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Solvent effects on hydrogen bonds in Watson-Crick, mismatched, and modified DNA base pairs

We have theoretically analyzed a complete series of Watson-Crick and mismatched DNA base pairs, both in gas phase and in solution. Solvation causes a weakening and lengthening of the hydrogen bonds between the DNA bases because of the stabilization of the lone pairs involved in these bonds. We have also shown that chlorouracil can mimic the behavior of thymine, and thus perfectly incorporate into a DNA strand, in nice agreement with recent experiments involving Escherichia coli. Moreover, through quantitative bond analyses in the framework of Kohn-Sham DFT, we have further consolidated the notion that donor-acceptor orbital interactions between lone-pairs and N-H σ * orbitals contribute in the same order of magnitude to the hydrogen-bond strength as electrostatic interactions

We thank the following organizations for financial support: the HPC-Europa2 Transnational Access program of the European Union, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovacion (MICINN, project number CTQ2011-25086) and the National Research School Combination - Catalysis (NRSC-C). Financial support from MICINN (Ministry of Science and Innovation, Spain) and the FEDER fund (European Fund for Regional Development) was provided by grant UNGI08-4E-003. J.P. thanks the MICINN for the Ramon y Cajal contract

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Manager: Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (Espanya)
Author: Poater i Teixidor, Jordi
Swart, Marcel
Fonseca Guerra, Célia
Bickelhaupt, F. Matthias
Abstract: We have theoretically analyzed a complete series of Watson-Crick and mismatched DNA base pairs, both in gas phase and in solution. Solvation causes a weakening and lengthening of the hydrogen bonds between the DNA bases because of the stabilization of the lone pairs involved in these bonds. We have also shown that chlorouracil can mimic the behavior of thymine, and thus perfectly incorporate into a DNA strand, in nice agreement with recent experiments involving Escherichia coli. Moreover, through quantitative bond analyses in the framework of Kohn-Sham DFT, we have further consolidated the notion that donor-acceptor orbital interactions between lone-pairs and N-H σ * orbitals contribute in the same order of magnitude to the hydrogen-bond strength as electrostatic interactions
We thank the following organizations for financial support: the HPC-Europa2 Transnational Access program of the European Union, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovacion (MICINN, project number CTQ2011-25086) and the National Research School Combination - Catalysis (NRSC-C). Financial support from MICINN (Ministry of Science and Innovation, Spain) and the FEDER fund (European Fund for Regional Development) was provided by grant UNGI08-4E-003. J.P. thanks the MICINN for the Ramon y Cajal contract
Document access: http://hdl.handle.net/2072/296689
Language: eng
Publisher: Elsevier
Rights: Tots els drets reservats
Subject: Funcional de densitat, Teoria del
Density functionals
ADN -- Estructura
DNA structure
Enllaços d’hidrogen
Hydrogen bonding
Title: Solvent effects on hydrogen bonds in Watson-Crick, mismatched, and modified DNA base pairs
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Repository: Recercat

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