18 Mar Nature methods publication: Resolving heterogeneous macromolecular assemblies
We demonstrate single-particle charge detection mass spectrometry on an Orbitrap for the analysis of megadalton biomolecular assemblies. We establish that the signal amplitudes of individual ions scale linearly with their charge, which can be used to resolve mixed ion populations, determine charge states and thus also determine the masses of individual ions. This enables the ultrasensitive analysis of heterogeneous protein assemblies including immunoglobulin oligomers, ribosomes, proteinaceous nanocontainers and genome-packed adeno-associated viruses.
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