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Transient anion spectra of the potential radiosensitizers 5-cyanateuracil and 5-thiocyanateuracil

Abstract : We report on the low energy anion spectra of 5-cyanateuracil (5-OCNU) and 5-thiocyanateouracil (5-SCNU), which have been the suggested potential radiosensitizers for use in cancer therapy [L. Chomicz et al., J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 4, 2853-2857 (2013)]. Employing bound state and scattering calculations, we obtained, for both molecules, a dipole bound state, a pi* valence bound state, and four pi* resonances, besides a sigma*(SCN) resonance for 5-SCNU. The cyanate and thiocyanate sub-stituents give rise to additional long-lived pi* resonances, compared to 5-halouracil radiosensitizers. From the reaction thresholds and the expected vibronic couplings among the anion states, efficient production of SCN and CN anions and radical fragments should be observed in dissociative electron attachment measurements for 5-SCNU. The corresponding dissociation processes in 5-OCNU are expected to be less effective in view of the lack of a long-lived sigma*(OCN) shape resonance and the little sigma* admixture into the pi* resonances located on the cyanate group. The present results thus indicate 5-SCNU as a more promising radiosensitizer at sub-excitation energies. Published by AIP Publishing.
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L. M. Cornetta, F. Kossoski, M. T. Do N. Varella. Transient anion spectra of the potential radiosensitizers 5-cyanateuracil and 5-thiocyanateuracil. Journal of Chemical Physics, American Institute of Physics, 2017, 147 (21), pp.214310. ⟨10.1063/1.5007050⟩. ⟨hal-01774188⟩



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