Photoreaction channels of the guanine-cytosine base pair explored by long-range corrected TDDFT calculations

Shohei Yamazaki, Tetsuya Taketsugu
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP 2012 July 7, 14 (25): 8866-77
Photoinduced processes in the Watson-Crick guanine-cytosine base pair are comprehensively studied by means of long-range corrected (LC) TDDFT calculations of potential energy profiles using the LC-BLYP and CAM-B3LYP functionals. The ab initio CC2 method and the conventional TDDFT method with the B3LYP functional are also employed to assess the reliability of the LC-TDDFT method. The present approach allows us to compare the potential energy profiles at the same computational level for excited-state reactions of the base pair, including single and double proton transfer between the bases and nonradiative decay via ring puckering in each base. In particular, long-range correction to the TDDFT method is critical for a qualitatively correct description of the proton transfer reactions. The calculated energy profiles exhibit low barriers for out-of-plane deformation of the guanine moiety in the locally-excited state, which is expected to lead to a conical intersection with the ground state, as well as for single proton transfer from guanine to cytosine with the well-known electron-driven proton transfer mechanism. Thus the present results suggest that both processes can compete in hydrogen-bonded base pairs and play a significant role in the mechanism of photostability.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Related Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.


Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"