Gas phase attachment of water and methanol to Ag(I) complexes with alpha-amino acids in an ion trap mass spectrometer

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Perera, B. A.
Ince, M. P.
Talaty, Erach R.
Van Stipdonk, Michael J.
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2001-01-01
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eng
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Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't , Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
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Electrospray ionization was used to generate gas phase complexes of Ag+ with selected alpha-amino acids. Following storage (isolation without collisional activation) in an ion trap mass spectrometer, the mass spectra produced from the complexes of Ag+ with alpha-amino acids such as alanine, valine and tert-leucine contained peaks consistent with the formation of water or methanol molecule adduct ions. The same adduct ions were not present, however, in the mass spectra generated from the Ag+ complexes with phenylalanine, tyrosine and tryptophan following isolation and storage under similar conditions. For those complexes that showed reactivity, the uptake of water and methanol increased with longer storage times in the ion trap. A preliminary molecular modeling study using phenylalanine demonstrated that the aromatic ring coordinates the Ag+ ion, and the interaction between the metal ion and pi-system, in part, is assumed to prohibit the binding of water or methanol during isolation in the gas phase. This conclusion is supported by a comparison of the adduct formation by the Ag+ complexes with phenylalanine, 4-fluorophenylalanine and alpha-aminocyclohexanepropionic acid. In addition, collision induced dissociation experiments involving the Ag+ complexes of phenylalanine, tyrosine and tryptophan suggest that limiting the coordination of the Ag ion by the complexing molecule (i.e. by loss of a coordinating functional group and/or change in structure due to dissociation) results in the binding of a water or methanol molecule during storage in the ion trap. Surprisingly, the bare Ag+ ion, when trapped and stored under identical experimental conditions, formed neither adduct species, suggesting that the attachment of water or methanol may be due to interactions with a molecular orbital within the Ag+/molecule complex.

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Rapid communications in mass spectrometry : RCM. 2001; 15(8): 615-22.
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John Wiley and Sons
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0951-4198
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