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N-site de-methylation in pyrimidine bases as studied by low energy electrons and ab initio calculations

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Electron transfer and dissociative electron attachment to 3-methyluracil (3meU) and 1-methylthymine (1meT) yielding anion formation have been investigated in atom–molecule collision and electron attachment experiments, respectively. The former has been studied in the collision energy range 14–100 eV whereas the latter in the 0–15 eV incident electron energy range. In the present studies, emphasis is given to the reaction channel resulting in the loss of the methyl group from the N-sites with the extra charge located on the pyrimidine ring. This particular reaction channel has neither been approached in the context of dissociative electron attachment nor in atom–molecule collisions yet. Quantum chemical calculations have been performed in order to provide some insight into the dissociation mechanism involved along the N–CH3 bond reaction coordinate. The calculations provide support to the threshold value derived from the electron transfer measurements, allowing for a better understanding of the role of the potassium cation as a stabilising agent in the collision complex. The present comparative study gives insight into the dynamics of the decaying transient anion and more precisely into the competition between dissociation and auto-detachment.

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The article was received on 05 Feb 2013, accepted on 09 May 2013 and first published on 07 Jun 2013


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3CP50548K
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013,15, 11431-11440
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    N-site de-methylation in pyrimidine bases as studied by low energy electrons and ab initio calculations

    D. Almeida, D. Kinzel, F. Ferreira da Silva, B. Puschnigg, D. Gschliesser, P. Scheier, S. Denifl, G. García, L. González and P. Limão-Vieira, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013, 15, 11431
    DOI: 10.1039/C3CP50548K

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