statements

Target Organs

Respiratory system

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US),Eyeshields,Gloves


NONH for all modes of transport

WGK Germany


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Not applicable

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Certificate of Origin
Xiangping Zhu et al.
Journal of biomolecular techniques : JBT, 14(4), 298-307 (2004-01-13)
Alpha-cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid (alpha-CHCA) as a matrix facilitates the ionization of proteins and peptides in a matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometer. The matrix itself also ionizes and so do its sodium and potassium adducts. Matrix clusters and metal...
Anne R Diers et al.
The Biochemical journal, 444(3), 561-571 (2012-03-31)
Recent studies have highlighted the fact that cancer cells have an altered metabolic phenotype, and this metabolic reprogramming is required to drive the biosynthesis pathways necessary for rapid replication and proliferation. Specifically, the importance of citric acid cycle-generated intermediates in...
A Yaromina et al.
Strahlentherapie und Onkologie : Organ der Deutschen Rontgengesellschaft ... [et al], 188(5), 431-437 (2012-02-22)
High pretreatment tumor lactate content is associated with poor outcome after fractionated irradiation in human squamous cell carcinoma (hSCC) xenografts. Therefore, decreasing lactate content might be a promising approach for increasing tumor radiosensitivity. As the basis for such experiments, the...
Svend Dam et al.
Plant physiology, 149(3), 1325-1340 (2009-01-09)
We have characterized the development of seeds in the model legume Lotus japonicus. Like soybean (Glycine max) and pea (Pisum sativum), Lotus develops straight seed pods and each pod contains approximately 20 seeds that reach maturity within 40 days. Histological...
Mohammadreza Shariatgorji et al.
Analytical chemistry, 84(16), 7152-7157 (2012-08-07)
D(4)-α-Cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid (D(4)-CHCA) has been synthesized for use as a matrix for matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) and MALDI-MS imaging (MSI) of small molecule drugs and endogenous compounds. MALDI-MS analysis of small molecules has historically been hindered by interference...
One of the most important aspects of our ultra-pure MALDI matrix substances is their ability to dissolve rapidly and completely; a brief vortex mixing is typically sufficient.
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