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Theoretical investigation of nuclear quadrupole interactions in DNA at first-principles level
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics, Condensed Matter Theory.
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2008 (English)In: Hyperfine Interactions, ISSN 0304-3843, E-ISSN 1572-9540, Vol. 181, no 1-3, 81-86 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We have studied the nuclear quadrupole interactions (NQI) of the N-14, O-17 and H-2 nuclei in the nucleobases cytosine, adenine, guanine and thymine in the free state as well as when they are bonded to the sugar ring in DNA, simulated through a CH3 group attached to the nucleobases. The nucleobase uracil, which replaces thymine in RNA, has also been studied. Our results show that there are substantial indirect effects of the bonding with the sugar group in the nucleic acids on the NQI parameters e(2)qQ/h and eta. It is hoped that measurements of these NQI parameters in DNA will be available in the future to compare with our predictions. Our results provide the conclusion that for any property dependent on the electronic structures of the nucleic acids, the effects of the bonding between the nucleobases and the nucleic acid backbones have to be included.

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2008. Vol. 181, no 1-3, 81-86 p.
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Nuclear quadrupole interactions, DNA, First principles
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Physical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-107114DOI: 10.1007/s10751-008-9693-xISI: 000260281100011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-107114DiVA: diva2:227695
Available from: 2009-07-16 Created: 2009-07-16 Last updated: 2012-03-29Bibliographically approved

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