Electron capture dissociation fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry of cyclodepsipeptides, branched peptides, and epsilon-peptides

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Although electron capture dissociation (ECD) offers many advantages for structural elucidation, a fundamental understanding of all possible processes following electron capture is necessary if ECD is to succeed in the characterization of unknowns. Many biologically active compounds have non-standard structures, e.g, N-alkylation, branching, cyclization, and ester linkages. Here we report ECD of cyclodepsipeptides (valinomycin and beauvericin), including N-methylated structures (beauvericin), branched peptides (AcA(3)K(G(3))A(3)-NH2 and A(3)K(G(3))A(3)-NH2), and oligomers of epsilon-amino acids (epsilon-peptides) (Ac(Ahx)(6)K and (Ahx)(6)K) to establish the behavior of such non-standard structures. ECD of cyclodepsipeptides yielded numerous backbone fragments but no charge-reduced species, consistent with a radical cascade mechanism. ECD of E-peptides resulted in a(.) and y fragments only, suggesting that the N-Calpha c/z(.) fragmentation channel is impeded in those structures. ECD of branched peptides resulted in complex fragmentation patterns, characterized by the presence of the immonium related m ion from the modified residue. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-35
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Mass Spectrometry
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2004


  • epsilon-peptides, FT-ICR, ECD, cyclodepsipeptides, branched peptides