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Intrinsic Structure and Electronic Spectrum of Deprotonated Biliverdin: Cryogenic Ion Spectroscopy and Ion Mobility

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posted on 2021-10-12, 21:14 authored by Wyatt Zagorec-Marks, Leah G. Dodson, Patrick Weis, Erik K. Schneider, Manfred M. Kappes, J. Mathias Weber
We investigated the structural and spectroscopic properties of singly deprotonated biliverdin anions in vacuo, using a combination of cryogenic ion spectroscopy, ion mobility spectrometry, and density functional theory. The ion mobility results show that at least two conformers are populated, with the dominant conformer at 75–90% relative abundance. The vibrational NH stretching signatures are sensitive to the tetrapyrrole structure, and they indicate that the tetrapyrrole system is in a helical conformation, consistent with simulated ion mobility collision cross sections. The vibrational spectrum in the fingerprint region of this singly deprotonated species shows that the two propionate groups share the remaining acidic proton. The S1 band of the electronic spectrum in vacuo is broad, despite ion trap temperatures of 20 K during ion preparation, with a congested Franck–Condon envelope showing partially resolved vibrational features. The vertical transition exhibits a small solvatochromic red shift (−320 cm–1) in aqueous solution.