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Structural changes of nucleic acid base in aqueous solution as observed in X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES)

Shimada, Hiroyuki*; Fukao, Taishi*; Minami, Hirotake*; Ukai, Masatoshi*; Fujii, Kentaro; Yokoya, Akinari; Fukuda, Yoshihiro*; Saito, Yuji 

X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectra for adenine containing nucleotides, adenosine 5'-monophosphate (AMP) and adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) in aqueous solutions at the nitrogen K-edge region were measured. The two intense peaks in XANES spectra are assigned to transitions of 1s electrons to the $$pi$$$$^{*}$$ orbitals of different types of N atoms with particular bonding characteristics. The difference between their spectra is ascribed to protonation of a particular N atom. Similarity observed in XANES spectra of guanosine-5'-monophosphate (GMP) and ATP is also interpreted as similar bonding characters of the N atoms in the nucleobase moiety.

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