Electron capture dissociation and collision-induced dissociation of metal ion (Ag+, Cu2+, Zn2+, Fe2+, and Fe3+) complexes of polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimers

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The electron capture dissociation (ECD) and collision-induced dissociation (CID) of complexes of polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimers with metal ions Ag(+), Cu(2+), Zn(2+), Fe(2+), and Fe(3+) were determined by Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry. Complexes were of the form [PD + M + mH](5+) where PD = generation two PAMAM dendrimer with amidoethanol surface groups, M = metal ion, m = 2-4. Complementary information regarding the site and coordination chemistry of the metal ions can be obtained from the two techniques. The results suggest that complexes of Fe(3+) and Cu(2+) are coordinated via both core tertiary amines, whereas coordination of Ag(+) involves a single core tertiary amine. The Zn(2+) and Fe(2+) complexes do not appear to involve coordination by the dendrimer core.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)674-681
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2009