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Is the Peptide Bond Formation Activated by Cu 2+ Interactions? Insights from Density Functional Calculations M. Sodupe1, L. Rodríguez-Santiago1, A. Rimola 2, P. Ugliengo2 1Departament de Química, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra 08193, BCKDHA Spain; 2Dipartimento di Chimica I.F.M, NIS Centre of Excellence and INSTM 3-Methyladenine cost National Consortium, Università degli Studi di Torino, via P. Giuria 7-10125 Torino, Italy Metal cation binding to amino acids and peptides is a very active area of research due to their importance in many fields. With the advent of electrospray ion sources, metal cation complexes of amino acids and peptides can readily be generated in gas phase and studied by mass spectrometry techniques, from which structural and intrinsic reactivity information can be obtained. In particular, low energy collisionally activated dissociation experiments of Cu2+(Glycine)2 show that the [Cu2+(Glycine)2–H2O] complex, corresponding to the loss of a water molecule, is easily formed, which suggests the occurrence of an intracomplex condensation reaction leading to the formation of a peptide bond between two glycines (Seto and Stone, 1999). This reaction is similar to the Salt Induced Peptide Formation reaction proposed to take place in aqueous solution under prebiotic conditions (Rode, 1999).