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Anionic states of nucleic acid bases are suspected to play a role in the radiation damage processes of DNA. Our recent studies suggested that the excess electron attachment to the nucleic acid bases can stabilize some rare tautomers, i.e. imine-enamine tautomers and other tautomers with a proton being transferred from nitrogen sites to carbon sites (with(More)
The photoelectron spectrum (PES) of the uracil anion is reported and discussed from the perspective of quantum chemical calculations of the vertical detachment energies (VDEs) of the anions of various tautomers of uracil. The PES peak maximum is found at an electron binding energy of 2.4 eV, and the width of the main feature suggests that the parent anions(More)
Anionic states of nucleic acid bases (NABs) are involved in DNA damage by low-energy electrons and in charge transfer through DNA. Previous gas phase studies of free, unsolvated NAB parent anions probed mostly dipole-bound states, which are not present in condensed phase environments. Recently, we demonstrated that very rare tautomers of uracil (U),(More)
We characterized valence anionic states of 1-methylcytosine using various electronic structure methods. We found that the most stable valence anion is related to neither the canonical amino-oxo nor a rare imino-oxo tautomer, in which a proton is transferred from the N4 to N3 atom. Instead, it is related to an imino-oxo tautomer, in which the C5 atom is(More)
The anionic base pairs of adenine and thymine, (AT)(-), and 9-methyladenine and 1-methylthymine, (MAMT)(-), have been investigated both theoretically and experimentally in a complementary, synergistic study. Calculations on (AT)(-) found that it had undergone a barrier-free proton transfer (BFPT) similar to that seen in other dimer anion systems and that(More)
Using helium cluster-isolation spectroscopy we have prepared and characterized the lowest quartet state (1 4 A 0 2) of the sodium trimer. Upon excitation to the 2 4 E 0 electronic state, laser induced fluorescence excitation and emission spectra have been obtained. With the aid of ab initio calculations, the spectra have been vibronically assigned and new(More)
It is believed that guanine, a basic component of DNA and RNA, has the smallest affinity to an excess electron among all nucleic acid bases. Our experimental and computational findings indicate, however, that many so far neglected tautomers of guanine support adiabatically bound anionic states in the gas phase. The computed values of electron vertical(More)
Anionic states of nucleic acid bases are involved in DNA damage by low-energy electrons and in charge transfer through DNA. Previous gas phase studies of free, unsolvated nucleic acid base parent anions probed only dipole-bound states, which are not present in condensed phase environments, but did not observe valence anionic states, which for purine bases(More)