Combined Infrared Multiphoton Dissociation with Ultraviolet Photodissociation for Ubiquitin Characterization

Abstract : Herein we report the successful implementation of the consecutive and simultaneous photodissociation with high (213 nm) and low (10.6 μm) energy photons (HiLoPD, high-low photodissociation) on ubiquitin in a Quadrupole-Orbitrap mass spectrometer. Absorption of high-energy UV photon is dispersed over the whole protein and stimulates extensive C-Cα backbone fragmentation while low-energy IR photons gradually increases the internal energy and thus preferentially dissociates the most labile amide (C-N) bonds. We noticed that simultaneous irradiation of UV and IR lasers on intact ubiquitin in a single MS/MS experiment provides a rich and well-balanced fragmentation array of a/x, b/y and z ions. Moreover, secondary fragmentation from a/x and z ions leads to the formation of satellite side-chain ions (d, v and w) and can help to distinguish isomeric residues in a protein. Implementation of high-low photodissociation in a high-resolution mass spectrometer may offer considerable benefits to promote a comprehensive portrait of protein characterization.
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Mohammad A Halim, Marion Girod, Luke Macaleese, Jérôme Lemoine, Rodolphe Antoine, et al.. Combined Infrared Multiphoton Dissociation with Ultraviolet Photodissociation for Ubiquitin Characterization. Journal of The American Society for Mass Spectrometry, Springer Verlag (Germany), 2016, 27 (9), pp.1435-1442. ⟨10.1007/s13361-016-1419-8⟩. ⟨hal-01344631⟩

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