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Intramolecular proton transfer quenching in tryptophan and tryptamine: temperature dependence
Author(s): Maurice R. Eftink; Dana Hu
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Paper Abstract

There are two dominant intramolecular quenching reactions for the deactivation of the excited singlet state of tryptophan and its related chromophores. These mechanisms are charge transfer to an electrophilic side chain group and proton transfer from a side chain to the indole ring. When occurring in D2O, the photoinduced proton transfer reaction results in an exchange of the hydrogen isotope at position 4 of the benzenoid ring of indole, which can be quantitated by 1H-NMR studies. We have determined the rate constant for this photoinduced H-D exchange for tryptophan and some of its analogs as a function of temperature. We show that the proton transfer quenching reaction makes a large contribution to the quenching of tryptophan, whereas for other chromophores, charge transfer quenching must dominate.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 August 1994
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2137, Time-Resolved Laser Spectroscopy in Biochemistry IV, (17 August 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.182747
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Maurice R. Eftink, Univ. of Mississippi (United States)
Dana Hu, The Scripps Institute and Univ. of Mississippi (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2137:
Time-Resolved Laser Spectroscopy in Biochemistry IV
Joseph R. Lakowicz, Editor(s)

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