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Title: Experimental and Theoretical Electron Density Distribution of Alpha,Alpha-Trehalose Dihydrate

item STEVENS, EDWIN - University Of New Orleans
item DOWD, MICHAEL - University Of New Orleans
item Johnson, Glenn
item French, Alfred - Al

Submitted to: Carbohydrate Research
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/14/2010
Publication Date: 3/17/2010
Citation: Stevens, E.D., Dowd, M.K., Johnson, G.P., French, A.D. 2010. Experimental and Theoretical Electron Density Distribution of Alpha,Alpha-Trehalose Dihydrate. Carbohydrate Research. 345:1469-1481.

Interpretive Summary: Understanding the interaction of water molecules with carbohydrate materials is an important component of understanding the behavior of cotton fibers with moisture. This study shows how two water molecules interact with trehalose. This sugar has several origins, including being left by some insects and a major constituent of mushrooms. A combined experimental (X-ray diffraction) and theoretical (quantum mechanics modeling) approach was used to show the details of the bonding of trehalose and water molecules. Other findings regard the forces that govern the shape of carbohydrate molecules. This information is of use primarily to scientists who model carbohydrates and their interactions with water, especially cellulose, the main molecule in cotton fibers.

Technical Abstract: Alpha,alpha-rehalose is of interest because of its cryoprotective and antidessicant properties, and because it possesses various technical anomalies such as 13C NMR spectra that give misleading indications of intramolecular structural symmetry. It is a non-reducing disaccharide, with the glycosidic oxygen atom shared by the anomeric carbon atoms of the two glucose rings, and is therefore subject to a proposed “overlapping” exo-anomeric effect. We report here a study of the electron density of trehalose with X-ray diffraction and quantum mechanics calculations, similar to a recent study of sucrose, also a non-reducing molecule. In particular we studied the electron density around the glycosidic linkage and the hydrogen bonding with both deformation density and Atoms in Molecules (AIM) analyses. A total of 129952 single crystal X-ray intensity measurements were collected on alpha,alpha-trehalose dihydrate to a resolution of sin theta/lambda = 1.18 Å-1 at 100 K and refined with an aspherical multipole model to a final agreement factor of R1 = 0.0160. Wavefunctions were calculated at three levels of theory. Redistribution of electron density due to anomeric effects was reduced in trehalose, compared to sucrose. Five new C'H…O hydrogen bonds were confirmed with bond critical points and bond paths from AIM analyses, as were the previously proposed O'H…O hydrogen bonds.