Mass Spectrometry of Ergot Alkaloids

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P. Haladaa, A. Jegorovb, M. Ryskac, and V. Havliceka*

aInstitute of Microbiology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, bGalena Co., Ceske Budejovice, cInstitute of Chemical Technology, Prague


Mass spectrometric methods used for the identification and analyses of ergot alkaloids are surveyed. Attention is paid to characteristic ions and fragmentation schemes for a given series of argot alkaloids. The use of linked-scan techniques is demonstrated for the distinguishing of isobaric ergopeptines. The potential of the coupled HPLC/MS techniques for the analysis of complex ergot alkaloid mixtures and their metabolites is also briefly mentioned.


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