Tidsskrift: Carbohydrate Research, vol. 334, p. 49–59–11, 2001
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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.