Joseph Zaia*

Department of Biochemistry,Center for Biomedical Mass Spectrometry,Mass Spectrometry Resource,Boston University School of Medicine,Boston,MA

Received 30March 2007;received (revised)24March 2008;accepted 15July 2008

Published online 27October 2008in Wiley InterScience (http://www.wendangku.net/doc/184de3e9172ded630b1cb688.html)DOI 10.1002/mas.20200

The glycosaminoglycan (GAG)family of polysaccharides includes the unsulfated hyaluronan and the sulfated heparin,heparan sulfate,keratan sulfate,and chondroitin/dermatan sulfate.GAGs are biosynthesized by a series of enzymes,the activities of which are controlled by complex factors.Animal cells alter their responses to different growth conditions by changing the structures of GAGs expressed on their cell surfaces and in extracellular matrices.Because this variation is a means whereby the functions of the limited number of protein gene products in animal genomes is elaborated,the phenotypic and functional assessment of GAG structures expressed spatially and temporally is an important goal in glycomics.On-line mass spectrometric separations are essential for successful determination of expression patterns for the GAG compound classes due to their inherent complexity and heterogeneity.Options include size exclusion,anion exchange,reversed phase,reversed phase ion pairing,hydrophilic interaction,and graphitized carbon chromatographic modes and capillary electrophoresis.This review summarizes the application of these approaches to on-line MS analysis of the GAG classes.#2008Wiley Periodicals,Inc.,Mass Spec Rev 28:254–272,2009

Keywords:glycosaminoglycan;heparin;heparan sulfate;keratan sulfate;chondroitin sulfate;dermatan sulfate;hyalur-onan;mass spectrometry;liquid chromatography;capillary electrophoresis


The glycosaminoglycan (GAG)family of linear polysaccharides,found in mast cell granules,on cell surfaces,in extracellular matrices and in basement membranes,was ?rst identi?ed over 100years ago from cartilage.GAGs play structural roles in con-nective tissue,tethering cell surfaces to protein and proteoglycan molecules through interactions with lectin domains (Yang et al.,1994).The high concentration of sulfated GAGs also provides swelling pressure that is necessary for visco-elasticity in con-nective tissue.In addition,cell surface GAGs interact with a large number of growth factor families,growth factor receptors,cytokines and chemokines (Bern?eld et al.,1999;Perrimon &

Bern?eld,2000).GAGs are believed to act as co-receptors for many growth factors and growth factor receptors,interacting with both partners,either speci?cally or non-speci?cally (Lander,1998;Herndon,Stipp,&Lander,1999).Although it is believed that speci?c patterns of sulfation on the GAG backbone mediate growth factor–receptor interactions,efforts to gain a thorough understanding of these events have been limited by dif?culties in obtaining sequences.GAGs are polydisperse with respect to chain length and sulfation pattern,rendering them analytically challenging.

Traditionally,a GAG oligosaccharide must be puri?ed to homogeneity before analysis using a combination of chemical and enzymatic degradation (Conrad,1998)and chromato-graphic,electrophoretic (Turnbull,Hopwood,&Gallagher,1999),or mass spectrometric (Ernst et al.,1998;Rhomberg et al.,1998a,b;Venkataraman et al.,1999)detection to obtain the http://www.wendangku.net/doc/184de3e9172ded630b1cb688.htmlplete structural analysis entails puri?cation of suf?cient material to allow for multiple degradative steps.On-line separations coupled with mass spectrometry have the signi?cant advantage that they are sensitive and do not require a puri?ed sample.


All GAGs consist of repeating disaccharide structures.Mature GAG chains re?ect modi?cation events that occur shortly after initial chain polymerization (Esko &Selleck,2002;Bulow &Hobert,2006).Heparin,heparan sulfate (HS),keratan sulfate (KS),chondroitin sulfate (CS),and dermatan sulfate (DS)are elaborated by sulfation of hydroxyl groups.The heparin,HS,CS,and DS classes are elaborated by epimerization of some uronic acid residues at the C5position.The heparin and HS classes are acted upon by N -deacetylase,N-sulfotransferase activity.The disaccharide repeat structures of the four classes of GAGs found in mammalian systems are shown in Figure 1.


The simplest GAG from the chemical point of view is hyaluronan,a molecule synthesized at and extruded from the plasma membrane (Toole,2000),consisting of [GlcA b 3GlcNAc b 4]n with n >2,000in extracellular matrices.The disaccharides are not chemically modi?ed and the molecule serves as a tether between a variety of extracellular matrix molecules and cell surfaces by virtue of hyaluronan-speci?c lectin domains on cell surface receptor CD44and ECM proteins,glycoproteins and

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Contract grant sponsor:NIH grants P41RR10888and R01HL74179.*Correspondence to:Joseph Zaia,Department of Biochemistry,Boston University School of Medicine,670Albany St.,Rm 509,Boston,MA 02118.E-mail:jzaia@http://www.wendangku.net/doc/184de3e9172ded630b1cb688.html

proteoglycans.Oligosaccharides of hyaluronan have important biological activities and therefore molecular weight analysis of hyaluronan is an important consideration(Mahoney et al.,2001). Methods used most often for molecular weight analysis of hyaluronans include size exclusion chromatography(SEC)and gel electrophoresis as reviewed in(Kakehi,Kinoshita,& Yasueda,2003).Both MALDI(Sakai et al.,2007)and ESI-MS techniques are appropriate for determining the size of oligosac-charides derived from hyaluronan(Roboz et al.,2000;Mahoney et al.,2001).Hyaluronan oligosaccharides may be distinguished from isobaric heparosan oligosaccharides using tandem MS (Zhang et al.,2008).

B.Chondroitin/Dermatan Sulfate

Chondroitin sulfate(CS)consists of repeating units of[GlcA b3-GalNAc b4]and may be sulfated on the4-and/or6-postions of GalNAc.DS is a CS variant in which a substantial fraction of GlcA residues are epimerized to IdoA,and the IdoA may be sulfated at the2-position.CS/DS oligosaccharides are expressed in patterned domains with respect to the distribution of uronic acid epimers and with respect to sulfation patterns(Cheng et al., 1994).In addition,the capping regions of CS chains from cartilage aggrecan have been found to vary speci?cally with development and during the onset of osteoarthritis(Plaas et al., 1998;West et al.,1999).MS has the potential to vastly increase the information concerning spatial and temporal expression of CS/DS domains in biological tissue(Seidler et al.,2007).

C.Keratan Sulfate

Keratan sulfate(KS)is a sulfated polylactosamine chain,the disaccharide repeat of which,[Gal b4GlcNAc b3],is identical to that found in antenna extensions of N-and O-linked glycans (Funderburgh,2000).KS consists of approximately50dis-accharide residues(Stuhlsatz et al.,1981)and is linked to the protein either as an extension to an N-linked glycan(KS I, cornea),or through a Ser/Thr bound linker structure(KS II, skeletal tissue).Biosynthesis of KS chains occurs with simulta-neous polymerization and sulfation,forming a pattern of unsulfated,monosulfated(Gal-GlcNAc6S)and disulfated (Gal6S-GlcNAc6S)disaccharide units.The non-reducing ends of corneal KS chains are modi?ed with a variety of capping structures including sialic acids and a3Gal(Tai,Huckerby, &Nieduszynski,1996;Tai et al.,1997;Huckerby,Tai,& Nieduszynski,1998).The existence of biologically regulated sequence epitopes of KS has been demonstrated in antigenicity studies(Mehmet et al.,1986;Tang et al.,1986)and the structures of KS chains are also known to vary with age(Lauder et al., 1998).A number of important papers concerning MS of KS have appeared(Oguma et al.,2001a;Karlsson et al.,2005;Zhang et al.,2005a,b),and it is clear that on-line separations will play an important role for future structural studies.

D.Heparin and Heparan Sulfate

HS,like CS,is bound to proteoglycan core proteins through Ser/Thr residues via a xylosyl linker(Varki et al.,1999).HS and heparin chains are synthesized as[GlcA b4GlcNAc a4]and subsequently modi?ed by an N-deacetylase/N-sulfotranferase enzyme that removes GlcN acetyl groups and replaces them with sulfate groups.This enzyme produces domains of high N-sulfate content,interspersed with those containing high N-acetate content.The N-sulfated domains may be acted upon by glucuronic acid C5epimerase,resulting in the conversion of GlcA residues to IdoA and be subsequently sulfated at


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3O-and/or6O-positions of GlcN and/or the2O-postion of HexA. The mature chains thus display a pattern of N-acetylated domains with low degrees of O-sulfation and N-sulfated domains with high degrees of O-sulfation.Heparin is expressed exclusively in mast cells bound to the serglycin proteoglycan,the carbohydrate chains of which are highly sulfated,corresponding predom-inantly to[IdoA2S-GlcNS6S]n(Gallagher&Walker,1985; Kjellen&Lindahl,1991).HS expressed on cell surfaces and in basement membranes is more diverse than heparin in that it contains a greater percentage of N-acetylated domains.The structures of these HS chains vary among different core proteins, cell types and cellular environments.


Successful mass spectrometric analysis of GAGs depends on an extraction method that is compatible with the separations system and MS detection.Classical biochemical extraction procedures, summarized in(Iozzo,2001;Vynios,Karamanos,&Tsiganos, 2002;Didraga,Barroso,&Bischoff,2006;V olpi,2006), typically require further development to enable use of MS-based detection.In particular,levels of salts and contaminants such as other carbohydrate classes,nucleic acids or lipids that may not be a problem when using optical detection may cause un-acceptable background ion counts when using MS.LC/MS-compatible extraction methods for analysis of tissue GAGs have recently been demonstrated(Zhang et al.,2005a;Hitchcock et al.,2006).

A.Depolymerization of GAGs

Puri?ed GAGs are often too large in size and heterogeneous to permit direct mass spectral analysis and are usually chemically or enzymatically depolymerized.The extent of such digestion may be engineered to achieve complete depolymerization,in which disaccharides are produced.The analysis of disaccharide composition is typically done to characterize the overall chemical character of a given GAG preparation.Speci?c enzymes are available for depolymerization of each GAG class, and details regarding their sources and activities are given in (Ernst et al.,1995).Generally speaking,lyase enzymes act to cleave hexosaminic bonds and the newly liberated non-reducing ends contain a4,5-unsaturated(D-unsaturated)uronosyl residue. Oligosaccharides produced by lyase action are distinguished by the loss of water,relative to a fully saturated structure, that accompanies glycosidic cleavage.Chondroitin lyases and heparin lyases are speci?c,available commercially,and often used in depolymerization of GAGs.GAG hydrolase enzymes cleave hexosaminic bonds by addition of water to produce fully saturated uronic acid at the non-reducing chain termini. Keratanases and testicular hyaluronidase are commonly used GAG hydrolases.Nitrous acid is used to cleave N-sulfated hexosaminic bonds at pH1.5or free hexosamine at pH4(Conrad, 1998).This chemical cleavage is used for analysis of heparins but may be used for analysis of CS/DS after de-acetylation of GalNAc residues.Nitrous acid degradation products contain an anhydromannose residue at the reducing end.IV.MASS SPECTROMETRY OF GAGs

The topic of mass spectrometric analysis of the GAGs has been reviewed recently(Zaia,2004,2005;Chi,Amster,&Linhardt, 2005;Minamisawa&Hirabayashi,2006).Mass spectrometric ionization of carbohydrates,including GAGs,has been reviewed recently(Zaia,2006).The following is a summary of some general points germane to LC/MS methods.In summary,GAGs are acidic molecules that produce abundant negative ions.Their acidity also makes them signi?cantly more fragile than peptides or less acidic glycans.Acidic residues are most stable when ionized in deprotonated form or paired with a cation.Thus,GAG oligosaccharides may be analyzed directly using negative mode MS techniques or in the positive mode when paired with a cation. For on-line separations,ESI is the primary ionization method used.


The use of FAB in the analysis of GAG oligosaccharides has been reviewed(Zaia,2004,2006).FAB was used to develop fundamental mass spectrometric principles for analysis of the GAG class.Unfortunately,it imparts suf?cient internal energy to GAG ions to cause fragmentation of the sulfate groups.In addition,the FAB technique is signi?cantly less sensitive than either MALDI or ESI.For these and other reasons,it is no longer widely used for analysis of GAG oligosaccharides.


The amount of energy imparted during the vacuum MALDI process suf?ces to fragment polysulfated oligosaccharides (Juhasz&Biemann,1994,1995).This problem may be circum-vented by pairing the sulfated oligosaccharides with basic proteins or peptides,resulting in the observation of complexes between peptide and oligosaccharide in the positive mode. This technique has been widely used for the determination of sulfated GAG oligosaccharide mass values(Venkataraman et al.,1999).The potential for the use of room temperature ionic liquids as MALDI matrices for analysis of uncomplexed polysulfated oligosaccharides has been explored recently (Laremore et al.,2006).MALDI MS may be used for analysis of chromatographic fractions containing GAG oligosaccharides in an off-line mode.


The development of ESI enabled mass spectrometric analysis of GAGs without in-source fragmentation problems(Takagaki et al.,1992,1994;Chai et al.,1998;Kim et al.,1998).Provided that source desolvation conditions are carefully optimized using commercially available standards,polysulfated oligosaccharides may be analyzed in the negative mode with minimal fragmenta-tion to the sulfate groups occurring during the desolvation process(Chai et al.,1998;Kim et al.,1998;Desaire,Sirich,& Leary,2001;Zaia&Costello,2001;Zaia,McClellan,&Costello, 2001;Saad&Leary,2003;Naggar,Costello,&Zaia,2004;Saad &Leary,2004;Saad et al.,2005).As a?owing technique,ESI


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allows direct detection of chromatographic ef?uents.Chromato-graphic mobile phases must contain only volatile components to be compatible with ESI.Therefore,the chromatography system must either be optimized using only volatile solvent components or an on-line solvent desalting device.For GAGs,SEC,reversed phase ion pairing,normal phase,or graphitized carbon chroma-tography may be operated using mobile phases compatible with ESI.Capillary electrophoresis may also be used with on-line MS detection.These applications are reviewed in detail below.

Recently,the electron detachment dissociation(EDD)has been used to dissociate GAG oligosaccharides using Fourier transform MS(Wolff et al.,2007a,b;Chi et al.,2008).EDD is a technique whereby a beam of electrons detaches an electron from a negatively charged precursor ion in the FTMS cell,resulting in the formation of an odd-electron species that dissociates to form product ions(Budnik,Haselmann,&Zubarev,2001;Zubarev, 2003).It has been demonstrated that native glycoconjugate glycans dissociate to form structurally informative cross-ring cleavages in higher abundances than observed using conven-tional collision-induced dissociation(McFarland et al.,2005; Adamson&Hakansson,2007).High abundances of cross-ring cleavages were also observed for GAG oligosaccharides(Wolff et al.,2007a),and it is possible to distinguish uronic acid epimers based on diagnostic product ions(Wolff et al.,2007b).EDD has been applied to the analysis of the CS/DS chain of the bikunin proteoglycan(Chi et al.,2008).


Some of the chromatography modes used for on-line LC/MS of N-and O-glycans are also used for GAGs.Because in many cases work on N-and O-glycans predates that on GAGs,a brief discussion of general glycan applications is provided at the beginning of each section below.The intent is to summarize the principles necessary to understand the applications to GAG separations.It is beyond the scope of this discussion to present an exhaustive review for N-O-,and lipid-linked glycan LC/MS.


Classical large format size exclusion chromatography(SEC)has long been used for separation of the oligosaccharide products of GAG depolymerization reactions,and recent work has described the use of high performance SEC for this purpose(Ziegler& Zaia,2006).High performance SEC columns are available in formats that operate below100m L/min?ow rate range,the ef?uent of which may be infused with or without a post-column splitter into the mass spectrometer source.

The?rst work showing on-line SEC–LC/MS of GAGs was accomplished using an Amersham/Pharmacia/GE Health Sciences Superdex peptide column with a mobile phase consisting of30%methanol,10mM HCl(Zaia&Costello, 2001).In subsequent work,the use of ammonium salts as a solvent modi?er has been found to be preferable.On-line SEC–LC/MS using a Superdex peptide column with10%acetonitrile, 50mM ammonium formate at40m L/min has been used to characterize CS/DS glycoform distributions from puri?ed proteoglycans from different sources(Hitchcock,Costello,& Zaia,2006).The same LC/MS system has been used for the characterization of normal and osteoarthritic cartilage samples (Hitchcock et al.,2006).The signi?cance of this work is that SEC–LC/MS is compatible with the tissue extraction procedure and that on-line tandem mass spectrometry determines the CS/DS glycoform distribution in the tissue.One limitation of on-line SEC–LC/MS is that the chromatographic resolution depends on the column volume when other factors are held constant.As a result,scaling down of the chromatography dimensions comes at the expense of resolution.

The use of an ion suppression device for reducing the concentration of ammonium ions for the purposes of separation of heparin oligosaccharides has been shown(Henriksen,Ring-borg,&Roepstorrf,2004).The ion suppressor serves to remove the ammonium cations from the SEC column mobile phase,thus improving the signal strength from the heparin oligosaccharides. Using this system,extracted ion chromatograms have been produced for heparin oligosaccharides up to degree of polymer-ization(dp)14.Such mixtures are extremely complex,and the separation system enables deconvolution of the heparin oligom-ers.Figure2shows SEC–LC/MS results obtained on Tinzaparin, the active substance in the anticoagulant drug Innohep1a low molecular weight heparin drug produced from partial heparin lyase depolymerization of intact heparin(Henriksen,Ringborg, &Roepstorrf,2004).The UV(A)and total ion chromatogram(B) traces show a partially resolved distribution ranging from dp2to >dp14.Traces(C–H)show extracted ion chromatograms for the ion corresponding to the most abundant composition of each oligomer size.The most abundant disaccharide repeat in heparin is(IdoA2S a4GlcNS6S)n and trace(C)shows dp4containing this repeat.Traces(D–H)show that the number of sulfate groups on heparin oligomers?3nà1,where n is the number of dis-accharide repeats.For example,(E)shows dp8,corresponding to 4disaccharide repeats and11sulfate groups.Such compositions are typical of heparins.Mass spectra were summed for the13 regions indicated in(A and B),and the results are shown in Figure3.Regions9–13correspond to decasaccharides through octadecasaccharides,respectively.SEC–LC/MS with an ion suppressor has also been applied to the analysis of the antithrombin binding characteristics of various heparin prepara-tions(Seyrek,Dubin,&Henriksen,2007).Although the SEC resolution is low,the combination with MS detection allows extremely useful characterization of low molecular weight heparin samples.

B.Strong Anion Exchange Chromatography

LC/MS of Glycans

GAG chains are often subjected to anion exchange-based separations for both preparative and analytical purposes. HPLC-based strong anion exchange methods for separation of GAG chains have been described(Pye et al.,1998;Vives, Goodger,&Pye,2001).Although on-line LC/MS analysis typically requires a gradient of sodium chloride that precludes direct detection using mass spectrometry,an ion suppression device may be used to remove salts before analytes enter the ion source(Simpson et al.,1990;Conboy&Henion,1992).Recently


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a sub-millimeter diameter strong anion exchange high pH anion exchange column was used on-line with a Na ?on cation exchange capillary desalting device to enable detection using an ESI ion trap mass spectrometer (Bruggink et al.,2005a,b).Results

showed baseline chromatographic resolution with MS detection for a series of fructans from dp3to dp13.It was also possible to analyze G M1-gangliosides from human urine samples.There is potential for use of such a desalting device for strong anion exchange LC/MS of GAGs and other acidic glycans.

C.Reversed Phase LC/MS of GAGs

Although native carbohydrates are not retained on reversed phase stationary phases,derivatization with a hydrophobic group improves their chromatographic properties.Reductive amination is a robust method for attaching a single amine-containing alkyl group to the reducing end of native oligosaccharides,and several different tags have been used for this purpose (Anumula,2000,2006).The tag increases reversed phase retention and adds a chromophore and/or ?uorophore to the analyte carbohydrates to improve optical detection.Reductive amination also improves mass spectrometric ionization responses (Harvey,2000).

Reductive amination with pyridyl amine (PA)serves to increase the hydrophobicity of N-and O-linked glycans to the point that they are retained using a reversed phase chromatog-raphy column (Yamamoto et al.,1989;Kuraya &Hase,1996).In principle,the most highly retained compound in such an analysis is the reductive amination reagent itself.As the size of the glycan portion increases,so does the hydrophilicity of the tagged molecule.A two-dimensional chromatography system featuring SEC and reversed phase separation has been used to map PA-labeled oligosaccharides from glycoproteins (Kuraya &Hase,1996;Yamamoto et al.,1989).This method has been applied to analysis of partial acid hydrolysis products of glycoprotein glycans (Makino et al.,1996).An additivity rule was applied for the correlation of two-dimensional chromato-graphic elution position with glycan chemical structure (Naka-gawa et al.,1995).An off-line RP HPLC-MALDI TOF MS method has been used to compare the expression of PA-labeled N-linked glycans in murine dermis and epidermis (Uematsu et al.,2005).The 2-aminobenzoic acid label has also been used for RP LC/MS of N-linked glycans (Chen &Flynn,2007).For further details on use of RP LC/MS for reductively aminated glycans see (Wuhrer,Deelder,&Hokke,2005).

The following example demonstrates an LC/MS method for quanti ?cation of GAG metabolites from urine or plasma after derivatization using 1-phenyl-3-methyl pyrazolone (PMP)(Ramsay,Meikle,&Hopwood,2003).Lyophilized samples of urine or plasma were derivatized with PMP,excess reagent was removed by chloroform extraction,and the aqueous layer bound to a C18cartridge.The cartridge was dried and washed with chloroform,dried again,and eluted with 50%acetonitrile.PMP-derivatized sulfated mono-and disaccharides were then analyzed by infusion using negative ion ESI tandem MS.This method has been used to quantify mono-and di-sulfated HexNAc and monosulfated HexNAc-HexA in plasma of mucopolysacchar-idosis patients (Ramsay,Meikle,&Hopwood,2003).The method has been used to monitor dose response in enzyme replacement therapy for mucopolysaccharidosis type VI using an animal model (Crawley et al.,2004).On-line reversed phase LC/MS has been used to pro ?le PMP-derivatized oligosacchar-ides from mucopolysaccharidosis type IIIA patient urine



FIGURE 2.A :Photodiode array (PDA)chromatogram of tinzaparin

recorded at 231–233nm.B :ESI total ion chromatogram of tinzaparin.C –H :Extracted ion traces corresponding to abundant GAGs with different degree of polymerization (dp).Mass spectra were summed within the 13regions shown in (a –b).Compositions are given as (X ,Y ,Z )where X ?number of monosaccharide units,Y ?number of sulfate groups,and Z ?number of acetyl groups (Henriksen,Ringborg,&Roepstorrf,2004).?2004John Wiley and Sons,Limited.Reproduced with permission.




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et al.,2006).In this example,urine GAGs were partially puri?ed using anion exchange chromatography followed by size fractionation.The GAG fractions were derivatized with PMP, extracted with chloroform and analyzed using on-line reversed phase LC/MS.GAG oligosaccharides including some hexasac-charides were detected.A series of di-to hexadecasaccharides were detected.The PMP label has also been used to characterize GAG disaccharide markers in organ tissue in a mouse mucopolysaccharidosis animal model(King et al.,2006).The use of ion pairing agents to facilitate reverse phase binding interactions is also reported for separation of sulfated GAG oligosaccharides,see below.

D.Reversed Phase Ion Pairing LC/MS of GAGs Carbohydrates do not interact with hydrophobic stationary phases because they interact favorably with water in the mobile phase.GAGs,with their acidic character,are amenable to use of ion pairing agents to increase the degree to which binding occurs to the reversed phase.As reviewed(Garcia,2005),retention of charged analytes using ion pairing may be viewed as partitioning of the uncharged ion-pairs onto the hydrophobic stationary phase.An alternative view is that the ion pairing agent coats the hydrophobic phase and retention of analytes occurs through an ion exchange mechanism.Although ion pairing agents improve chromatographic properties,they often interfere with mass spectrometric detection due to their propensity to produce strong signals,thereby suppressing those of the analytes.

The inclusion of quaternary ammonium salts in the mobile phase enables direct separation of GAG disaccharides using a reversed phase chromatography column(Lee&Tieckelmann, 1980).Such reversed phase ion pairing chromatography systems remain popular for disaccharide analysis,particularly when combined with?uorescence-based detection.The formation of ?uorescent derivatives through post-column addition of cyanoa-cetamide(Toyoda et al.,1991)have enabled GAG disaccharides from sub-microgram quantities of biological samples.This method has enabled progress in understanding of GAG expres-sion in model organisms including Caenorhabditis elegans and Drosophila(Toyoda,Kinoshita-Toyoda,&Selleck,2000; Toyoda et al.,2000).It has also been applied to heparan sulfate disaccharide analysis from human liver samples(V ongchan et al.,2005),among other biological systems.RPIP HPLC using tributylamine in the mobile phase has been shown to produce similar chromatographic resolution of a complex mixture of heparin oligosaccharides as observed using anion exchange.

Retention in RPIP HPLC is dependent on electrostatic interactions between the acidic GAG oligosaccharides and the amine amphiphile(El Rassi,1996).In order for RPIP to be useful, a mobile phase system must be found that produces adequate ion pairing and remains volatile enough to be compatible for on-line MS detection.A systematic study of the properties of di-,tri, and tetra alkyl ammonium ions for on-line LC/MS of GAG oligosaccharides identi?ed5mM dibutylamine as a promising ion pairing agent(Kuberan et al.,2002).In an acidic mobile phase,it has suf?cient cationic character to pair with GAG oligosaccharides and is volatile.A capillary HPLC LC/MS separation was shown for unsulfated heparosan from dp6to dp40. It was also used for analysis of synthetic heparin pentamers.

Other researchers prefer15mM tributylamine/50mM ammonium acetate as the ion pairing agent for on-line LC/MS of heparin-derived oligosaccharides(Thanawiroon et al.,2004).As shown in Figure4,these authors analyzed oligosaccharides from a30%heparin lyase depolymerization of heparin.The UV and total ion mass chromatograms are compared in(A).The UV trace allows absolute determination of the molar quantity of D-unsaturated disaccharides using232nm absorbance.The mass dimension of the data enables a series of oligosaccharide compositions to be identi?ed that contain either the reducing or the non-reducing end of the parent heparin chain.This is made possible by the fact that the reducing and the non-reducing ends of the parent chain have unique masses with respect to those deriving from the internal portion.Thus,a series of compositions may be identi?ed that correspond to a sequence.The ability to identify such structures from GAG preparations is clearly an enabling technology for the proteoglycan?eld.Summed mass spectra for dp2-dp14are shown in(B–E).Ions corresponding to dp2–dp6consisting of(HexA2S b/a GlcNS6S)n,where n?1–3are observed at the same m/z value,576,distinguished by charge state.Ions corresponding to dp8–14(E)were detected with a tributylamine adduct.This method has been applied to disaccharide analysis for pharmacokinetics of oral heparin dose in human subjects(Mousa et al.,2007).Similar chromatographic conditions were used to analyze CS oligosaccharides derived from the bikunin proteoglycan(Chi et al.,2008).

Direct mass spectrometric analysis of chromatographic ef?uents containing millimolar concentrations of amines is feasible for mass spectrometers dedicated solely to analysis of GAGs.To analyze other compounds,extensive cleaning of the MS source and optics is necessary to reduce the strength of signals produced from the amines to acceptable background levels.Because such extensive cleaning can take considerable time,laboratories wishing to analyze compound classes for which ion pairing is not necessary are posed with a challenge.It is best not to infuse ion pairing agents into an instrument for which compound classes not requiring such additives must be analyzed.

FIGURE4.A:RPIP-HPLC separation of heparin oligosaccharides obtained from controlled(30%)

heparinase depolymerization of bovine lung heparin.A total ion chromatogram using negative ESI-MS

detection(upper trace)with peaks numbered and a UV chromatogram at232nm(lower trace)with degree of

polymerization(dp)of peaks are shown.The inset shows the expanded view of both the total ion

chromatogram and the UV chromatograms of higher oligosaccharides assigned to dp16–dp28by peak

counting.Negative mode ESI mass spectra of the fully sulfated heparin oligosaccharides ranging in size

from disaccharide(dp2,B),hexasaccharide(dp6,C)to tetradecasaccharide(dp14,D).The full scan spectra

(upper panel)and narrow range spectra showing isotope distribution(lower panel)are presented for the

oligosaccharides of dp2–dp6(Thanawiroon et al.,2004).?2004The American Society for Biochemistry

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The chemical nature of different GAG preparations may necessitate optimization of separate RPIP mobile phase compo-sitions(Henriksen,Roepstorff,&Ringborg,2006).One RPIP method was developed using25mM tripropyl amine,30mM acetic acid with a water/methanol gradient to separate partially depolymerized heparin preparations containing in excess of 200components.A second method was developed using40mM butyl amine,40mM acetic acid with a water/methanol gradient to separate size-fractionated heparin oligomers.An on-line ion suppressor was used to remove the relatively high concentration of ion pairing agents prior to the MS source.A partially depolymerized heparin mixture produced extracted ion chro-matograms with peak widths of approximately1min.Peaks corresponding to dp12with16,17,and18sulfates produced distinct extracted ion peaks with retention times increasing with number of sulfate groups.Deconvoluted mass spectra showed the presence of dp10–dp30oligosaccharides.It therefore appears that the separation system is a useful means for pro?ling extremely complex,partially depolymerized heparin mixtures. The second method,using butlyamine,is useful for separating size fractionated heparin.Different HPLC gradient programs were optimized for dp4and dp6oligosaccharides.

E.Hydrophilic Interaction Chromatography


Although normal phase chromatography is an older chromato-graphic technique than reversed phase,it is used far less often for biomolecular separations.As described in a recent review (Hemstro¨m&Irgum,2006),hydrophilic interaction chromatog-raphy(HILIC)is normal phase chromatography in which a polar stationary phase is used with a less polar mobile phase and in which water is used as the strongly eluting solvent(Alpert,1990). HILIC has been widely used for separation of carbohydrates (Churms,1996).It offers the ability to bind and separate both charged and uncharged carbohydrates using a gradient from high to low organic content.For LC/MS of GAGs,amine and amide stationary phases are the most widely used for HILIC separations. Solvent modi?ers are required,and MS-compatible ammonium salts are often used for this purpose.The uses of these two stationary phases for on-line LC/MS of GAGs are described below.

1.HILIC LC/MS of GAGs Using Amine

Stationary Phases

Amino propyl silica was the?rst stationary phased used for HILIC separation of carbohydrates.Because formation of a Schiff base between the primary amino groups and the glycan reducing end aldehyde is a concern,amine HILIC columns are often used for separation of reduced or reductively aminated carbohydrates.Many manufacturers offer amino propyl silica columns and non-silica packings are available.Such phases are effective for separation of D-unsaturated GAG disaccharides (Hjerpe,Antonopoulos,&Engfeldt,1979;Lee&Tieckelmann, 1979).Although the amine-bonded stationary phase may be considered to act as a weak ion exchanger,isocratic elution conditions were used for separation of the disaccharides.

A method employing a gradient of increasing concentration of NaH2PO4was developed for separation of D-unsaturated disaccharides(Yoshida et al.,1989)and used for separation of reductively aminated GAG oligosaccharides(Kinoshita& Sugahara,1999).Amine stationary phases have been used with gradients of acetonitrile/water without modi?er to separate mixtures of glycan alditols liberated from gastric mucins (Hanisch et al.,1993).Such conditions would be compatible with on-line MS detection.

The oligosaccharide pro?les of glycoprotein glycans may be resolved using an amine-type HPLC technology using a dextran ladder as a reference(Guile et al.,1996).When used with ?uorescent reductive amination with2-aminobenzamide,this system produces a sensitive and reproducible correlation of released glycan mixtures with glucose unit values from the dextran ladder.The chromatography system has been used to construct a database of O-linked glycan structures(Royle et al., 2002).An amine-based HPLC method has also been used to map N-glycans reductively aminated with2-anthranilic acid(Anu-mula&Dhume,1998).Oligosaccharides were separated based on the number of sialic acids.Fucose variants for each sialylated glycoform produced distinct chromatographic peaks.For further details on the use of amine-type normal phase chromatography in mapping of glycans,see(Wuhrer,Deelder,&Hokke,2005). Mono-sulfated N-glycans have been analyzed using amino-bonded HPLC–ESI-MS using a water/acetonitrile/ammonium hydrogen carbonate pH8.0solvent system(Thomsson,Karlsson, &Hansson,1999).The high pH of the solvent system facilitates analysis of the glycans using negative mode ESI.

The following examples demonstrate the usefulness of amino columns for separation of sulfated glycans in combination with a multiple reaction monitoring(MRM)method for quanti?cation of speci?c digestion products among different tissue samples.An MS-compatible amine HPLC method was developed for on-line negative ESI-LC/MS of KS oligosacchar-ides derived from keratanase II digestion(Oguma et al.,2001a). The mobile phase consisted of0.01M ammonium formate pH9.4/acetonitrile operated under isocratic conditions.Under these conditions,two disaccharides differing by a sulfate group: Gal b4GlcNAc(6S)and Gal6S b4GlcNAc(6S)were easily sepa-rated using amine HILIC chromatography,as shown in Figure6 (Oguma et al.,2001a).The source conditions were set so as to favor loss of SO3on the part of the disulfated disaccharide, forming an ion at m/z462that is isobaric with the[MàH]àion for the monosulfated disaccharide.The m/z precursor ion was selected and dissociated under relatively high energetic con-ditions whereby an abundant product ion at m/z98was observed. The LC–mass chromatograms in(a–d)show the abundances for the two disaccharides among four tissue samples.This example illustrates both the usefulness of HILIC for LC/MS of sulfated GAGs and MRM for quantifying expressed oligosaccharides or fragments thereof in different tissues.The same chromatography method was applied with LC/MRM MS to the analysis of the D-unsaturated disaccharides produced from lyase digestion of HS extracted from brain,liver and tumor samples(Oguma et al., 2001b).Both MS and tandem MS were acquired on-line to differentiate some of the isomeric D-unsaturated HS disaccharide structures.


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2.HILIC LC/MS of GAGs Using Amide

Stationary Phases

Because the amide group is less basic and reactive than the primary amine,amide stationary phases have advantages for separation of acidic glycans.Retention on amide type HILIC columns is less sensitive to eluant pH and Schiff base formation with native carbohydrates does not occur(Hemstro¨m&Irgum, 2006).At this writing,there are few commercial choices for amide-type HILIC columns,with the TSK-gel Amide-80(Tosoh Bioscience,Montgomeryville,PA)and Glycosep-N(Prozyme LLC,San Leandro,CA)used most frequently.

Amide HILIC HPLC was applied to separation of D-unsaturated GAG oligosaccharides for the purposes of dis-accharide analysis using an acetate buffer with isocratic elution (Akiyama et al.,1992).Partial lyase digestion of CS/DS GAGs produces a series of D-unsaturated oligosaccharide products differing by disaccharide units.Such products may be separated very effectively using amide HILIC columns using a gradient of decreasing organic content with an acetate modi?er(Saitoh et al., 1995).In this work,the GAG oligosaccharides were reductively aminated using PA(Kon et al.,1991)to enable?uorescence detection.The resulting chromatograms consist of a series of peaks corresponding to CS/DS dp2–dp22with baseline separation.Off-line ESI mass spectra were acquired directly on the fractions to determine the m/z values and compositions of the GAG oligo-saccharides.This off-line LC/MS method was used in a series of studies on enzymatic reconstruction of CS/DS and hyaluronan oligosaccharides using the transglycosylase activity of testicular hyaluronidase(Takagaki et al.,1999,2000a,b,2002;Takagaki& Ishido,2000).A similar method has been used to fractionate CS isomers of urinary trypsin inhibitor(Kakizaki et al.,2007).

Mobile phase conditions originally developed for off-line amide-based chromatographic glycan mapping(Guile et al., 1996)have been applied for on-line LC/MS(Mattu et al.,2000).

A gradient of decreasing acetonitrile concentration relative to water is used with an ammonium formate modi?er to separate glycans.Results were correlated relative to glucose unit values, and exoglycosidase treatments were used to sequence neutrophil gelatinase

B O-glycans.The system is also applicable to structural analysis of N-glycans(Royle et al.,2003).

Capillary amide-HILIC chromatography has recently been used for on-line LC/MS of underivatized N-glycans(Wuhrer et al.,2004).These authors packed5m m amide HILIC particles into a75m m?100mm fused silica column and used a mobile phase containing ammonium formate with a gradient of decreasing acetonitrile content relative to water.A dextran ladder was well separated from dp3–dp10.The elution times increased with N-glycan size and acidity.The total ion mass spectrum showed a combination of protonated and alkali-adducted ions.The chromatography allows on-line tandem MS of eluting glycans.Thus,normal phase LC/MS is a complement to use of reversed phase or graphitized carbon chromatography (GCC)LC/MS for analysis of permethylated glycans.This chro-matography system was used to analyze non-speci?c protease digestion products of glycoproteins(Wuhrer et al.,2005).The chemical properties of such glycopeptide products are dominated by the glycan portion of the molecules.As a result,separation of glycopeptide glycoforms was observed.

Capillary amide-HILIC LC/MS has been used to character-ize CS/DS oligosaccharides from connective tissue(Hitchcock, Costello,&Zaia,2008).The tissue was digested with pronase and the GAGs isolated using an MS-compatible workup procedure(Hitchcock et al.,2006).As shown in Figure5A,it was possible to detect dp2–dp12oligosaccharides with baseline resolution using an ion trap mass spectrometer in the negative mode.In(B),a mass spectrum summed over18–55min is shown,and the monosaccharide compositions of the GAG ions are indicated.Similar chromatographic conditions were used to determine antithrombin-binding heparin oligosaccharides using a hybrid ion trap-Orbitrap mass spectrometer(Naimy et al., 2008).These examples demonstrate the usefulness of amide HILIC for LC/MS of GAG classes.

F.Graphitized Carbon LC/MS of GAGs

Packed charcoal liquid chromatography columns have been used in preparative separation of oligosaccharides for decades,but do not have acceptable physical properties for HPLC(Koizumi, 1996).Graphitized carbon chromatography(GCC)columns were developed for HPLC separations of isomeric and closely related compounds and applied to separation of carbohydrate compounds,including mono-and disaccharides and cyclo-dextrins(Koizumi,Okada,&Fukuda,1991).Retention by GCC has been described to occur by an adsorption mechanism and planar molecules exhibit increased retention over non-planar ones.For oligosaccharides of the same repeating unit structure, retention increases with degree of polymerization.GCC exhibits greater hydrophobicity than octadecylsilyl reversed phase stationary phases.The structured graphite surface of the GCC material confers exceptional physical and chemical stability.As a result,the entire pH range can be used with a variety of solvents and temperatures.It is not necessary to use salts in the mobile phase,and thus GCC is well suited for interface with mass spectrometry(Davies et al.,1992).Structural isomers may be separated using GCC.To avoid splitting of anomers,oligosac-charides are often reduced or reductively aminated prior to GCC.

Neutral and sialylated N-glycans may be separated using the same GCC mobile phase system(Davies et al.,1992).Sialo forms elute later in the gradient,indicating that the presence of acidic groups in?uences GCC retention.GCC LC/MS has been used to probe glycoprotein glycan heterogeneity(Kawasaki et al., 1999,2000).Recently,native glycan separations using GCC in microbore(Itoh et al.,2002)and capillary(Kawasaki et al.,2003) scales with on-line MS detection have been reported.GCC has been packed into a microchip device of dimensions50mm?75m m width and50m m depth that incorporates a short trapping cartridge and an electrospray needle(Nin?onuevo et al.,2005). Such devices are very robust due to the fact that the?uidics connections are made robotically.These studies demonstrate the potential of GCC as an MS-compatible separation system that may be scaled down and adapted to meet the needs of glycomics. GCC has been used for LC/MS of permethylated oligosaccharide alditols under conditions whereby oligosaccharide isomers are separated routinely(Costello,Contado-Miller,&Cipollo,2007).

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analyzed using GCC-negative ESI-MS using a water/acetonitrile mobile phase system with5mM ammonium formate pH9.3as a modi?er(Thomsson,Karlsson,&Hansson,1999;Karlsson et al., 2004).The high pH of the mobile phase facilitates detection using negative mode ESI.The peak shapes are narrower than observed for separation of the same compounds using an amino HILIC column.GCC LC/MS using the same conditions has also been applied to analysis of O-glycans from glycoproteins and salivary mucins(Schulz,Packer,&Karlsson,2002).A signi?cant fraction of the O-glycans detected were monosulfated and one low abundance ion was detected the m/z of which was consistent with two sulfate groups.

Native CS disaccharides were analyzed using GCC with UV detection using a water/acetonitrile gradient containing tri?uoro-acetic acid modi?er(Davies et al.,1992).The results showed baseline resolution of a and b anomers for the disaccharides.GCC negative mode ESI-LC/MS has been applied to the analysis of enzymatic digestion products of hyaluronan,KS,heparin,and HS(Karlsson et al.,2005).The GCC column(100mm?0.32mm)was eluted using a linear gradient from0–24% acetonitrile with20mM ammonium bicarbonate modi?er. Heparin/HS disaccharides were reduced prior to analysis to prevent chromatographic splitting of a and b anomers.As shown in Figure7A and B,the disaccharide alditols elute between26 and29min in the linear gradient with an order of elution of monosulfated


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other factors.As shown in Figure8,GCC LC/MS was used to separate oligosaccharide alditols produced from keratanase digestion of bovine cornea KS(Karlsson et al.,2005).A series of peaks corresponding to monosulfated disaccharide (20.34min),trisulfated dp4(32.46min),and pentasulfated dp6 (36.35min)were observed.These results indicate that GCC may be used for separation of polysulfated GAG oligosaccharides.

G.Capillary Electrophoresis–MS of GAGs

Capillary electrophoresis(CE)has great potential as a separation system for mass spectrometric analysis of biomolecules includ-ing proteins(Gennaro,Salas-Solano,&Ma,2006),glycans (Zam?r&Peter-Katalinic′,2004),and small molecule meta-bolites(Monton&Soga,2007).Advances in CE–MS of carbohydrates have been reviewed recently(Campa et al., 2006)and the present discussion will focus on applications to the GAG classes.

Di-and oligosaccharides derived from GAGs are readily amenable to gel electrophoretic(Calabro,Hascall,&Midura, 2000;Calabro et al.,2001;Karousou et al.,2004)and capillary electrophoretic(CE)separations(Mao,Thanawiroon,& Linhardt,2002;V olpi&Maccari,2006)due to their acidic, negatively charged nature.In normal polarity mode,samples are separated using uncoated fused silica capillaries and a basic buffer system in which analytes are carried toward the cathode by virtue of the electroosmotic?ow.The least acidic compounds elute?rst using this mode of electrophoresis.In reversed polarity mode,the electroosmotic?ow is minimized through the use of an acidic buffer system,and only analytes,such as GAGs,that retain anionic character are able to migrate toward the anode. Disaccharides produced by depolymerization of GAGs using lyase enzymes may be detected directly using the232absorbance of the D-unsaturated uronic acid residue.GAG disaccharides may be analyzed in normal polarity using a borate buffer at pH8–9 (al-Hakim&Linhardt,1991)or reversed polarity at pH3–4 (Pervin,al-Hakim,&Linhardt,1994).Substantially improved sensitivity of detection has been achieved through the use of reductive amination of the disaccharides to incorporate 2-aminoacridone(AMAC)as a laser-induced?uorophore (Lamari et al.,2002;Militsopoulou et al.,2002;Militsopoulou, Lamari,&Karamanos,2003).

Direct coupling of CE to MS under conditions appropriate for GAG disaccharide analysis was?rst accomplished using ammonium acetate buffer to investigate the forward and reverse polarities(Duteil et al.,1999).Forward polarity using20mM ammonium acetate pH9.2and reversed polarity using530mM ammonium acetate pH3.5were shown to work with both positive and negative mode ESI-MS detection of heparin disaccharides. Positive mode ESI-MS entailed use of a sheath liquid containing formic acid and negative mode ESI one containing triethylamine. Similar negative ESI-MS conditions have been used to separate hyaluronan oligosaccharides(Kuhn et al.,2003).In this


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polyacrylamide coated fused silica capillaries were used with forward polarity separation in 40mM ammonium acetate buffer,pH 9.0.The hyaluronan oligomers were all similar in their electrophoretic migration times,and the MS data serve to differentiate them based on mass.Reversed polarity CE using 30mM formic acid pH 3.2has been used for CE/MS with a sheath ?ow of 2-propanol,5mM formic acid pH 3.2(Ruiz-Calero et al.,2001).Negative mode ESI-MS of a mixture of heparin/HS disaccharides showed separation based on number of sulfate groups.

An on-line sheathless CE/MS interface has been used for the analysis of acidic glycan mixtures using uncoated fused silica capillaries and a buffer system containing 50mM ammonium acetate adjusted to pH 12.0with ammonia (Zam ?r &Peter-Katalinic

′,2001).On-line negative mode ESI mass spectra were acquired using a Q-TOF instrument.CS/DS oligosaccharides

were analyzed ?rst using CE with off-line ESI-MS (Zam ?r et al.,2002)and then using an on-line sheathless interface (Zam ?r et al.,2004).On-line tandem MS data were acquired for a dp18CS/DS oligosaccharide with 11sulfate groups,and the data used to assign the sulfation pattern.MS-compatible CE conditions have been optimized for separation of heparin oligosaccharides derived from a partial lyase digestion (Gunay &Linhardt,2003).Use of ammonium salts at pH 8.5shows baseline separation for heparin dp4–14in the normal polarity mode.The electrophoretic resolution was improved by the addition of 10mM triethylamine to the buffer system.

Frontal analysis capillary electrophoresis (FACE)with MS detection has been used to detect complexes between antithrombin and a synthetic heparin pentasaccharide



FIGURE 7.Separation and detection of heparan disaccharides (100ng each)using negative ion graphitized

carbon LC –MS.Panes (A –F )include base peak chromatogram and single ion chromatograms (SIC)of detected [M àH]àions.Structures assigned with an asterisk (*)indicate that these structures were detected in these SIC due to in-source fragmentation with loss of sulfate (S)as [M àH àS]àions (Karlsson et al.,2005).?2005Elsevier Limited.Reproduced with permission.




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et al.,2007).Using FACE,a mixture of the protein and oligosaccharide is subjected to continuous electrokinetic injec-tion in ammonium carbonate pH8.5.The unbound protein migrates fastest,followed by the protein-oligosaccharide com-plex.The unbound pentasaccharide migrates much more slowly than does the protein.The protein and protein-oligosaccharide complex were detected using positive ion ESI-MS.Unbound pentasaccharide was detected using the negative ion mode.

At this time,with relatively few examples published,the use of on-line CE MS for GAGs is still under development.


As reviewed here,there are several useful options for on-line separations with MS of the GAG compound classes.The universal nature of the SEC mechanism makes it a robust separations system for comparing the structures of GAG from sources where comparatively high sample quantities(>5m g)are available.SEC is very robust and may be used effectively to separate a series of GAG preparations with high reproducibility. Anion exchange chromatography is a natural choice for separation of acidic glycans such as GAGs.It use requires an on-line ion supressor,and the robustness of such devices for removing the high concentrations of salt required have not been demonstrated.Reversed phase chromatography is attractive because the chromatographic conditions are similar to those widely used for peptides.The extent to which reductively aminated glycans are retained using reversed phase chromatog-raphy diminishes with the size and polarity of the molecules.As a result,the retention of reductively aminated GAG oligosacchar-ides>dp4is uncertain.The inclusion of alkylamines in the mobile phase allows separation of GAGs and other acidic glycans using RPIP.On-line MS detection of GAGs using RPIP is widely used,either with or without an ion suppressor.Infusion of alkylamines is not recommended for instruments for which compounds not requiring this additive must be analyzed. HILIC separations work well for LC/MS of all glycan classes, including the GAGs.Amine-HILIC may be used for separation of reductively aminated oligosaccharides.Amide-HILIC has recently been applied to reduced format(75m m internal diameter)chromatography of glycan classes and has been applied to LC/MS of CS/DS and heparin oligosaccharides. GCC produces the highest resolution of any chromatography system for glycans including GAGs.It use for on-line LC/MS


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been demonstrated from GAG disaccharides and poly-sulfated oligosaccharides.There appears to be potential for expanded use of GCC for LC/MS of GAGs.Although GAG digestion products are amenable to CE separations due to their negative charge,only a few reports have shown on-line MS analysis of GAGs with CE, and it appears that technical challenges remain.


CE capillary electrophoresis

CS chondroitin sulfate

dp degree of polymerization

DS dermatan sulfate

ESI electrospray ionization

FACE frontal analysis capillary electrophoresis

GAG glycosaminoglycan

GCC graphitized carbon chromatography

HILIC hydrophilic interaction chromatography

KS keratan sulfate

LC liquid chromatography

MALDI matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization

MS mass spectrometry

PA pyridyl amine

RP reversed phase

RPIP reversed phase ion pairing

SEC size exclusion chromatography


The author acknowledges support from NIH grants P41RR10888 and R01HL74197.


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Joseph Zaia received his Ph.D.in organic chemistry from MIT in1993,working in the

laboratory of Klaus Biemann on peptide sequencing by mass spectrometry.After a one year

post-doctoral fellowship at MIT,he did a second post-doc with Catherine Fenselau at the

University of Maryland,focusing on mass spectrometry of metalloproteins.He joined

the cartilage biochemistry group of Osiris Therapeutics,Inc.,in June,1996and worked on

the characterization of glycoproteins and proteoglycans from connective tissue.In June,

1999he became Assistant Research Professor of Biochemistry at Boston University School

of Medicine.Since this time he has served as Associate Director of the Mass Spectrometry

Resource,an NIH/NCRR-funded research resource center.He was promoted to Associate

Research Professor in2005.His research focuses on correlating structure and function for

heparan sulfates,and other glycosaminoglycans,using mass spectrometry as a primary tool.


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