This subproject is one of many research subprojects utilizing the resources provided by a Center grant funded by NIH/NCRR. Primary support for the subproject and the subproject's principal investigator may have been provided by other sources, including other NIH sources. The Total Cost listed for the subproject likely represents the estimated amount of Center infrastructure utilized by the subproject, not direct funding provided by the NCRR grant to the subproject or subproject staff. The capability for accurate mass measurements is an important attribute of Fourier transform mass spectrometry (FTMS). Unlike other instrumental methods in mass spectrometry, FTMS still offers significant opportunities to improve mass measurement accuracy (MMA), making it an area of research. Although FTMS can measure ion frequencies to nine significant figures, the conversion of frequency to m/z is difficult because frequency depends on the electric field and the space charge in the ion trap. We are working on methods to shim the electric field (electrical compensation) and to correct for space charge effects. We are also interested in the relation of mass calibration and the fundamentals of ion motion and space-charge effects, and we wish to to improve the basic calibration procedure particularly those that correct for effects of space charge. The advent of matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) and electrospray ionization (ESI) have opened the door for FTMS to be used for analyzing at high performance biopolymers, including proteins, oligodeoxynucleotides (ODNs), oligosaccharides, and synthetic polymers. We will pursue accurate mass measurement in these areas and some practical ways to improve MMA.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Biotechnology Resource Grants (P41)
Project #
5P41RR000954-34
Application #
8361343
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1-BCMB-K (40))
Project Start
2011-01-01
Project End
2011-12-31
Budget Start
2011-01-01
Budget End
2011-12-31
Support Year
34
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$9,448
Indirect Cost
Name
Washington University
Department
Internal Medicine/Medicine
Type
Schools of Medicine
DUNS #
068552207
City
Saint Louis
State
MO
Country
United States
Zip Code
63130
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