Automatically Full Glycan Structural Determination with Logically Derived Sequence Tandem Mass Spectrometry

16 January 2019, Version 1
This content is a preprint and has not undergone peer review at the time of posting.


Here we show the full structures of glycans, including diastereomers and anomericity of each monosaccharide and linkage position of each glycosidic bond, can be determined using tandem mass spectrometry guided by a logically derived sequence (LODES). This new method provides de novo oligosaccharide structural identifications with high sensitivity and was applied to automatically in situ structural determination of the oligosaccharides eluted by high performance liquid chromatography. We showed that the structure of a given trisaccharide from trisaccharide mixture and bovine milk were determined from near three thousand isomers by using six to seven logically selected CID spectra. The entire procedure of mass spectrum measurement guided by LODES can be programmed in computer for automatically full glycan structural identification, a goal that remains a great challenge in glycan analysis.


mass spectrometry


Comments are not moderated before they are posted, but they can be removed by the site moderators if they are found to be in contravention of our Commenting Policy [opens in a new tab] - please read this policy before you post. Comments should be used for scholarly discussion of the content in question. You can find more information about how to use the commenting feature here [opens in a new tab] .
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy [opens in a new tab] and Terms of Service [opens in a new tab] apply.