A mini-review of mass spectrometry using high-performance FTICR-MS methods
Anal. Bioanal. Chem. , Volume 378 p. 1048- 1058
Structural characterization of macromolecules is currently delivering new insights into the behavior of individual molecules or molecular ensembles. Technological advances have made it possible to examine smaller and smaller amounts (down to single molecules) of larger and larger molecular systems. Mass spectrometry in particular is capable of the detailed study of extremely small quantities (down to a single molecule) of very large (biological) molecules. The advent of new ionization techniques such as electrospray and matrix-assisted laser desorption are mainly responsible for these advances. As a result, mass spectrometry has evolved into an enabling discipline that plays an increasingly important role in combinatorial chemistry, polymer science, biochemistry, medicine, environmental and marine science, and archaeology and conservation science. This paper will review a selection of methodological developments in the field of high-performance Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry for structural analysis of these macromolecules.