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J Phys Chem B. 2007 Oct 25;111(42):12048-52. Epub 2007 Oct 5.

Coexistence of homochiral and heterochiral adenine domains at the liquid/solid interface.

Abstract

In this work, the self-assembly of the DNA base molecule adenine (A) is imaged with high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) at the liquid (1-octanol)/solid (HOPG) interface at room temperature. Rather surprisingly, the STM results reveal, for the first time, the spontaneous formation of two coexisting distinct (homo- and heterochiral) domains of adenine, which are formed at the liquid/solid interface without changing any experimental conditions. Ab initio density functional theory (DFT) calculations support our STM findings and suggest the existence of various A networks of nearly similar stability that all are constructed from the most stable A dimer.

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17918893
DOI:
10.1021/jp076623h
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