Ground electronic state of peptide cation radicals: a delocalized unpaired electron?

Abstract : Electron capture and electron transfer dissociations are bioanalytical methods for fragmenting cations after reduction by an electron. Previous computational studies based on conventional DFT schemes have concluded that the first step of these processes, the attachment of the electron, leads to extensive delocalization of the spin density in the intermediate radical cation. Here, we show that most DFT methods produce unphysical results when studying single electron reduction of a dicationic peptide. This is not the case for post-HF methods and long-range corrected functionals which show satisfying electron affinities, intermolecular interaction energies and spin density trends. Our results suggest that the charged group with the highest electron affinity on the precursor cation is also the site of spin density in the electronic ground state after electron attachment. These findings have important implications for the interpretation of experimental data from electron-based processes in biomolecules and may guide the development of new functionals.
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Amy Gilson, Guillaume van der Rest, Julia Chamot-Rooke, Westin Kurlancheek, Martin Head-Gordon, et al.. Ground electronic state of peptide cation radicals: a delocalized unpaired electron?. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, American Chemical Society, 2011, 2, pp.1426-1431. ⟨10.1021/jz2004792⟩. ⟨hal-00594789⟩

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