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Internal Standard Quantification Using Tandem Mass Spectrometry of a Tryptic Peptide in the Presence of an Isobaric Interference

Abstract : Model mixtures of isobaric peptides were studied to evaluate the possibility, using tandem mass spectrometry experiments, for internal standard quantification of a tryptic peptide in the presence of an isobaric interference. To this end, direct injection electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry (ESI-MS/MS) experiments were performed on an ion trap instrument using a large mass-selection window (15 m/z) encompassing the isobaric mixture and the internal standard; MS/MS experiments were carried out to remove completely the interference from the mixture by fragmenting it. This allowed for the correct intensity assignment for the protonated peptide peak and, thus, for the analyte to be quantified through the relative intensity estimate of this peak with respect to the internal standard. This was done by monitoring the 15 m/z mass-selection window only and without the necessity for careful inspection of any fragment ions peaks. The interference removal was assessed by determining an excitation voltage large enough for the analyte/internal standard ratio to remain constant ensuring correct quantification despite isobaric contamination. A calibration curve was obtained to predict reference samples and compared to reference samples purposely spiked with the interference using the proposed methodology; internal standard quantification of the analyte was made possible with ∼1% deviation despite the isobaric contamination.
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Dany Jeanne Dit Fouque, Alicia Maroto, Antony Memboeuf. Internal Standard Quantification Using Tandem Mass Spectrometry of a Tryptic Peptide in the Presence of an Isobaric Interference. Analytical Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 2018, 90 (24), pp.14126-14130. ⟨10.1021/acs.analchem.8b05016⟩. ⟨hal-02420476⟩

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