The stereochemical dependence of unimolecular dissociation of monosaccharide-glycolaldehyde anions in the gas phase: a basis for assignment of the stereochemistry and anomeric configuration of monosaccharides in oligosaccharides by mass spectrometry via a key discriminatory product ion of disaccharide fragmentation, m/z 221.


Mass spectrometry of hexose-containing disaccharides often yields product ions of m/z 221 in the negative ion mode. Using a Paul trap, isolation and collision-induced dissociation of the m/z 221 anions yielded mass spectra that easily differentiated their stereochemistry and anomeric configuration, for all 16 stereochemical variants. The ions were shown to… (More)