Skip Navigation
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

The .gov means it’s official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you’re on a federal government site.


The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Your Environment. Your Health.

Publication Detail

Title: Ion Mobility Spectrometry and the Omics: Distinguishing Isomers, Molecular Classes and Contaminant Ions in Complex Samples.

Authors: Burnum-Johnson, Kristin E; Zheng, Xueyun; Dodds, James N; Ash, Jeremy; Fourches, Denis; Nicora, Carrie D; Wendler, Jason P; Metz, Thomas O; Waters, Katrina M; Jansson, Janet K; Smith, Richard D; Baker, Erin S

Published In Trends Analyt Chem, (2019 Jul)

Abstract: Ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) is a widely used analytical technique providing rapid gas phase separations. IMS alone is useful, but its coupling with mass spectrometry (IMS-MS) and various front-end separation techniques has greatly increased the molecular information achievable from different omic analyses. IMS-MS analyses are specifically gaining attention for improving metabolomic, lipidomic, glycomic, proteomic and exposomic analyses by increasing measurement sensitivity (e.g. S/N ratio), reducing the detection limit, and amplifying peak capacity. Numerous studies including national security-related analyses, disease screenings and environmental evaluations are illustrating that IMS-MS is able to extract information not possible with MS alone. Furthermore, IMS-MS has shown great utility in salvaging molecular information for low abundance molecules of interest when high concentration contaminant ions are present in the sample by reducing detector suppression. This review highlights how IMS-MS is currently being used in omic analyses to distinguish structurally similar molecules, isomers, molecular classes and contaminant ions.

PubMed ID: 31798197 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: No MeSH terms associated with this publication

to Top