- Infrared Multiple Photon Dissociation Action Spectroscopy of Deprotonated DNA Mononucleotides: Gas-Phase Conformations and Energetics
- The Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
- Volume | Issue number
- 117 | 6
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- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS)
The gas phase structures of the deprotonated 2'-deoxymononucleotides including 2'-deoxyadenosine-5'-monophosphate (dA5'p), 2'-deoxycytidine-5'-monophosphate (dC5'p), 2'-deoxyguanosine-5'-monophosphate (dG5'p), and thymidine-5'-monophosphate (T5'p) are examined via infrared multiple photon dissociation (IRMPD) action spectroscopy and theoretical electronic structure calculations. The measured IRMPD action spectra of all four deprotonated DNA mononucleotides exhibit unique spectral features in the region extending from similar to 600 to 1800 cm(-1) such that they can be readily differentiated from one another. The measured IRMPD action spectra are compared to the linear IR spectra calculated at the B3LYP/6-311+G(d,p) level of theory to determine the conformations of these species accessed in the experiments. On the basis of these comparisons and the computed energetic information, the most stable conformations of the deprotonated forms of dA5'p, dC5'p, and T5'p are conformers where the ribose moiety adopts a C3' Endo conformation and the nucleobase is in an anti conformation. By contrast, the most stable conformations of the deprotonated form of dG5'p are conformers where the ribose adapts a C3' endo conformation and the nucleobase is in a syn conformation. In addition to the ground-state conformers, several stable low-energy excited conformers that differ slightly in the orientation of the phosphate ester moiety were also accessed in the experiments.
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