Keto-enol tautomer of uracil and thymine

Department of Chemistry, Tohoku University, Miyagi, Japan
The Journal of Physical Chemistry (Impact Factor: 2.78). 04/1988; 92(7):1760-1765. DOI: 10.1021/j100318a013


The fluorescence excitation and dispersed fluorescence spectra of jet-cooled uracil, thymine, and their derivatives have been observed. Two band systems having well-resolved vibrational structures were found for uracil and thymine in the frequency region from 31 000 to 38 000 cm-1, which corresponds to the region of the long tail in the vapor absorption spectrum. The shorter wavelength band system (system I) was identified as the S1(n,π*) ← S0 transition of the diketo tautomer, while the longer wavelength system (system II) was assigned to the S1(n,π*) ← S0 transition of one of the keto-enol tautomers. Successful detection of a very small amount of the keto-enol tautomer is due to a high fluorescence yield of the keto-enol tautomer. The nature of the S1,(n,π*) states of the tautomers and the hydrogen-bonded complexes with water are also discussed.

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    • "It was also found that the Ade imino tautomer is more stabilized under the influence of charged platinum (Burda et al., 2000) or mercury (Zamora et al., 1997) cations. It is generally believed that Thy exists in the canonical diketo form in the gas phase as well as in the aqueous solution (Kwiatkowski & Pullman, 1975), but there is experimental evidence of small amounts of its rare tautomeric forms in the gas phase (Fujii et al., 1986; Tsuchiya et al., 1988) and in the solution (Hauswirth & Daniels, 1971; Katritzky & Waring, 1962; Morsy et al., 1999; Samijlenko et al., 2010; Suwaiyan et al., 1995). Also laser ablation in combination with MB-FTMW spectroscopy spectroscopy has been used to establish unambiguously the presence of the diketo form of thymine in the gas phase and to obtain its structure (López et al., 2007). "

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