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Ionization and fragmentation of uracil upon microhydration.
Phys Chem Chem Phys ; 21(9): 4810-4821, 2019 Feb 27.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30773577
ABSTRACT
We study at the DFT level the ionization and the fragmentation of uracil in the presence of zero, one and two water molecules, to unravel the effect of microhydration on the reactivity of this nucleobase. We show that the microhydration lowers the adiabatic and vertical ionization potentials by 0.41 eV and 0.22 eV, respectively. Furthermore, microhydration increases the activation energies of the different dissociation channels up to 0.5 eV and restricts the formation of some fragments, in particular those corresponding to the C5-C6 fragmentation pathway. For the first time, our theoretical study shows new transition states and minima not found for the gas phase, hence indicating a change in the fragmentation mechanisms, as well as a stabilizing effect of microhydration, confirming previous experimental studies.

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Texto completo: Disponível Coleções: Bases de dados internacionais Base de dados: MEDLINE Idioma: Inglês Revista: Phys Chem Chem Phys Assunto da revista: Biofísica / Química Ano de publicação: 2019 Tipo de documento: Artigo País de afiliação: França