# Accurate characterization of the peptide linkage in the gas phase: A joint quantum-chemical and rotational spectroscopy study of the glycine dipeptide analogue

 Title Accurate characterization of the peptide linkage in the gas phase: A joint quantum-chemical and rotational spectroscopy study of the glycine dipeptide analogue Publication Type Journal Article Year of Publication 2014 Authors Puzzarini, C, Biczysko, M, Barone, V, Largo, L, Peña, I, Cabezas, C, Alonso, JL Journal Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters Volume 5 Pagination 534–540 ISSN 19487185 (ISSN) Keywords Amino acids, composite scheme, Composite schemes, Conformational behavior, fourier transform microwave spectroscopy, Gases, Glycine dipeptide, glycine dipeptide analogue, Laser ablation, Microwave spectroscopy, Peptides, Quantum chemical computations, quantum chemistry, Quantum-chemical calculation, quantum-chemical calculations, Rotational spectra, Rotational spectroscopy, rotational spectrum Abstract Accurate structures of aminoacids in the gas phase have been obtained by joint microwave and quantum-chemical investigations. However, the structure and conformational behavior of $\alpha$-aminoacids once incorporated into peptide chains are completely different and have not yet been characterized with the same accuracy. To fill this gap, we present here an accurate characterization of the simplest dipeptide analogue (N-acetyl-glycinamide) involving peptidic bonds. State-of-the-art quantum-chemical computations are complemented by a comprehensive study of the rotational spectrum using a combination of Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy with laser ablation. The coexistence of the C7 and C5 conformers has been proved and energetically as well as spectroscopically characterized. This joint theoretical-experimental investigation demonstrated the feasibility of obtaining accurate structures for flexible small biomolecules, thus paving the route to the elucidation of the inherent behavior of peptides. © 20 URL http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84893873084&partnerID=40&md5=d412e8879f5e7ea5e43491753d118585 DOI 10.1021/jz402744a