Photoelectron spectroscopy of adiabatically bound valence anions of rare tautomers of the nucleic acid bases

Xiang Li, Kit H. Bowen, MacIej Haranczyk, Rafał A. Bachorz, Kamil Mazurkiewicz, Janusz Rak, MacIej Gutowski

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Abstract

Anionic states of nucleic acid bases (NABs) are involved in DNA damage by low-energy electrons and in charge transfer through DNA. Previous gas phase studies of free, unsolvated NAB parent anions probed mostly dipole-bound states, which are not present in condensed phase environments. Recently, we demonstrated that very rare tautomers of uracil (U), cytosine (C), adenine (A), and guanine (G), which are obtained from canonical tautomers through N-to-C proton transfers, support valence anionic states. Here we report the photoelectron spectrum of the final member of the NABs series: the valence state of the thymine (T) anion. Additionally, we summarized the work of all five NABs. All of the newfound anionic tautomers of the NABs may be formed via dissociative electron attachment followed by hydrogen atom reattachment to a carbon atom. Furthermore, these unusual tautomers may affect the structure and properties of DNA and RNA exposed to low-energy electrons. The new valence states observed here, unlike dipole bound states, could exist in condensed phases and may be relevant to radiobiological damage. © 2007 American Institute of Physics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number174309
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume127
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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