Formation of alpha-deoxyadenosine in polydeoxynucleotides exposed to ionizing radiation under anoxic conditions.Radiat Res. 1990 Mar; 121(3):328-37.RR
When poly(dA), poly(dA-dT), and salmon testis DNA were gamma-irradiated under nitrogen, the major deoxyadenosine damage product (excluding liberated adenine) was identified as the alpha-anomer of deoxyadenosine. The yields of alpha-deoxyadenosine from poly(dA), poly(dA-dT), and salmon testis DNA irradiated with a dose of 500 Gy under anoxic conditions were 1.5, 1.3, and 1.3%, respectively. No alpha-deoxyadenosine was detected after irradiation under oxic conditions. The presence of nucleotides with the alpha-configuration at the anomeric carbon atom in the DNA chain may have a significant effect on its tertiary structure and possibly modify its biological activity.