Individuality Normalization when Labeling with Isotopic Glycan Hydrazide Tags (INLIGHT™) (Application Note 37)

  • Individuality Normalization when Labeling with Isotopic Glycan Hydrazide Tags (INLIGHT™) (Application Note 37)
INLIGHT® was developed by David Muddiman and colleagues at North Carolina State University.  This kit is designed for the relative quantification of enzymatically cleaved N-glycans in binary samples (i.e., case and control) by MS.  The kit contains the following:
  • a 13C6-labeled and an unlabeled bi-phenyl reagent (4-phenethylbenzohydrazide, phenyl 2-GPN; for hydrazide tagging of free N-glycans)*,
  • an unlabeled maltoheptaose oligosaccharide (for quality control of extraction, derivatization, and LC-MS), and
  • a detailed instruction manual for performing the INLIGHT® strategy (see data file and data report below for maltodextrin, RNase B, and fetuin).
* The phenyl 2-GPN reagent offers significant advantages (e.g., rapid and efficient derivatization, enhanced hydrophobicity and ionization efficiency; see references below).  This facilitates the relative quantification of typically polar glycans by reversed-phase LC-MS.



INLIGHT® Product Information Sheet
Glycan Standards and N-Linked Glycan Quantitation Kit
 INLIGHT® mzXML Data File  (click here to download zip folder)
INLIGHT® Data Report


Frequently Asked Questions 

How many reactions can be performed with the INLIGHT® kit?

The kit contains five vials each of the heavy and light phenyl 2-GPN reagent (0.25 mg/vial) that is sufficient for approximately 25 reactions (i.e., 5 reactions/vial).  The number of reactions depends on the starting concentration of glycan and the sample type. The supplied user manual outlines the step-by-step instructions for glycoprotein (e.g., fetuin, RNase B) and  human plasma (50 µL starting volume) relative quantitative experiments. For best results, it is recommended that laboratories optimize the tagging reaction (re: glyco-substrate ratio) to minimize excess tag and maximize reaction efficiency.

What is the representative dataset that is provided for the INLIGHT® kit?

The mzXML files contain the MS data obtained after applying the INLIGHT® strategy to maltodextrin (glycan), RNaseB (glycoprotein), and fetuin (glycoprotein). The corresponding “INLIGHT® Data Report” provides a summary of the glycans identified in these data files.

Can the INLIGHT® kit be used for O-glycan analysis?

No.  The chemical cleavage of O-linked glycans does not leave a reducing terminus that is accessible to the INLIGHT® tagging reagent.  



Mangrum, J.B.; Mehta, A.Y.; Alabbas, A.B.; Desai, U.R.; Hawkridge, A.M. 2017 Comparative analysis of INLIGHT™-labeled enzymatically depolymerized heparin by reverse-phase chromatography and high-performance mass spectrometry. Anal Bioanal Chem. PMID 27888308

Loziuk, PL; Hecht, ES; Muddiman, DC. 2016N-linked glycosite profiling and use of Skyline as a platform for characterization and relative quantification of glycans in differentiating xylem of Populus trichocarpa. Anal Bioanal Chem. PMID: 27491298

Hecht, ES; McCord, JP; Muddiman, DC. 2016. A Quantitative Glycomics and Proteomics Combined Purification Strategy. J Vis Exp. 8;(109). PMID: 27023253

Hecht ES, Scholl EH, Walker SH, Taylor AD, Cliby WA, Motsinger-Reif AA, Muddiman DC. 2015. Relative Quantification and Higher-Order Modeling of the Plasma Glycan Cancer Burden Ratio in Ovarian Cancer Case-Control Samples. J Proteome Res. (10):4394-401. PMID: 26347193

Hecht ES, McCord JP, Muddiman D.C. 2015. Definitive Screening Design Optimization of Mass Spectrometry Parameters for Sensitive Comparison of Filter and Solid Phase Extraction Purified, INLIGHT Plasma N-Glycans. Anal Chem., 87(14):7305-12. PMID: 26086806

Walker, S.H.; Taylor, A.D.; Muddiman, D.C. 2013. Individuality Normalization when Labeling with Isotopic Glycan Hydrazide Tags (INLIGHT): A Novel Glycan- Relative Quantification Strategy. J Am Soc Mass Spectrom, 24, 1376-1384. PMID: 23860851

Walker, S.H.; Lilley, L.M.; Enamorado, M.F.; Comins, D.L.; Muddiman, D.C. 2011. Hydrophobic Derivatization of N-linked Glycans for Increased Ion Abundance in Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry. J Am Soc Mass Spectrom, 22, 1309-1317. PMID: 21953184 
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