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Excited-State Properties and Relaxation Pathways of Selenium-Substituted Guanine Nucleobase in Aqueous Solution and DNA Duplex

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Fang, Ye-Guang [1] ; Valverde, Danillo [2] ; Mai, Sebastian [3, 4] ; Canuto, Sylvio [2] ; Borin, Antonio Carlos [5] ; Cui, Ganglong [1] ; Gonzalez, Leticia [4]
Total Authors: 7
[1] Beijing Normal Univ, Coll Chem, Key Lab Theoret & Computat Photochem, Minist Educ, Beijing 100875 - Peoples R China
[2] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Phys, BR-05508090 Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
[3] Vienna Univ Technol, Photon Inst, A-1040 Vienna - Austria
[4] Univ Vienna, Fac Chem, Inst Theoret Chem, A-1090 Vienna - Austria
[5] Univ Sao Paulo, Dept Fundamental Chem, Inst Chem, BR-05308000 Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 5
Document type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Physical Chemistry B; v. 125, n. 7, p. 1778-1789, FEB 25 2021.
Web of Science Citations: 1

The excited-state properties and relaxation mechanisms after light irradiation of 6-selenoguanine (6SeG) in water and in DNA have been investigated using a quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) approach with the multistate complete active space second-order perturbation theory (MS-CASPT2) method. In both environments, the S-1 (1)(n(Se)pi(5){*} and S-2 (1)(pi(Se)pi(5){*}) states are predicted to be the spectroscopically dark and bright states, respectively. Two triplet states, T-1 (3)(pi(Se)pi(5){*}) and T-2 (3)(pi(Se)pi(5){*}), are found energetically below the S-2 state. Extending the QM region to include the 6SeG-Cyt base pair slightly stabilizes the S-2 state and destabilizes the S-1, due to hydrogen-bonding interactions, but it does not affect the order of the states. The optimized minima, conical intersections, and singlet-triplet crossings are very similar in water and in DNA, so that the same general mechanism is found. Additionally, for each excited state geometry optimization in DNA, three kind of structures ({''}up{''}, ``down{''}, and ``central{''}) are optimized which differ from each other by the orientation of the C=Se group with respect to the surrounding guanine and thymine nucleobases. After irradiation to the S-2 state, 6SeG evolves to the S-2 minimum, near to a S-2/S-1 conical intersection that allows for internal conversion to the S-1 state. Linear interpolation in internal coordinates indicate that the ``central{''} orientation is less favorable since extra energy is needed to surmount the high barrier in order to reach the S-2/S-1 conical intersection. From the S-1 state, 6SeG can further decay to the T-1 (3)(pi(Se)pi(5){*}) state via intersystem crossing, where it will be trapped due to the existence of a sizable energy barrier between the T-1 minimum and the T-1/S-0 crossing point. Although this general S-2 -> T-1 mechanism takes place in both media, the presence of DNA induces a steeper S-2 potential energy surface, that it is expected to accelerate the S-2 -> S-1 internal conversion. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 17/02612-4 - Dynamics of excited states and spectroscopic properties of natural and synthetic DNA and RNA derivatives in solvent environment
Grantee:Danillo Pires Valverde
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 14/50983-3 - INCT 2014: complex fluids
Grantee:Antonio Martins Figueiredo Neto
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 19/04413-4 - Photophysical properties of heavy atom modified nucleobases
Grantee:Danillo Pires Valverde
Support type: Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 18/19454-5 - Structure and Photochemistry of Fluorescent Nucleobaseas and Metal Mediated Base Pairs
Grantee:Antonio Carlos Borin
Support type: Regular Research Grants