UV-induced electron transfer between triethylamine and 5-bromo-2′-deoxyuridine. A puzzle concerning the photochemical debromination of labeled DNA

Paweł Wityk , Magdalena Zdrowowicz , Justyna Wiczk , Janusz Rak


5-Bromo-2′-deoxyuridine (BrdU) photosensitizes DNA to strand break formation. However, this type of photodamage is completely quenched by the presence of triethylamine (TEA) which originates from RP-HPLC purification commonly employed by oligonucleotide providers. While the presence of TEA in oligonucleotide samples does not interfere with PCR or other molecular biology applications, the mechanism of photochemical reaction proceeding in the labeled DNA is dramatically changed due to the photoinduced electron transfer (PET) between the photoexcited BrdU and the ground state TEA. For the first time, we demonstrated that the latter process produces 2′-deoxyuridne2′-deoxyuridine (debromination) in the labeled DNA instead of the expected strand break. PET between TEA and BrdU was additionally confirmed by the UV irradiations of aqueous solutions containing both species. Indeed, the efficient formation of 2′-deoxyuridine was observed in the studied photolytes. Moreover, we showed the formation of an additional product in these binary mixtures, i.e. imidazole derivative, that is not formed in DNA and was reported in the literature in the context of dark rather than photochemical processes. Using mass spectrometry we demonstrated that the amount of TEA impurity in the commercial samples of oligos exceeds up to 3 orders of magnitude that of the purchased DNA.
Author Paweł Wityk (FCh / DPCh / LBS)
Paweł Wityk,,
- Laboratory of Biological Sensitizers
, Magdalena Zdrowowicz (FCh / DPCh / LBS)
Magdalena Zdrowowicz,,
- Laboratory of Biological Sensitizers
, Justyna Wiczk (FCh / DPCh / LBS)
Justyna Wiczk ,,
- Laboratory of Biological Sensitizers
, Janusz Rak (FCh / DPCh / LBS)
Janusz Rak,,
- Laboratory of Biological Sensitizers
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Journal seriesJournal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, ISSN 0731-7085, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2017
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishtriethylamine, photoinduced electron transfer, synthetic oligonucleotides, mass spectrometry, debromination, strand break
ASJC Classification1308 Clinical Biochemistry; 1607 Spectroscopy; 3002 Drug Discovery; 3003 Pharmaceutical Science; 1602 Analytical Chemistry
URL https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpba.2017.04.044
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)35
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ScoreMinisterial score = 35.0, 28-01-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 1; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 1.229; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 2.831 (2) - 2017=2.863 (5)
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