Raman Spectroscopic Evidence for Two Conformations of Uncomplexed Valinomycin in the Solid State

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Science  26 Oct 1973:
Vol. 182, Issue 4110, pp. 384-386
DOI: 10.1126/science.182.4110.384


Raman spectroscopy is applied for the first time to elucidate the different conformations of the carrier transport molecule, valinomycin. Splitting of the ester and amide carbonyl stretch vibrations is observed in the Raman spectrum of crystals of valinomycin grown from both n-octane and acetone. These observations support the contention that some ester carbonyl groups are intramolecularly hydrogen bonded. The Raman spectrum of valinomycin grown from o-dichlorobenzene does not display this feature.