The "in-pulse" luminescence emission from solid DNA produced upon irradiation with electron pulses of energy below 260 keV has been investigated in vacuo at 293 K to gain an insight into the existence of radiation-induced charge/energy migration within DNA. The DNA samples contained misonidazole in the range 3 to 330 base pairs per misonidazole molecule. Under these conditions >90% of the total energy is deposited in the DNA. The in-pulse radiation-induced luminescence spectrum of DNA was found to be critically dependent upon the misonidazole content of DNA. The luminescence intensity from the mixtures decreases with increasing content of misonidazole, and at the highest concentration, the intensity at 550 nm is reduced to 50% of that from DNA only. In the presence of 1 atm of oxygen, the observed emission intensity from DNA in the wavelength region 350-575 was reduced by 35-40% compared to that from DNA in vacuo. It is concluded that electron migration can occur in solid mixtures of DNA over a distance of up to about 100 base pairs.
Radiation-Induced Energy Migration within Solid DNA: The Role of Misonidazole as an Electron Trap
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Akeel T. Al-Kazwini, Peter O'Neill, Gerald E. Adams, E. Martin Fielden; Radiation-Induced Energy Migration within Solid DNA: The Role of Misonidazole as an Electron Trap. Radiat Res 1 February 1990; 121 (2): 149–153. doi: https://doi.org/10.2307/3577497
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