Oligosaccharide Mass Profiling (OLIMP) of Cell Wall Polysaccharides by MALDI-TOF/MS

  • Markus Günl
  • Florian Kraemer
  • Markus PaulyEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 715)


In today’s field of plant cell wall research, insights into the structure of wall components are obtained using many different techniques, ranging from spectroscopic and microscopic to chemical and biochemical. In this chapter, we describe one method: oligosaccharide mass profiling (OLIMP). Using OLIMP, we can harness the selective power of a specific wall hydrolase together with the speed and sensitivity of mass spectrometry to provide highly reproducible structural and compositional information about the wall molecule of interest.

Key words

Mass spectrometry Matrix polysaccharides Oligosaccharides Glycosylhydrolases Xyloglucan Xylan Pectins 



The authors would like to thank Kirk Schorr (Novozymes) for providing the enzymes XEG and PME. Karen Bird, DOE-Plant Research Lab, Michigan State University, is thanked for editing the text.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Energy Biosciences InstituteUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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