Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry analysis of proteins in human cerebrospinal fluid

A. Westman, C. L. Nilsson, R. Ekman

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Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectra of proteins in cerebrospinal fluid analyzed without prior purification are presented. Less than 100 fmol amounts of proteins in the 10000 to 20000 u mass range and linked to human disease (multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, and stroke) were detected in a complex mixture of proteins and peptides, in the presence of high concentrations of salts, lipids and free amino acids. The mass resolution was sufficient to distinguish between the non-hydroxylated and hydroxylated forms of a 13 400 u protein. Simple fractionation of the cerebrospinal fluid using microbore-reversed phase high performance liquid chromatography improved signal-to-noise ratios in the mass spectra. High-accuracy peptide mass mapping and database searching were utilized to confirm the identity of several proteins. The presented results show that matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry could be used as a tool to perform rapid screening of chemically altered proteins in small volumes of biological fluids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1092-1098
Number of pages7
JournalRapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 21 1998


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Organic Chemistry

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