group-photoThe Bush Lab is a research group in the Department of Chemistry and the Biological Physics, Structure & Design Program at the University of Washington. Our research focuses on the development and application of mass spectrometry and ion mobility spectrometry techniques to elucidate the structures and assembly of protein complexes and subcellular machines.

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New Publication: Nonspecific aggregation in native electrokinetic nanoelectrospray ionization

Droplets_TOCNonspecific Aggregation in Native Electrokinetic Nanoelectrospray Ionization. Kimberly L. Davidson; Derek R. Oberreit; Christopher J. Hogan; Matthew F. Bush. Int. J. Mass Spectrom. 2016, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijms.2016.09.013. (Link)

Native mass spectrometry is widely used to determine the stoichiometries and binding constants of noncovalent interactions in solution. One challenge is that multiple analytes in a single electrospray droplet can aggregate during solvent evaporation, which will bias the distribution of oligomeric states observed during gas-phase measurements. Here, measurements of solution flow rates, electrospray currents, droplet size distributions, and nonspecific aggregation are used in conjunction with Poisson statistics to characterize the factors that control nonspecific aggregation during typical native mass spectrometry experiments. Continue reading

New Publication: Analysis of Native-Like Ions Using Structures for Lossless Ion Manipulations

slim_tocAnalysis of Native-Like Ions using Structures for Lossless Ion Manipulations.
Samuel J. Allen, Rachel M. Eaton, and Matthew F. Bush.
Anal. Chem. 2016, DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.6b02089. (Link)

Ion mobility separation of native-like protein and protein complex ions expands the structural information available through native mass spectrometry analysis. Here, we implement Structures for Lossless Ion Manipulations (SLIM) for the analysis of native-like ions. SLIM has been shown previously to operate with near lossless transmission of ions up to 3000 Da in mass. Here for the first time, SLIM was used to separate native-like protein and protein complex ions ranging in mass from 12 to 145 kDa. The resulting arrival-time distributions were monomodal and were used to determine collision cross section values that are within 3% of those determined from radio-frequency-confining drift cell measurements. These results are consistent with the retention of native-like ion structures throughout these experiments. Continue reading

New Publication: Radio-Frequency (rf) Confinement in Ion Mobility Spectrometry

rf_cofinement_toc_2Radio-Frequency (rf) Confinement in Ion Mobility Spectrometry: Apparent Mobilities and Effective Temperatures
Samuel J. Allen, Matthew F. Bush
J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom. 2016, DOI: 10.1007/s13361-016-1479-9. (Link)

Ion mobility is a powerful tool for separating and characterizing the structures of ions. Here, a radio-frequency (rf) confining drift cell is used to evaluate the drift times of ions over a broad range of drift field strengths (E/P, V cm–1 Torr–1). The presence of rf potentials radially confines ions and results in excellent ion transmission at low E/P (less than 1 V cm–1 Torr–1), thereby reducing the dependence of ion transmission on the applied drift voltage. Non-linear responses between drift time and reciprocal drift voltages are observed for extremely low E/P and high rf amplitudes. Under these conditions, pseudopotential wells generated by the rf potentials dampen the mobility of ions. The effective potential approximation Continue reading

New Publication: Folding of Protein Ions in the Gas Phase after Cation-to-Anion Proton-Transfer Reactions (CAPTR)

Folding of Protein Ions in the Gas Phase after Cation-to-Anion Proton-Transfer Reactions (CAPTR)
Kenneth J Laszlo, Eleanor B. Munger, and Matthew F Bush
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b04282. (Link)

The structure and folding of a protein in solution depends on noncovalent interactions within the protein and those with surrounding ions and molecules. Decoupling these interactions in solution is challenging, which has hindered the development of accurate physics-based models for structure prediction. Investigations of proteins in the gas phase can be used to selectively decouple factors affecting the structures of proteins. Here, we use Cation to Anion Proton Transfer Reactions (CAPTR) to reduce the charge states of denatured ubiquitin ions in the gas phase, and ion mobility to probe their structures. Continue reading

New Lab Member: Anna Bakhtina

anna_thumbnailThe Bush Lab welcomes Anna Bakhtina, who is an undergraduate biochemistry major. Click here to learn more about Anna.

New Lab Member: Jack Buckner

jackThe Bush Lab welcomes Jack Buckner, who is visiting this summer from Carleton College. Click here to learn more about Jack.

Bush Lab at ASMS 2016

The Bush Lab and collaborators will present the following talks and posters at American Society for Mass Spectrometry Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX (June 5-9):

  • Evaluating Gas-Phase Folding of Protein Ions Using Cation to Anion Proton Transfer. Kenneth J. Laszlo; Eleanor B. Munger; Stephanie C. Heard; Matthew F Bush. (MOB 8:50)
  • Amino Acid Separation using Different Drift Gases in an RF-Confining Drift Cell. Kimberly Davidson; Matthew F Bush (MOC 9:30)
  • Analysis of Native-Like Protein and Protein Complex Ions using Structures for Lossless Ion Manipulations (SLIM). Samuel J. Allen; Rachel M. Eaton; Matthew F. Bush (TP 448)

Sam Allen and Matt Bush will also participate in the Fundamentals Interest Group workshop titled “Modification of Commercial Instruments for Fundamental Research”, which will be held in Room 302A on Tuesday, June 7.

We look forward to seeing everyone in San Antonio!

2016 Chemistry Awards Dinner


Congratulations to (from left):

  • Sam Allen, who received a graduate student fellowship from the Irving and Mildred Shain Endowed Fund in Chemistry
  • Kim Davidson, who received a graduate student fellowship from the Reinhardt Family Endowed Fund in Chemistry
  • Rae Eaton, who received a Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Graduate Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Cece Hong, who received a graduate student fellowship from the Schomaker Endowed Fund in Chemistry

Advancing Mass Spectrometry for Biophysics and Structural Biology 2017

iconAMS 2017 will be held at the University of Michigan from July 27th to August 1st. We look forward to seeing everyone in Ann Arbor!

Understanding the global biomolecular structure space is an unquestionably important goal for endeavors ranging from the development of new biomaterials to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. This conference will bring together a wide array of experts that aim to both develop and apply new mass spectrometry (MS) methods in structural biology and biophysics, broadly defined. The timeliness of this conference coincides with the rapidly expanding role of MS in structural biology, which has already made great strides in extracting the details of biomolecule structures from mixtures, using orders of magnitude less sample than other structural probes. Advancing Mass Spectrometry for Biophysics and Structural Biology 2017 will showcase the best science and promote an exchange of ideas between leaders and new-comers to the biology/mass spectrometry interface, in order to propel this exciting topic toward future successes.

New Lab Member: Meagan Gadzuk-Shea

meaganThe Bush Lab welcomes Meagan Gadzuk-Shea! Click here to learn more about Meagan.