Gas-phase H/D exchange reactions of polyamine complexes: (M + H)+, (M + alkali metal+), and (M + 2H)2+


AbstractGas-phase hydrogen/deuterium exchange reactions between noncovalent polyamine complexes and D2O, CH3OD, or ND3 are undertaken in a quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometer. Structural features of the protonated polyamines can be differentiated by the rates and overall extent of exchange, specifically the presence of propylene units and/or a cyclic structure noticeably decreases exchange compared to the exchange observed for acyclic polyamines with only ethylene bridges between amino groups. Significant differences are observed for singly protonated vs. doubly protonated complexes, where the doubly protonated complexes undergo more efficient exchange at a higher rate than the analogous singly protonated complexes. Molecular modeling calculations suggest that more diffuse conformations may exist for the higher charge states, thus facilitating H/D exchange. In addition, H/D exchange reactions between the alkali metal cationized complexes and ND3 are nearly quenched, compared to the significant exchange seen for singly protonated complexes. A conformational change or the loss of a low energy reaction pathway may explain the limited exchange reactions seen when a bulky cation replaces a proton in the complex

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