This is an Application Brief and does not contain a detailed Experimental section.
To improve routine discovery workflows with High Definition Data Directed Analysis (HD-DDA), a novel data acquisition mode for the Waters SYNAPT G2-Si HDMS mass spectrometer.
High Definition Data Directed Analysis provides the highest sensitivity MS/MS data possible, enabling a better understanding of sample components regardless of concentration and complexity.
Automated MS/MS approaches like Waters’ Data Directed Analysis (DDA) method are an ideal way to generate high quality fragmentation spectra from very low level components in highly complex mixtures. In addition, DDA data can be easily processed and searched using a wide variety of software packages.
This note describes a mode of operation for the SYNAPT G2-Si, High Definition DDA (HD-DDA), that dramatically increases the detection limits and efficiency of LC-MS/MS analysis. A significant factor contributing to these performance enhancements is the substantial increase in MS/MS sensitivity achieved by combining MS/MS with ‘Wideband Enhancement’ transmission mode. HD-DDA combines this ultra sensitive MS/MS data acquisition method with improved real-time decision making to provide a significantly greater number of high quality MS/MS spectra from a single injection.
HD-DDA enhancements include:
During an HD-DDA acquisition, the system monitors MS survey data for ions that pass the acceptance criteria specified for MS/MS acquisition. Up to 15 precursors can be automatically selected for MS/MS from a single MS survey. The MS/MS acquisition of each precursor is halted when the accumulated TIC target is reached, or after a predefined time. Thus, more time is spent on the less intense precursors and switchback to MS survey is rapid without sacrificing MS/MS spectral quality. In addition to enabling more MS/MS spectra, HD-DDA uses Wideband Enhancement to increase duty cycle on fragments which can increase sensitivity for specific m/z ranges up to approximately ten times. The duty cycle enhancement is achieved by synchronizing the Tof pusher with target m/z ranges as ions are released from the Triwave device. Wideband Enhancement thus uses ion mobility separations to provide full duty cycle for a full m/z range. The maximum achievable enhancement is m/z-dependant,as shown in Figure 1. A comparison of two MS/MS spectra, one acquired with Wideband Enhancement and one without, is shown in Figure 2.
The increase in sensitivity facilitates both increasing the total number of MS/MS events during an analysis by enabling return to MS Survey faster, and providing quality MS/MS data on exceptionally low intensity precursors.
Waters’ HD-DDA combines intelligent acquisition routines and T-Wave Ion Mobility with Wideband Enhancement to deliver the best possible MS/MS spectra and resulting information from the most complex samples.
Wideband Enhancement increases sensitivity for fragments up to 10 times, thereby lowering detection limits as well as facilitating a faster return to the MS survey scan. This ultimately increases the number of MS/MS spectra that can be recorded during an analysis, resulting in a more comprehensive sample analysis.
720004734, June 2013