Journal : Carbohydrate Research , vol. 334 , p. 49–59–11 , 2001
Publisher : Elsevier
International Standard Numbers
Printed : 0008-6215
Electronic : 1873-426X
Publication type : Academic article
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Oligosaccharides, enzymically produced from kappa-carrageenan, have been investigated by electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). The technique was used without prior derivatisation of the oligosaccharide originally obtained by size exclusion chromatography (SEC). The structure of the oligosaccharides was mainly 4-sulphated neocarrabiose (A-G4S) with an increasing length ranging from di- to dodecasaccharides. However, in the larger oligosaccharides structural motivs deviating from the perfect alternating A-G4S structure were detected, i.e. (A2S-G4S). Although resulting in reduced signal intensity, samples added NaCl also gave rise to reliable mass spectra. Desulphation was induced at elevated cone voltages and in acidic or alkaline salt solutions.