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High-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry with a new quadrupole/linear ion trap instrument.

Authors
  • Hager, James W
  • Le Blanc, J C Yves
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Chromatography A
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Dec 05, 2003
Volume
1020
Issue
1
Pages
3–9
Identifiers
PMID: 14661752
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The use of a new hybrid quadrupole/linear ion trap known as the Q TRAP offers unique benefits as a LC-MS-MS detector for both small and large molecule analyses. The instrument combines the capabilities of a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer and ion trap technology on a single platform. Product ion scans are conducted in a hybrid fashion with the fragmentation step accomplished via acceleration into the collision cell followed by trapping and mass analysis in the Q3 linear ion trap. This results in triple quadrupole fragmentation patterns with no inherent low molecular mass cutoff. In-trap fragmentation is also possible in order to provide triple MS (MS3) capabilities. There are also several scan modes that are not possible on conventional instruments that enable identification of analytes within complex biological matrixes for subsequent high sensitivity product ion scans. This report will describe the new hybrid instrument and the principles of operation, and also provide examples of the unique scan modes and capabilities of the Q TRAP for LC-MS-MS detection in metabolism identification.

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