A QM/QTAIM detailed look at the Watson-Crick↔wobble tautomeric transformations of the 2-aminopurine·pyrimidine mispairs.

Abstract

This work is devoted to the careful QM/QTAIM analysis of the evolution of the basic physico-chemical parameters along the intrinsic reaction coordinate (IRC) of the biologically important 2AP·T(WC)↔2AP·T*(w) and 2AP·C*(WC)↔2AP·C(w) Watson-Crick(WC)↔wobble(w) tautomeric transformations obtained at each point of the IRC using original authors' methodology. Established profiles reflect the high similarity between the courses of these processes. Basing on the scrupulous analysis of the profiles of their geometric and electron-topological parameters, it was established that the dipole-active WC↔w tautomerizations of the Watson-Crick-like 2AP·T(WC)/2AP·C*(WC) mispairs, stabilized by the two classical N3H⋯N1, N2H⋯O2 and one weak C6H⋯O4/N4 H-bonds, into the wobble 2AP·T*(w)/2AP·C(w) base pairs, respectively, joined by the two classical N2H⋯N3 and O4/N4H⋯N1 H-bonds, proceed via the concerted stepwise mechanism through the sequential intrapair proton transfer and subsequent large-scale shifting of the bases relative each other, through the planar, highly stable, zwitterionic transition states stabilized by the participation of the four H-bonds - N1+H⋯O4-/N4-, N1+H⋯N3-, N2+H⋯N3-, and N2+H⋯O2-. Moreover, it was found out that the 2AP·T(WC)↔2AP·T*(w)/2AP·C*(WC)↔2AP·C(w) tautomerization reactions occur non-dissociatively and are accompanied by the consequent replacement of the 10 unique patterns of the specific intermolecular interactions along the IRC. Obtained data are of paramount importance in view of their possible application for the control and management of the proton transfer, e.g. by external electric or laser fields.

DOI: 10.1080/07391102.2017.1331864

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@article{Brovarets2017AQD, title={A QM/QTAIM detailed look at the Watson-Crick↔wobble tautomeric transformations of the 2-aminopurine·pyrimidine mispairs.}, author={Ol'ha O. Brovarets' and Ivan S Voiteshenko and Horacio P{\'e}rez-S{\'a}nchez and Dmytro M. Hovorun}, journal={Journal of biomolecular structure & dynamics}, year={2017}, pages={1-17} }