We present the first report on complete cluster distributions of cytochrome c (molecular weight of 12.4 kDa) and bovine serum albumin ((BSA), molecular weight of 66.4 kDa) with mass-to-charge ratio (m/z) reaching 350,000 and 1,400,000, respectively, by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI). Large cluster distributions of the analytes were measured by our homemade frequency-scanned quadrupole ion trap (QIT) mass spectrometer with a charge detector. To our knowledge, we report the highest m/z clusters of these two biomolecules. The quantitative results indicate that large clusters ions of cytochrome c and BSA follow the power law (r2 > 0.99) with cluster size distribution, which provides experimental evidence for the laser ablation studies of MALDI.
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