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A fragmentation study of podophyllotoxin and its 4'-demethyl-4beta-substituted derivatives by electrospray ionization ion-trap time-of-flight tandem mass spectrometry.
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PMID:  17661337     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
High-resolution electrospray ionization multistage tandem mass spectrometry (MS(1-9)) was used to determine the accurate masses and the fragmentation pathways of protonated podophyllotoxin (1) and its corresponding 4'-demethyl-4beta-substituted derivatives (2-4). The protonated molecules, [M + H](+), of all the four compounds were observed in the conventional single-stage mass spectra. Two fragmentation pathways, that appear to be characteristic of the four compounds, are proposed on the basis of their multistage tandem mass spectrometric data. The characteristic elimination, from the precursor protonated ions, of the neutral groups 4-R(1)H, 1-ArH, CO, CH(2)O and C(4)H(4)O(2), in which R is located on C-4, is the common elimination, and the product ions at m/z 267, 239, 229, 181, 173, 153, 143 and 115 are the common diagnostic masses. The elimination of the R(1) group substituent located on the C-4 position of compounds 1-4 has a significant influence on the fragmentation pathway obtained in the conventional single-stage mass spectra. A large R(1) group would be unfavorable for this elimination, unless the collision energy is raised. Apart from the common fragmentations obtained for the protonated molecules 1-4, significant additional product ions were detected in the various multistage tandem mass spectrometric analyses, particularly in the case of the product ions derived initially from the phenolic hydroxyl group of 2-4, which are different from those of 1. Based on these additional formed product ions, several additional fragmentation pathways for 1 or 2-4 are also presented.
Qianrong Li; Guoquan Yan; Tiefei Ge
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Rapid communications in mass spectrometry : RCM     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0951-4198     ISO Abbreviation:  Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom.     Publication Date:  2007  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-08-08     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8802365     Medline TA:  Rapid Commun Mass Spectrom     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2843-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026, China.
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