DE Volk, V Thiviyanathan, A Somasunderam, and DG Gorenstein (2007)
Ab initio base-pairing energies of an oxidized thymine product, 5-formyluracil, with standard DNA bases at the BSSE-free DFT and MP2 theory levels.
Org Biomol Chem. 5(10):1554-8.
Oxidation of the thymine methyl group produces two stable products, non-mutagenic 5-hydroxymethyluracil and highly mutagenic 5-formyluracil. We have calculated the interaction energy of base-pair formation involving 5-formyluracil bound to the natural DNA bases adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G), and thymine (T), and discuss the effects of the 5-formyl group with respect to similar base-pairs containing uracil, 5-hydroxyuracil, thymine (5-methyluracil), and 5-hydroxycytosine. The interaction geometries and energies were calculated four ways: (a) using density functional theory (DFT) without basis set super-position error (BSSE) corrections, (b) using DFT with BSSE correction of geometries and energies, (c) using Møller-Plesset second order perturbation theory (MP2) without BSSE correction, and (d) using MP2 with BSSE geometry and energy correction. All calculations used the 6-311G(d,p) basis set. Notably, we find that the A:5-formyluracil base-pair is more stable than the precursor A:T base-pair. The relative order of base-pair stabilities is A:5-Fo-U > G:5-Fo-U > C:5-Fo-U > T:5-Fo-U.