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Keywords:

  • thymine;
  • oligonucleotide;
  • infrared multiphoton dissociation;
  • collision-induced dissociation;
  • DNA

Abstract

Infrared multiphoton dissociation (IRMPD) of thymine-rich oligodeoxynucleotides in a linear ion-trap mass spectrometer affords far more extensive fragmentation than conventional collision-induced dissociation (CID). For oligodeoxynucleotides containing one non-thymine base, CID results primarily in cleavage on the 3′ side of the non-thymine nucleobase, whereas IRMPD results in cleavages between all the nucleobases and thus provides complete sequence coverage. Furthermore, for oligodeoxynucleotides containing a single non-thymine base, it is shown that the full series of diagnostic sequence ions observed in the IRMPD mass spectra arise from secondary dissociation of the two primary products formed from the initial cleavage site located next to the non-thymine base. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.