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Dissociative capture of hot (3-13 eV) electrons by polypeptide polycations: An efficient process accompanied by secondary fragmentation

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  • Frank Kjeldsen, University of Southern Denmark
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  • Kim F. Haselmann, University of Southern Denmark
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  • Bogdan A. Budnik, University of Southern Denmark
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  • F. Jensen
  • Roman A. Zubarev, University of Southern Denmark
Beside the known maximum of electron capture dissociation (ECD) of gas-phase polypeptide polycations at zero electron energy, a broad local maximum is found around 10 eV. This maximum is due to electronic excitation prior to electron capture, as in dissociative recombination of small cations. In the novel hot electron capture dissociation (HECD) regime, not only N-C bonds are cleaved as in ECD, but secondary fragmentation is also induced due to the excess energy. Beneficially, this fragmentation includes abundant losses of ·CH(CH) from leucine and ·CHCH from isoleucine residues terminal to the cleavage site, which allows for distinguishing between these two isomeric residues.
Original languageEnglish
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Pages (from-to)201-206
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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