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Asn3, a Reliable, Robust, and Universal Lock Mass for Improved Accuracy in LC–MS and LC–MS/MS

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posted on 19.11.2013, 00:00 by An Staes, Jonathan Vandenbussche, Hans Demol, Marc Goethals, Şule Yilmaz, Niels Hulstaert, Sven Degroeve, Pieter Kelchtermans, Lennart Martens, Kris Gevaert
The use of internal calibrants (the so-called lock mass approach) provides much greater accuracy in mass spectrometry based proteomics. However, the polydimethylcyclosiloxane (PCM) peaks commonly used for this purpose are quite unreliable, leading to missing calibrant peaks in spectra and correspondingly lower mass measurement accuracy. Therefore, we here introduce a universally applicable and robust internal calibrant, the tripeptide Asn3. We show that Asn3 is a substantial improvement over PCM both in terms of consistent detection and resulting mass measurement accuracy. Asn3 is also very easy to adopt in the lab, as it requires only minor adjustments to the analytical setup.

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