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Volume 21, Issue 3, Pages 169-176

Application of attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy in the study of Peruphasma schultei defensive secretion

Michael P. Mcleod,1 Aaron T. Dossey,2 and M. Khalique Ahmed1

1Lynn University, College of Arts and Sciences, 3601 North Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33463, USA
2Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32610-0245, USA

Copyright © 2007 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In this short communication, we present the first Fourier Transform Infrared Absorbance (FT-IR) study of peruphasmal; a defensive secretion from Peruphasma schultei. The spectral data collected are representative of the natural product structure proposed by Dossey et al. This study demonstrates the viability of FT-IR as another tool in the physical and biological chemist's repertoire for use in determining important structural characteristics from minute amounts of available sample.