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16 September 2011 Metal incorporated M-DNA: structure, magnetism, optical absorption
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DNA is an interesting material from the viewpoint of the materials science. This paper discusses the electronic states of the metal incorporated M-DNA complexes with several species of metal ions. M-DNA prepared by the ordinary methanol precipitation technique has been investigated with ESR, STM and optical absorption, and concluded that the metal ion hydrated with several water molecules locates in between the bases of a base pair and that the divalent metal ions are incorporated into DNA in place of two Na cations as the counter ion for PO-4in the DNA backbones. Only in Fe-DNA, it was confirmed that the Fe2+ in the FeCl2 aqueous solution reacts with DNA to form Fe-DNA complex with Fe3+, where the charge would transfer to DNA. Within 30 min, the hydrolysis of Fe2+ to form Fe3+O(OH) did not occur in the FeCl2 aqueous solution at room temperature. The optical absorption spectra of Fe-DNA is similar to that for FeCl3 with the ionic character, but definitely differs from that of Fe3+O(OH) with the covalent bonding nature, suggesting the ionic character of Fe3+ in Fe-DNA. Finally, the possible two kinds of electronic states for Zn-DNA with different bonding nature will be discussed in relation to the recent report on Zn-DNA.
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Kenji Mizoguchi "Metal incorporated M-DNA: structure, magnetism, optical absorption", Proc. SPIE 8103, Nanobiosystems: Processing, Characterization, and Applications IV, 810307 (16 September 2011);

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