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J Phys Chem B. 2014 Aug 14;118(32):9651-61. doi: 10.1021/jp505621f. Epub 2014 Jul 31.

Conformations of disulfide-intact and -reduced lysozyme ions probed by proton-transfer reactions at various temperatures.

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  • 1Graduate School of Nanobioscience, Yokohama City University , Yokohama, Japan.

Abstract

Proton-transfer reactions of disulfide-intact and -reduced lysozyme ions (7+ through 14+) to 2,6-dimethylpyridine were examined in the gas phase using tandem mass spectrometry with electrospray ionization. By changing temperature of a collision cell from 280 to 460 K, temperature dependence of reaction rate constants and branching fractions was measured. Absolute reaction rate constants for the protein ions of specific charge states were determined from intensities of parent and product ions in the mass spectra. Remarkable change was observed for the rate constants and distribution of product ions. The rate constants for disulfide-intact ions changed more drastically with change of charge states and temperature than those for disulfide-reduced ions. Observed branching fractions for parent and product ions were represented by calculated reaction rate constants with a scheme of sequential process. The reaction rate constants are closely related to conformation changes with change of temperature, which are profoundly influenced by amputation of disulfide bonds.

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