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Mass Spectrometry: An analytical method used in determining the identity of a chemical based on its mass using mass analyzers/mass spectrometers.
 JoVE Medicine

Imaging Metals in Brain Tissue by Laser Ablation - Inductively Coupled Plasma - Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS)

1Elemental Bio-imaging Facility, University of Technology Sydney, 2Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, The University of Melbourne, 3Department of Pathology, The University of Melbourne, 4School of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne, 5Research School, Ruhr University, 6Department of Physiology, Monash University, 7ESI Ltd., Bozeman, 8Agilent Technologies, Mulgrave


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 JoVE Immunology and Infection

Rapid Identification of Gram Negative Bacteria from Blood Culture Broth Using MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry

1Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Laboratory Services, Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research, Westmead Hospital, 2Centre for Research Excellence in Critical Infection, Westmead Millennium Institute, Westmead Hospital, 3Sydney Emerging Infectious Diseases Institute, University of Sydney, Westmead Hospital


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 JoVE Biology

Quantification of Proteins Using Peptide Immunoaffinity Enrichment Coupled with Mass Spectrometry

1Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center - FHCRC, 2Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria, 3Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 4Genome BC Proteomics Centre, University of Victoria, 5Plasma Proteome Institute


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 JoVE In-Press

Sample Preparation for Mass Spectrometry-based Identification of RNA-binding Regions

1Epigenetics Institute, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, 2Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, 3Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, 4Graduate Group in Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

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 Science Education: Essentials of Analytical Chemistry

Introduction to Mass Spectrometry

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Source: Laboratory of Dr. Khuloud Al-Jamal - King's College London

Mass spectrometry is an analytical chemistry technique that enables the identification of unknown compounds within a sample, the quantification of known materials, the determination of the structure, and chemical properties of different molecules.

A mass spectrometer is composed of an ionization source, an analyzer, and a detector. The process involves the ionization of chemical compounds to generate ions. When using inductively coupled plasma (ICP), samples containing elements of interest are introduced into argon plasma as aerosol droplets. The plasma dries the aerosol, dissociates the molecules, and then removes an electron from the components to be detected by the mass spectrometer. Other ionization methods such as electrospray ionization (ESI) and matrix assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) are used to analyze biological samples. Following the ionization procedure, ions are separated in the mass spectrometer according to their mass-to-charge ratio (m/z), and the relative abundance of each ion type is measured. Finally, the detector commonly consists in an electron multiplier where the collision of ions with a charged anode leads to a cascade of increasing number of electrons, which can b

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