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Gas phase H/D exchange kinetics: DI versus D2O


Schaaff, T. G., Stephenson, J., & McLuckey, S. A. (2000). Gas phase H/D exchange kinetics: DI versus D2O. Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, 11(2), 167-171.


The gas phase H/D exchange reactions of bradykinin (M + 3H)3+ ions with D2O and DI were monitored in a quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometer. The H/D exchange kinetics of both chemical probes (D2O and DI) indicate the presence of two noninterconverting reactive gas phase ion populations of bradykinin (M + 3H)3+ at room temperature. The H/D exchange involving DI, however, generally proceeds faster than that involving D2O. The rate observations described here can be rationalized on the basis of the 'relay mechanism' (see Campbell et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1995, 117, 12840-12854) recently proposed to account for H/D exchange between D2O and gaseous protonated polypeptides. The higher exchange rate with DI is believed to arise primarily as a result of its lower gas-phase acidity relative to that of D2O and, secondarily, as a result of the longer bond length of DI relative to that of OD in D2O