Electron loss from multiply protonated lysozyme ions in high energy collisions with molecular oxygen

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We report on the electron loss from multiply protonated lysozyme ions Lys-H n /n+ (n = 7 – 17) and the concomitant formation of Lys-H n /(n+1)+. in high-energy collisions with molecular oxygen (laboratory kinetic energy = 50 × n keV). The cross section for electron loss increases with the charge state of the precursor from n = 7 to n = 11 and then remains constant when n increases further. The absolute size of the cross section ranges from 100 to 200 Å2. The electron loss is modeled as an electron transfer process between lysozyme cations and molecular oxygen.