Thin-layer chromatography–matrix-assisted laser desorption ionisation–time-of-flight mass spectrometry using particle suspension matrices

CRECELIUS, A., CLENCH, M. R., RICHARDS, D. S. and PARR, V. (2002). Thin-layer chromatography–matrix-assisted laser desorption ionisation–time-of-flight mass spectrometry using particle suspension matrices. Journal of chromatography A, 958 (1-2), 249-260.

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Abstract

Particle suspension matrices have been successfully utilized for the analysis of tetracycline antibiotics by thin-layer chromatography–matrix-assisted laser desorption ionisation–time-of-flight mass spectrometry (TLC–MALDI–TOF–MS). Particles of different materials and sizes have been investigated (Co-UFP, TiN, TiO2, Graphite and Silicon) by applying particle suspensions to eluted TLC plates. Mass spectra and mass chromatograms have been recorded directly from the TLC plates. Strong cationization by sodium and potassium was obtained in the positive ion mode, with [M+Na–NH3]+ ions being the predominant signals. The TLC–MALDI mass spectra recorded from graphite suspensions showed the lowest background noise and the highest peak intensities from the range of suspension matrices studied. The mass accuracy from graphite films was improved by adding the peptide Phe–Phe to the graphite suspensions. This allowed internal recalibration of the TLC–MALDI mass spectra acquired during a run. One major potential advantage of TLC–MALDI–TOF–MS has been demonstrated in the analysis of chlortetracycline and tetracycline in a mixture of oxytetracycline, chlortetracycline, tetracycline and minocycline. Examination of the TLC plate prior to MALDI analysis showed only an unresolved spot for chlortetracycline and tetracycline. However by investigation of the MALDI mass spectra and plotting of single ion chromatograms separate peaks for chlortetracycline and tetracycline could be obtained.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Biomedical Research Centre
Identification Number: 10.1016/S0021-9673(02)00391-6
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2008
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2009 18:23
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/427

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