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Increased Analyte Sensitivity through the Utility of Enhanced Mass-Resolution on the FinniganTSQ Quantum Discovery

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Since the S/N ratio for compound A (conc. 250 ng/mL) at enhanced mass-resolution was above that required for the limit of quantitation (Figure 4), compound A was diluted by a factor of 10 (conc. 25 ng/mL) and reanalyzed. The LC/ESI-SRM chromatograms obtained using enhanced mass-resolution at the lower concentration of compound A are shown in Figure 5. A clearly-defined peak for compound A is observed which is easily quantifiable. Hence, using enhanced mass-resolution on the Finnigan TSQ Quantum Discovery, at least an order of magnitude decrease in LOQ for compound A is achieved, relative to unit mass-resolution operation, without the need for time-consuming chromatographic manipulations. Satisfactory precision and accuracy values for analytes present in plasma have been previously reported for quantitative studies on the Finnigan TSQ Quantum Discovery in enhanced mass-resolution mode.[3,4].

Previous quantitative studies using the Finnigan TSQ Quantum Discovery also found that improvement in analyte sensitivity obtained at enhanced mass-resolution, as shown here, is proportional to an increase in the linear dynamic range for the assay.[3,4,6] An extended linear dynamic range is advantageous in applications such as discovery pharmacokinetic (PK) studies to accommodate the variable concentrations of analytes in the study samples.[3]

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4. Hughes N, Winnik W, Dunyach JJ, Amad M, Splendore M, Paul G. J. Mass Spectrom, in press.
5. Xu X, Tucker G, Zhou Q, Veals J, Korfmacher
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