252Cf-plasma desorption mass spectrometry analysis of lipids A obtained by an elimination reaction under mild conditions

Rapid Commun Mass Spectrom. 1995;9(8):693-6. doi: 10.1002/rcm.1290090812.


Lipids A are the hydrophobic domains of bacterial endotoxic lipopolysaccharides. Since they are responsible for most of the biological activities (both pathogenic and beneficial) of endotoxins, the characterization of their structure is crucial to the understanding of their mode of action. However, the inadequacy of existing methods for preparing certain lipids A has prompted us to devise a new, mild procedure which gives intact products. Use was made of the special features of 252Cf-plasma desorption mass spectrometry for forming molecular ions from these species and giving qualitative and quantitative information from the primary mass spectrum.

MeSH terms

  • Bordetella pertussis / chemistry
  • Californium / chemistry*
  • Chromatography, Thin Layer
  • Escherichia coli / chemistry
  • Lipid A / analysis*
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Moraxella catarrhalis / chemistry
  • Shigella flexneri / chemistry
  • Sugar Acids / chemistry


  • Lipid A
  • Sugar Acids
  • 2-keto-3-deoxyoctonate
  • Californium