The implantation of low-velocity massive gold clusters is shown to be a method of choice for homogeneous incorporation of a metallic matrix into the near-surface region of a solid biopolymer for subsequent laser desorption/ionization (LDI) MS analysis. Matrix implanted (MI)LDI spectra from cluster-implanted pure test peptide or tissue exhibit molecular ion peaks similar to those observed by matrix-assisted LDI. Moreover, the ion emission is very reproducible from any spot on the surface of these test samples. MILDI promises to be a powerful technique for mass spectrometric analysis of native biological samples as demonstrated by the first results on rat brain tissues.
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- Analytical Chemistry