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Computational Reference Data for the Photochemistry of Cyclobutane Pyrimidine Dimers

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Barbatti,  Mario
Research Group Barbatti, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Max Planck Society;

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Barbatti, M. (2014). Computational Reference Data for the Photochemistry of Cyclobutane Pyrimidine Dimers. ChemPhysChem, 15(15), 3342-3354. doi:10.1002/cphc.201402302.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0024-A817-C
Abstract
The cis–syn cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer is one of the major classes of carcinogenic UV-induced DNA photoproducts. In this work, diverse high-level quantum-chemical methods were used to determine the spectroscopic properties of neutral (singlet and triplet) and charged (cation and anion) species of thymine dimers. Maps of potential energy, charge distribution, electron affinity, and ionization potential of the thymidine dimers were computed along the two dimerization coordinates for neutral and charged species, as well as for the singlet excited state. This set of data aims at providing consistent results computed with the same methods as for photodamage and repair. Based on these results, several different photo-, heat-, and charge-induced mechanisms of dimerization and repair are characterized and discussed. Additionally, a new stable dimer with methylmethylidene-hexahydropyrimidine structure was found in the S0 state.