Characterization of moenomycin antibiotic complex by multistage MALDI-IT/RTOF-MS and ESI-IT-MS

J Am Soc Mass Spectrom. 2006 Aug;17(8):1081-1090. doi: 10.1016/j.jasms.2006.04.019. Epub 2006 May 30.


Flavomycin is a commercially available antimicrobial growth promoter and an authorized additive for feeding stuffs in the EU and in the USA. As most antibiotically active products biosynthesized by microorganisms, it contains not only a single active compound but is a complex mixture of structurally closely related substances. Multistage matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-ion trap/reflectron time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-IT/RTOF-MS) and liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-ion trap-mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-IT-MS) were utilized for a detailed analysis of the constituents of the Flavomycin complex based on low-energy collision induced dissociation (CID). An optimal sample preparation for negative ion vacuum MALDI-MS for this compound class was developed. The MALDI-IT/RTOF-MS2 and -MS3 analysis starting with the precursor [M - H]- ions of these interesting phosphoglycolipids, named moenomycins, yielded a large variety of product ions that facilitated the structural characterization of this class of compounds. Based on the derived CID fragmentation pathway of the five known major constituents, namely moenomycin A, moenomycin A12, moenomycin C4, moenomycin C3. and moenomycin C1, four not yet described moenomycin-type constituents could be characterized. They were assigned as 4F-demethyl-6E-O-de-beta-D-glucopyranosyl-moenomycin A, 6B-N-de(2-hydroxy-5-oxo-1-cyclopenten-1-yl)-moenomycin A, 6B-hydroxy-6B-de[N-(2-hydroxy-5-oxo-1-cyclopenten-1-yl)amino]-moenomycin A, and 6C-hydroxy-moenomycin A. In addition, a moenomycin A carrying an oxygen in the moenocinol-group was found, which is most probably a chemical degradation product. These new compounds were verified by LC-ESI-IT-MS.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / chemistry*
  • Bambermycins / chemistry*
  • Models, Chemical*
  • Models, Molecular*
  • Spectrometry, Mass, Electrospray Ionization / methods*
  • Spectrometry, Mass, Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption-Ionization / methods*


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Bambermycins