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Atmospheric pressure ionisation mass spectrometric fragmentation pathways of noscapine and papaverine revealed by multistage mass spectrometry and in-source deuterium labelling

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JournalRapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry
DatePublished - 2006
Issue number3
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)473-480
Original languageEnglish


Two opium alkaloids, noscapine and papaverine, show good response as [M+H](+) ions in positive ion electrospray mass spectrometry and atmospheric pressure chemical ionisation mass spectrometry. The two compounds exhibit markedly different fragmentation pathways and behaviour under multistage mass spectrometry (MSn), with papaverine displaying a wealth of ions in MS2 and noscapine providing a single dominant ion at each stage of MSn prior to MS4. Elucidation of the fragmentation pathways using the MSn capability of the ion trap was aided by spraying the analytes in (H2O)-H-2 to incorporate an isotopic label. Simplex optimisation allowed optimum trapping and fragmentation parameters to be determined, leading to a six-fold improvement in response for one transition and a seven-fold improvement for one transition sequence. Copyright (c) 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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