Pairing of the nucleobases guanine and cytosine in the gas phase studied by IR-UV double-resonance spectroscopy and ab initio calculations

E. Nir, Ch Janzen, P. Imhof, K. Kleinermanns, M. S. de Vries

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Abstract

We present R2PI, IR-UV and UV-UV double resonance measurements of the guanine-cytosine (G-C) dimer formed in a supersonic jet. We show that there is only one isomer of G-C in the investigated wavelength range from 33200 to 34100 cm-1. We assigned the observed G-C isomer to a specific structure, based on comparisons of the IR spectra of the G and C monomers with the G-C dimer in the range of the OH and NH stretching vibrations and ab initio-calculated vibrational frequencies and dimer stabilities. The cluster exhibits an HNH···O/NH···N/C=O ···HNH bonding similar to the Watson-Crick G-C base pair bonding but with C as the enol tautomer. We did not observe any keto-keto or enol-enol G-C dimers in the investigated wavelength region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)732-739
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Volume4
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes

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