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Hydrophilic modification of silica-titania mesoporous materials as restricted-access matrix adsorbents for enrichment of phosphopeptides.

Journal of chromatography. A (2012-03-14)
Fei Wang, Yafeng Guan, Sen Zhang, Yan Xia
ABSTRACT

A new nano-scale restricted-access matrix (RAM) SiO₂ (MCM-41) with relatively high Ti-content (Ti/Si=0.1), but superior surface area (1129 m²/g), was successfully synthesised for the enrichment of phosphopeptides. The TiO₂ was incorporated into the Si-MCM-41 via a hydrothermal process and the external surface was modified with alkyl diol by the successive hydrolysis of γ-(glycidyloxypropyl) trimethoxysilane (GPTMS). Scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, N₂ adsorption and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy were used to characterise the alkyl diol-Ti-MCM-41. The appropriate pore diameter (2 nm) coupled to the marshy weeds-like hydrophilic external surface result in an efficient size-exclusion effect for the adsorption of standard cytochrome c with a molecular weight (MW) of ca. 12.4 kDa. At the same time, the strong affinity interaction between the incorporated titanium in the framework and the phosphoryl groups of phosphopeptides demonstrated a selective extract of phosphopeptides from the tryptic digestion. The detection sensitivity for phosphopeptides, determined by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) was as low as 5 fmol for standard tryptic digest of β-casein. Therefore, this alkyl diol-Ti-MCM-41 mesoporous material can be used as a potential adsorbent for applications in MS-based phosphoproteomics.

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(3-Glycidyloxypropyl)trimethoxysilane, ≥98%