Radiation Damage to DNA Base Pairs. II. Paramagnetic Resonance Studies of 1-Methyluracil·9-Ethyladenine Complex Crystals X-Irradiated at 10 K

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Single crystals of the co-crystalline complex of 1-methyl-uracil and 9- ethyladenine were X-irradiated and studied using EPR, ENDOR and FSE spectroscopic techniques at 10 K. All together seven radicals were identified, and experimental evidence for at least one more species, as well as for a very low population of radical pairs, is available. Oxidation and reduction products appear to be stabilized at both base constituents of the pair. Of the 1-methyluracil moiety, the product formed by net hydrogen abstraction from the methyl group was observed, together with the 1- methyluracil anion and the 1-methyluracil-5-yl radical. From the 9- ethyladenine moiety, the N3-protonated 9-ethyladenine anion is stabilized. In addition, the 9-ethyladenine cation as well as traces of the amino- deprotonated cation were observed, together with the C8-H hydrogen adduct. The presence of oxidation and reduction products in each of the two bases may indicate that negligible energy transfer takes place between them. This behavior is different from that observed in the similar pair of 1- methylthymine·9-methyladenine. There also seems to be minor proton exchange between the two stacks of molecules: Interbase protonation-deprotonation channeled through the hydrogen-bonding scheme seems to be almost completely suppressed.