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Photoelectron Circular Dichroism of Electrosprayed Gramicidin Anions

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Many sophisticated approaches for analyzing properties of chiral matter have been developed in recent years. But in general, the available chiroptical methods are limited to either solvated or small gaseous molecules. Studying the chirality of large biopolymers in the gas phase, including aspects of the secondary structure, becomes accessible by combining the electrospray ionization technique with chiroptical detection protocols. Here, laser-induced photodetachment from gramicidin anions, a peptide consisting of 15 amino acids has been investigated. The angular distribution of photoelectrons is demonstrated to be sensitive to the substitution of protons by cesium ions, which is accompanied by a conformational change. The photoelectron circular dichroism (PECD) is −0.5% for bare gramicidin, whereas gramicidin with several Cs+ ions attached exhibits a PECD of +0.5%. The results are complemented and supported by ion mobility studies. The presented approach offers the prospect of studying chirality and the secondary structure of various biopolymers.
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hal-03736115 , version 1 (22-07-2022)

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Peter Krüger, Jon Henrik Both, Uwe Linne, Fabien Chirot, Karl-Michael Weitzel. Photoelectron Circular Dichroism of Electrosprayed Gramicidin Anions. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2022, 13 (26), pp.6110-6116. ⟨10.1021/acs.jpclett.2c01437⟩. ⟨hal-03736115⟩
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