Thermospray liquid chromatographic/mass spectrometric studies with inositol phosphates

Fong‐Fu ‐F Hsu, H. Duane Goldman, William R. Sherman

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Abstract

Thermospray mass spectrometry of inositol mono‐ and polyphosphates, separated by ion‐exchange chromatography, was evaluated for its potential as a general method for quantitative analysis of these substances. The only ions of significant abundance that are produced by the thermospray ionization process result from the total loss of phosphate from inositol. Thus inositol mono‐, tris‐ and hexakisphosphate each gave mass spectra consisting solely of [MH]+ and [MNH4]+ of inositol. When the chromatographic eluates are passed through a heated reactor prior to the thermospray source maximal yields of these ions are obtained. The sensitivity of the technique falls short of that needed for a general method for biological applications, because the lower limit of detection is about 100 pmol μl−1. Inositol phosphates peracetylated on C‐hydroxyls were also studied, with separation by ion‐exchange chromatography. Again, thermospray ionization produces totally dephosphorylated species, with the highest‐mass ions retaining all of the acetyl groups, even when using the thermal reactor. Losses of acetate were also observed. Sensitivity with the acetyl derivative was comparable to that with the underivatized inositol phosphates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)597-600
Number of pages4
JournalBiological Mass Spectrometry
Volume19
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1990

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