Volume 7 (2018) Issue 1 Pages A0064
Ion mobility experiments coupled with electrospray ionization (ESI) were conducted to evaluate the folding states of bovine carbonic anhydrase 2 (CA2) under three different pH conditions. Collision cross-section (CCS) of the CA2 ions generated by ESI revealed the presence of six discrete conformers in the gas phase under the conditions employed in this study. The CCS of the most extended conformer was three times larger than that of the most compact one. The charge state distribution of the CA2 ions was indicative of three conformers being present. Although there was consistency in conformer assignment conducted by CCS and charge state distribution, the CCS measurement was shown to be more effective because the information obtained provided more detailed knowledge of the conformation of the protein.