µ-trap for the SALDI-MS screening of organic compounds prior to LC/MS analysis
2008 (English)In: Analytical Chemistry, ISSN 0003-2700, E-ISSN 1520-6882, Vol. 80, no 14, 5515-5523 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A procedure for rapidly screening and quantitatively analyzing organic molecules is presented, in which a miniaturized solid-phase extraction (SPE) cartridge containing 0.6 mg of graphitized carbon black (the GCB-mu-trap) is used for sample pretreatment. Then surface-assisted laser desorption ionization dine-of-flight mass spectrometry (SALDI-TOF-MS) screening is followed by liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS) for robust quantitative analysis of samples containing analytes of interest. Liquid samples with volumes up to 100 mL were extracted using the GCB-mu-trap, and SALDI screening was performed by transferring a few particles of the GCB 4 sorbent from the mu-trap onto a stainless steel plate. Analytes were then simply ionized and desorbed by irradiating the GCB 4 particles without any further pretreatment. GCB 4 was found to be an excellent surface for the SALDI analysis of small molecules, providing spectra with very clean backgrounds. The small size of the cartridge (micropipet filter tip) results in enrichment of the analytes on a small surface area, affording low SALDI-TOF-MS detection limits. Furthermore, the removal of just a few particles from the p-trap does not significantly affect the subsequent quantitative determination. This approach offers considerable reductions in analytical costs by eliminating unnecessary SPE-LC/MS analyses.
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ACS , 2008. Vol. 80, no 14, 5515-5523 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-17512DOI: 10.1021/ac8005186ISI: 000257598100033OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-17512DiVA: diva2:184033