Thymine Dimerization in DNA Model Systems: Cyclobutane Photolesion Is Predominantly Formed via the Singlet Channel

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 5038-5039 published on 23.03.2009
J. Am. Chem. Soc.

UV-induced formation of cylcobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPD) in all thymine DNA models have been studied by femtosecond IR spectroscopy. CPDs are shown to form within 1 ps during the decay of the initially excited 1π π * state. The quantum yields Dps determined after the 1ππ * decay equal the final yield Dcw. This gives evidence for a predominance of the singlet channel in CPD formation.

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