The acid-base equilibria of the nucleic acid analogue 2-aminopurine (2AP) and 2-aminopurine riboside (2-APr) radicals generated by two-photon photoionization of the 2AP residues with intense 308 nm XeCl excimer laser pulses (fwhm = 12 ns, ca. 70 mJ cm-2 pulse-1) have been investigated using transient absorption spectroscopy techniques. It is of interest to investigate the properties of these radicals as a function of pH because of their abilities to undergo proton-coupled electron transfer reactions with other nucleic acid bases. Pronounced differences in the 2AP and 2APr radical absorption bands are observed in the 330-550 nm spectral region within the pH range of 1 to 12. These differences are attributed to the deprotonation of the 2AP and 2APr radical cations, 2AP·+ (pKa1r = 2.8 ± 0.2), and 2APr·+ (pKa1r = 2.7 ± 0.2), with the concomitant formation of the neutral radicals, 2AP(-H)· and 2APr(-H)·. At higher pH values, the 2AP(-H)· radical (pKa2r = 9.5 ± 0.2) loses a second proton at the N9 position to form the radical anion 2AP(-2H)·-; this deprotonation reaction does not occur in the case of the 2APr(-H)· radical because of the ribofuranosyl substitution at the N9 position.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of the Chemical Society. Perkin Transactions 2|
|State||Published - Feb 2000|
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