Base release from DNA and polynucleotides upon 193 nm laser excitation.


Release of bases form calf thymus DNA and three polynucleotides, induced by 20 ns excitation at 193 nm in aqueous solution at pH 7, was detected by HPLC. The quantum yields of formation of free bases (phi B) from double-stranded DNA (0.4 mM) are independent of intensity, indicating a one-quantum mechanism of N-glycosidic bond cleavage. The phi B values… (More)


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