Multidimensional Vibrational Circular Dichroism Apparatus Equipped with Quantum Cascade Laser and Its Use for Investigating Some Peptide Systems Containing d-Amino Acids
Hisako Sato, Masaru Shimizu, Keisuke Watanabe, Jun Yoshida, Izuru Kawamura, Jun Koshoubu
Anal. Chem. 2021, 93, 5, 2742–2748
We developed a multidimensional vibrational circular dichroism system with a positional coordinate, making it possible to move in both x- and y-directions using an automatic stage. Quantum cascade laser (QCL) was used as a light source to achieve high intensity and narrow focusing. The QCL emitted light in the wavenumber range of 1500–1740 cm–1, which encompassed absorption bands assigned to the stretching vibrations of amides I and II. The operation of the instrument was analyzed for samples containing amide groups. An aqueous solution of Gly-l-Leu or Gly-d-Leu was measured under the background absorbance as high as 3.5 due to the water medium. The spectra were recorded by scanning at 1.0 cm–1 steps. The time required for performing measurement at each wavenumber was less than 1 s. The mirror-image relation was maintained between the optical antipodes. A peak assigned to amide II appeared clearly at around 1580 cm–1. In the case of KBr pellets containing the same compounds, peaks assigned to amide I and II were observed. For two-dimensional pattering, a KBr pellet comprising two domains of amino acids (or l-Ala and d-Ser) was investigated. The distribution of each component within the pellet was obtained under the two-dimensional alignment at the spatial interval of 2.5 mm.