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See detailCoulombic driven multi-conformational aspects of oligorotaxane switches studied by ion mobility mass spectrometry and molecular dynamics
Hanozin, Emeline ULg; Mignolet, Benoît ULg; Morsa, Denis ULg et al

Conference (2017, June)

Introduction Artificial Molecular Machines (AMMs), such as Mechanically Interlocked Molecules (MIMs) and foldamers, have recently raised tremendous interest due to their unique properties. Under the ... [more ▼]

Introduction Artificial Molecular Machines (AMMs), such as Mechanically Interlocked Molecules (MIMs) and foldamers, have recently raised tremendous interest due to their unique properties. Under the influence of an appropriate stimuli (pH, redox potential, light…), such molecules are able to reversibly switch between distinct conformational states. Scientists may capitalize on such exclusive properties to get a better understanding of the biomacromolecular level or to design innovative “smart” materials. At the interface between foldamers and MIMs, oligorotaxanes exhibit a spring-like folded secondary structure with remarkable mechanical and physicochemical properties. In the present study, we use ion mobility coupled with mass spectrometry (IM-MS) to probe the conformational states of differentially charged oligorotaxanes in the gas phase. Method Oligorotaxanes are donor-acceptor polymers composed of a π electron-donating dumbbell over which a discrete number of π electron-accepting tetracationic cyclophanes are threaded. The numerous intra-molecular interactions provide them a highly-stabilized rigid rod-like structure in solution. We use IM-MS as implemented in the Synapt G2 HDMS (Waters, Manchester, UK) to investigate the structure of the ionized oligorotaxanes. Our purposes are to probe (i) the different populations of stable conformers generated according to the charge state z and (ii) the reversibility of an electron-driven or thermal-driven conformational change in the gas phase implemented via an electron transfer or collisional activation process prior to the mobility separation. Our experimental observations are supported by electronic structure optimizations at the PM6 and DFT levels coupled with Born-Oppenheimer Molecular Dynamics simulations. Preliminary data Our results highlight a progressive elongation of the oligorotaxane structure with increasing charge numbers until it reaches a maximum extension state. Matching the experimental data with theoretical simulations, we find that the oligorotaxanes adopt an entropically-favored globular shape at low z. As z increases, coulombic repulsions occurring between the cyclophanes gradually outweigh the stabilizing π-stacking interactions and force the structure to elongate. This process occurs in a multistep fashion, each corresponding to a distinct group of helical-shaped conformers, before it eventually results in a fully stretched structure. On the other hand, our results also highlight that a charge reduction driven by a non-dissociative electron transfer process leads to a refolding of the structure so that it adopts a size similar to its electrospray-generated counterpart when the appropriate number of electrons is added. This observation may be imparted to the gradual decrease of the Coulomb repulsions between the cyclophanes mediated through increasing numbers of transferred electrons. These results suggests that the transition from one conformer to another is reversible so that the electrostatic balance between the cyclophanes may be used to further tune the structural state adopted by this artificial molecular switch. The second stimulus relied on collisional activation whose inelastic component provides a way to build up energy into the accessible vibrational degrees of freedom. The conformational landscapes of such-activated oligorotaxanes ions were found unchanged in term of collision cross section position but the repartition of population was altered with a promotion of the most elongated conformer, provided the absence of selective fragmentation. Altogether, these results highlight the feasibility of handling the elongation state of oligorotaxanes in the gas phase through appropriate inputs and underline its conformational reversibility properties. Novel aspect Stimuli-induced reversible conformational rearrangements of innovative AMMs studied by IM-MS and molecular dynamics in the gas phase. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst Results Using TIMS on Systems Requiring High IMS Resolution
Haler, Jean ULg; Massonnet, Philippe ULg; Morsa, Denis ULg et al

Conference (2016, June 05)

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See detailContribution of Capillary Electrophoresis and Ion Mobility Spectrometry to probe conformational change during desolvation
Far, Johann ULg; Delvaux, Cédric ULg; Kune, Christopher ULg et al

Conference (2016, January 28)

The transfer of ions from the solution to the gas phase is a critical step to produce « native species ». Coming from a highly solvating medium, ionic species will tend to find a new equilibrium ... [more ▼]

The transfer of ions from the solution to the gas phase is a critical step to produce « native species ». Coming from a highly solvating medium, ionic species will tend to find a new equilibrium conformation in the gas phase. The pathway to reach the thermodynamically stable conformation involves crossing potential barriers of different heights. When these barriers are too high compared to the internal energy of the ions, it will result in “partial memories” (as structural preservation) of the conformation in solution. In order to evaluate the effect of the solvent evaporation and of the various collision processes encountered by the ions in the mass spectrometer, we developed two strategies: The first strategy consists in comparing in a single experiment the shape of the ions in solution and in the gas phase. Data are obtained by coupling Capillary Electrophoresis (CE) with Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry (IMS). Drift times in solution and in the gas phase are directly compared. Deviations from their correlation points out changes in folding upon desolvatation. Preliminary results show that some of peptides issued from tryptic digest of BSA clearly change their conformation during desolvatation. The second strategy consists to monitor the shape of the different conformers observed for the intact cytochrome C during native runs in capillary electrophoresis and “native” ion mobility mass spectrometry, both using a physiological TRIS acetic pH7 buffer compared to a “MS friendly” ammonium acetate pH7 buffer. Finally as preliminary study, we proposed to use homopolymers for better understanding about the folding behavior in gas phase and the resulting shape of these ions using ion mobility spectrometry. [less ▲]

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See detailIon Mobility-Mass Spectrometry as a Tool for the Structural Characterization of Peptides Bearing Intramolecular Disulfide Bond(s)
Massonnet, Philippe ULg; Haler, Jean ULg; Upert, Gregory et al

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2016)

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See detailEnergetics and Structural Characterization of Isomers Using Ion Mobility and Gas-phase H/D Exchange: Learning from Lasso Peptides
Hanozin, Emeline ULg; Morsa, Denis ULg; De Pauw, Edwin ULg

in Proteomics (2015), early view

State-of-the-art characterization of proteins using mass spectrometry namely relies on fragmentation methods which allows exploring featured dissociative reaction pathways. These pathways are often ... [more ▼]

State-of-the-art characterization of proteins using mass spectrometry namely relies on fragmentation methods which allows exploring featured dissociative reaction pathways. These pathways are often initiated by a series of potentially informative mass-constant conformational changes that are nonetheless frequently overlooked by lack of adequate investigation techniques. In the present study, we propose a methodology to readily address both structural and energetic aspects of stereoisomerization reactions using ion mobility coupled with mass spectrometry. To this end, a commercial spectrometer was used as a reactor comprising an energy resolved collisional activation step intended at promoting controlled conformational changes and a structural assignment step dedicated to the identification of the generated isomers. This identification relies on ion mobility and other on-line coupled techniques, namely an originally designed gas-phase H/D exchange experiment. We here apply this methodology to characterize the isomerization kinetics of capistruin, a 19-residue long lasso-folded peptide. We expect this approach to bring insights into the physical origin of global dissociation thresholds monitored in tandem mass spectrometry experiments and to set a promising basis for quantitative investigations of the stability of different molecular folds. [less ▲]

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See detailIs the natural shape of ions in the gas phase spherical ? The allegory of the cave (Plato) applied in mass spectrometry
Far, Johann ULg; Haler, Jean ULg; Kune, Christopher ULg et al

Conference (2015, May 13)

The transfer of ions from solution to gas phase is a critical step to produce « native species ». Coming from a highly solvating medium, ionic species will tend to find new equilibrium conformations in ... [more ▼]

The transfer of ions from solution to gas phase is a critical step to produce « native species ». Coming from a highly solvating medium, ionic species will tend to find new equilibrium conformations in the gas phase. The pathway to reach the thermodynamically stable conformation(s) involves crossing potential barriers according to the type of interactions involved. When these barriers are too high compared to the internal energy of the ions, it may result in a “partial memory” (as structural preservation) of the conformation in solution. In order to evaluate the effect of the solvent evaporation and of the various collision processes encountered by the ions in the mass spectrometer we based our strategy on the determination of deviations from a spherical shape, supposed to be the natural state of ions in the gas phase. [less ▲]

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See detailIon mobility-mass spectrometry to perform structural classifications of disulfide-bridged-peptides
Massonnet, Philippe ULg; Upert, Gregory; Morsa, Denis ULg et al

Poster (2014, November)

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See detailIon mobility-mass spectrometry to perform structural classifications of disulfide-bridged-peptides
Massonnet, Philippe ULg; Upert, Gregory; Morsa, Denis ULg et al

Poster (2014, November)

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