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Long-lived excited-state dynamics of i-motif structures probed by time-resolved infrared spectroscopy

Keane, P. M., Baptista, F. R., Gurung, S. P., Devereux, S. J., Sazanovich, I. V., Towrie, M., Brazier, J. A., Cardin, C. J., Kelly, J. M. and Quinn, S. J. (2016) Long-lived excited-state dynamics of i-motif structures probed by time-resolved infrared spectroscopy. ChemPhysChem, 17 (9). pp. 1281-1287. ISSN 1439-7641

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1002/cphc.201501183

Abstract/Summary

UV-generated excited states of cytosine (C) nucleobases are precursors to mutagenic photoproduct formation. The i-motif formed from C-rich sequences is known to exhibit high yields of long-lived excited states following UV absorption. Here the excited states of several i-motif structures have been characterized following 267 nm laser excitation using time-resolved infrared spectroscopy (TRIR). All structures possess a long-lived excited state of ~300 ps and notably in some cases decays greater than 1 ns are observed. These unusually long-lived lifetimes are attributed to the interdigitated DNA structure which prevents direct base stacking overlap.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Chemistry
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > School of Pharmacy > Medicinal Chemistry Research Group
ID Code:58037
Publisher:Wiley

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