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Molecules 2017, 22(1), 135;

Role of Electron-Driven Proton-Transfer Processes in the Ultrafast Deactivation of Photoexcited Anionic 8-oxoGuanine-Adenine and 8-oxoGuanine-Cytosine Base Pairs

Department of Chemistry, Technische Universitat Munchen, Lichtenbergstr. 4, Garching D-85747, Germany
Department of Chemistry, Temple University, 130 Beury Hall, 1901 N. 13th St., Philadelphia, PA 19122, USA
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Academic Editor: Carlos E. Crespo-Hernández
Received: 17 November 2016 / Revised: 28 December 2016 / Accepted: 10 January 2017 / Published: 14 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Experimental and Computational Photochemistry of Bioorganic Molecules)
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It has been reported that 8-oxo-7,8-dihydro-guanosine (8-oxo-G), which is the main product of oxidative damage of DNA, can repair cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer (CPD) lesions when incorporated into DNA or RNA strands in proximity to such lesions. It has therefore been suggested that the 8-oxo-G nucleoside may have been a primordial precursor of present-day flavins in DNA or RNA repair. Because the electron transfer leading to the splitting of a thymine-thymine pair in a CPD lesion occurs in the photoexcited state, a reasonably long excited-state lifetime of 8-oxo-G is required. The neutral (protonated) form of 8-oxo-G exhibits a very short (sub-picosecond) intrinsic excited-state lifetime which is unfavorable for repair. It has therefore been argued that the anionic (deprotonated) form of 8-oxo-G, which exhibits a much longer excited-state lifetime, is more likely to be a suitable cofactor for DNA repair. Herein, we have investigated the exited-state quenching mechanisms in the hydrogen-bonded complexes of deprotonated 8-oxo-G with adenine (A) and cytosine (C) using ab initio wave-function-based electronic-structure calculations. The calculated reaction paths and potential-energy profiles reveal the existence of barrierless electron-driven inter-base proton-transfer reactions which lead to low-lying S1/S0 conical intersections. The latter can promote ultrafast excited-state deactivation of the anionic base pairs. While the isolated deprotonated 8-oxo-G nucleoside may have been an efficient primordial repair cofactor, the excited states of the 8-oxo-G-A and 8-oxo-G-C base pairs are likely too short-lived to be efficient electron-transfer repair agents. View Full-Text
Keywords: oxidative photochemistry; conical intersections; excited state proton-transfer oxidative photochemistry; conical intersections; excited state proton-transfer

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Wu, X.; Karsili, T.N.V.; Domcke, W. Role of Electron-Driven Proton-Transfer Processes in the Ultrafast Deactivation of Photoexcited Anionic 8-oxoGuanine-Adenine and 8-oxoGuanine-Cytosine Base Pairs. Molecules 2017, 22, 135.

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