Characterization of electron transfer dissociation in the Orbitrap Velos HCD cell

J Am Soc Mass Spectrom. 2013 Nov;24(11):1663-70. doi: 10.1007/s13361-013-0618-9. Epub 2013 Apr 20.


Electron transfer dissociation (ETD) is commonly employed in ion traps utilizing rf fields that facilitate efficient electron transfer reactions. Here, we explore performing ETD in the HCD collision cell on an Orbitrap Velos instrument by applying a static DC gradient axially to the rods. This gradient enables simultaneous three dimensional, charge sign independent, trapping of cations and anions, initiating electron transfer reactions in the center of the HCD cell where oppositely charged ions clouds overlap. Here, we evaluate this mode of operation for a number of tryptic peptide populations and the top-down sequence analysis of ubiquitin. Our preliminary data show that performing ETD in the HCD cell provides similar fragmentation as ion trap-ETD but requires further optimization to match performance of ion trap-ETD.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cations
  • Electrons
  • HeLa Cells
  • Humans
  • Ions / chemistry
  • Mass Spectrometry / instrumentation*
  • Peptide Fragments / chemistry*
  • Peptides / chemistry
  • Tandem Mass Spectrometry / instrumentation
  • Ubiquitin / chemistry


  • Cations
  • Ions
  • Peptide Fragments
  • Peptides
  • Ubiquitin