UV irradiation of oligodeoxynucleotides at 254 nm generates several different types of DNA photoproducts, such as cis-syn cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers, pyrimidine[6-4]pyrimidone photoproducts and their Dewar valence isomers, and thymine-adenine photoproducts (TA*). Nuclease P1 degrades the oligodeoxynucleotide photoproducts to small photoproduct-containing trinucleotides which are more amenable to tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) and HPLC. Product-ion mass spectra of these digestion products give characteristic fragmentations, allowing us to identify quickly the types of photomodifications. The results also show that mass spectrometry will be a tool for studying enzyme reaction mechanisms because it can determine rapidly and with high sensitivity the structures of the products that are generated.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Chemical Research in Toxicology|
|State||Published - Nov 1999|