The initial kinetic energy distribution of [Arg]‐vasopressin molecular ions generated by matrix‐assisted UV laser desorption/ionization was measured using a delayed ion extraction, linear time‐of‐flight mass spectrometer. Energy distributions of the nicotinic acid matrix ions, with or without the presence of peptide, were also measured. These were compared with the kinetic energy distribution of gramicidin‐S ions using IR laser desorption. The measured molecular ion kinetic energy distribution from vasopressin is much broader than that from gramicidin‐S, and is characterized by a high‐energy tail that most likely results from entrainment of anlayte ions in the higher velocity matrix ions and fragments as they leave the surface.
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- Molecular Medicine