Study of fragmentation pathways of metastable negative ions in aliphatic dipeptides using the statistical theory
Article first published online: 21 FEB 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry
Volume 26, Issue 7, pages 828–834, 15 April 2012
How to Cite
Shchukin, P. V., Muftakhov, M. V. and Pogulay, A. V. (2012), Study of fragmentation pathways of metastable negative ions in aliphatic dipeptides using the statistical theory. Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom., 26: 828–834. doi: 10.1002/rcm.6156
- Issue published online: 15 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 21 FEB 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 29 DEC 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 13 DEC 2011
- Manuscript Received: 11 FEB 2011
- Russian Foundation for Basic Research. Grant Number: 08-03-91101-a
- CRDF. Grant Number: RUC1-2908-UF-07
Dipeptide molecules are good model systems for investigation of resonant reactions of low-energy electrons with proteins. The present work is devoted to the study of the processes of formation and fragmentation of negative ions in aliphatic dipeptides glycyl-glycine and glycyl-alanine. The metastable decays of negative ions were detected in these objects, and have been investigated with the aim of clarification of the mechanisms of fragmentation.
The effective yield curves for negative ions as functions of electron energy were obtained using a magnetic sector mass spectrometer rebuilt for generation and detection of negative ions. For analysis of the observed metastable decays statistical and thermochemical approaches have been used.
The ions structures, the enthalpies of formation of neutral and charged particles, and the rate constants of dissociative reactions have been found.
Comparison of the experimental results with theoretical data leads to the conclusion that metastable ion decay proceeds with minimal structural changes avoiding complicated rearrangements and isomerization processes. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.