Diagnosing the protonation site of b2 peptide fragment ions using IRMPD in the X-H (X = O, N, and C) stretching region.

Abstract

Charge-directed fragmentation has been shown to be the prevalent dissociation step for protonated peptides under the low-energy activation (eV) regime. Thus, the determination of the ion structure and, in particular, the characterization of the protonation site(s) of peptides and their fragments is a key approach to substantiate and refine peptide fragmentation mechanisms. Here we report on the characterization of the protonation site of oxazolone b(2) ions formed in collision-induced dissociation (CID) of the doubly protonated tryptic model-peptide YIGSR. In support of earlier work, here we provide complementary IR spectra in the 2800-3800 cm(-1) range acquired on a table-top laser system. Combining this tunable laser with a high power CO(2) laser to improve spectroscopic sensitivity, well resolved bands are observed, with an excellent correspondence to the IR absorption bands of the ring-protonated oxazolone isomer as predicted by quantum chemical calculations. In particular, it is shown that a band at 3445 cm(-1), corresponding to the asymmetric N-H stretch of the (nonprotonated) N-terminal NH(2) group, is a distinct vibrational signature of the ring-protonated oxazolone structure.

DOI: 10.1007/s13361-011-0173-1

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@article{Sinha2011DiagnosingTP, title={Diagnosing the protonation site of b2 peptide fragment ions using IRMPD in the X-H (X = O, N, and C) stretching region.}, author={Rajeev Kumar Sinha and Undine Erlekam and Benjamin J. Bythell and B{\'e}la Paizs and Philippe Maitre}, journal={Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry}, year={2011}, volume={22 9}, pages={1645-50} }