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Current Analytical Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 1573-4110
ISSN (Online): 1875-6727

Conformations and Assembly of Amyloid Oligomers by Electrospray Ionisation - Ion Mobility Spectrometry - Mass Spectrometry

Author(s): Eva Illes-Toth and David P. Smith

Volume 9 , Issue 2 , 2013

Page: [165 - 180] Pages: 16

DOI: 10.2174/1573411011309020003


Amyloid structures accumulate and propagate through self-assembly of partially folded proteins and peptides, resulting in a range of disease states. Key to understanding amyloid disease is the characterisation of the often toxic oligomeric species formed during the early stages of fibril assembly. Electrospray ionisation- ion mobility spectrometry - mass spectrometry (ESI-IMS-MS) has emerged as a powerful tool to investigate amyloid oligomer assembly and protein conformation change. In this review we focus on the role of ESI-IMS-MS in understanding and probing conformational changes and the early stages of protein aggregation.

Keywords: Amyloid, ion mobility spectrometry, mass spectrometry, oligomer, protein folding, protein misfolding

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