The photodissociation by 157 nm light of singly- and doubly-charged peptide ions containing C- or N-terminal arginine residues was studied in a linear ion trap mass spectrometer. Singly-charged peptides yielded primarily x- and a-type ions, depending on the location of the arginine residue, along with some related side-chain fragments. These results are consistent with our previous work using a tandem time-of-flight (TOF) instrument with a vacuum matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) source. Thus, the different internal energies of precursor ions in the two experiments seem to have little effect on their photofragmentation. For doubly-charged peptides, the dominant fragments observed in both photodissociation and collisionally induced dissociation (CID) experiments are b- and y-type ions. Preliminary experiments demonstrating fragmentation of multiply-charged ubiquitin ions by 157 nm photodissociation are also presented. Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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