Direct Experimental Characterization of Glycosyl Cations by Infrared Ion Spectroscopy

Hidde Elferink, Marion E. Severijnen, Jonathan Martens, Rens A. Mensink, Giel Berden, Jos Oomens, Floris P.J.T. Rutjes, Anouk M. Rijs*, Thomas J. Boltje

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Glycosyl cations are crucial intermediates formed during enzymatic and chemical glycosylation. The intrinsic high reactivity and short lifetime of these reaction intermediates make them very challenging to characterize using spectroscopic techniques. Herein, we report the use of collision induced dissociation tandem mass spectrometry to generate glycosyl cations in the gas phase followed by infrared ion spectroscopy using the FELIX infrared free electron laser. The experimentally observed IR spectra were compared to DFT calculated spectra enabling the detailed structural elucidation of elusive glycosyl oxocarbenium and dioxolenium ions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6034-6038
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2018
Externally publishedYes


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