Journal of Spectroscopy

Journal of Spectroscopy / 2003 / Article

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Volume 17 |Article ID 725480 |

Bruce Jon Compton, Gary Siuzdak, "Mass spectrometry in nucleic acid, carbohydrate and steroid analysis", Journal of Spectroscopy, vol. 17, Article ID 725480, 15 pages, 2003.

Mass spectrometry in nucleic acid, carbohydrate and steroid analysis


Mass spectrometry is now widely used in many areas of biomolecule analysis and this diversity is well represented by the analysis of oligonucleotides, carbohydrates and steroids. In this paper an overview of the common techniques used for analysis of these biomolecules is presented, including electrospray ionization (ESI), matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI), desorption/ionization on silicon (DIOS), and negative chemical ionization gas chromatography mass spectrometry (NCI GC/MS). Additionally, important aspects of biomolecule analysis, such as molecular weight determination, sequencing using tandem mass spectrometry and enzymes, precursor ion scanning, noncovalent interactions, and sensitivity, will be discussed.

Copyright © 2003 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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