An experimental methodology for measuring volume changes in proton transfer reactions in aqueous solutions

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Eastern Washington University, Чини, Washington, United States
Biophysical Chemistry (Impact Factor: 1.99). 08/1998; 73(1-2):13-22. DOI: 10.1016/S0301-4622(98)00108-2
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A fast perturbation in proton concentration can be induced in aqueous solution using a pulsed ultraviolet laser and suitable photolabile compounds which, upon photoexcitation, irreversibly release protons. The volume change and the rate constant for the reaction of the photodetached protons with proton-accepting groups in solution can be monitored using time resolved photoacoustics. A typical proton concentration jump of 1 microM can be obtained with a 200-microJ laser pulse at 308 nm. Reaction dynamics from 20 ns to 5 micros can be easily followed. The methodology we establish represents a direct, time-resolved measurement of the reaction volume in proton transfer processes and an extension to the nanosecond-microsecond range of traditional relaxation techniques, such as stopped-flow. We report example applications to reactions involving simple molecules and polypeptides.

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    • "Time-resolved photoacoustics was used to monitor the structural response of the systems (Braslavsky and Heibel, 1992). We have recently applied this experimental methodology to proton transfer reactions in aqueous solutions, characterizing the solvation of photoinduced charges (Bonetti et al., 1997; Viappiani et al., 1998; Losi and Viappiani , 1998), the formation of water molecules from proton and hydroxide (Viappiani et al., 1998; Bonetti et al., 1997) and the reaction of protons with poly-L-lysine (Viappiani et al., 1998) and apomyoglobin (Abbruzzetti et al., 2000). Volume changes in proton transfer reactions arise from electrostrictive effects due to the changes in the net number of charges present in solution and to the alterations in the specific interactions between solute and solvent molecules (Van Eldick et al., 1989). "
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    • "ϭ 80 ␮M, [GuHCl] ϭ 0.2 M. The structural volume changes have been determined by means of Eq. 3 and dividing the values by the deprotonation quantum yield 0.4 (George and Scaiano, 1980; Viappiani et al., 1998a; Pelagatti et al., 1998). Plots report ⌬V 1 / "
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