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Ion-neutral collisional cross sections of carbohydrate isomers as divalent cation adducts and their electron transfer products

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Abstract

As the gravity of glycoscience continues to amass, a commensurate demand for rapid, sensitive, and structurally comprehensive glycoanalytical tools has arisen. Among the most elusive but desirable analytical capabilities is the ability to expeditiously and unambiguously detect, distinguish, and resolve carbohydrates that differ only in their constitutional isomerism and/or stereoisomerism. While ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) has proven a highly promising tool for such analyses, the facility of this method to discriminate larger oligosaccharides is still somewhat limited. In an effort to expand the capabilities of IMS to discriminate among carbohydrate isomers, the present investigation was focused on IMS studies of four trisaccharide isomers, four pentasaccharide isomers, and two hexasaccharide isomers, each as group II metal ion adducts and their corresponding gas-phase electron transfer (ET) products. These studies were also evaluated in the context of previously investigated group I metal ion adducts of the same saccharides. The orientationally averaged ion-neutral collisional cross sections (CCSs) of the various carbohydrate/metal ion adducts were found to be dependent on the structures of specific carbohydrate isomers, sensitive to the electronic characteristics of the bound cation, and responsive to the attachment of an additional electron (in the case of divalent metal ion adducts). Overall, these results underscore the utility of metal ions for probing carbohydrate structure in concert with IMS, and the capacity of gas-phase ion chemistry to expand the menu of such probes.

Graphical abstract: Ion-neutral collisional cross sections of carbohydrate isomers as divalent cation adducts and their electron transfer products

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The article was received on 01 Jun 2015, accepted on 22 Jul 2015 and first published on 22 Jul 2015


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5AN01093D
Citation: Analyst, 2015,140, 6912-6921

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    Ion-neutral collisional cross sections of carbohydrate isomers as divalent cation adducts and their electron transfer products

    Y. Huang and E. D. Dodds, Analyst, 2015, 140, 6912
    DOI: 10.1039/C5AN01093D

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