Differentiation of three pairs of Boc-beta,gamma- and gamma,beta-hybrid peptides by electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry.J Mass Spectrom. 2008 Sep; 43(9):1201-14.JM
A new series of Boc-N-beta(3), gamma(4)-/gamma(4), beta(3)-isomeric hybrid peptides (containing repeats of beta(3)-Caa and gamma(4)-Caa's, Caa = C-linked carbo beta(3)-/gamma(4)-amino acids derived from D-xylose) have been differentiated by both positive and negative ion electrospray ionization (ESI) ion-trap and high resolution quadrupole time-of-flight/tandem mass spectrometry (Q-TOF MS/MS). MS(n) of protonated isomeric peptides and [M+H-Boc+H](+) produce characteristic fragmentation involving the peptide backbone, the Boc-group, and the side chain. The positional isomers are differentiated from one another by the presence of y(n)(+), b(n)(+), and other fragment ions of different m/z values. It is observed that the peptides with beta-Caa at the N-terminus produce extensive fragmentation, whereas gamma-Caa gave rise to much less fragmentation. Peptides with gamma-Caa at the N-terminus lose NH(3), whereas this process is absent for the carbopeptides with beta-Caa at the N-terminus. Two pairs of dipeptide diastereomers are clearly differentiated by the collision-induced dissociation (CID) of their protonated molecules. The loss of 2-methylprop-1-ene is more pronounced for Boc-NH-(R)-beta-Caa-(R)-gamma-Caa-OCH(3) (6) and Boc-NH-(R)-gamma-Caa-(R)-beta-Caa-OCH(3) (12), whereas it is insignificant or totally absent for its protonated diastereomeric pair Boc-NH-(S)-beta-Caa-(S)-gamma-Caa-OCH(3) (1) and Boc-NH-(S)-gamma-Caa-(S)-beta-Caa-OCH(3) (7). Further, ESI negative ion tandem mass spectrometry has also been found to be useful for differentiating these isomeric peptide acids.