- Diverse mixtures of 2,4-dihydroxy tautomers and O4 protonated conformers of uridine and 2 '-deoxyuridine coexist in the gas phaset
- Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
- Volume | Issue number
- 17 | 39
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- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS)
The gas-phase conformations of protonated uridine, [Urd+H](+), and its modified form, protonated 2'-deoxyuridine, [dUrd+H](+), generated by electrospray ionization are investigated using infrared multiple photon dissociation (IRMPD) action spectroscopy techniques. IRMPD action spectra of [Urd+H](+) and [dUrd+H](+) are measured over the IR fingerprint and hydrogen-stretching regions. [Urd+H](+) and [dUrd+H](+) exhibit very similar IRMPD spectral profiles. However, the IRMPD yields of [Urd+H](+) exceed those of [dUrd+H](+) in both the IR fingerprint and hydrogen-stretching regions. The measured spectra are compared to the linear IR spectra predicted for the stable low-energy structures of these species computed at the B3LYP/6-311+G(d,p) level of theory to determine the tautomeric conformations populated by electrospray ionization. Both B3LYP and MP2 methods find O4 and O2 protonated canonical as well as 2,4-dihydroxy tautomers among the stable low-energy structures of [Urd+H](+) and [dUrd+H](+). Comparison between the measured IRMPD and calculated linear IR spectra suggests that these species exist in their ring-closed forms and that both 2,4-dihydroxy tautomers as well as O4 protonated canonical conformers coexist in the population generated by electrospray ionization for both [Urd+H](+) and [dUrd+H](+). The 2'-deoxy modification of [dUrd+H](+) reduces the variety of 2,4-dihydroxy tautomers populated in the experiments vs. those of [Urd+H](+).
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