Letter: Collision-Induced Dissociation of [Metal(L)2]2+Complexes (Metal = Cu, Ca and Mg) of 1-Palmitoyl-2-Oleoyl-sn-Glycero-3-Phosphocholine Allows Distinction of the Acyl Groups at the sn1 and sn2 Positions Academic Article uri icon


  • The collision induced dissociation (CID) spectra of the divalent metal complexes of 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn- glycero-3-phosphocholine, [Metal(lI)(L)(2)](2+) (where metal = Cu(2+), Mg(2+) and Ca(2+), L = [16:0/18:1GPCho]), formed by electrospray ionization, reveal interesting metal dependant fragmentation chemistry. Six main classes of reaction are observed corresponding to: two competing carboxylate abstraction pathways (from the sn1 and sn2 positions); phosphate abstraction; competing losses of the two different carboxylic acids from the sn1 and sn2 positions; loss of a protonated ligand, [L + H](+). The relative ratios of the competing carboxylate abstraction reactions are dependant on the metal, with the Cu and Ca complexes favouring the abstraction of the larger carboxylate (18:1) and the Mg complex favoring the abstraction of the smaller carboxylate (16:0).

publication date

  • December 2007