ABSTRACT: Up to now, all commercial matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) mass spectrometers still can not efficiently analyze very large biomolecules. In this work, we report the development of a novel MALDI ion trap mass spectrometer which can enrich biomolecular ions to enhance the detection sensitivity. A charge detector was installed to measure the large ions directly. With this design, we report the first measurement of IgM with the mass-to-charge ratio (m/z) at 980 000. In addition, quantitative measurements of the number of ions can be obtained. A step function frequency scan was first developed to get a clear signal in the m/z range from 200,000 to 1,000,000.
Analytical Chemistry 11/2010; 82(24):10125-8. · 5.86 Impact Factor