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Fluorescence-monitored zero dead-volume nanoLC-microESI-QIT-TOF MS for analysis of fluorescently tagged glycosphingolipids

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Abstract

An analysis of the glycan processing event is of particular importance to understand the nontemplate dependent synthetic mechanism of the multiple glycosylation reactions taking place in the Golgi apparatus in connection with the post-translational modification of biomolecules. In our efforts to address the issue, we constructed an analysis platform using nano-liquid chromatography (LC), which also worked as a spray tip, with an optical-fiber-based blue (470 nm) light emitting diode (LED)-induced fluorescence (520 nm) detector coupled with a microelectrospray ionization (ESI)-quadrupole ion trap (QIT)-time of flight (TOF) mass spectrometer (MS). This system was designed to enable both quantitative and qualitative analyses of fluorescently tagged molecules such as BODIPY-tagged lactosylceramide. Owing to the zero dead volume after LC separation, an extremely high sensitivity was achieved for the quantitative analysis (260 amol). It was also shown that a simultaneous online structural analysis based on MS could be achieved for the same quantity of analyte. To further demonstrate its potential, an enzymatic reaction of fluorescently tagged lactosylceramide using sialyltransferase was carried out, and the conversion yield was obtained on the basis of fluorescence detection. In addition, the structural details of a product, sialyl lactosylceramide, were obtained by MS and MS/MS analyses.

Graphical abstract: Fluorescence-monitored zero dead-volume nanoLC-microESI-QIT-TOF MS for analysis of fluorescently tagged glycosphingolipids

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The article was received on 13 Sep 2010, accepted on 24 Nov 2010 and first published on 20 Dec 2010


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C0AN00715C
Citation: Analyst, 2011,136, 1046-1050
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    Fluorescence-monitored zero dead-volume nanoLC-microESI-QIT-TOF MS for analysis of fluorescently tagged glycosphingolipids

    S. Daikoku, Y. Ono, A. Ohtake, Y. Hasegawa, E. Fukusaki, K. Suzuki, Y. Ito, S. Goto and O. Kanie, Analyst, 2011, 136, 1046
    DOI: 10.1039/C0AN00715C

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