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When a proton attacks cellobiose in the gas phase: ab initio molecular dynamics simulations.

  • Author(s): Pincu, Madeleine
  • Brauer, Brina
  • Gerber, R Benny
  • et al.

Investigations of reaction pathways between a proton and cellobiose (CB), a glucose disaccharide of importance, were carried out in cis and trans CB using Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics (AIMD) simulations starting from optimized configurations where the proton is initially placed near groups with affinity for it. Near and above 300 K, protonated CB (H(+)CB) undergoes several transient reactions including charge transfer to the sugar backbone, water formation and dehydration, ring breaking and glycosidic bond breaking events as well as mutarotation and ring puckering events, all on a 10 ps timescale. cis H(+)CB is energetically favoured over trans H(+)CB in vacuo, with an energy gap larger than for the neutral CB.

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