Combined HILIC-ELSD/ESI-MSn enables the separation, identification and quantification of sugar beet pectin derived oligomers

C.A. Remoroza, S. Cord-Landwehr, A.G.M. Leijdekkers, B.M. Moerschbacher, H.A. Schols, H. Gruppen

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Abstract

The combined action of endo-polygalacturonase (endo-PGII), pectin lyase (PL), pectin methyl esterase (fungal PME) and RG-I degrading enzymes enabled the extended degradation of methylesterified and acetylated sugar beet pectins (SBPs). The released oligomers were separated, identified and quantified using hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) with online electrospray ionization ion trap mass spectrometry (ESI-IT-MSn) and evaporative light scattering detection (ELSD). By MSn, the structures of galacturonic acid (GalA) oligomers having an acetyl group in the O-2 and/or O-3 positions eluting from the HILIC column were elucidated. The presence of methylesterified and/or acetylated galacturonic acid units within an oligomer reduced the interaction with the HILIC column significantly compared to the unsubstituted GalA oligomers. The HILIC column enables a good separation of most oligomers present in the digest. The use of ELSD to quantify oligogalacturonides was validated using pure GalA standards and the signal was found to be independent of the chemical structure of the oligomer being detected. The combination of chromatographic and enzymatic strategies enables to distinguish SBPs having different methylesters and acetyl group distribution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-48
JournalCarbohydrate Polymers
Volume90
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • performance liquid-chromatography
  • aspergillus-niger
  • mass-spectrometry
  • acetyl groups
  • acid
  • methyl
  • oligogalacturonides
  • lyase
  • esterification
  • degradation

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