MALDI TOF-TOF characterization of a light stabilizer polymer contaminant from polypropylene or polyethylene plastic test tubes

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TitleMALDI TOF-TOF characterization of a light stabilizer polymer contaminant from polypropylene or polyethylene plastic test tubes
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsSachon, E, Matheron L, Clodic G, Blasco T, Bolbach G
JournalJournal of Mass Spectrometry
Volume45
Issue1
Pagination43-50
Date PublishedJan
ISBN Number1076-5174
Accession NumberISI:000273787300004
Abstract

Disposable plasticware such as plastic test tubes are routinely used in all proteomics laboratories. Additives in polymers are used to protect them against oxygen or ultraviolet (UV) light degradation. Hindered amine light stabilizers (HALSs) are of utmost importance in modern polyolefin (polypropylene, polyethylene) stabilization. In this article, we demonstrate that the manufacturing polymeric agent: poly-(N-beta-hydroxyethyl-2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-4-hydroxy-piperidinyl succinate), known as Tinuvin-622 or Lowilite 62, from the HAILS family, leaches from laboratory polypropylene or polyethylene plastic test tubes into the standard solvents for sample preparation. The analysis of these polluted samples by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation-time of flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry, in the positive mode, shows highly contaminated mass spectra, due to the high sensitivity of this technique. These contaminants have mass range and mass defect similar to those of peptides arising from the digestion of a protein in a conventional proteomics study. Therefore, they can be really harmful for proteomics studies, leading to misattributions, preventing any protein identification. In this article, an MS and MS/MS fingerprint of this pollutant is given and some pieces of advice to avoid it are proposed. Copyright (C) 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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DOI10.1002/jms.1687
Short TitleMALDI TOF-TOF characterization of a light stabilizer polymer contaminant from polypropylene or polyethylene plastic test tubes
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