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Recent advances in the combination of capillary electrophoresis with mass spectrometry: From element to single-cell analysis


Correspondence: Dr. Karel Klepárník, Institute of Analytical Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Veveří 97, 60200 Brno, Czech Republic


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This overview deals with the latest development of electrophoresis in capillaries and microfluidic devices coupled to MS detection. A wide selection of relevant articles covers the literature published from January 2010 till June 2012 as a continuation of the review article on the same topic by Pantuckova et al. [Electrophoresis 2011, 32, 43–51]. Special attention is paid to the new improvements in instrumentation and methodology of three interfacing methods, ESI, matrix-assisted desorption/ionization, and ICP. Representative examples illustrate applications in the proteomics, glycomics, metabolomics, biomarker research, forensics, pharmacology, food analysis and single-cell analysis. The combinations of MS with capillary versions of electrochromatography, ITP, IEF, and micellar electrokinetic chromatography are not included.