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Ultrafast Nuclear Dynamics of Photoexcited Guanosine-5′-Monophosphate in Three Singlet States

Ultrafast Nuclear Dynamics of Photoexcited Guanosine-5′-Monophosphate in Three Singlet States
Mrinalini Puranik, Sayan Mondal
We report measurement of resonance Raman (RR) spectra of guanosine-5′-monophosphate (GMP), a DNA nucleotide at excitation wavelengths throughout its ππ* absorption band (Bb) in the 210–230 nm range. From these data, we constructed wavelength-dependent Raman intensity excitation profiles (REPs) for all observed modes. These profiles and the absorption spectrum were then modeled using self-consistent simulations based on the time-dependent wave packet propagation formalism. We inferred the initial structural dynamics of GMP immediately after photoexcitation in terms of dimensionless displacements. The simulations also provide linewidth-broadening parameters that in turn report on the time scale of dynamics. We compared deduced structural changes in the purine ring upon photoabsorption into the Bb state with those deduced for the two lowest lying ππ* (La and Lb at 280 and 248 nm, respectively) excited states of GMP. We find that excitation to the Lb state lengthens C6–N1 and C2═N3 bonds, which lie along the formation coordinate of various oxidative adducts but Bb excitation does not. We also find that photoabsorption by the Bb state weakens the C8–N9 bond and thus might assist imidazole ring opening via cleavage of the same bond. Electronic excitation to different ππ* states of the guanine chromophore results in contrasting structural changes; although absorption by the La and Lb states induces expansion of pyrimidine and contraction of imidazole rings, excitation results in overall shrinkage of both the rings. Computed absolute changes in internal coordinates imply that photoexcitation to any of the three singlet states of GMP does not lead directly to the formation of a cation radical of guanine.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b05735

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b05735

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