Multifunctional nanoparticles composite for MALDI-MS: Cd2+-doped carbon nanotubes with CdS nanoparticles as the matrix, preconcentrating and accelerating probes of microwave enzymatic digestion of peptides and proteins for direct MALDI-MS analysis.J Mass Spectrom. 2010 Dec; 45(12):1452-60.JM
For the first time, we utilized multifunctional nanoparticles composite (NPs composite) for matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometric (MALDI-MS) analysis of peptides and proteins. Multiwalled carbon nanotubes doped with Cd(2+) ions and modified with cadmium sulfide NPs were synthesized by a chemical reduction method at room temperature. The multifunctional NPs composite applied for the analysis of peptides and microwave-digested proteins in the atmospheric pressure matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization ion-trap and MALDI time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometry (MS) was successfully demonstrated. The maximum detection sensitivity for peptides in MALDI-MS was achieved by the adsorption of negatively charged peptides onto the surfaces of NP composite through electrostatic interactions. The optimal conditions of peptide mixtures were obtained at 20 min of incubation time using 1 mg of NPs composite when the pH of the sample solution was kept higher than the pI values of peptides. The potentiality of the NP composite in the preconcentration of peptides was compared with that of the individual NP by calculating the preconcentration factors (PF) and found that the NPs composite showed a 4-6 times of PF than the other NPs. In addition, the NPs composite was also applied as heat-absorbing materials for efficient microwave tryptic digestion of cytochrome c and lysozyme from milk protein in MALDI-TOF-MS analysis. We believe that the use of NPs composite technique would be an efficient and powerful preconcentrating tool for MALDI-MS for the study of proteome research.