Characterization of glycopeptides by combining collision-induced dissociation and electron-transfer dissociation mass spectrometry data. Academic Article uri icon


  • Structural characterization of a glycopeptide is not easily attained through collision-induced dissociation (CID), due to the extensive fragmentation of glycan moieties and minimal fragmentation of peptide backbones. In this study, we have exploited the potential of electron-transfer dissociation (ETD) as a complementary approach for peptide fragmentation. Model glycoproteins, including ribonuclease B, fetuin, horseradish peroxidase, and haptoglobin, were used here. In ETD, radical anions transfer an electron to the peptide backbone and induce cleavage of the N-Calpha bond. The glycan moiety is retained on the peptide backbone, being largely unaffected by the ETD process. Accordingly, ETD allows not only the identification of the amino acid sequence of a glycopeptide, but also the unambiguous assignment of its glycosylation site. When data acquired from both fragmentation techniques are combined, it is possible to characterize comprehensively the entire glycopeptide. This is being achieved with a mass spectrometer capable of alternating between CID and ETD on-the-fly during an LC/MS/MS analysis. This is demonstrated here with several tryptic glycopeptides.

published proceedings

  • Rapid Commun Mass Spectrom

author list (cited authors)

  • Alley, W. R., Mechref, Y., & Novotny, M. V.

citation count

  • 134

complete list of authors

  • Alley, William R||Mechref, Yehia||Novotny, Milos V

publication date

  • January 2009