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N-site de-methylation in pyrimidine bases as studied by low energy electrons and ab initio calculations

AutorAlmeida, D.; Kinzel, D.; Ferreira Da Silva, F.; Puschnigg, B.; Gschliesser, D.; Scheier, P.; Denifl, S.; García, Gustavo ; González, L.; Limão-Vieira, P.
Fecha de publicación2013
EditorRoyal Society of Chemistry (Great Britain)
CitaciónPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics 15: 11431- 11440 (2013)
ResumenElectron transfer and dissociative electron attachment to 3-methyluracil (3meU) and 1-methylthymine (1meT) yielding anion formation have been investigated in atom-molecule collision and electron attachment experiments, respectively. The former has been studied in the collision energy range 14-100 eV whereas the latter in the 0-15 eV incident electron energy range. In the present studies, emphasis is given to the reaction channel resulting in the loss of the methyl group from the N-sites with the extra charge located on the pyrimidine ring. This particular reaction channel has neither been approached in the context of dissociative electron attachment nor in atom-molecule collisions yet. Quantum chemical calculations have been performed in order to provide some insight into the dissociation mechanism involved along the N-CH3 bond reaction coordinate. The calculations provide support to the threshold value derived from the electron transfer measurements, allowing for a better understanding of the role of the potassium cation as a stabilising agent in the collision complex. The present comparative study gives insight into the dynamics of the decaying transient anion and more precisely into the competition between dissociation and auto-detachment. © 2013 the Owner Societies.
Identificadoresdoi: 10.1039/c3cp50548k
issn: 1463-9076
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