ESI-MS/MS analysis of protonated N-methyl Amino Acids and their Immonium ions.

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Summary of "ESI-MS/MS analysis of protonated N-methyl Amino Acids and their Immonium ions."

Methylation is one of the important post translational modifications of biological systems. At the metabolite level, the methylation process is expected to convert bioactive compounds such as amino acids, fatty acids, lipids, sugars, and other organic acids into their methylated forms. A few of the methylated amino acids are identified and have been proved as potential biomarkers for several metabolic disorders by using mass spectrometry based metabolomics workstation. As it is possible to encounter all the N-methyl forms of the proteinogenic amino acids in plant/biological systems, it is essential to have analytical data of all N-methyl amino acids for their detection and identification. In earlier studies, we have reported The ESI-MS/MS data of all methylated proteinogenic amino acids, except that of mono-N-methyl amino acids. . In this study, the N-methyl amino acids of all the amino acids (1-21; including one isomeric pair) were synthesized and characterized by ESI-MS/MS, LC/MS/MS and HRMS. This data could be useful for detection and identification of N-methyl amino acids in biological systems for future metabolomics studies. The MS/MS spectra of [M+H] ions of most N-methyl amino acids showed respective immonium ions by the loss of (H O,CO). The other most common product ions detected were [MH-(NH CH ] , [MH-(RH)] (where R = side chain group) ions, and the selective structure indicative product ions due to side chain and N-methyl group. The isomeric/isobaric N-methyl amino acids could easily be differentiated by their distinct MS/MS spectra. Further, the MS/MS of immonium ions inferred side chain structure and methyl group on α-nitrogen of the N-methyl amino acids.


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Name: Journal of mass spectrometry : JMS
ISSN: 1096-9888


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