Intact Mass Analysis

  • Characterize modifications and degradation products
  • Identify coeluting proteins or shoulders
  • Suitable for proteins and monoclonal antibodies

Do you need the exact intact mass of proteins or antibodies?

An intact mass analysis of proteins by ESI-MS and correlation with the sequences enables detailed understanding of the protein heterogeneity. Also, it can be used to confirm correct protein expression.

Furthermore, the intact mass of co-eluting proteins/antibodies and integration of HPLC peak a...

Do you need the exact intact mass of proteins or antibodies?

An intact mass analysis of proteins by ESI-MS and correlation with the sequences enables detailed understanding of the protein heterogeneity. Also, it can be used to confirm correct protein expression.

Furthermore, the intact mass of co-eluting proteins/antibodies and integration of HPLC peak areas allows semi-quantitative analysis of protein contaminants and degradation products.

Applications of intact mass analysis:

  • Detect both oxidations and deamidation
  • Glycoprofile characterization
  • Identify contaminating proteins that are not well separated by UV-HPLC .(coeluting proteins or shoulders etc.)
  • Stability study – characterize degradation products
  • Drug substance batch comparison

PROTEIN

Intact mass analysis by LC ESI-MS is the golden standard for proteins up to 250 kDa.

ANTIBODY

The intact mass analysis can be conducted with and without reduction. We also offer analysis before and after removal of N-glycans and after enzymatic cleavage into specific sub-units.

Send us a request so we can adjust the analysis to meet your specific needs.

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The process:

  • 1 You provide us with at least 10 µg protein or 100 µg antibody
  • 2 We analyze your sample with LC ESI-MS to determine the exact mass with high accuracy
  • 3 Optional: We apply a custom MS method, specifically for your project
  • 4 You receive the report within 8-20 work days, depending on the analysis

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Intact Mass Analysis by ESI-MS

By ESI-MS analysis, we first spray the sample in liquid phase through a capillary at high voltage into the MS instrument. This way, we measure the mass over charge ratio (m/z). For large biomolecules the electrospray process results in multiply protonated molecules with a distribution of ion species at m/z range from 1-3000.

We then determine the mass of the molecule using a deconvolution algorithm that calculates the mass of the intact non-protonated protein, peptide or antibody. The ESI-MS process requires that the sample preparation is quite pure without interfering salts or detergents.

We can also purify the sample by reversed phase HPLC (Agilent 1200 system) using a short C8 column before analyzing on a Q-TOF mass spectrometer (Bruker Maxis Impact system). The mass of the sample is determined by deconvolution of the obtained raw spectra using the MaxEnt algorithm. The high resolution and accuracy of the Q-Tof instrument thus result in very accurate mass determination within 0-3 Da of the theoretical mass.

For antibodies we analyze the sample in the intact form and after reduction with DTT.

Protein HPLC chromatogram - intact mass analysis by ESI-MS

HPLC chromatogram with protein mixture

Sample preparation

For intact mass analysis, submit protein or antibody samples in liquid or as lyophilized material.

The chromatographic purity should be >90%.

Minimum sample amount: ~ 10-50 microgram protein, ~ 100 microgram antibody

Avoid detergents and keep buffer concentration at a minimum. LC ESI-MS analysis works on samples containing small amounts of salts or urea, but the best result are obtained with low buffer strength in volatile solvents without detergents.

  • Put the protein/peptide/antibody into a microcentrifuge tube.
  • Use Eppendorf Safe Lock tubes, or similar tubes from your lab.
  • Lyophilize or speed vac the antibody to a solid sample to ensure stability during shipment.
  • Alternatively, freeze the liquid sample for cold shipment.

Attention

Please note that intact mass analysis of intact proteins/antibodies by mass spectrometry does NOT work on samples from gels or PVDF membranes.

If your sample contains detergents in any sort, send us a request through the contact form to hear about the analytical capabilities.

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Per Aaslo

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