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Molecules 2018, 23(1), 162; doi:10.3390/molecules23010162

Chiral and Molecular Recognition through Protonation between Aromatic Amino Acids and Tripeptides Probed by Collision-Activated Dissociation in the Gas Phase

Department of Chemistry, Osaka Prefecture University, Osaka 599-8531, Japan
Department of Molecular Medicine, Osaka Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Osaka 594-1101, Japan
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Received: 6 December 2017 / Revised: 6 January 2018 / Accepted: 11 January 2018 / Published: 13 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Advances in Chiroptical Spectroscopy)
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Chiral and molecular recognition through protonation was investigated through the collision-activated dissociation (CAD) of protonated noncovalent complexes of aromatic amino acid enantiomers with l-alanine- and l-serine-containing tripeptides using a linear ion trap mass spectrometer. In the case of l-alanine-tripeptide (AAA), NH3 loss was observed in the CAD of heterochiral H+(d-Trp)AAA, while H2O loss was the main dissociation pathways for l-Trp, d-Phe, and l-Phe. The protonation site of heterochiral H+(d-Trp)AAA was the amino group of d-Trp, and the NH3 loss occurred from H+(d-Trp). The H2O loss indicated that the proton was attached to the l-alanine tripeptide in the noncovalent complexes. With the substitution of a central residue of l-alanine tripeptide to l-Ser, ASA recognized l-Phe by protonation to the amino group of l-Phe in homochiral H+(l-Phe)ASA. For the protonated noncovalent complexes of His enantiomers with tripeptides (AAA, SAA, ASA, and AAS), protonated His was observed in the spectra, except for those of heterochiral H+(d-His)SAA and H+(d-His)AAS, indicating that d-His did not accept protons from the SAA and AAS in the noncovalent complexes. The amino-acid sequences of the tripeptides required for the recognition of aromatic amino acids were determined by analyses of the CAD spectra. View Full-Text
Keywords: chemical evolution; molecular clouds; enantiomeric excess; homochirality chemical evolution; molecular clouds; enantiomeric excess; homochirality

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Fujihara, A.; Inoue, H.; Sogi, M.; Tajiri, M.; Wada, Y. Chiral and Molecular Recognition through Protonation between Aromatic Amino Acids and Tripeptides Probed by Collision-Activated Dissociation in the Gas Phase. Molecules 2018, 23, 162.

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