On the Geometry and Electronic Structure of the As-DNA Backbone

Journal: JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LETTERS 2, 389-392
Authors: Mladek, A., Sponer, J., Sumpter, BG., Fuentes-Cabrera, M., Sponer, JE.
Year: 2011

Abstract

High-level quantum chemical calculations have been applied to investigate the geometry and electronic properties of the arsenate analogue of the DNA backbone. The optimized geometries as well as hyperconjugation effects along the C3'-O3'-X-O5'-C5', linkage (X = R,As) exhibit a remarkable similarity for both arsenates and phosphates. This suggests that arsenates, if present, might serve as a potential substitute for phosphates in the DNA backbone.